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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26926 posts, RR: 58
Posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15248 times:

I was lucky to get an invite to the launch of the new ''Independence of the Seas'' Royal Caribbeans newest ship and the largest cruise liner in the world along side its sister ships ''Freedom'' and ''Liberty''.

I decided to fly to LHR with BMI in J class and then finally take a trip on the BE E195 that I have been wanting to try for ages. FlyBe use the E195 on certain flights SOU-DUB so I decided to fly home from Southampton.



DATE : 27TH APRIL 2007
AIRLINE: BMI
ROUTE : DUB-LHR
FLIGHT : BD 120
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT : 2A
A/C : A319
REG : G-DBCC

I and a collegue caught the airport bus at 4am and we arrived into Dublin Airport at 530am. We had printed out boarding card off online so proceeded to Fast Track line . We then went to the BMI Diamond Club lounge for some much needed coffee.







Time to go to the boarding gate .





























The pilot announced a short delay and at this time drinks were offered in the Business class cabin.

























After take off the Breakfast service. I had ordered a Vegetarian meal and my collegue had a Full English.







We then decided to have some Champagne .







Coming into London :::

Wembley Stadium



BT Tower



Albert Hall and Memorial



Hammersmith Bridge



The place I was brought up ( Brentford ) !!!!!







ASDA Hounslow







A380 !!!













Our transfer from the airport to the ship in Southampton was departing from Terminal 5 and I was excited as I have never seen it before. We took the Heathrow Express as it is free between Terminals.





















First impressions of T5 ..... WOW !!! Amazing and so big and spacious ...

























Still not finished !!!!





Internationals Arrivals



We were met by Royal Caribbean staff and taken out to a coach for the transfer to Southampton. I and my collegue slept for most of the way . We arrived at the port and were greeted by this huge towering cruise ship .

We checked in and handed in our passports and got our boarding cards . This is a smart cart that is your ID to get on and also opens your cabin door. Also its used to charge drinks and gifts to your account .















































































































How the ship was built ::

























































































After a fantastic day and night onboard the ship it was time to go home. We got off the ship around 9am and as our flight did not go to that afternoon we went shopping in Southampton. It has some nice shopping Malls and a nice shopping street.



DATE : 28TH APRIL 2007
AIRLINE: FLYBE
ROUTE : SOU-DUB
FLIGHT : BE 384
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT : 21A
A/C : E195
REG : G-FBEF



At around 1130 we took the train to the airport .





















Time to go to the Flybe Lounge

























After a while it was time to go to the gate to board .







My imediate impressions were very nice and new and spacious. I love the E195
































































I hope you all enjoyed my report. Sorry its very long but I guess there was so much to see. Comments appreciated as usual. Many thanks

OA260

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User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2154 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15174 times:

Excellent trip report as usual Phil.
That cruiseliner looks amazing.
Looking forward to your next TR. Thanks for the read.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4754 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15038 times:

BMI aside, I never knew much about FlyBe, coming from this part of the world. Thanks for sharing! What amazing picures of the cruise although going onto a ship like that is not my thing. I have nightmares of Poseidon...

Am I the only one here or does LHR T5 look like a cross between HKIA and BKK??



Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offlineJrfspa320 From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14957 times:

Great report, Fantastic pics
Id love to get on E jet
that ship looks massive, the surfing looks good fun
Hows the new terminal coming along at DUB?


User currently offlinePhileet92 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14955 times:

now r u like an elite member with flybe? how did u get in the lounge? o and does flybe offer premium class?

User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14906 times:

Excellent, as usual - well done!

I am desperate to get on an E195 now - hmmm, where can I go...

Random question - do you know the rego of the EI A330 with the standard size doors at 3L/3R shown in your apron pic at DUB on departure? Is that -DUZ?



Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 14299 times:

Hi Philip!

You're on the winning side: so many tripreports by you lately  Wink

Nice pics, it gives a perfect impression on such a large cruiseship. I really enjoyed the pics, and also that video of the surfguy on that wave-machine Big grin

Nice ending on the Emb195. It's on my 'to fly' list as well, but first I'll try to score a few other new types to my log the upcoming period.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Sorry its very long but I guess there was so much to see.

My PC was having some difficulties with it in the beginning, but it went ok in the end  Silly

Cheers,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 13827 times:

Hi Philip!

