OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26502 posts, RR: 58 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 15072 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
ROUTE : DUB-LHR
FLIGHT : BD 120
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.
AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 14862 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!
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 !!!
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.....
AEGEAN-OLYMPIC AIR - ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΗ " μέλος στη Star Alliance
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10734 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 12381 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
Hantsflyer27 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12242 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.
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 11971 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
VScaptain From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 11440 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.
Edina From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11368 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