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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26502 posts, RR: 58
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7656 times:

Myself and fellow friend and Anetter Flyboy_se decided to go on NCL's new cruise liner which was being launched on the 4th October. The deals were very good for this mini cruise and with the Norwegian Gem just out of the Papenburg ship yard it would mean that it would be like a new car. The trip was too good to miss so we booked our flights . I was travelling from Dublin and Flyboy_se was flying from Stockholm. We met in AMS and then had to get the train to Rotterdam which was where the ship was leaving from.

DATE: 4TH OCTOBER 2007
FLIGHT: EI 602
ROUTE: DUB-AMS
A/C : A320
TIME: 0610
SEAT : 1C
CLASS : ECONOMY

I checked in online the night before to get my seat choice but chose to collect my boarding card at the SSK. (Self Service Kiosk). I arrived at the airport at 4am and got my boarding card.





The Aer Lingus Gold Circle lounge does not open until 0515am so I just had a walk around the airport terminal trying to kill time .





I then went through security which was open at 4am which I think is a good idea unlike LHR where they open at around 515am and then its a rush to get everyone through for the 6am flights!!!

I walked to the B gates to see what AC were on stand.









I then went upto the lounge as it was nearly 0515am.



I had a walk around outside the lounge and saw this crew room.





Lounge finally opened










My flight was leaving from the A gates which is quite a walk so I only got 15 mins in the lounge!!! If EI are going to be using the A gates more and more they should consider re opening the old Gold Circle lounge near the A gates again.









As I boarded I was greeted by a friendly and professional crew member called Yvonne. She was one of the older FA's and knew how to offer a warm welcome. Every few passengers were greeted by their names as she looked at their boarding cards. There was one guy that looked to be in a bad mood but she picked up on this and said ''Good morning Mr ........ your very welcome on board'' he smiled and so did she. Nice touch I thought.

I took my seat 1C but then a group of 3 guys came on and asked if I would swap to 1D as they wanted to sit together. Its didnt bother me as long as I got an aisle so I agreed. Turned out to be a good deal as row 1DEF were empty so I had a row of 3 to myself. We were all seated when the pilot came on the PA and announced that due to fog in AMS we had a delay of upto 1 hour and 40mins!!! I thought typical , just on the day I need to be on time. I texted Flyboy_se and he texted me back saying it was the same on his ARN-AMS flight also. After 15 mins we got good news from the pilot and he said AMS was now clearing so we pushed back away from the gate area.





Taking off from DUB.


After take off the crew came round with B.O.B. and I opted for the Irish Breakfast for EUR8. I thought it was good value and came with orange juice and coffee.



After that i slept until we landed in AMS. Still a bit foggy.



The time it took to get to the gate seemed longer than the flight but we eventually got there and got off.



Flyboy_se's flight was due in 30 mins later than mine so I decided to go to the viewing terrace which I have never seen before. The entry is free and you get great views of the air field.



























Suriname Airways


After that I went back down to the arrivals to meet Flyboy_se we then went to the train station and got the train to Rotterdam. The rail network in Holland is great and good value for money. It cost EUR10.20 single and the journey time took us 42mins. The guy at the ticket counter was so friendly and even told us the platform for the next train. On arrival in Rotterdam we were not sure how to get to the port and we asked a staff member from the tram company. She was very nice and took us over to a waiting tram and told the conductor to tell us where to get off. We were really impressed.

Arriving at the ship .




We checked in and boarded the ship. As soon as we stepped on board we were amazed!!! It was a floating luxury hotel.

Cabins

Balcony




Outside





Inside



And for the rich !! A courtyard Villa with private everything LOL...























A bath with a view


So after dropping our bags in our cabins which had private balconies we explored the ship .































View of Rotterdam from the ship . Not a great day weather wise but who cares when your on this amazing ship!!!



Chapel!!!













Cagneys Steak house





Bar/lounge





Cafe







Kids clubs







Another restaurant





The Atrium with larger than live Wii screen !!!







