glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Port Canaveral Welcome Norwegian Epic to Her New Home Port

On November 12, 2016 Port Canaveral threw a huge party to welcome the Norwegian Epic to her new home here.  Locals turned out in droves for the festivities.  Parking was not a problem at Jetty Park and was complimentary for the party-goers.  There were games, music, DJ, dancing, food and hand-outs - two men on stilts even played basketball with the kids and some not so little "kids"  like me.  I ran into several neighbors and we had fun line dancing.  The big attraction, though, was the ship which departed just at sunset.  As she left dolphins escorted her out the channel.  I doubt that the dolphins were posed there since we see them regularly but it was wonderful timing for them to appear.  They did not join the Carnival Magic as she left earlier for her departure.  See some of my photos below.

Commemorative Handout at the Welcome Party

At sunset the Norwegian Epic finally departed the port to the cheers of the crowd.

As The Epic passes where I was standing...

The commemorative photo given to party-goers of The Epic

View of the sunset as I left the port

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Epic Port Canaveral Sail-A-Bration

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BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Smart Dolphins, choosing NCL over Carnival.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

It was really a beautiful sight seeing the dolphins leading the Epic through the channel.  It is a common sight to see dolphins but not so many of them at once. 

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Nice pics!  Cape Canaveral seems to be hitting a nice stride as a cruise port.

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

I can't wait to sail out of Port Canaveral ....... in March. We've driven by it so many times and admired all of the ships in port. It sure has grown since my very first cruise out of PC back in about '89.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Sailed into Canaveral once as a destination port. I was impressed. It was a nice looking port.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

. I could not agree more.  It has come a long way from when I first arrived in the area.    The port  has ten mostly  water front restaurants and Lounges and you can even stay in one of 8 small vacation cabin right in jetty Park or go RV camping.  In the past, the port has hosted such huge  events as Art Shows, Boat Show Events,  Seafood Fests, etc...but now that we have two mega ships, the port will need all the available parking for the cruise industry.  The Exploration Tower is a great place to visit and very inexpensive.  Good way to spend a couple of hours if you are in port for the day.  It is right in the port near the restaurants.  Jetty park is a great beach to visit and it is alongside the port.   Or if fishing is your thing, there is the Malcolm E. McLouth recreation Pier at Jetty Park that is paved and lighted.  Or, take take a daytime or nighttime Fishing boat charter.  The port is becoming a destination itself.  

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