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TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus  
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 15232 times:

Well time for another vacation and this time fellow Anetter Gareth and I decided to take a weeks cruise vacation. I had searched many cruise lines and in the end MSC was the best deal and the dates that matched our work schedule. I had never been on MSC so it would be an interesting experience. I had read mixed reports so it was time to find out for ourselves. We chose a balcony accomodation which is a must for me. I have been on all the major cruise lines and I need the fresh air in the cabin and space.

The next task was to book connecting flights to the ship which was leaving from the port of Rome. Due to on going Aer Lingus strikes out of DUB we decided it would be safer to fly from the UK base of BFS. We booked our tickets and then booked TAP from FNC-LGW for the end of the cruise. Gareth was to return home directly and I was to stay in London for a few days.

The evening came when we were due to meet. Gareth took the bus from Galway to Dublin then connected to the train to Belfast. I got on a few stations later and we made our way to BFS. We had booked the Plaza hotel for the night before as we had an early flight to FCO. The weather that night was very wet and windy so we were happy to be going to calmer climates.

On arrival at BFS we popped into the check in area to weigh our bags , we were within our baggage allowance so that was fine.

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AIRLINE : AER LINGUS
ROUTE: BFS - FCO
DATE: 05/FEB/2011
CLASS: ECONOMY
FLIGHT NUMBER : EI 068
AIRCRAFT REG: EI - CVB
SEAT : 29A
AIRCRAFT : AIRBUS A320


We got up and headed over to the terminal building to check in . Certainly was nice to be just opposite the terminal.

After checking in at the SSK we dropped our bags off at the desk. The whole process took only a few mins.

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After that time to go through security which was busy enough and took a while to clear.

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Time to check out the lounge :

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Soon it was time to head to the gate where shortly after a 45 mins delay was announced due to crew issues. Not a big deal really and the time passed by and soon it was time to board.

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Once onboard the Pilot came over the PA and gave us some information before the crew did the safety demo.

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We then made our way to the runway for take off.

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Once airbourne the crew came around with the BOB service . We both opted for the breakfast.

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Some snowy scenery:

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Soon time to decend into Rome :

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Nice to see some AZ widebody metal :

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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 15364 times:

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So time to say goodbye to the crew and step out to warmer climates :

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So we made our way to the baggage reclaim and then to the train station to head into Termini:

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On arrival we couldnt resist the ice cream  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TP/118_800x600.jpg

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Then time to get our connecting train to the port :

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1st Class ticket for the 41mins journey was EUR17.50 not bad at all.

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Power points onboard :

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So we arrived at the port and checked in , the process was easy :

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Time to explore the ship

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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 15300 times:

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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 15288 times:

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The kids and the older kids attractions :

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Time to leave Rome and head to Genoa :

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Greek ship :

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That night we met our table mates a lovely couple from Adelaide,Australia who were on a tour of Europe. We got on very well with them right away which was great. You never know who you are going to get.

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The next morning we arrived into Genoa and went to explore the city :

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A pic of me :

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I love pastry shops abroad :

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Reminds me of Germany :

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Soon after time to take the Metro back to the ship :

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Our cabin which i really liked the design of :

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One of the starters at lunch onboard the ship :

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Our route :

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A Morroccan ferry :

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Soon it was time to say goodbye to Genoa :

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That night time to see a show before dinner :

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After Dinner it was time to take an evening stroll before heading to get some sleep :

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The next morning breakfast on the balcony :

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The Pilot welcomes us to Barcelona :

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Tarom coming into land at BCN:

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The Greek ship is following us :

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An Irish ship :

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Barcelona is no stranger to me so no tours needed for me . I took Gareth on a city tour.

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Nespresso boutique :

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After that time to head to an old restaurant I know :

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Then the market for some ice cream .

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The Spanish Ice Cream tastes better then the Italian :

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Back to the ship after a lovely short day in Barcelona :

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We set sail for our journey along the way passing Gibraltar :

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Time for another show and dinner :

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The next stop was Casablanca :

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Not your average market :

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The famous film :

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A nice lunch and cheap also :

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After a nice day in Casablanca which was my favourite stop it was time to head back to the ship for our next adventure.

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Another meal another show :

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The next port of call was Tenerife where I have never been before. We decided that we would go with our Australian table mates to the beach .

So after a walk around town we took the bus .

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I wish we paid that in Ireland :

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Lovely sandy beach :

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A local shop selling models :

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After a lovely day at the beachand swimming (even though the water was freezing) and walking around town it was time to head back to the ship passing some interesting signs :

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My idea of hell :

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I much prefer ours :

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Time to lay out in the sun as we leave Tenerife :

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Our final stop was Funchal ,Madeira somewhere I have been before and love it. They have a new cruise terminal since I was last here. We checked off the ship and got our bags searched by customs before making our way into town.

