Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cruise to the Bahamas -- Day 3 at Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral wasn't one of the locations where our ship was originally supposed to stop; however, Hurricane Irene changed those plans.  At first, I wasn't too thrilled about this stop.  I've been to Florida SOOO many times before; why would I want to stop there on a cruise??  But it was what it was, and we were determined to make the best of it. 

We were supposed to go on a special trip at Grand Turks to visit an uninhabited island and see/touch stingrays in the wild.  Since we were no longer going to Grand Turk, we decided to use our refund for a different side trip.  We eventually settled on an airboat ride into the Florida swamps to look for alligators.  Mackenzie was a bit ..... dubious??.... at first, but as you'll see from the pictures, she had a GREAT time!

A view of Port Canaveral from the ship
Kenzie's ready for another adventure!
Looking at one of the other airboats and the dock
Ready to GOOOOOO!!!

Look closely -- it's our first alligator sighting of the afternoon!
And here it comes.....

Captain Kenzie, ready to to go hunt down those varmints!
After the airboat ride, we were given a demonstration by a local animal rescue group that specializes in wildlife/exotic creatures.  Here are the "critters" they brought for show and tell......

So guess which one Mackenzie had to hold afterwords?????


Back at the ship, leaving Port Canaveral, and enjoying the warm breezes.
A view of Cocoa Beach from the balcony of the ship.
Another look back at the beach
And last, but not least, our towel critter for the night?  Is it a bulldog?  Not quite sure......    

Tomorrow...... arriving in Nassau, the Bahamas!!


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