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Ryanair/DUB-ORK/Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship/W Pics

Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:57 am

Well I had the chance to go on board Royal Caribbean's ''Jewel Of the Seas'' when it made a stop into Cobh (Cork) on its British Isles cruise. I decided to try Ryanair purely for two reasons. The fare was Euro 30 all in return and was alot cheaper than Aer Arann. Also I was worried about delays that often occur with RE's prop flights and I couldn't afford major delays or cancellations.

So I took the airport express coach ''Air Coach'' from Newry Co.Down in Northern Ireland to Dublin Airport. Journey time took just over one hour and is an excellent service which runs every hour. There have been major upgrades in the roads/motorways along Ireland's economic corridor and demand for faster and better links between Ireland's East coast cities of Dublin and Belfast has changed the whole area and brought major prosperity especially to the once poor border areas.

I had done online check in for both outward and return flights

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Leaving the City of Newry
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Inside the ''Air Coach''
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The Quays Newry
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Final stage of the road upgrade on the Belfast to Dublin motorway/Dual Carriageway
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Some ''un official'' IRA commemoration art work!!!
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After an hour we arrived at Dublin Airport.

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Aer Arann's new advertising with new livery.
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I was quite early so I decided to go and see Area 14 and see how you get to security using this area.
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I decided to go through security and look at the ground movements on the air field.

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A yet to be connected Pier D.
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Some stranded Ryanair passengers maybe ??? Big grin
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Time to walk the never ending corridor to gate A66 !!!! Thank god this is just temporary!!!
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The only good thing about this place was that they had plenty of internet PC's so I passed the time surfing the net. The toilets in this area were disgusting and looked like they were rarely cleaned. The smell was terrible. The seats for the PC's were badly stained and the whole area was like a run down bus station. Actually that is an insult to bus stations!!

DATE: 20TH JUNE 2007
ROUTE: DUB-ORK
A/C: 737-800
REG: EI-CTA

After a good 35-40 mins my flight was called. I had paid for priority boarding and there were two ques to reflect this.
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Upon entering the aircraft our boarding cards were checked by a friendly FA with a smile. My first impression was a bit of a dissapointment with regards the cabin. I was expecting nice bright yellow and blue colours with leather seats. This is what I got!!
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Ryan Airs new advertising .
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Getting ready for safety demo
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OHHHH my favourite airline !!! Such temptation !!! J class on LX !!!!
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Time for take off
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After take off the trolley's came out and the crew rushed to offer food and drinks. Eur2.50 for a Sprite so I passed !!! Then constant announcements about bloody scratch cards and other items they wanted to off load . Got a bit annoying after a while.

After 25 mins time to decend into Cork.

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Cork airport Terminal
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Starbucks!!! Hey this airport is cool LOL....Dublin Airport doesnt even have one of these!!!
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I have to say the airport was new,modern and very clean and welcoming. I jumped onto the bus and headed to the hotel . The new Jurys hotel situated just 10 mins walk from the city center.
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That night I met a mate and we went swimming in the hotels brilliant leisure centre. Then hit Dominos Pizza.

The next morning I got up and headed for Cork train station to get the train to Cobh where the ship was docked.








Pulling into Cobh station the ship was so close.


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Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic. The museum here is very well done and tells the story of so many Irish emigrants who were hoping for a better future in the new world. Cobh was called ''Queenstown'' when it was part of the British Empire.













The elegant Jewel of the Seas.
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A view Cobh in the rain !!!
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Kids game zone
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The ship was amazing and had all the facilities you could ever want. Gourmet dining and spa center to mini golf out on deck and basket ball court. Swimming pools and hot tubs. Shops , bars , art gallery,theatre,cafe's,snack bars. You name it they had it. Im lucky to be taking my vacation on this ship in October so I cant wait now.

Lunch was provided and the choice was un real. I couldnt think of anything that they didnt have. Pizzas,pasta,full roast dinners,hot dogs,burgers,chinese,curry,salads eveything you could ever want. After it was time to get off the ship and head to the airport.

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The old Cork airport terminal
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I arrived at the airport 4 hours before my flight so I paid Eur20 to get into the VIP lounge which was well worth it. Plenty of free drinks and snacks.
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In Ireland they tell you ''Tax Free'' so the Irish can stock up on their tax free Whiskey!
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Bananas in CPH / Apples in BHD (or was it oranges) / Now pringles in ORK !!! Cork gets my vote LOL....
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The lounge had floor to ceiling glass windows which looked out into the main terminal building which was great to see everything that was going on.

DATE: 21ST JUNE 2007
ROUTE: ORK-DUB
A/C: 737-800
REG: EI-CTA

Time for boarding. Same AC and same drabby interior.
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Some Cork spotters!!!!




After take off the same trolley sales and announcements for scratch cards. The crew on this flight were like a freak show. One guy had more make up than the female FA and he was OTT. Everyone was laughing at him.

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The old terminal building Dublin


Etihad's arrival is being heavily advertised. The best thing to happen to Irish long haul since GF entered the market!!!

