Just wanted to share a little two day trip that I took to Costa Rica.
I nonreved on Delta, and my routing was Ric-Atl-Sjo-Atl-Ric.
Tuesday the 10th, April
7:10-9:05 #307 B738-#387(2000)
Well I woke up at about 6:00Am, and was ready to head of to the airport a little bit late at 6:15. We made it there at about 6:40, and after catching the employee bus was at the terminal, and then finally the gate at 6:55. We cut it a bit to close as usual, and were immediately handed out our boarding passes. I had 27A; whoopee a window seat. The flight left right on time, and we took a slightly akward route going east; nearly to the ocean before heading west towards the mountains, and atlanta. The seats were very nice on this 1 year old 738; leg room was acceptable, and the leather head rests were pretty nice as well. After recieving our free headphones I listened to "lend me your ear" and "to young to soon" two very nice listening programs with lots of 60s and 70s classic rock songs. They also showed an eppisode of frasier which was obviously funny as there were more than periodic bursts of laughter. We also got the basic drink; and granola service. Very nice coach service by delta standards. Upon taxing into the E-Terminal we stopped for an aircraft to take off. Lo and Behold a tristar 100/250 model just barely makes it over us after using almost all of the runway, and blasts off(probably to Florida) causing the 738 to vibrate, and shake; also causing a moment of defness in my ears only penetrated by the max volume in my audio system playing Queens "Someone to love."(okay i better stop this before I get really corny) Ah im agoona miss that jet...
Tuesday the 10th, April
10:25-12:25 #375 752-#636(1988)
After spotting some different aircraft around the international(E) concourse, which included a JM 310, Dl MD11(2), and a SA 744 I dedcided to head off to my gate. There I recieved my boarding pass which was seat 6D; last row of first class. I boarded with all of the other first class passengers 30 minutes before take off, and was quickly offered a drink and given a menu. I lost the menu somewhere so I dont have all the choices, but i think they were Jamaican Jerk Tenderloin, Pasta(some kind of fish may be added) and I think Chicken. I chose the Tenderloin, and was served nuts, a salad, 2 small appetizers, breads, and then the tenderloin. All of it was very good except some tiny chicked wrap which was an appetizer that wasnt to good. After dinner we were served different cheeses, and an ice cream sundae which were both served from a cart. After the meal they showed a movie called "Men of Honor." The movie was alright, but I would of been just as happy staring out the window. After the movie ended I noticed that we were approaching the Nicruagan or Honduran coast. The water off the cost was a sort of emerald green, and inland I was surprised that most of the land was brown verses the green that you'de expect for central america. Soon we began our descent, and was so excited gazing at all the volcanoes, and towns, and fires on the ground, and everything else, as this was a new experience to me. Upon landing we veared through and around the many billoping afternoon storm clouds, and at one point I could see both the pacific and carribean oceans at one time. Landing was smooth, and I was surprised to see an American 76?, and also saw United, Continental, and Grupo Taca Planes parked at the terminal. But instead of parking next to them, we bypassed them and got off via a landbridge and was greeted by 80 degree temps, and a barbeque like smell in the air. Customs was a breeze, and we were out of the airport heading to AVIS within five minutes.
Costa Rica was just great! We stayed in a nice resort like hotel near the city for just $90 usd on the first day. The next day we drove to Jaco, and stayed in a hotel with our room looking onto the ocean. This hotel was rather expensive, at $150; for its rather meager accomodations, but the view and sound of the crashing waves made it worth it. Jaco was surprisingly a really cool place. I was in the ocean almost every possible moment during the day (the water temp is absolutely perfect), and walked to the main strip of the town at night. It is very touristy, and is not much different from places like Nags Head, Fort Myers, and New Port Beach. I guess I wouldnt reccomend it only for adults who dont have kids. Some interesting things about C.R.: Prices are almost identical to the U.S., Roads suck, Drivers suck, many bicyclists and pedestrians walk along the roadways, People are friendly, and it takes hours to get to just about anywhere.
Thursday the 12th of April
2:00-8:02 #564 757-#678(1992)
At 1:30 we boarded the aircraft, and I had seat 5a. Once boarded we were given drinks, and menus. For lunch today we were offered:
Antipasto plate featuring thinly sliced Prosciutto rolled with salami, accompanied by vegetable white bean salad, garnished with sliced roma tomato topped with parmesan cheese.