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Some Greek crew off Celebrity most likely :

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TAP office in Funchal :

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So soon it was time to take the bus to FNC Airport passing some nice sights on the way:

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Goodbye MSC Splendida :

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Welcome to FNC :

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Love these old departure boards:

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We were too early for check in so we went to the nice viewing terrace :

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Our ride to LGW :

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Time to check in :



AIRLINE : TAP PORTUGAL
ROUTE: FNC - LGW
DATE: 12/FEB/2011
CLASS: BUSINESS
FLIGHT NUMBER : TP 348
AIRCRAFT REG: CS - TTC
SEAT : 3A
AIRCRAFT : AIRBUS A319




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SATA crew :

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Time to check out the TAP Lounge :

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Before we went in we went to the airside part of the viewing terrace:

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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
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We were welcomed into the lounge by two ladies, the lounge was nice and plenty of seating and food/drink:

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I bought some of these I remembered them from my last visit not sure if they are unique to Madeira :

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After a while it was time to head to the gate for boarding. I have to say the TP lounge was a nice experience with free wifi . We were welcomed onboard by a smiling FA. First impressions of the cabin was good.

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Always nice to get free postcards to add to the collection:

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Soon the doors closed and steps taken away and the safety demo started :

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We made our way to the runway and some interesting views :

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Very dramatic views :

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New route to Athens :

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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 15193 times:

Soon the service commenced, the seats were comfortable and proper hot towels were handed out:

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A round of pre meal drinks , so far so good :

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Then the bomb shell !! The meal was handed out and my heart sunk ... TAP why did you ruin what had been so far a great experience??

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A rock hard disgusting mess !! I tried to eat it but it was not fit for anyone . The cheese was rock hard and tasted disgusting. I was so dissapointed. How can TAP justify this on a 3hrs 45mins flight?

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At least decent cutlery but even this couldnt cut through the bread.



I had to leave the rest , this has to be the worst meal I have ever been offered ! Not a nice reward to be given TAP.

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I consoled myself with my Pepsi. I was going to complain but the FA who served it was so nice that I will write to TAP instead.

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I had a coffee which was very nice so took away some of the dissapointment.

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The rest of the flight I chatted to Gareth about the bad meal and other general things. We both agreed the meal really let them down. Everything else had been so nice it was such a shame. Soon it was time to land into LGW.

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We pulled onto stand and disembarked the aircraft taking a shot of our 2-2 config seats .

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So thats the end of the report. I know its been VERY long so well done if you got this far.  

To sum it up Aer Lingus were great I love their European product.

MSC cruises lovely ship and crew but food was only 3 star in my opinion. I prefer Celebrity / Royal Caribbean and NCL

TAP nice lounges and crew. Nice cabin interior but meal service in J major fail !

Thanks to Gareth for being a perfect travelling companion and I really had a fun time.

I look forward to hearing all the comments as usual if you enjoyed it let me know  


Philip/ OA260


User currently onlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 15092 times:

First remark: THAT WAS A LOOOOOOOOON READ! How many pictures did I just looked at???


Seemed like a great trip, I really would like to make a cruise now, the MSC ship looked excellent.


Too bad the the food was such a let-down on TAP, but I think one bad airplane meal doesn't ruin your trip.


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 14768 times:

Quoting CARST (Reply 11):
First remark: THAT WAS A LOOOOOOOOON READ! How many pictures did I just looked at???

haha I know and well done for getting through it all.  
Quoting CARST (Reply 11):
but I think one bad airplane meal doesn't ruin your trip.

Very true and it wouldnt put me off TAP as 90% of the trip with them was nice. Just when your tired and think you are going to get a decent meal for that period of flight its a let down but not the end of the world.

Thanks for the reply.


User currently offlinedantegb From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 14728 times:

Wow,
I haven't read a trip report that has been that great in a long time. That is one amazing looking ship. Keep up the good work!
-Dantegb



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6939 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 14517 times:

Hi Phil,

that was a mega report with countless nice pictures, too bad many of them didn't show up even after a loading time of more than 30 minutes.

That ship is huge, bad to hear about the food issue.

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
Then the bomb shell !! The meal was handed out and my heart sunk ... TAP why did you ruin what had been so far a great experience??

Wow, what a disappointment. TP must really improve its catering in C Class.


PH



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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4225 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 14427 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Wow, what a disappointment. TP must really improve its catering in C Class.

That's basically a McDonalds Breakfast. It looks like a bloody egg and bacon mcmuffin except the mcmuffin would look a hell of a lot tastier......

Such a shame as Portuguese food is amazing!



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User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 14373 times:

Great Trip Report,

The longer the better! I have a strange curiosity to give a cruise a go and seeing the review has ranted that up a notch!

