Cape Canaveral Travel Blog› entry 4 of 10 › view all entries
We returned to the Port Canaveral cruise terminal from our Kennesdy Space Center tour at 3:30 p.m. and reboarded the Pride. The ship would not sail until 7:30 p.m. We'd missed lunch service on board, so I grabbed a burger from the grill on the Lido Deck. (I already had my burger when Susan discoverd fresh Reuben sandwiches were still being served elsewhere!) The Lido was lively with other passengers who had returned or elected not to disembark.
Other passengers were still at their activies. The Port Canaveral stop enables passengers to visit DisneyWorld in Orlando, spend time on the beach at Cocoa Beach, go on an airboat ride, or visit the Kennedy Space Cneter as we had done. As well as a destination on this cruise, Port Canaveral is used to resupply and provision the ship. (Carnival has a significant presence in Port Canaveral, but the Pride is the only ship it operates from Baltimore.) The staff and crew also use to opportunity to shop and visit the mall. They also seek stores to buy foods from their cultures. (Our dining room cocktail waitress told us how she bought Thai foodstuffs in Florida that she and others could cook during the voyage as a reminder of home.)
Carnival Pride sailed promptly for the Bahamas at 7:30 p.m., just in time to watch the sun set over the Flordia coastline. As we proceeded down the channel, crew members of a freighter in port were taking photos of our passing, just as I snapped their ship!