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Tall ships coming to Port Canaveral
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Posted: 2013 Apr 12 - 06:25

This 12-day event includes visit by Spanish Navy tall ship: one of only two ports in Florida

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The National Air, Sea and Space Foundation has announced it will host the Viva Florida 500 Tall Ship event: 12 days of fun and activities at Port Canaveral May 1-12, one of the state's signature events to celebrate it's 500th anniversary.

The 12-day tall ship event will be centered around the Andalucia Galleon that will be docked in the Cove at Port Canaveral.

The galleon is a replica of a century sailing ship, much like the ones explorers sailed on 500 years ago to discover Florida.

Displays and exhibits, including a 16th Century map exhibit, will be part of a festival-type atmosphere, surrounding the galleon that will include Spanish cuisine and wine.

The Spanish Navy's tall ship, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano, will make a special visit to Port Canaveral.

The de Elcano is a 370-foot, four-masted topsail, steel-hulled schooner training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy. It is the third-largest tall ship in the world and will visit for three days during the event, Wednesday through Friday, May 8-10. The de Elcano will be open for free public tours for a limited time on May 8-9.

The galleon will host more than 4,000 of Brevard School's fourth- and fifth-grade students during the week, with public tours in the afternoons and both weekends.

The National Air, Sea and Space Foundation will host evening events onboard the galleon Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11.

Purchase tickets in advance for the event at http://airseaspace.org. Advanced price tour tickets start at $15, with free parking. Tickets for the Saturday evening event on May 10 onboard the galleon are available for $75.

Corporate partnerships and Friends of the Foundation memberships are available.

The galleon is also available for companies to host private events and groups to host fundraisers onboard.

For more information, contact Paulle-Ann Harris, project director, at (321) 613-3990 or by email at paulleann@airseaspace.org.

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