Great story. It's not the first TR to a cruise liner, right? I think I remember a TR to Netherlands with a fellow A.netter.
Nice pics. The food looks delicious on the ship!

Thanks for sharing.

Stefan


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 13666 times:

Great report once again!

Loved the pics, especially of that amazing cruise ship! I saw it on The One Show last week, that wave simulator looks like great fun. The photos over London are good as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Shamrock350


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5162 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 13262 times:

Hi, Philip,

another great story with amazing pics from your point of view.
Thanx a lot.

Some perfect impressions from this huge cruiser.

Have you ever been to the Meyer Shipyard, Papenburg, the birthplace of some of these cruisers?.
On my schedule for next month!.

Since yesterday, I recommend these E-Jet seats also, very comfortable and the same like on my E70 ride.

Best regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlineVScaptain From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 13120 times:

Fantastic TR.

Im due out on Idipendance at XMAS Big grin, is it better than the Voyager class of ships? Im looking forward to fresh water pools, unlike the icky salt water n Voyager and Radiance class ships!!

Ash



AP321 - Oxford Aviation Academy
User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 12768 times:

an excellent trip report... and awesome pictures too...
thanks a bunch for writing this report and sharing it with us...


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 12735 times:

Great TR, thanks for posting!

The cruiser looks amazing, its HUGE. A friend of mine lives close to the shipyard in Finland were The Independence and her sisters were built, he says the huge ships really dominate the view there.

The Turku Yard:


[Edited 2008-04-30 20:59:20]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26926 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 12632 times:



Quoting EICVD (Reply 1):
Looking forward to your next TR

Check back next week  Wink

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
I have nightmares of Poseidon...

LOL....

Quoting Jrfspa320 (Reply 3):
Hows the new terminal coming along at DUB?

Its really coming on they are well on the way . The last few weeks I have passed though DUB airport and each week its amazing to see the progress.

Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 4):
now r u like an elite member with flybe?

No but I had a un used lounge voucher which they let me use.

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 5):
do you know the rego of the EI A330 with the standard size doors at 3L/3R shown in your apron pic at DUB on departure? Is that -DUZ?

Sorry not sure. Maybe some of the Irish guys might know.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
so many tripreports by you lately

I know its just happened by coincidence. Everything seems to be happening at once.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 7):
It's not the first TR to a cruise liner, right?

No I think its the 4th LOL....Aviation and cruise vacations =  cloudnine 

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Have you ever been to the Meyer Shipyard, Papenburg, the birthplace of some of these cruisers?.
On my schedule for next month!.

Hi Markus,

Looking forward to your report and I presume a E195 one???

Quoting VScaptain (Reply 10):
is it better than the Voyager class of ships?

Oh yes !! I was on the Voyager transatlantic and I love it but once you have been on the Independence you will find it hard to go back. Its about 30% bigger than the Voyager and alot more facilities. Also a longer Promenade. What kind of stateroom do you have booked??? You have to try the Pizza in the Promenade cafe...its bliss !!!

Quoting Andaman (Reply 12):

Thanks, yes the Finns seem to be good at ship building. I met some of the guys who sailed on it from Finland to Southampton. They were there to make sure everything went ok and smooth out any glitches. I tell you something they work hard and play hard...they certainly like their drink LOL....

Thanks for all the replies , keep them coming.....

OA260


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 12557 times:

Thank you for posting the picture of my white lady friend Concorde G-BOAD! The picture is slightly blurred but she is still her majestic self, she will always be Queen of the Skies. All will be much better for her after they have her moved to her definite location at T5. I am sure she will be properly taken care of by BA.

You posted some very nice pictures of T5 by the way!

Also it is nice to see Big Girl A380 (I have no idea which reg) from Singapore Airlines at the gate. I did not get to see her this way when we landed at Heathrow as I was inside her!!

Althoguh I prefer the grand old fashioned ocean liners, I am sure this new ship will have a successful career. She probably belongs to a category that's a lot more affordable than Cunard's QM2 and QV.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineHantsflyer27 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12418 times:

Great trip report.

I got really into the cruise liner photos and actually forgot i was on a airline trip report. Nice to see inside of her, my workplace overlooks the docks and i have seen her everyday now for the last week. She is one massive beauty. I liked the look of the on-board carvery mmmmm.