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So thats it guys. I enjoyed the trip and Ryan Air were ok . Im not a fan and never will be but for Eur30 what could you complain about. I will say though that by the time you check in and go through security and then get from airport to city center the train would be quicker and that is the way I will go next time.

Cork is a cool city and Cobh is very interesting. Their airport is better than Dublin's and I can see a USA route opening in the future even if only for Summer season. The infrastructure is definately there. If Dublin built Cork airport on a much larger scale then it would be amazing.

The only thing that spoilt the few days in Cork was the weather. I got drenched on the first day and it rained 90% of the time on both days.

The loads on the flights were 75% full on the way out and 85% full on the way back.

Thanks for taking time to read my TR . I appreciate all your comments and questions as usual.

OA260
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:16 am

Excellent TR, the pictures are class. It's nice to see more domestic flights being covered. I'm glad you weren't too traumatised by switching from LX's J to FR's cloth covered cattle class!
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:39 am

Hey OA260, great trip report. Very, very many pictures, Im glad I have a high speed connection here in NY! Great to see so much detail. 5*'s!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

Cork is a cool city and Cobh is very interesting. Their airport is better than Dublin's and I can see a USA route opening in the future even if only for Summer season. The infrastructure is definately there. If Dublin built Cork airport on a much larger scale then it would be amazing.

The only thing that spoilt the few days in Cork was the weather. I got drenched on the first day and it rained 90% of the time on both days.

The loads on the flights were 75% full on the way out and 85% full on the way back.

Glad you enjoyed your stay in Cork. Jury's looks very nice, if a bit sterile/souless, as is popular these days!

ORK itself is defintely head and shoulders above both DUB and SNN. So its a bit frustrating that the management have backed off the advertising since the opening. Every time I arrive through ORK I hear people admiring the terminal, which is successful, but the CAA needs to attract more airlines IMHO, and also needs to push the airport outside the ORK area.

Loads were not too bad, but if everyone payed just 30EUR return.....

Brian.
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:40 pm

Glad you liked it down here OA260, Only negative thing about the new cork terminal is the walking up the stairs after you get off the aircraft.If there are old people or infants it's not good.Cobh is also beautiful and if you visit there again there is a church with lots of naval memorabilia located halfway up the small hill by the comodore hotel. V-good.

BTW:V-good TR,the pics are excellent.  Big grin  Big grin
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 3:00 pm

Really liked the pictures of Dublin & Cork Airports. Those round green lights @ DUB look cool.

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Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:08 pm

OA260, TOP CLASS TR.
Loved it......... very well done and all the pics were great.
Don't remind me about the Bananas in CPH......now we have a pyramid of Pringles in Cork!!  Silly
I hope you packed a load of Pringles in your bag for us all....!!
Glad you survived the trauma of Pier A and the unassigned seats for Ryanair!! LOL.
Once again, excellent report.
Ta,
Mike  Smile
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:25 pm

Great report OA260! I loved all your photos, Area 14 is looking great, I wonder will Aer Lingus ever change the lights, or always keep them green. I hate that Ryanair cabin even though the yellow is quite bright it's more comfortable than the older cabin and its seats.
I liked your photos of Cork, were you connected to the air bridge at anytime, on your return it looked like your were parked next to it but not connected to it. The same happened to me in May, our Aer Lingus aircraft parked next to it but didn't use it probably because of the fast turnaround.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Their airport is better than Dublin's and I can see a USA route opening in the future even if only for Summer season.

CO or DL  cloudnine 

Great report once again and thanks for sharing!
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:02 pm

Hey OA260,

Thanks for a great TR, That A/C looks minging on the inside ... The RE 72-500 should help win back some of the customers onto RE DUB-ORK. Did you see the new RE a/c by anychance??

Thanks again
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:30 pm

Quoting AerArann (Reply 7):
Did you see the new RE a/c by anychance??

Yes when we landed it was on the tarmac but we were taxing and turned so I missed a photo of it. Sorry.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 6):
were you connected to the air bridge at anytime,

No we were just parked beside it. If I ever see FR use an air bridge I will get worried LOL....

Thanks for all the comments.

OA260
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:30 pm

Nice TR! Somebody was very busy with their Camera! ORK looks nice! I look forward to being based there for a few days at the start of July!
 
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:32 am

Nice report, you really do get around though flying FR is really slumming it!

Rgds

Mark
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:38 pm

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
Nice report, you really do get around though flying FR is really slumming it!

Rgds

Mark

Thanks Mark, I will have to go somewhere in J now to recover LOL.....
 
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Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:19 pm

Great Report OA260!
It seems you got a little bit of trtigger finger when it came to taking pics, which of course is always a good thing!
St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:53 am

Nice report. Loving that photo of the BA 737 - what time of day was it taken? i only ask because I may have been on it, which would be a first for me for a photo on a.net.
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:07 am

Quoting BFS (Reply 13):
Nice report. Loving that photo of the BA 737 - what time of day was it taken? i only ask because I may have been on it, which would be a first for me for a photo on a.net.

