With two ships, and four different itineraries, it's not hard to understand why Disney Cruise Line has become one of the greatest success stories of modern cruising.
The Disney Magic (which sails the 7 day itinerary) and the Disney Wonder (which sails the 3 and 4 day itineraries) are among the most beautiful ships at sea. Designed with an art-deco style reminiscent of the great luxury liners of the early 1900's, these vessels combine the charm of old-world luxury sailing with all the technology and amenities that Disney is famous for. Not content to simply create another cruise line, Disney has played to their best qualities in designing these ships. An entire section of the ship dedicated to children's activities, on-board activities that cater to every personal whim, whether for families, singles, couples or seniors.
Manuel took offense at my use of the word VIRGIN VOYAGE.... Hmmmm..
Built by the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder represent Disney's first foray into the Cruise business. The massive vessels (both are identical with the exception of one restaurant, and the themeing of their on-board entertainment districts) weigh in at an impressive 83,000 tons and measure more than 964 feet in length.
Each liner can hold up to 2400 passengers in 877 staterooms. The ships carry 20 lifeboats, as well as 55 life rafts, enough to accommodate more than 1 1/2 times the ships maximum sailing capacity.
The ship is home to more than 900 crew members representing more than 20 nations around the world (Disney Cruise Line is the only Cruise Line to feature such a multi-cultural crew). On board guests will find 4 themed restaurants, an adult entertainment district, a live Broadway style theatre venue, a movie theatre, 3 pools, a 9,000 square foot Spa center, more than 15,000 square feet of children's entertainment areas, 5,500 square feet of retail stores, and much more.
I found our rooms to be large... large enough. Sue had the big bed (since she paid, hehehe...) and I had the pullout couch which is futon like, and I sleep on futons... so I was a happy camper. It was win win for us both!
IThe staterooms on board the Disney Cruise Line vessels are approximately 25% larger than the industry standard, with more than 70% of the staterooms having either an ocean view porthole, or an open air verandah.
I'll admit, there were tons of kids, but you know what? You didn't see them THAT much. Still a cruise ship with late hours of booze and a casino might have been more fun. Not sure...
As you speak with those who have experienced the Disney Cruise Line, you start to see a common theme in their comments. Families comment on how wonderful the family oriented programming is, while singles and couples delight that they hardly even noticed any children on board. This is something that Disney does with great effort, and the end result is a magnificent guest experience.
Go play around inside of a spacecraft!!
Click here for Kennedy Space Center Travelogue
working inside the U.S. Laboratory Module of the International Space Station
If you are over 18, in Cape Canaveral and have a sense of adventure then you really must stop at the FairVilla Megastore. Hexepatty asked us if we wanted to stop at this store as she was looking to purchase an item of lingere. We pulled into the parking lot and stopped at a octagonal building with no windows and only one door. "What could this be" I wondered. Oh my gosh, hahahaha it was a store very similar to Fredricks of Hollywood but this was a megastore so it had 2 levels of sexy clothing to books, massage oils and candles. What a hoot! We roamed through the aisles giggling and outright laughing at some of the things you could purchase for yourself or a loved one.
Sorry I did not take photos but I am sure you could use your imagination. Gee, I never thought I would write a tip like this.
I did not make a purchase here at Fairvilla nor did Patty or Kristi. But you can check them out on line for yourself.
The Kennedy Space Centre is inside a huge swamparea that is as well a natural park. The park is a sanctuary for many (swamp) animals among which aligators. A natural protection for the Space Centre (-:
If you're ready for the beach, head over to Cocoa Beach, just next door! Actually, the beach was pretty desolate when I went. We didn't stay long... maybe 30 minutes at most... dipped our toes in the water and that was about it. OH, but be warned! This is like a public nude beach, I think... well, there was an old, naked guy walking around at one part of the beach (we moved).. ick!
Ok so this wasnt exactly a tour of Floridas' aerospace facilities on the Atlantic Coast, but it was, I hope, thought provoking. As a traveler I am sure of TWO things..
(1) we all sat down like this little fellow when we were young and were in wonderment about how much there was to see on this 'blue marble' AND how we were going to see it all.
(2)Someday the flippent jabber ive just written above will seem vastly archaic in no time and travel as we know it is sure to change.
I just wonder what airfare from Orlando to Orion will cost and if they'll accept my Visa card there?
One of only three such rockets in existence, all 363 feet of it hangs from the celling above different exhibits celebrating the Apollo program.Touch a moon rock, buy freeze-dried ice cream, see a lunar car and get up close with the capsules that brought the Apollo astronauts back to Earth.Finally, visit the Lunar Theater, wich provides a rare view at the hair-raising final minutes before man landed on the moon.
Cape Canaveral: Then and Now is an in-dept journey through the Cape's 50 years of space exploration.
The tours are $20 each in addition to the regular admission price.
Admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is $25 for adults, the price includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, IMAX films, and all attractions and exhibits.
I was finally able to see this lighthouse as the Disney Fantasy left the channel.
The original lighthouse on Canaveral was a 65-foot brick tower, constructed in 1848. A new tower (built after the Civil War) was composed of metal plates with a brick lining. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse didn’t receive its distinctive black bands until 1873 - before that it was all white
Now the launch towers at the Cape are quite visible for a long distance - they are taller than the lighthouse. The lighthouse was automated in 1967. The strong vibrations, which accompanied the frequent launches, were starting to shake the lens to pieces - several prisms had actually fallen out of the supporting brass framework. The lighthouse was restored by the Coast Guard starting in 1995 and since December 2000, it is owned by the Air Force. Grounds and the first four levels of the tower are open open during tours.
The 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Office offers a free bus tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This three-hour tour includes a visit to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, as well as active and retired launch pads and the lighthouse. Tours begin at 8:45 a.m. at the South Gate of Cape Canaveral AFS. Reservations are required and can be made by calling any of the three numbers below
Everything here is so 'off the beaten path'. Where else in the world can you touch and bang on the 64 m long rocket like that one behind me?