Ivan, Lil Dave, Denise, Ken, Neal and D and I left the apartment at 11:45 am on June 2, 2013. Today, we were boarding the Norwegian Epic for a Mediterranean cruise ship. It was a fast check-in for cruise ship since the check-in opened at noon. We got an upgrade to a bigger room probably since the boat wasn’t very full.
We went to our rooms on the 10th floor and it was a huge balcony room. The balcony was so big and there was plenty of space in the room.
Ivan noticed that it was a handicapped room, so it makes sense that it was so spaced out especially in the bathroom.
All of our rooms were on the same floor. Everybody went to the lunch buffet.
The buffet room is nicely decorated. Too bad the selection of food wasn’t that good. The desserts were behind a plastic cover, so you felt like you were in your school cafeteria. Not very classy.
Ivan, Lil Dave and I went back to the room. Lil Dave went to explore the ship to see if he could find some monkey friends. Ivan and I changed into our swimsuits and headed for the waterslides.
There are three waterslides on the boat. Two of them are completely in the dark. One of them goes off the boat a bit and should be see through so you can see the ocean while you’re riding it. The last one is a bowl ride where you ride an inner tube. The slides are fun. We rode them a few times and then chilled in the jacuzzi.
Ivan and I changed in the room and then walked around the ship to get an Ivan self-guided tour.
Later, we went to the safety drill which is mandatory. It was so stupid since they showed you how to put on the life vest… and it’s obvious that you understand how they put it on even if you don’t speak English. But, after they had to translate it into 5 other languages. Boring! On other cruise lines like Carnival.. they only do it in English.
Neal and D joined us later since they have an interior room with no window. Ivan and I would never get an interior room again. We had one once and it was really small and you never know what time it is since it’s always so dark in there.
It was almost time to sail away. Neal brought some rum, iced tea and lemonade to the room. For some reason, you can only get orange juice during breakfast. Lame. Neal mixed rum and iced tea and DID NOT like it at all. Ivan and I made our drinks with lemonade and rum. I told Lil Dave that I made him one with a little rum (shh, I didn’t though!) and some of his banana juice.
We relaxed on the balcony with our drinks while the boat sailed away from Barcelona.
Neal and D left to get ready.
Ivan and I showered and met everybody in the Atrium. On most cruise ships, there’s an Atrium with a beautiful chandelier right in front of the row of elevators. It’s quite impressive. The two Norwegian ships we have been on don’t have this. The Atrium has a big screen tv and a bunch of seats. It’s not very nice at all.
The Welcome Aboard show was currently on with the cruise director Jill who is, according to Ivan, really plastic and boring. He says she’s like a school mistress. We watched the show for a few minutes seeing a preview of the Spanish ballet.
Ivan, Neal, D and I headed to Tradewinds where the shops are. The Liquor Tasting was supposed to be at 7 pm, but it was late for some reason. We chatted with one of the guys who had a $10 table for the shopping special tomorrow. Neal really liked the hats!
The Liquor Tasting was finally open at 7:20 pm. We all tried a few samples of the liquor that the store is selling on board.
If you buy something at duty free, you can’t have it until the end of the trip. How dumb! The cruise ship just wants you to buy all their liquor on board.
We had dinner at The Manhattan Room. Ivan and I tried the seafood paella which was the regional specialty for the night. It was nice to be with Ivan’s family and chat about our plans for the rest of the cruise.
Our group walked to Headliners for the dueling piano shows called Howl at the Moon. Two guys were playing the piano. One guy was average while the other guy was really good.
Lots of people were requesting songs. If you tipped them, your song was given priority. I didn’t bring any money with me, so my song wasn’t played while we were there. A black lady took over for the average guy. She was really good and funny. Lots of fun songs were played like Midnight Toker, Benny and the Jets and Don’t Stop Believing. It was great singing along with the crowd. I hope to check them out another night.
We walked out to check out the Beatles tribute band. They were very good.
They didn’t really look like The Beatles, but it didn’t really matter. It was a shame that the Atrium doesn’t have that many seats. All the seats were taken there and upstairs at the Pub which overlooks the Atrium. We listened for awhile. I was singing along to their music and dancing a little.
Ivan was talking to Guest Services when Neal and D left.
Ivan and I listened to The Beatles band with Denise and Ken for a short time. We said bye to them since we wanted to catch up with Neal and D at the nightclub.
We went to check out Bliss. Some people were dancing away, but not that many. Ivan said we should check out Spice at H2O which is the outdoor club. I forgot that Neal said they were going to see what was going on at Spice, not Bliss. We went up there and it was empty except for one couple.
Ivan and I checked out the Mountain Slide which was unfortunately closed up. It looks like it would be lots of fun to climb up and then slide down it.
We went back to the ugly Atrium and listened to The Beatles more with Ivan’s parents before we went back to the room.
It was really rocky that night on the boat. The beds were very comfortable and it was easy to drift off to sleep and into dreamland.