Our flight was scheduled to leave at 3:55 pm from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. We had errands to run on the way to the airport so we left extra early. We arrived at the airport around noon. After checking our bags we made our way through the TSA pre-check and to the Delta Lounge. The TSA pre-check is one of the most valuable things we have ever done. It has saved us so much time and hassle over the years. We enjoyed a couple of hours in the lounge before heading to the gate.
The flight went smoothly. Once at the Orlando airport we grabbed our bags and headed to Hertz. We ended up with a bright blue SUV which turned out to be really easy to find in parking lots! The drive from the airport to our hotel was easy with very little traffic.
We arrived at the Radisson Resort by the Port at 9:30 pm. It took about 15 minutes for the hotel to find us a room and check us in. We loaded up the luggage cart and pushed it all the way to the room which was quite a challenge navigating corners and the bumpy walkways. We put the room card in the door and the door opened but the chain seemed to be on it on the inside. We closed the door and tried again. Same thing. Weird. So my husband left us there and went to the front desk to find out what was going on. A couple of minutes later a very tired and confused man opened the door that we were trying to get into. Apparently the hotel had booked us into a room that already has someone staying in it. We were just very thankful that the chain was on the door and we didn’t just all barge into the room!! The hotel did comp us a night for the inconvenience so no complaints about that issue from me.
My short review of the Radisson is that I would not stay there again. We had originally booked the Comfort Inn and Suites but due to the hurricane it will be closed until December. The Radisson is in need of updating. The beds are small and uncomfortable. Not the worst hotel I have stayed in but certainly not the best.
On Saturday the boys and girls split up for the day. The girls did some shopping at the Merritt Island mall and the boys went to tour the space center. I am happy to pass along some information on the space center if anyone is interested. We had a couple of really awesome Uber drivers while in Port Canaveral. Very chatty and entertaining. After shopping we went to Grills restaurant and bar right next to the cruise port. We were able to see 2 Carnival, 1 Disney and the Navigator sail away. The food was good but the drinks were not. We aren’t even sure the mixed drinks had any alcohol in them. I would definitely go back to Grills to watch the ships but next time I would order bottled beer!
After dinner we headed back to the hotel to pack up and get ready for the next day.