Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center

That last post updated a few days late...

So we have been aboard for 2 days and its pretty fun so far, barring some (expected?) family drama. Plenty of food, and enough pools though it has been a bit cold so far. The people aboard are a bit depressing however. Old, fat, full, and annoying! And the staff has a bit of attitude (Royal Caribbean).

Today we had a shore excursion to the Kennedy Space Center. We made port around 1pm and got the the KSC around 230. The driver took us on a bus tour of the facilities and we saw the launch pads, rocket construction facility, and a 'rocket garden' which was reminiscent of the rocket graveyard in Huntsville, Alabama. It was all pretty cool, but very rushed, as we had to be back at the bus by 6pm.  We saw an IMAX 3D presentation of hubble images which was awesome (narrated by Leo DiCaprio-coincidence?). There was also a launch simulator, but that was a bit of a fantastical family ride, and not an authentic experience as I had hoped.

Tomorrow we make port in Nassau, Bahama, and I am looking forward to cloudless sun, fine sand, and azul water.

Sorry for the rushed post...again!

Waiting to Disembark in Beyonne, NJ

So today is the day I begin my pre-journey. Yes, I will he heading down to Central America in just a few short weeks, but today I begin the family holiday adventure of a lifetime. A 7 day cruise from Jersey to Florida (and the Bahamas?) on The Explorer of the Seas, the first of the mega cruise ships holding about 5,000 passengers (I guess?) and 6,000 buffets (I hope!).

We are lovingly referring to it as "The Cruise of Doom!" This is largely because we are sailing from the deathtrap icy waters of the winter North Atlantic through Cape Hatteras and the Bermuda Triangle during the Mayan Apocalypse, with limited alcohol (and no opportunity for recreational drugs). And to top it all off this ship is classified "unsinkable"...I've heard that line before.

Best case scenario, this ship is actually some kind of secret arc for the preservation and procreation of mankind after the flood waters receed. Clearly, I just don't know because of the security clearance issues... However, looking around the waiting area in this converted hanger(?) I'm not sure that we're the best and brightest of mankind, or youngest...and certainly not the best looking:/ oh, if If Elijah Wood could see us now.

Ok, ready for fun and adventure on the high seas!