Posted April 12th, 2013, 05:57 PM
There are two excursions to the Kennedy Space Center offered.
1. Kennedy Space Center VIP (PC14) - $78 and 8 hours
2. Kennedy Space Center w/ NASA up close (PC15) - $102 and 7.5 hrs
The 2nd one includes all of the first plus " 2-hour narrated journey through the Space Shuttle program, from launch preparation to lift-off"
Any help in determining the real difference between the two RCCL excursions
I did the NASA "Up Close" last year as part of a port stop. Our excursion guide gave up the admission tickets to Kennedy Space Center. We had some time to explore the Rocket Garden, watch an IMAX movie, and look at other exhibits around the main entrance area. We had a time to meet our excursion guide for the Kennedy Space Center tour bus. (We also had a specific time to meet the excursion guide back at bus to get back to the ship, so time was very limited after the guided Kennedy Space Center tour bus to explore other exhibits.)
The Kennedy Space Center tour bus is were the difference between "Up Close" and "VIP" come into play. The "VIP" tour goes to a tower that visitors have to climb up to view the property. The "Up Close" tour bypasses the tower and goes around the property to the VAB, launch pads, landing strip, and other buildings. The "Up Close" tour guide for my trip was a retired NASA employee who was able to share with us information going back to the moon landing. At the end of the tour, we are dropped off at the Apollo/Saturn V center. There's a presentation, then time to look around the Apollo/Saturn V center, but time is limited. You will have to get in line to board a different Kennedy Space Center to get back to the main entrance. The bus ride is 15-20 minutes. We didn't have time to do anything else to get back to the bus to ship in time.
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