The main pool area






Now thats what I call breakfast!!!


Library


Fitness




Spa













Showtime









































Bowling alley and night club








The white cliffs of Dover!!




Security ......makes sure we are safe.


The bridge






More food !!!





On top deck for the in augual fireworks display




The grand finale was a evening with Ruby Wax!!! She is brilliant and I managed to get my photo taken with her.




After 2 nights onboard this amazing ship we took the 0830am transfer coach to LHR. It took just under 2 hours and when we arrived we went to T1 to check me in with BMI and then to T3 to check Flyboy_se in on SK . I have to say getting to T3 from T1 was hell and the whole place is a building site. The place was jammed packed and an experience I never want to go through again. To top it off the girl at the check in counter for SK was a total cow and when asked if she had any Priority tags for Flyboy_se's case she replied '' we have run out ages ago . If its so important I will go all the way over to Air Canada and borrow one''. He had a J class ticket and was entitled to have priority tags. She was such a nasty person that I told her to go to AC and get one which she looked at me then did go to get one !!!

Anyway our flights were not until 1750 and 1800 so I said to Flyboy_se that I would take him to my old home area near to Heathrow. We took the Tube to Hounslow and went shopping.

Going down Da Treaty Innit !!! LOL....If your from West London you will get the joke ....






Arrr great to be back for some Indian treats








After a few hours we took the train back to Hatton Cross to do a bit of spotting . Sadly the planes were not landing over Hatton Cross but we enjoyed watching the take off's anyway.





SU to SVO








After a while we went back on the tube to T3 and Flyboy_se went through security. I then proceeded to T1

Building at T3




T1 BMI Long haul check in


View from the BMI Gold card Lounge




















DATE: 6TH OCTOBER 2007
FLIGHT: BD 131
ROUTE: LHR-DUB
A/C : A320
TIME: 1750
SEAT : 2A
CLASS : BUSINESS

After a while in the lounge , time to board.







































Terminal 5













After take off dinner was served.. Choice of Curry or Steak and Ale caserole. I went for the latter which was really tasty.





After a pleasant flight and good service by friendly crew we landed into DUB.

Etihad getting ready for flight back to AUH.


A suprise sight !!! Air Greenland....anyone know where it was going to???





Home sweet home .......... So thats it guys , thanks for reading , I know it was rather long but its difficult to express everything on such a trip. I had a fab few days and I cant wait until my next cruise vacation!!

Comments appreciated !! If you liked it let me know !!! Any questions just ask .....

Thanks again

OA260


AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
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User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7656 times:

Excellent report, as usaul!
You really do get "trigger happy" when you're off on your travels (which is a good thig mind you)!
Well done,

Mike-EISHN



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User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3901 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7656 times:

Nice TR.

I have to say that cruise ship looks pretty cool, the decor kinda reminds me of the ew Cork International Airport Hotel. All those lime greens, blues and funny shapes, I think!

I have to say the BD business product does not look like its up to much, was it just yourself in J, and what were the loads in Y like?

Brian.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlineFlyboy_se From Qatar, joined Feb 2000, 780 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7658 times:

Excellent TR as usual OA260!!!
I really enjoyed it. Brings back some good memories from our trip.
Efharisto Poli. Will try to post my part tomorrow when i finish work



Let´s fly away
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

OA260

What an amazing report you've put online here  Smile Ok, it's mostly a bit different then we used to see here, because most of us here expect something that flies around  Wink but this ship... just amazing! Is this a normal service/cruise out of Rotterdam? I've never looked into these cruises myself, but after your pictures, I also wanna try it out Big grin
Tell me, how's the service on such a cruise? All included (drinks/food) or everything at expensive prices? Anyway, I think that you guys had a great time on the Northsea  Smile

Yeah, about AMS weather,... it's always the same excuse. We've so many runways here, all with full instruments, we have good ATC, you fly on a brandnew Airbus etc,... and still delays due to fog. According our airport, arrivals may be reduced by 50% on some moments, due to poor visibility. It's the time of the year now, it's foggy almost every morning now. But alright, safety first. So better wait a bit Big grin

Good to see the JAL 744 back at LHR. It's on the NRT-LHR service now on specific days only, operating JL401/402. This service used to be on the B77W, but the 777 rotations are shuffled around a bit to get better performance. Lucky me, because my station is getting them now also  Wink And the B77W is a terrific airplane to work with!