Just wanted to ask did you get hassle at BFS for using the camera? Last time I flew from BFS menzies gave me a severe unfriendly warning, but never the less looking forward to flying to Toulouse with TCX [onward to Andorra]
Plan is to get some tax free shopping [camera & netbook] and pile up my first trip report BHD-MAN-DXB-PER!

Again thanks for the time you took to submit and share,

most appreciated!

James



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1965 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 14133 times:
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Good report with lots of great pictures!

Interesting to see what TAP looks like ... the C class meal looks disgusting; I agree with you! That cheese looks rock hard from the first photo, I bet the flight attendant was sorry to serve it!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 517 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 13941 times:

Hi Phillip,

Another great report with a countless amount of amazing pics.

Sounds like you had a fun week escaping the cold and I can't blame you because that ship you took looks amazing. Both flights didn't sound too bad except for TAP's food which looks absolutely terrible and I'm glad you made a complaint.

Looking forward to more trip reports.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 13859 times:

Awesome trip report..I love your pics...That cruise ship looks cool. I don't get to travel as much as did when I was younger and when I read trip reports like this it makes me feel like I am right there enjoying it too... Thanks for the great read.


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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 13784 times:

Quoting dantegb (Reply 13):
Wow,
I haven't read a trip report that has been that great in a long time. That is one amazing looking ship. Keep up the good work!

Hi many thanks for such a nice comment its much appreciated. It was I think the biggest TR I have ever written, Im just glad it turned out ok.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
that was a mega report with countless nice pictures, too bad many of them didn't show up even after a loading time of more than 30 minutes.

Hey there sorry it didnt load for you thats why I posted in so many parts but I guess it will view differently on each PC/broadband speed etc.. Unless it was something to do with congestion on the photobucket website as I noticed my bandwidth rocketed.

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 15):
That's basically a McDonalds Breakfast. It looks like a bloody egg and bacon mcmuffin except the mcmuffin would look a hell of a lot tastier......

Haha to be honest thats an insult to Mc Donalds I love Egg Mc Muffins and that was nothing like it although it looks like one lol...

Quoting Jambost (Reply 16):
Just wanted to ask did you get hassle at BFS for using the camera? Last time I flew from BFS menzies gave me a severe unfriendly warning, but never the less looking forward to flying to Toulouse with TCX [onward to Andorra]

Hey there you do have to be careful about taking pics I always look around me and make sure no one is watching and having a pocket camera hide it somewhat. Just be aware of your surroundings and you should be ok.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 17):
I bet the flight attendant was sorry to serve it!

Yes indeed thats why I didnt have the heart to complain because the FA was 100% .

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 18):
Another great report with a countless amount of amazing pics.

Sounds like you had a fun week escaping the cold and I can't blame you because that ship you took looks amazing

Many thanks Im glad you liked it. I always take my vacations in February and then November. I prefer to go away when its cold here, it gets me through the Winter. All other times I just take day trips or weekend breaks so it saves my vacation time for the Winter.

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 19):
Awesome trip report..I love your pics...That cruise ship looks cool. I don't get to travel as much as did when I was younger and when I read trip reports like this it makes me feel like I am right there enjoying it too... Thanks for the great read.

Many thanks for the reply much appreciated, the cruise ships are great and the feeling of being at sea is great. You should try the mini cruises from Miami sometime  


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3554 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 13654 times:
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Philip, Philip, Philip
Over 500 pictures there is no way it can be opened here,download, reload once twice three times i can only see about 100 i have to open the rest manually.
Why do you think i will go through with that?
Well i enjoy reading your reports so much.
After i finish downloading all pictures (give me a couple of days) i will give you my opinion.



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 13546 times:

Hi Philip

great report and pics. I'm so sorry for the camel in Casablanca... look that face! The Playa de las Teresitas is really beautiful, such a shame it's close to the harbour. On the other side (west) of the island you'll find also nice beaches on Tenerife, and also a calm atmosphere since it's not so touristic. Tenerife is the most beautiful of the Canaries and next time hire a car and explore the mountain side in the Northwest also. Just my recommendation.

Shame on TP. I hear more 'negative' then positive opinions about this airline, both Y and C-class. It needs improvement for sure, let's hope somebody in their headoffice will agree with us and can make a change.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 13501 times:

Hola Philip!

A very informative and interesting read about your mini cruise on board MSC.

Enjoyed very much looking at all the pictures you took, thanks God I have a broad cable connection   how many are there? 500!! Great! I have seen that ship at BCN many times and I always wondered what it may look inside, now I know. I am not very much of the cruise type. BTW, next time you stop at BCN, why don't you let a local guide you to more unexplored areas?  

Sad to see TAP provided such a lousy service for such route, I thought the routes to LON from Portugal should have a better service.

