You may have wondered why Palm Beach Happening didn’t have any new articles from March 24 – April 4? Well, everyone needs a break now and then, and we here at Palm Beach Happening are no different.

We spent a week aboard the Norwegian Epic on her final Western Caribbean trip of the season. The Epic, which until recently had been based out of the Port of Miami, spends roughly half the year touring Europe, and the rest of the year zipping through the Caribbean from their new homeport of Port Canaveral.

Our trip began relatively stress free. We arrived at Port Canaveral at 12:15pm, checked baggage curbside and were onboard by 1:20pm.

Now, there are many schools of thought as to how to spend the first few hours aboard ship. Some try to enter their cabin, while others hit the pool. Many, however, choose to hit the buffet. Regular readers will know our unabashed love of food, so our first stop was the Garden Cafe, their buffet on deck 15. After a bountiful lunch, we were in our balcony room by 2:30pm, and luggage was in room by shortly after the sailaway party; about 5 p.m. One member of our party, however, did not get their second piece of luggage until about 10pm.

Although Norwegian is big on freestyle cruising, with several dining establishments to choose from, we found ourselves enjoying most of our meals in the Taste Restaurant. The food and service was very good. Our waiter was Mohammed, who was very attentive, and who became almost a friend by the end of the week. We also met the hotel director, Richard Janicki and his assistant, Joesel Pemberton who offered to help with any and all needs during the cruise. The VIP treatment was very nice! Stay tuned for an interview with the Hotel Director in next week’s #SailawaySaturday.

On day 2, Sunday, we went back to Taste for breakfast. The food was once again very good, but since we didn’t get Mohammed, the waiter was not quite as engaging. Afterwards, we spent some time in the casino, wandered the ship, and then hit the pool.

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