November 19th 2016
We made it through customs and soon we were on the ship. First stop was our little not so exciting state room.
Now that we got that straight we were onto the next AWESOME thing.... Not only was my room decorated BUT I got CAKE!!!!
All settled with our things, we decided it was time to hit up some lunch and take in the scenery.
The Norwegian Escape (The lines largest some 4,500+ staff occupancy) is built and has a very similar layout to the Breakaway we sailed on last year. It has all the same restaurants, including and our first stop the buffet. We had not had lunch yet, and ready to STUFF our faces. The ship was not scheduled to sail until 7pm that evening so we had plenty of time to check it all out.
Before we left for the cruise I had heard negative reviews specifically regarding the staff. Well maybe they were mad because everyone thought the tip was included like me and no one was tipping. At any rate I never had a problem with the staff everyone seemed friendly to me and our room fella was AWESOME!!! He would always say Hello Wendy...Hello Mark! He knew our names but I cannot recall his. He also dealt with the messiest room ever....not to mention it smelled of teen aged boys. Gavin is a mess and every day there were clothing from one end of that small room to the other, and every day the room was nice and neat...sometimes he even folded those cloths for us. WOW!!
While still in port, my mother in law suggested we book a spa day. I couldn't wait as I had seen the video on youtube on their INCREDIBLE spa room. We headed to the front of the ship and I took the tour, YOU CAN GET ANY BEAUTY TREATMENT EVER IMAGINED ON THIS SHIP!!! AND OH HOW LOVELY IS THIS?
I should note that while I had made a promise to myself to work out everyday on the cruise. I did not once make it back down to this area of the ship the entire trip (The gym was located outside the spa). ALL VICES CAME OUT THIS WEEK!!!! Excessive food, lots and lots of alcohol and TONS OF GAMBLING!!!! Yes I was riding the tailcoat of SIN!!!! (Cant wait for the next ride.)
We did the musket drills (as required) and learned about what we needed to do in an emergency. We even had a talking to about Android S7 phone (They might explode apparently). Found with one would be BIG TROUBLE!!!
I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I did last cruise. The layout is so similar that I really didn't want to take much of the same things. No pictures of the drill. Plus this time we couldn't even see the instructor and I have no idea WHAT was being said over the speaker. Thank God we didn't have an emergency.
The ship finally set sail just about sunset. Here is Miami at dusk!!!
We enjoyed the evening with drinks, dinner and relaxation.
After dinner the GAMES began in the Casino at Sea!!!! and look! Apparently everyone knows its my Birthday!
The rest of the night the ship sailed into the dark sea lulling us all into a deep sleep!!! Great end to an amazing day and an incredible Birthday!!!!