Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old August 8th, 2007, 09:22 PM
rayb's Avatar
rayb rayb is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 3,867
Send a message via AIM to rayb Send a message via Skype™ to rayb
Default Shuttle Launch

The Endevor was on schedule for lift off at 6:36PM. It was beautiful launch. We watched it on TV until lift off then went out into the front Street and watched it disappear into the horizon. Wonderful. Good luck and a safe trip to their destination and return to earth in about 12-14 days.
__________________
RayBCruising on Canival Paradise July 13, 2017 4 days to Cubal--Cruising on Carnival Vista, 8 days, Jan 27, 2018 From Miami, FL.Cruising on Carnival Liberty 5 days from Port Canaveral Feb 22,2018
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old August 8th, 2007, 10:33 PM
Floridanamaw's Avatar
Floridanamaw Floridanamaw is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Florida panhandle
Posts: 1,731
Default

I've watched it on TV several times. One of my co-workers was there for the launch today. I was checking the launch schedule and found out that the day we return from our cruise in October (the 20th) the Discovery is scheduled for launch. I hope that nothing happens to delay that launch as we will still be in the area and I would love to see it. We have season tickets to KSC, but doubt we could get them in time. I hope we can watch it from the beach someplace. Ray, where do you recommend that we try to catch it?
__________________
Carnival legend November 2009
Carnival Glory October 2007
Carnival Elation November 2006


Need some cruise help?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old August 8th, 2007, 11:02 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Paul Motter Paul Motter is offline
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 11,005
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default

We (my wife & her family) are sailing on Mariner this November and we are planning a two-day visit to Kennedy Space Center.

We are doing the planning now, and considering they now say Port Canaveral is busier than Port Everglades, there is surprisingly little information out there about hotels, airports, transfers,etc.

We are looking at staying at Embassy suites now. Originally, we thought about flying into Melbourne and staying at the Crwne Plaza, but we moved on. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old August 9th, 2007, 09:02 AM
skymaster's Avatar
skymaster skymaster is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 10,931
Default

The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I could just barely see it from here in Lakeland. Too many low clouds and too much skud in the sky this time. God Speed and we pray for a successful mission, and safe return to Planet Earth.

Ken
__________________
Marine, Pilot, Singer, Tuba Player, Carnival "Diamond"!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old August 9th, 2007, 10:20 AM
AR AR is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 2,597
Default

Did seem to be one of the more perfect countdowns and launches. We've enjoyed visiting the Cape. Unfortunately, when we tried visiting the Johnson Center in Houston the other month on our way to Galveston for a cruise, somewhere between the parking lot and the ticket booth they shut the place down because some staff member had gone nuts and murdered two colleagues. So they declared a "security breach" (a classic understatement) and sent us away. They did refund our parking money.

When Matt was a flight instructor in Vero Beach in those kinder gentler days before 9/11, he checked out an airplane one day and he and I headed north. He called and asked for permission to do a "runway tour" at the Cape and it was granted, so we got to fly very slow and low (about 300 feet) along the shuttle runway for its entire length. That was very exciting, because we were well below the top of the vehicle assembly building, and got a long look at most of the features we know so well, including some of the launching pads--from an angle that most people could never hope for. They used to routinely grant those clearances back then if nothing was going on. I'm sure they don't allow it now.

He also told me that he was flying with a student one day during launch time. They contrived to stay just outside the restricted airspace and watched the launch from the air. He thought that was pretty amazing.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old August 9th, 2007, 10:50 AM
mehawk's Avatar
mehawk mehawk is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Houston aka Space City, Texas, USA
Posts: 9,718
Default

Aah, AR, don't we all wish we could return to those kinder, gentle days... makes me whimsical...
__________________
Michael


Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Courage and perserverance have a magical talisman; before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into the air.

Pick your company wisely! Hang around people who are going to help you become all God created you to be.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old August 9th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Mike M's Avatar
Mike M Mike M is offline
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 24,366
Default

I did see the replay but I have to admit that this is one launch that slipped by me. With all that has been going on my mind has been elsewhere and until the day before I didn't even know it was going up, which is something rare for me.

I'm glad it went off without a hitch and I hope that is indicative of the rest of the mission.

Paul:

Many people do a one way car rental: For multiple people it is equal or less expensive as cruise transfers and offers greater flexibility. Budget, Hertz and Thrifty are popular choices: Radisson is near Port Canaveral as well as Country Inn and Suites plus Residence Inn: All of these hotels have port shuttles: I know that Radisson's shuttle is included but not sure about the other two.

When looking for information, other than the boards, check Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old August 9th, 2007, 11:22 AM
Sea Trekker's Avatar
Sea Trekker Sea Trekker is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 1,937
Send a message via AIM to Sea Trekker
Default

We watched the launch on TV. There were to many clouds here.
We have been to Keenedy Space center many times.
It is one our favorite places.
Paul, I would consider a hotel/motel in the eastern edge of Orlando to stay. The Coco Beach area is mostly milatary, (kind of seedy if you know what I mean)
We usely stay at a best western or Hilton.
I don't know what is available. check with www.hotels.com
Carole
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old August 9th, 2007, 01:28 PM
skymaster's Avatar
skymaster skymaster is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 10,931
Default

I too used to watch the launches while flying just outside the restricted airspace. It gives you a whole new perspective on them! Absolutely beautiful! 8) Since I sold my last airplane some 10 years ago, I just stand outside here in the yard and watch them now. (not nearly as impressive, but still beautiful)

Ken
__________________
Marine, Pilot, Singer, Tuba Player, Carnival "Diamond"!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old August 9th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Paul Motter Paul Motter is offline
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 11,005
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default

Thanks for the advice, all. We are planning an article on the Kennedy Space Center, and they are being most cooperative. Egven promised us a lunch with an astronaut. WEe plan to do the full two0day tour, and so we will be staying at a hotel that offer a Kennedy Space Center package.

Right now we are looking at Embassy suites.

As to renting a car - that does seem to be the best bet, even though I much prefer the convenience of having a driver pick us up. Those car rental lines are torture, and everytime I see what was added in to my final bill I feel like I got ripped off.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shuttle launch today... Lombard Chit - Chat for Cruisers 4 April 5th, 2010 11:15 AM
Shuttle Launch Lindalou Royal Caribbean International 3 January 27th, 2010 09:54 PM
Don't forget the shuttle launch today. Lombard Chit - Chat for Cruisers 2 June 8th, 2007 06:44 PM
Shuttle launch today! MichelleP Chit - Chat for Cruisers 5 July 27th, 2005 05:28 AM
Shuttle Launch nolou525 Chit - Chat for Cruisers 4 July 14th, 2005 09:57 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:22 PM.
design by: Themes by Design