A few highlights from my trip below. I'll add things little by little as I'm still trying to get pictures and my blog together, but hopefully the below is helpful. Feel free to ask questions.
Flew from New York to Miami on Friday April 13th as I always like to arrive a day early to the departure city. Delays come in all forms and it wasn't as if I'd even be able to fly into the next port.
Norwegian Epic Transatlantic
April 14-25 2012
I normally bring a book, yarn and notebook and laptop loading with movies so that I have something to fill in the gaps of time with between activities that I'm interested in on a cruise. Usually I spend very little time utilizing them but bring them anyway. This time I wish I'd left all except for the laptop home, and that only because I view it as an appendage.
The ship was half full, and there were only about 40 children. The makings of a perfect vacation! We started by making a pit stop near Bermuda to let off a “medical emergency” after that it was smooth sailing. We had a couple of days that were slightly bumpy but nothing much to speak of. Fortunately there was sun quite a few days and that combined with their being few kids meant that if you were interested in the water slide it was all yours. So for 3 days I was able to let out my inner 8 year old yelling, screeching and giggling all the way down zippy funnels. The Orange and Yellow slide that you use the inner tube on is great, but by far my favorite is the green one. It's mostly enclosed, has a lot of twists and turns and makes you go the fastest, what's not to love!
Afterward warm up in one of the many Jacuzzis that are nearby.
I'm a solo traveler that is comfortable on her own, however 11 days on a ship with only one port of call a week in, means that it would probably be a lot more fun if you took the time to get to know your fellow passengers.
Meaghan the Activities Director for the solos did a good job in providing things to do if you were interested. I think the best thing was that you could befriend those that you felt comfortable with and do a few things with them without feeling forced to hang out with the entire group of people.
There wound up being about 5 of us that would go dancing every night and considering how long we were there I'm pretty sure we burned up everything that we ate and drank during the day.
The lounge itself is quite aesthetically appealing. Very mod with clean lines and cool colors. It's right in harmony with the studio cabins which are rather sleek. Walking down the hallways under lit with blue lighting and going into my “pod” made me feel as if I was on the Starship Enterprise.
Best of all there was a great coffee machine there. Between the many Espressos and the dancing it's no wonder I was up all night!
Legends was really good. I went to see the first showing before they switched over. I particularly liked the Elvis impersonator, he was quite good, had a sense of humor, seemed like he was enjoying himself and really engaged the audience. “Steven Tyler” looked very much like him and one of the best things was that he seems to stay in character. I saw him getting coffee in the solo lounge and it was as if it was really Steven standing there. How funny!
There was a Madonna impersonator as well with whom I wasn't as impressed with.
Spank Acapella. Did a good job! Lots of harmony as well as audience engagement.
Jeff Hobson – Magician
Is also a comedian. Very funny and did a really good job with his illusions. He even showed how some tricks were performed, which for the most part still went over my head as to how to do them but was interesting to realize the methodology behind them none the less.
Blue Man Group
Fascinating and encouraged audience participation. While it's not really my style of entertainment I was glad that I went and had a chance to experience a Blue Man show. I think it's something that tweens would love!
The two following were the most enjoyable ways to spend an evening (besides dancing into the wee hours) Howl at the Moon and drum roll please... Slam Allen at his group at Fat Cats.
Just wow! The team of 3 at Howl are extremely talented talented and a lot of fun. Watching Drew DeFour play is enjoyable in itself as he really gets into the music. Cin has a gorgeous voice and plays the piano with heart. Michael is crazy talented & funny. Warning. Do NOT request him to play Piano Man unless you you're wearing pants. I totally forgot about this despite seeing what had happened previously. The last night on the ship I requested it. I was wearing a dress above the knees. Let's just say I hope that it's not on YouTube. LOL
One more tip. If you like Nintendo music, let Drew know.
It's nearly a tie between the above group and Slam allen at his band but after much deliberations I'm saving my favorite for last.
Slam Allen at Fat Cats Blues Bar
I'm not even a huge blues fan but I LOVE the way that they play. LOVE it! It draws you right in and becomes a part of you. It's just fabulous. What's neat too is that performers from other shows will often spend time there and he'll invite them to perform as well. It's an amazing show that really isn't to be missed. If you don't like the Blues, go anyway. If you don't like live music, go anyway. You won't regret it.
There were other very talented musicians playing throughout the ship. A latino band that kept the pool deck lively in the afternoons and even came to the Bliss lounge to play some favorite tunes. Lots of fun! A young pianist that played at a bar (I forget which, one near the Ice Bar) with smooth notes that while I never sat down to listen to would always enjoy hearing the notes linger in the air as a walked by. A guitarist that played around the reading area and more.
Other activities. Oh I can't even go into them all. Let's just say plenty.
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