Cognitive dissonance in Port Canaveral, Fun airboat excursion, We’re all packed, cashing in our Big O points

The seas became completely calm after dinner Sunday and we docked late that night in Port Canaveral to offload the injured passenger. This morning, we freaked out while eating a leisurely breakfast in a port where we have embarked/debarked on four Disney cruises. We thought about those early and rushed debarkation mornings (ours is unfortunately tomorrow) and relaxed on the Terrace having coffee with a nice view of Disney Dream (one of the ships we cruised on in 2011, a fun but ridiculously short 3-day cruise).

At 10:15 am, we got on the bus for our tour to Midway airboats, located near Christmas, Florida (northwest of Titusville). This airboat company is on the St. John river, which is a big flood plain for much of the year. It was cool today, in the low 70’s, so we definitely needed the jackets we brought. Each airboat seats 16 people and our group was large enough to require three boats. Passengers put on noise-dampening headsets with microphones to ask questions and we were advised to not bring anything with us that we didn’t want to lose, so I left the cane on the bus and we didn’t wear hats. And we were off!! The boat pulled away from the dock and our Captain hit the gas almost immediately. These airboats can reach a top speed of 60 mph and it really feels like you are flying across the water and grasses.

Although it was a cool and windy, but sunny, day, we were fortunate to see several alligators trying to warm themselves in the sun, along with many different types of birds (anhinga, cormorants, herons, ibises, roseate spoonbills) and the strange phenomenon of seeing cattle that graze and swim in the shallow flood plain. Our boat also entered a beautiful Bald Cypress grove on protected land that is flooded now, but will be dry land in a few weeks. The trip was over too soon and it was a lot of fun. Before we boarded the bus, we could pose for pictures holding a young alligator. The shop attached to the boat dock also had a huge resident Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named Pork Chop, who was adorable.

We packed when we got back to the ship. Tomorrow in Miami we are doing a HoHo bus trip to kill time before heading to the ship for our flight through Houston to home. They will store our bags while we gawk at the art deco hotels in South Beach.

This afternoon we played our last trivia game for points; our team, the Quebec Nordiques, came in second overall and we cashed in for “terrific prizes”. With our 101 points, we got a visor, an umbrella and Steve got a long-sleeve white t-shirt. Wheeee!!!

Finally,we’re keeping an eye on our shipboard account. We have a nice little credit from the Bingo win, but it hasn’t hit our credit card yet (might take a little time).

My final post about our trip home and the highlights and lowlights, will be added soon.

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