Flight: BA -2708
Seat: Originally 4F, then 2F
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This is my second trip report, I would give you the link to my first one, however it wasn%u2019t much of a success so I would rather make a fresh start. This trip report will be about the journey from my home in London to Palma de Mallorca and then the cruise that we took from Palma around the Central Mediterranean. I will go into the cruise more deeply once I get to it however I will start with the BA flight.
We left home at about quarter to eight in the evening in order to catch our 2245 departure to Palma from London%u2019s Gatwick airport. We much prefer Heathrow as it is a lot closer to our house thanks to the Paddington express, however I believe BA doesn%u2019t fly to Palma from LHR so Gatwick was our only option on BA, and who could resist a fare of 35 pounds per person, and that for a full service carrier. We headed towards our closest tube station in order to catch the tube to Victoria station where we wouldn%u2019t be taking the Gatwick express as it is overpriced and takes the same amount of time as the other trains. We took a Southern train that went via various suburbs heading in a southerly direction to Gatwick. This was the most comfortable option and was also cheaper than parking let alone fuel costs and the time it would take to reach Gatwick in the first place.
Upon arrival we had to change terminals as we arrived in the South Terminal and were to depart from the North Terminal. This meant we were to take the train that connects the two, which was nice as I could view some of the planes about to depart or that are on stand. We reached the terminal and proceeded to First check-in. The woman who checked us in told us that the flight was overbooked and made an effort to make sure we were on. We hadn%u2019t checked-in online as for some reason my fathers passport did not register with the system, and it did pay off as she told us that we were upgraded, which made us very happy. We thanked her and proceeded to security. This time security took me longer than ever before and after finally passing through we went to the duty free shop. My parents bought their alcohol and nothing that interested me was there so we proceeded to the lounge. As always we tried the First class lounge first as my dad is BA gold and my mother and I are Qantas gold members which doesn%u2019t actually allow us in, however this woman was kind and allowed us in as it was not severely busy. We spent our time in the lounge calling family members and using the Internet %u2013 which included a.net. We had some snacks and then said goodbye to the lounge agents and made our way to the other side of the terminal. There were very few flights departing at this hour. A flight to Ibiza and Malta operated by BA as well, and also a flight to Windhoek, which I%u2019m guessing is operated by Air Namibia or Air Namib or something of the like, please correct me on this. As we arrived to the gate, the agent said boarding will begin in a minute or so and that they are just boarding children and infants.
We waited about 20 seconds and the boarding call was started. No good shots of the plane were available (unlike T5) and we walked down the jet bridge of Gate 60 towards our British Airways Boeing 737 -300. My first impressions of this plane were that it was very short. We then moved to our seats %u2013 2 D, E & F which were very comfortable and had very decent legroom. The Club cabin only had three rows and we then waited for the rest of the plane to board. There was not much going on on the tarmac and eventually another bird pulled up next to us. We then had the safety demonstration done manually as there are no screens aboard this plane and made our way to the runway. Something I noticed was that we started our take-off role about 50 metres before the actual runway %u2013 I could be mistake however I felt this was rather strange, but it being rather late I didn%u2019t take to much notice and we were soon flying over the English countryside.
Service started rather slowly first with a hot towel and the purser who was left on her own with the 13 of us in the forward cabin and took her time with the drink service and eventually the meal. I chose a coke as a pre dinner drink and also received a packet of BA%u2019s signature snack, which I cannot really identify however they are quite tasty. I listened to my iPod and talked to my parents and then dinner service rolled around. The choices were a salad with noodles and thin slices of beef, not Carpaccio but similar or a seafood gnocchi, and since I don%u2019t war seafood my obvious choice was the salad. The gnocchi was very pungent and was served in a bowl, however it originated in a plastic cup. I didn%u2019t like the salad at all so I only ate a little bit however the tart with custard was nice. Dinner was cleared and it was time to relax. I whipped out my Macbook and watched Goodbye Bafana, which is a great movie. I also took some pictures of the surroundings and soon it was time to begin our descent. The decent was uneventful and some views of the lights of Palmas surrounding towns and villages was offered however as I was on the right-hand side of the plane no views of the cathedral were available. The landing was smooth and professional as well as on time and the captain thanked us for flying British Airways, as there are so many competitors on routes like this, which was a nice touch and really rounded off a superb and comfortable flight. We disembarked through the forward left door as usual and said good-bye to Candy, our purser who did a courteous and professional job. It was certainly a stellar flight by BA.
Upon arrival we encountered Palma%u2019s immigration officer. As my father does not hold a European passport unlike the rest of the family he filed out a landing card, unsure of whether he needed it or not. When the officer saw my passport cover, as it was red, he waived me on and then looked at my fathers, he barely grazed it, stamped it and moved on, to the next European passport which he waived on, quite funny actually but understandable when your are the only officer for a plane load of people at 2 a.m. in the morning. We picked up our luggage that didn%u2019t come out first even though priority tags on it and looked for a taxi to take us to hour hotel in Palma.