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We boarded the Disney Dream around 11:45 and then went straight to Cabana's for lunch. After enjoying what I thought was a really good meal of tenderloin, shrimp, crab legs and various other offerings, I was ready to check out our connecting staterooms. At exactly 1:30 pm, the ropes came down and guests were allowed in to their staterooms. We had obstructed forward ocean view rooms on Deck 6 (6000 and 6002). They were considered obstructed because the bow of the ship was immediately below our windows. You could still see the view in front of the ship, so I didn't mind paying less for what I didn't consider a horrible obstruction.
With six in our family, we needed connecting staterooms. Chelle and I shared a room with Lily, while the boys took over the other room. Both rooms had queen beds and a single sofa bed. There was ample storage space and even some bonus floor space in these particular rooms because of the angle of the front wall of the ship. The split bathrooms in each room allowed someone to use the toilet or a second sink while someone else was showering. This was really convenient as we prepared for the day and cleaned up for dinner each evening.
The stateroom host did an excellent job of keeping our room clean during the day and preparing it in a special way each night before bedtime. Although we didn't spend a lot of time in the rooms, we appreciated the space when we were there.
I liked the Disney cruise because they had an Oceaneer Club. They exploded fake volcanoes. You can steer the Disney Dream on the Disney Dream simulator. We didn't eat the food in the Club, but it looked really good.
We got to see a lot of the characters on the ship. My favorite was Pirate Minnie. I liked Pirate night.
The food on the ship was awesome. I had a dream that I went on a cruise again and had the same waiters. They were awesome. They were funny and they did cool magic tricks.
They had really good doughnuts too. It was fun talking to Crush at dinner.
I liked the Disney cruise because there were a lot of different activities I could do throughout the day so if I got bored with one thing there was always something else I could go do. Like say the basketball courts had just closed down at 6, I could just go to Vibe and hang out there or go swimming, or I could do both because Vibe has private pools. Also, the food was really good and there was always something I could eat, like ice cream from the ice cream machines.
My oldest son Michael and I spent the day at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Center near Cocoa Beach, Florida. I have been a fan of the U.S. space program since watching Apollo launches as a young boy. I returned early from a camping trip to watch the first launch of Space Shuttle Columbia in April 1981. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, the public focus has shifted a bit to the commercial efforts in space. However, NASA is working on the next generation of manned space flight beyond low earth orbit with the Space Launch System and it is starting to get exciting for me again.
I have visited KSC before, but this was my first visit to the new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. It was very cool. The only thing that could have made it better was to actually go in the spacecraft. They have done about the next best thing, which is have a flight deck mock-up available for visitors to sit in the commander and pilot seats or pretend you are a mission specialist working with the robotic arm in the payload bay. Several simulators are available to give one an opportunity to pretend to be an astronaut for a few minutes.
The Apollo Saturn V Center is also an awesome experience, which includes walking beneath the gigantic Saturn V Apollo rocket that took Americans to the moon. The huge multi-stage spaceship is on its side and covers more length than a football field. There is also a moon rock available to touch.
There are many other attractions, including the bus tour (which you must take to see the Apollo Saturn V), Shuttle Launch Experience and lunch with an astronaut. You can definitely spend more than one day visiting the KSC, but we felt like we saw the highlights in our full-day visit. I would like to go back and visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame, which is close and included in the price of admission.
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