Anyway, keep them coming.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 13491 times:

Hi, Phil,

great story, great pictures.
Waited for that after you´re notes on FB.

A very good insight for the Splendida, booked here some two years ago but cancelled due to biz reasons.
Like you´re statement I prefer NCL with the free dine around and seating concept.

Also a nice selection of airlines built around, well done.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
25 DonnyGuy : Hey, Never change your style... what a great read for a rainy cold Saturday morning! Loved each and every pic....
26 shamrock321 : Another great report! Ireland, Netherlands, Germany and Finland are definitley produce the best trip reporters!
27 flightsimboy : I was totally mesmerised with your report, that I momentarily lost track of my surroundings lol!! What a magnitude of photos, but thanks anyway for ta
28 ba319-131 : Hi Philip, Thanks, a great read and nice pictures for this very wet Saturday, at least her in the London area. That TAP meal looked just disgusting, I
29 Post contains images photoshooter : one word, just amazing... it was LONG!! but, it enlarged my interest in reading your Trip Report 10/10! well done there! PS
30 Post contains images NQYGuy : Like your report. Trying to work out whether your ship is luxurious or slightly council.
31 Post contains links and images OA260 : Hi there sorry for the 500 pics That was the shortened version lol... Hope you manage to view them all in a few days . Hey Eric yes I was surprised h
32 NQYGuy : Yep, although I've personally never been on a TUI Cruise ship I've seen horror stories about them on TV.
33 SOBHI51 : With a cramp in my hand i finished downloading those 500+ pictures. Wow what an excellent report. Lovely pictures worth all the trouble. I hope you en
34 Post contains images flightsimboy : Now with the photo enlarged, HG4234G is indeed Iberia.
35 Post contains images OA260 : LOL seeing the ones getting off it was enough to make me not want to go on it lol... It really was an eye opener. Thanks for that your right I really
36 Post contains links and images SXDFC : The more pics the better the story! Phil, great TR man! As always Ive enjoyed every minute of it! I hope those TAP safety cards and postcards found i
37 MSS658 : Nice report and amazing pics. Must agree on TAP's catering, presentation is not the best, however I found the taste (in Y) to be good.
38 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Phil, Every report you write seems to feature more and more pictures than the previous one! Some very nice images in this one, liked it a lot! Look
39 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Hey Philip! Thanks for documenting our trip so well. It truly was an amazing week. I can't believe we've been home a week now though! Time goes so fas
40 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Bobby thanks , alas this time no safety card for you but I do have a MS one I have been meaning to put in the mail !! Promise I will do it next w
41 gpbcroppers63 : Oh yes we did laugh..........luckily the Aussies shared our sense of humour otherwise we'd have been in trouble. Lol!! I did find all of the market e
42 Quokka : Fantastic trip report, despite or because of the many photos. The cruise ship is very well furnished and from some of the photos it seems that you cou
43 Post contains images jlbmedia : I'll keep this short....Great report!!!
44 Post contains links and images OA260 : Yeah not the place to eat just in case lol... The ships info is here : http://www.msccruises.co.uk/uk_en/Im...nica_SPLENDIDA_CORP_tcm13-8232.PDF Its
45 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : No you have to be careful. It did smell good though. I think my favourite day was Tenerife but you probably saw I was in my element what with speakin
46 eastafspot : Once clicked on this link, your TR made my laptop crashing down, and had to wait 3 days before knowing why: for another well done journey: again congr
47 FlyBoy84 : This is a GREAT trip report! I had soured on the idea of going on a cruise ship because they are now so big carrying so MANY people, but THAT ship is
48 MasterBean : Flew TAP to Porto and all I can remember was the food, it was a sort of warm sour dough roll with cheese and roast beef. I could see what they were tr
49 Post contains images LH4116 : Hello there Philip! What a fabulous report you've written up this time, great pics! It was quite a while ago since I last read one of your flights/cru
50 Post contains images OA260 : Yes the sea was nice even though it was freezing lol Yes that Royal Caribbean and I have been on alot of their ships. I think they are better than MS
51 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Philip, A long report indeed! But yet I enjoyed every single of it. What a nice combo of great travel experiences both on air and at sea. I crave y
52 ODAFZ : Philip, A little bit late to join the happy cheering crowd, but please let my voice to be added once again to a very nice and informative travel repor
53 Post contains images OA260 : Hey there thanks alot glad you liked it . I have not bothered to be honest nothing will come of it TAP are not great when it comes to replying accord
54 Post contains images FOMEA : Another Excellent trip report Phill. Love the details, felt like i was there the whole time. Looking good in your pic too.
55 Post contains images oa260 : Hey thanks for the reply. Glad you enjoyed it and managed to plough through the 500 pics lol... Again thanks for the kind comment. OA260
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