Hi there it would have been around 11 or 12 midday. Where you on it ??? Would be cool if you were. Also what was BA like??? I havnt flown them in years and I flying DUB to LGW in J in October. Im really looking forward to it .

Quoting EISHN (Reply 12):
Great Report OA260!
It seems you got a little bit of trtigger finger when it came to taking pics, which of course is always a good thing!

Yes thats me trigger happy !!!! Better with a camera than with a gun LOL......
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:26 am

Hey, OA260,
interesting story, such a few pix!.
When I was in Hamburg for the weekend, there was the
AIDAVISTA docked, in the cruise center.
No chance for a closer visit, but impressive enough from the distance.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:38 am

Quoting BFS (Reply 13):



Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Hi there it would have been around 11 or 12 midday. Where you on it ??? Would be cool if you were. Also what was BA like??? I havnt flown them in years and I flying DUB to LGW in J in October. Im really looking forward to it

Aw thats a shame, my flight arrived in DUB later in the evening. It was a good flight and I can safely say the service was the absolutely fantastic with an excellent crew (i.e. Me). Hehehe. Even though I wasn't on it, it's always nice to see one of my LGW babies spreading such joy across the world.

In all seriousness, you will enjoy your flight in Club Europe to LGW. Hope you will give us as nice a report!
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:52 pm

Quoting BFS (Reply 16):
Aw thats a shame, my flight arrived in DUB later in the evening. It was a good flight and I can safely say the service was the absolutely fantastic with an excellent crew (i.e. Me). Hehehe

Im looking forward to it. My flights at 0815 so I presume I will get a nice hot English breakfast . I chose 2C. Shame its DUB to LGW and not the other way around. I would love to have been in the BA Terraces lounge at LGW instead of the non branded one in DUB. Anyway I will do a TR dedicated to BA  Smile
 
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:38 pm

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
My first impression was a bit of a dissapointment with regards the cabin. I was expecting nice bright yellow and blue colours with leather seats. This is what I got!!

If I were you, I would be glad that I got the older cabin. I tried both last spring and the new one was much more uncomfortable IMO. My knees were pressed against the seatback in front of me and I couldn't move my legs. Not fun even on a 2½ hour flight between STN and NYO. The older seats are also much softer. The new ones are like sitting in plastic chairs. So next time you fly FR, hope for the old seats  Smile
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:56 pm

The Jewel of the Seas is f***ing MASSIVE!  Wow!

Nice report by the way.

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Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:01 pm

Great TR OA260

The ship looks just amazing.

Always love your TR.

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Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:43 pm

OA260,

another good story and pics. The ships you picture here are amazing. Sorry to see FR giving you two rides on the same thing. But who bother really,.. you had short flights, you didn't pay too much. Not such a big deal.

btw, I have to try out that Starbucks in Cork  Wink A real favourite for me!!

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Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:47 pm

I would definitely agree with you that Cork airport is much more modern, and seemingly better, but the shoppes in Dublin are better with more variety. The Anna Livia lounge is Dublin is quite nice too. I will go back to Ireland next May. Any suggestions for what to see in Cork?
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Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:21 am



Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 22):
Any suggestions for what to see in Cork?

These websites should help. You can also go to Cobh which has a nice museum .

http://www.westcork.ie/

http://www.discoverireland.ie/southwest.aspx

http://www.cork-guide.ie/corkcity.htm
 
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Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:12 pm

Hi OA260,

Excellent TR! .. I was extremely impressed with the cruise ship pictures. I have never been on a cruise myself, but your pictures dont look like they were taken on a boat. WOW!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Etihad's arrival is being heavily advertised. The best thing to happen to Irish long haul since GF entered the market!!!

That is some serious advertising on EY's part. They knew that DUB will be a complete success, so they went all out with the ads.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:05 pm

Great TR.

So, will you actually fly Ryanair again, or are did you not like them? Also, Royal Caribbean is AWESOME! I've been on two Royal Caribbean Cruises, a Carnival Cruise, and a Holland America Cruise. All were great!
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:31 pm



Quoting Super80DFW (Reply 25):
So, will you actually fly Ryanair again, or are did you not like them? Also, Royal Caribbean is AWESOME! I've been on two Royal Caribbean Cruises, a Carnival Cruise, and a Holland America Cruise. All were great!

I have to say 50/50. I really dont like that way to travel. I would rather fly on a full service carrier even if it meant going Via somewhere. I guess everyone has their own ideas and choices.

I love RCI and CEL. I also was on a Holland America ship and I liked them. The furnishings are more homely like you would find in a house !!! Did you think the same???
 
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Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:26 pm



Quoting OA260 (Reply 26):
I love RCI and CEL. I also was on a Holland America ship and I liked them. The furnishings are more homely like you would find in a house !!! Did you think the same???

To me, RCI seemed really modern. The CEL cruise was very beach themed (Obviously!) and the HOL cruise was very, well they made it seem like it was your home.
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