A Week on the Epic

We have just gotten home form a wonderful week on the NCL Epic.  We left here last Saturday and went to Cape Canaveral to catch the ship.  It is only two hours form here and all easy driving until you get to the pier.  Then we miss the last turn every time, but it is easy to recover from a wrong turn there.  Every time we went out of Miami we got lost near the pier.  We could see the ship but could not get there.  We sailed on the Epic and went down into the Virgin Island. ncl_Epic_Aerial At Sea 4.psd

This is the ship we were on.  We are Gold Latitude members, that means we have sail with NCL many times before.  This was our 8th or 9th cruise, I forget and have loved every one.  This one was very special.  When we got to the pier to register we already had our boarding passes as we did all that on line and because we were gold members we did not have to wait in line to sign in and give our credit card for one board spending.  We went right through the registration and on to the ship.  We had gotten there early so had to wait on the ship until our cabin was made up which wasn’t long before they let us into our cabin to put down our carry ons and then we went right up to the 15th deck for lunch. I was very careful what I picked to eat as I have been staying away from wheat of any kind and feeling much better for it and did not want to have a spell on the ship.  I was asked about that in the dinning room and they introduced me to Reynard Ruiz who is the chef/head waiter in charged of special diets.  He explained the program to me and he took over my meals for the rest of the cruise.  I didn’t have to worry about what to eat or worry about any bit of wheat slipping into my food.  All my meals were prepared in a separate kitchen and each evening Rey came to my table, wherever I was eating, and gave me the menu for the next day for me to pick from.  Some things could not be made for without wheat so he told me what not to have.  I would order all my meals for the next day and when I went in to eat I just told the waitress my cabin number and my food was made up and sent to that dinning room.  It got to be that Rey would check in with me at each meal to be sure things were going right and I was happy with my choices.  He ever stopped to talk when he saw me out on deck.  I felt like I had come on board with my own private chef.  Norman has just returned from his walk and time for us to have the first course of breakfast so I’ll finish this later.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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