If you are a Non-Parent, you better like kids!
I don't have kids, but I like them. My travel companion isn't too much into the Kid Department. It was funny to see her squirm w/ all the keikis all over the place. I didn't have too see them that much, so when I did see them - for example the two kids we sat w/ at dinner along with their single dad - they were pretty cool.
But basically, yeah - it's Disney. You gotta count on TONS of kids being on the ships w/ their folks or grandparents. Or worse yet, Family Reuninons! Yikes.
Seemed like the Parents LOVED the cruises, however. There are "Children Programs" for a variety of age groups from Infant Day Care to Teenager Clubs.
You can drop your kid off, and parents will be given A PAGER. The kids will get a Bar Code Stripped Bracelet... and then parents? WALK away from responsibilty. Disney will take care of the kids from 9am - 12 Midnight!
NOT bad. Just parents??? Don't forget to pick up your kids before you leave the ship!
- Family Travel
Expect security at the entire space complex to be tighter than ever. If you have been there before, you will see the difference. Expect restrictions on what you can take on the tours and inspections of any bags you take into the Visitors Center. I do know that you can no longer get the detailed maps and pictures from the KSC web site that they once had. Be sure and check their web pages or call them if you have any questions on security restrictions before you go. Check the links above for contact information.
Warnings? Yes, there's one....
Warnings? Yes, there's one.
DON'T ever head to Florida from July to August.
Man, the weather's sooooo HOT (read: hotter than Singapore. How can that be?) that I almost fainted from heat stroke/ dehydration...(the works!). If you, like me, can't come any other time but during this period, bring a HUGE bottle of SUNBLOCK lotion and a gallon of water to drink! Would you believe it if I tell you I spent US$20 on drinks (read: COKE) alone? Not kidding. That's to show you how dehydrated I was and how expensive those drinks were. :-(
Cover Up Or Burn Up
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that refuse to put on suncream and opt for nothing or even baby oil or cooking oil in the naieve belief that it will help them tan quicker. It will not, it will only make you burn and then peel quicker.
A high factor sunscreen is always a good idea, a healthy white skin is far more attractive than burnt, peeling red skin.
When buying the sunscreen make sure that it doesn`t have water or agua as an ingredient, it evaporates in the heat and doesn`t help you at all.
I would also recommend a hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses as well to help protect you from the suns harmful rays.
Security is very tight at the moment. You can only take in essential baggage, so backpacks are out. Heavily armed guards patrol the entrance and once you are inside you must empty everything out of your pockets and pass through a metal detector. You must then take cameras and any other electrical items apart and show that they work.
Be aware of your surroundings
The tour guides will do all they can to enusre your safety. You need to be aware that you are in the middle of a wildlife area and keep your eyes open. We observed an alligator in a pool right at the visitors center and there are, of course, snakes in the area.
The Dangers of Space
There is always a Danger in Flying. Space Travel has had a Good record but things will happen. This is Dedicated to The Crew and Families of COLUMBIA. Thanks For Openning The World of Space to Us.
Feb. 1st. 2003.
The Muster Drill
The Muster Drill is mandatory for all passengers. Attendance is taken. No one is allowed to leave and continue their fun untill all passengers have particpated in the drill.
Except for the occaisional...
Except for the occaisional KLINGON, unless youre WARPed, travel is the STAR of this TREK; after all travel is #ONE....ENGAGE!