The end of an Epic journey

My last look at the Epic as we headed to the zoo that was created by US Boarder Patrol and Customs. They were clearing passengers so slowly that disembarkation had to be suspended several times to allow the backlog to clear in the Custom's hall.
It took me an hour from the time I took this picture until I reached the street and the car waiting for me. Perhaps the fact the government is broke was one of the causes of the delay. For the first time they made me pay duty on the 4 cartons of cigarettes I openly declared. With 3000 people backed up behind me that shut down the booth, walked me to the cashier, to collect the massive amount of $11.70. This is the first time in 25+ cruises they waisted everyone's time. In fact I have a friend who worked the airports for years for US Customs and the policy is not to waste the resources to collect less then $20.
I just had to laugh at the whole thing. They were not going to steal my joy from the last 10 days.
I have started shorting through the 960 pictures from this trip and once I cut them down to a reasonable amount I will come back here and post a link to them.
I hope those that stopped by this blog enjoyed it and appreciate the time that many took to the share a few thoughts from the Epic.


  1. Jim, thanks to all of you that took the time out to post. I know how difficult that can be but it is appreciated.
    I look forward to the rest of your thoughts and pictures as they develop (pun intended)over the next few weeks.

  2. Jim - I very much appreciate the time, energy and wit it took to post the blog and the pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every post and picture.

    Thank you all!!

  3. Jim you are indeed NCL's best ambassador and an unlimited resource for all things NCL ! Cruising with you is a great adventure (Martini Clinic a perfect example). Till we cruise again :-)