Glad you got to try the E195, again i see her fly over regulary, but only ever seem to get the Q400's when i fly from Southampton. You must tell me how you got into that lounge. Does it have the runway views that the main upper lounge at Southampton has.

Regards, Hants


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12321 times:

Cool report!

Does anyone else think that the E-195 looks quite like a bus from the inside? Although, it does look quite comfortable.

Looking forward to the next one man.

Keep 'em up.

EISHN



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 769 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 12189 times:

How the hell can you take so many pics on a plane, I'm def not doing a TR for my trip to Oz now!!!

Excellent TR though as always Philip.
That E195 looks lovely and even that cruise ship looks tempting, but I guess a cruise will have to wait til next year for me now!

Well done again mate, they just get better every time



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12147 times:

The BlyBe E195 looks cool, like the rest of the Embraer family, I love their business jet look.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
I met some of the guys who sailed on it from Finland to Southampton. They were there to make sure everything went ok and smooth out any glitches. I tell you something they work hard and play hard...they certainly like their drink LOL....

I hope they are sober on duty... the cruiser on the rocks would be bad PR  Wink


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26926 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11877 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 14):

Is the Concorde 100% going over at T5?? Would be a nice idea.

Quoting Hantsflyer27 (Reply 15):
I got really into the cruise liner photos and actually forgot i was on a airline trip report

LOL.... I know .....

Quoting Hantsflyer27 (Reply 15):
You must tell me how you got into that lounge.

I had an old un used lounge voucher so used that. I see they have a FF program , awards for all and 20 points get you a 1 year lounge pass. Not bad IMHO.

Quoting EISHN (Reply 16):
Looking forward to the next one man.

Cheers , glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 17):
they just get better every time

Arrgghh thanks LOL....You know what they say practice makes perfect.  Wink

Quoting Andaman (Reply 18):
I hope they are sober on duty... the cruiser on the rocks would be bad PR

Oh yes they were fine. Even with drink in them they are still very serious !!!


User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2315 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11860 times:

Phil!

How was the E-195? Was it like a "mini 737"?

That ship looks awesome! Just think 100 years ago the ships were nothing like that! God only knows what newer ships are going to look like!

Phil you should win an award for these TRs!



ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
User currently offlineVScaptain From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11616 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
Oh yes !! I was on the Voyager transatlantic and I love it but once you have been on the Independence you will find it hard to go back. Its about 30% bigger than the Voyager and alot more facilities. Also a longer Promenade. What kind of stateroom do you have booked??? You have to try the Pizza in the Promenade cafe...its bliss !!!

My sister and I have Prominade views, and my parents have a bigger balcony, not sure which code thing it is. I live on there Pizza!! And most of the windjammer. lol. So im gonna find it hard to go back to the Explorea post Indipendance? I want to try the Genisis, but bit of a wait yet I think.



AP321 - Oxford Aviation Academy
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26926 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11598 times:

Quoting VScaptain (Reply 21):
So im gonna find it hard to go back to the Explorea post Indipendance? I want to try the Genisis, but bit of a wait yet I think.

The PR staterooms are excellent. I have stayed in them . Great to people watch in the Royal Promenade. Just remember to keep the curtains closed when you are getting out of the shower LOL....

Genesis looks amazing and Central Park also looks cool.....





[Edited 2008-05-03 02:41:27]

User currently offlineEdina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 743 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 11544 times:

I sailed on Independence as part of the inaugural 28th to 30th - I'm normally a small ship cruiser (max 400 pax) but snobbery aside evne I was wowed by this giant. The crew were very enthusiastic, the product consistent & some great facilities - the ice rink, Johnny Rockets & the cantilevered whirlpools suspended 12 decks above the sea being my favourites. My only complaint.......being used to smaller ships it was wierd having to spend so long getting from A to B on board!!


Worked on - Caravelle Mercure A300 A320 F27 SD3-60 BAe146 747-100/200/400 DC10-30 767 777 737-400 757 A319 A321
User currently offlineFlyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11222 times:

Excellent TR as always.
Independence looks amazing. Such a huge ship.
Great to see T5 aswell.
Looking forward to the next TR



I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than normal and bitter
25 Kiramakora : Excellent TR - and special thanks for featuring BD.
26 AznMadSci : Hey Philip! Awesome pictures! I guess I should consider trying out a cruise one of these days! Just the internal architecture is amazing! How was the
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