Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Second Viva 500 Spanish Ship Sails To Port Canaveral

Juan Sebastian de Elcano

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida -- The Spanish Navy’s Juan Sebastian de Elcano arrived in Port Canaveral today as part of the Viva 500 celebration of 500 hundred years of Florida History.

The ship joins the 165 feet long El Galeón, a full-sized model of a 15th Century Spanish ship carrying a crew of twenty-six, that sailed into Port Canaveral last week.   Both vessels will host public and educational tours.

The Juan Sebastian de Elcano will remain in port from May 8-10 during the event.   It will be docked at Cruise Terminal 3 on the South side of Port Canaveral and will be open for public tours for a few hours each day.

The El Galleon will remain on exhibit in the Cove in Port Canaveral from May 1st to 12th and opens to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.  There is also an ongoing auction for a Mother's Day brunch.

General admission is $15 for adults and $11 for children.

Express passes, allowing visitors to schedule a two-hour window where they can skip the general admission line, are $22 for adults and $18 for children. A limited number of visitors can also attend an evening soirée with food, wine, and beer on May 11. 

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Photo: Brevard Times / Bob Socks