Fresh mixed garden salad with red leaf, butter and frisee lettuce, topped with cherry toatoes and toasted croutons, and served with creamy blue cheese dressing.
Assorted rolls and butter
Pan-Seared pork loin, tender pork in garlic herb marinade presented with a tangy lemon and sage sauce, tomato pasta seasoned with chives and gated parmesan cheese and a brief saute of squash and whole leaf spinah
Pan roasted sea bass, tender fillet enhanced by a mango green chile sauce, offered with vegetable couscous featuring red onion, carrot , corn and spinach.
Vegetarian Pasta, Risotto accented by a white wine sauce accompanied by mushrooms, green beans, parsley and red pepper. (grilled chicken may be added to this entree)
Fruit and Cheeses
Dessert, premium vanilla ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce, whipped cream(the real stuff), chopped nuts(aaah forgot what kind they were, but they were great, and are often found in high quality chocolates) and garnished with a pirouline cookie.
After take off we were asked what we would like as an entree, and I asked for the pasta. Unfortunately it was out, but the stewardess offered me the pasta that they had left over from their previous flight. I chose that, and it was nearly identical to the one typed above except it was offered with a red sauce. For the first time on delta, I absolutely loved the pasta(ive tried about four others). It was just great! The movie started a little bit after dinner, and was "bagger vance." As a caddy myself I liked the movie, and would give it 21/2-3 stars. Once the movie ended we were flying over the florida coast, and I was captivated by the beautiful coastal waters glimmering with the soon to be set suns light. About 45 minutes later we were descending into Hartsfield dodging the occasional "wanna be storm cloud." Landing was far from turbulent, and we were in at 7:30; about 30 minutes before scheduled arrival time. Now we had a chance to make an earlier ric flight that would leave at 8:15. So we dashed through customs line, racing past the first few passengers from the loaded Af 744 from Cdg. Unfortunately we checked bags, so we had to wait in the baggage arrival line for about 15 minutes screwing our chance of making the next ric flight. Oh well next one leaves at ~9:30.
Fell asleep waiting to get on the next flight. Was awoken by my mom, and figured that we were ready to board the plane. But instead was told "grab your bags were heading to the Howard Johnsons." Doh!!!!
So we didnt make the flight, and took the shuttle to "HOJO'S"...Yuppee.
Friday the 13th of April
8:05-9:37 #2072 M80
Skipped the first flight cause we actually wanted to get some sleep. Boarded the shuttle, along with about ten other delta employees, and also as another sleep saving technique we didnt check luggage. We boarded the plane, and headed off to 31D. Thank god I had a row of seats to myself as I was pretty much wiped out at this point. When i wasn't sleeping I was offered drinks and snacks, from the very friendly flight attendants. Landing and descent wasnt to bumpy, and was welcomed by the beautiful spring ric weather, and also excited to see that almost all the trees were thickening with leaves. Yay now time to go to sleep right!? Wrong. The club that I caddy at needed caddies desperately today as it was good Friday, so Immediately after arriving home went to the course and spent the next 4 hours dragging 2 heavy ass bags on my sunburnt shoulders(loose some of those golf balls bud!).
Ric-Atl: (9 1/2) This flight was very nice. Plane was clean and compfortable. Entertainment was great for this particular route, and the fact that we didn't get at least a small meal kept me from giving this a 10.
Atl-Sjo: (8 1/2) Strong point was the meal; was very good and filling. Low points were, although the plane was very clean for its age, the seat was dirty, and deteriorating. Also, the flight attendants weren't as attentative as you would think for a flight like this. As a side note there were only about 4 paying passengers on both of the sjo flights.
Sjo-Atl: (10) Perfect flight! everything went well, flight attendants were extremely attentative and nice, the meal was incredible, and anything else you can think of was just perfect.
Atl-Ric: (9) Great flight attendants; offered me lotsa drinks in coach, and were very talkative, and wished everyone a happy easter. Nice Flight.
Okay you may think that I am a little lenient on the rating scale, but these flights were all very very nice. In case I didnt mention in the reports all flights arrived early.