When is your next travel ?

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Another fantastic report OA260!

I loved all the photos especially of Hounslow which brought back memories. The photos of Heathrow are good, shame the weather wasn't that great. The ship looks amazing, the last time I saw the White Cliffs of Dover like that was on SeaFrance from Calais!
The breakfast on Aer Lingus is always nice and that dinner on BD looks great! I always see Bmi aircraft fly over my house one after the other including the flights to DUB, not that I'm complaining of course.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Arrr great to be back for some Indian treats

I do like a curry! I had one last night while out in Hayes, I cant remember the name of the place but I'm going to find out and go back it was very nice.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
She was such a nasty person that I told her to go to AC and get one which she looked at me then did go to get one !!!

Nice one! Sometimes they are rude for no reason, like they blame you for them having a bad day.

Thanks for the report!


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3240 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7660 times:
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Fascinating report.Great pictures and that cruise liner looks awsome.  thumbsup 


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User currently offlineF1eddie From Ireland, joined May 2007, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Great TR. As commented you do get trigger happu but its a good thing. On that boat. What did you do. Run around the second you got on and photograph everything... There are no ppl on that boat...
How full or empty was the business class on the flight home???



Flown on EI, FR, BMI, TG, PG, FD, JQ, DJ, LA, NZ, SQ, DL, LX, LH
User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

another great report and pictures.

I'm looking forward to your trip to mco and back with EI and LX.. Hopefully a trip report?!?


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1496 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Interesting report.

Shame the weather was bad in Amsterdam. I must have gotten lucky and got a clear day when I went there.



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User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

amazing report + pics.

one question though. How did you get on the ship on its first sailing? It seems empty and you were on the bridge, was it a special sailing? And yes, I am jealous.  Smile



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User currently offlineTonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1933 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7660 times:
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Great TR OA260. That ship looks like something else. Definitely someting I would consider for a holiday.


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User currently offlineJWMD123 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Nice TR.

When is the Cruise ship going into service. Wouldn't mind a week on it!!!!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26502 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Thanks for the replies, appreciate them all.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 2):
was it just yourself in J, and what were the loads in Y like?

There were 5 in J incl. me . Y class was 98% full.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
Is this a normal service/cruise out of Rotterdam?

No it was its first commercial sailing so it is a one off. You should get on a cruise ship you would love it. Everything is charged in USD$ onboard and its also tax free so very affordable for Europeans. The food is 5 star and the service is amazing. No request is too much trouble. All meals are included except for certain

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
When is your next travel ?

In a few weeks all being well LOL....

Quoting F1eddie (Reply 7):
What did you do. Run around the second you got on and photograph everything

HAHA well yes actually!!! We got on the ship and dumped our bags then went to Deck 15 and worked our way down. We were only going for 10 minutes when we got to the outside hamburger grill where we took a well earned rest and snack LOL... then we went around the whole ship and I got trigger happy .

Quoting PlateMan (Reply 10):
It seems empty and you were on the bridge, was it a special sailing? And yes, I am jealous.

It was the 1st commercial sailing and I took the photos early in the day so most people hadnt boarded yet. The 1st night was mostly 95% German tourists for some reason. The 2nd night was 99% UK Media and press and some travel trade and ''lattitude'' members which is the equiv. of a FF program for cruise ships.

