We Get Soaked While Sliding Downhill

The first and only sea day of this entire cruise happens to fall on Violet’s birthday. So we took advantage of this ship’s star attraction: the trifecta of waterslides crowning the pool deck. But before I get into how awesome the waterslides were, I’m just going to give you a sense of how the Epic is laid out:

Decks 1, 2 and 3: Who knows? They’re crew-only.

Deck 4: Where you get off the boat.

Deck 5: Restaurants, the “Atrium” club with live music.

Deck 6: Theatre, casino, some restaurants, the art gallery.

Deck 7: Shopping, the bowling alley, a restaurant or two.

Decks 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12: Rooms.

Deck 13: More rooms and the bridge.

Deck 14: More rooms, the spa, the Kids Club for Violet.

Deck 15: The buffet, the pool deck, waterslides, the Teen Club.

Deck 16: The Haven Courtyard, Restaurant and Lounge, and some of the Haven rooms (including ours.)

Deck 17: The rest of the Haven rooms, the gym, the Beach Club.

Deck 18: Our private sundeck.

Deck 19: The second part of our private sundeck.

So, back to the post! There are three waterslides on the Epic: a green one, a purple one, and a yellow one. The purple one is short but fast. The green one is a little slower but still fun. But the yellow one is the most fun!

On the “Epic Plunge” (which is what the yellow one is officially named), you get in an inner tube and go through a normal slide tunnel. Then it shoots you out onto a big bowl-shaped thing where the current spins you around faster and faster and then drops you into another tunnel, which drops super-fast before it dumps you into the pool!

Then we went to the arcade and got a ton of tickets. For dinner, we ate at the ship’s French restaurant, Le Bistro (on deck 6). Then we went to our respective Clubs (Kids for Vi, Teen for me) and had a blast. It was a great day!

- Hayden Strong

This is us following the Aidablu and Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, out of port. The Aidablu is on the left.

© Knstrong 2013