Wednesday, January 04, 2017

2016 Family Reunion Cruise

We had our somewhat regular family reunion event the week between Christmas and New Year.  This was another Carnival cruise but leaving from Port Canaveral.  Also, my side of the family crashed it so had lots of people on the boat!
After leaving port, we had a day as sea.  It was quite rough going but I didn't get sick like some.  The first port was Grand Turk.  Grand Turk is a tiny island that is basically a big beach.  We didn't do an excursion but hiked around.  We found some cool shells but the boat didn't let us bring them on board.
The second port was in the Dominican Republic.  We had an excursion planning at the waterfalls of Damajagua with Iguana Mama.  It was awesome.  We hiked a few miles into the jungle and then followed the river jumping down cliffs and sliding down waterfalls.  Highly recommended.
The next day we spent getting back to port.  Overall, it was fun but the amenities like food and the entertainment seemed a notch below previous cruises.
After departing, we hit Kennedy Space Center which was great.  I am not a big space fanatic but loved the older rockets like the Saturn V.
Lastly, we drove up to Blue Springs State Park to see manatees.  They spend the winter there due to the warmer waters.  It was pretty interesting and well worth the drive.

Blue Springs State Park

Business End of a Saturn V at Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Grand Turk and John Glenn

No Loafing!

Hiking on Grand Turk

Columbus Was Here

Dominican Republic
End of the Line at Grand Turk

Docked at Grand Turk

The Docks

Clan Takes Over Deck 5

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