Quoting JWMD123 (Reply 12):
When is the Cruise ship going into service

It is in service now. It was doing another mini cruise from Dover to Amsterdam on Saturday for 2 nights then it will do a few 10-14 night cruises around the Med before going trans atlantic on 8th December to sail the Caribbean.



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User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 827 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7660 times:
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Great report OA260... as always!

Nice to see the observation deck at AMS, must check that out some time.

Thanks
Andrew



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Hey, Philip,
great report, as expected!.
Superb pics from the cruiser, a visit to the Meyer shipyard is high on me and my son´s to-do-list for next year.
Thanx for posting.
Hope that foggy wheather will not interrupt my travel´s tomorrow.
Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 701 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Fantastic as always Philip, a pleasure to read. I must say though that those pics dont make we want to go on a cruise any more than I previously did, those carpets and a hangover would not be a good combination. They remind me of a children's play zone thing that used to be in Dublin. Love the pics from AMS and from the observation deck, love that airport.

Well done again, maybe there'll be a pic of me in the next TR!!!!!!  wink 



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26502 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

Quoting EIRules (Reply 16):
I must say though that those pics dont make we want to go on a cruise any more than I previously did,

Give me a chance and I will change that opinion !!!!

Quoting EIRules (Reply 16):
maybe there'll be a pic of me in the next TR!!!!!!

Well EI have some cool Winter offers....  Wink



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

Very informative report and many excellent photos. I've never "done" cruising and so am amazed at this liner. You just wouldn't think you're on a boat! I woulkdn't find that cabin that had the hammock on the terrace....and the pics of all the food have made my mouth water......
Would be interesting to know what the Air Greenland was doing in Dublin; I know they've been to Liverpool on a couple of occasions operating football charters.

Thanks for posting and happy flying
Infodesk  spin 



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User currently offlineSh0rtybr0wn From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 528 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7092 times:

Those were the best photos of any tripreport Ive ever seen. Super Job. Nice descriptions. I feel like I've been on a cruise.

Best of luck on your neck trip!


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17004 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6969 times:

Excellent TR. One of the best.

Great pics.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26502 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6821 times:

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 18):
Thanks for posting and happy flying



Quoting Sh0rtybr0wn (Reply 19):
Those were the best photos of any tripreport Ive ever seen. Super Job. Nice descriptions. I feel like I've been on a cruise.



Quoting B747forever (Reply 20):
Excellent TR. One of the best.

Great pics.

Thanks guys , appreciate all the comments .

OA260



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6772 times:
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Great report - as always!

These cruise ships are just amazing these days, thanks for the pictures, I'd never have known otherwise!

Best Wishes

Mark



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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6576 times:

Great Trip Report - Exoha!

You are putting me to shame - I'm now 8 days late with my LAX-DUB-MAD-VLC/BCN-DUB-LAX report but it IS coming....

Ship looks great - do you know if I can expect anything similar from RCCL for 7days around the Carib next month?? (it's a work thing and I know nothing about it...)

[Edited 2007-10-17 22:04:38]


Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26502 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6537 times:

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 23):
do you know if I can expect anything similar from RCCL for 7days around the Carib next month??

Lucky you !! lol.... What ship are you on ???? Is it Freedom/Liberty of the seas????



AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
25 LHRBFSTrident : sh*t - I just checked and we were told by our travel agent it would be 'Freedom' - but according to the rccl website it's going to be 'mariner of the
26 OA260 : Thats crazy !! What a stupid agent. Freedom goes out of Miami . You can go onto royalcaribbean.co.uk and enter your booking Ref/ID it will show up al
27 Legoguy : Fantastic Report. Pleasure to read. Nice collection of aircraft at Heathrow. And also some unusal aircraft at Dublin! I have yet to see any A330's at
28 OA260 : Thanks Its Royal Air Maroc .
29 Callumm92 : Great trip report - really enjoyable. Looks a really nice cruise ship. Kind regards, Callum
30 Standby87 : Great report, I really enjoyed the excellent photos. Thank you!
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