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TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:37 pm

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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:40 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:42 pm

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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:45 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:47 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:50 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:52 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:55 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:57 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:01 pm

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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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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:05 pm

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  


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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:11 pm

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.
 
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Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:27 pm

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.
 
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Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:30 pm

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!
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:43 am

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.


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Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:12 am

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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Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:32 am

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!

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:59 am

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!

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:01 am

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.

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:11 am

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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Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:04 am

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  
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:20 am

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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Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:20 am

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.

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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:49 am

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!

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:52 am

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.

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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:08 am

Hey,

Never change your style... what a great read for a rainy cold Saturday morning!

Loved each and every pic....
 
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Another great report! Ireland, Netherlands, Germany and Finland are definitley produce the best trip reporters!
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:57 pm

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 taking us in such detail on your trip. Had to wait a around five minutes for the pics to download but it was worth it. In this place where it's all about the sky, it was nice to see what the sea has to offer too~~~~^~~~~

I've never been on a cruise ship, though I have to say it seems like another world altogether! The Santa Fe Tex Mex photo after the main entrance pic, is really nice!!

I have to agree with you that the Casbalanca stop truly seemed like your favourite. That camel head pic should have come with some warning. Not something I would like to see in person.

The prices of those 1:200 models in the Tenerife aircraft model shop were so expenisve. Do you recall what the model with the Hogan Stand was for Euro 42.90? (only the stand is visible).
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:17 pm

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 have 2 flights with them next month, longhaul J and LIS-LHR in C, I'm kind of dreading the catering now.............

Cheers

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:32 pm

one word, just amazing...
it was LONG!! but, it enlarged my interest in reading your Trip Report  
10/10! well done there!

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:48 pm

Like your report.   Trying to work out whether your ship is luxurious or slightly council.
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:55 pm

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 21):
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?

Hi there sorry for the 500 pics   That was the shortened version lol... Hope you manage to view them all in a few days .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
The Playa de las Teresitas is really beautiful,

Hey Eric yes I was surprised how nice it was being so close to the port. Really enjoyed it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Shame on TP. I hear more 'negative' then positive opinions about this airline, both Y and C-class.

I know I had read bad reports also about dragon FA's and no photos etc... but it wasnt bad from that point of view. Maybe I will try them again sometime.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 23):
A very informative and interesting read about your mini cruise on board MSC.

Hola Roger glad you liked it . The cruise was actually 7 nights not so mini lol...  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 23):
why don't you let a local guide you to more unexplored areas?  

True sometime you must show me the alternative BCN  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 24):
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.

Hey Markus shame you didnt get on it but I think you should stay with NCL so as not to be dissapointed. NCL is hard to beat and the food quality much better also. NCL serve amazing noodles at the midnight buffet  
Quoting DonnyGuy (Reply 25):
Never change your style... what a great read for a rainy cold Saturday morning!

Loved each and every pic....

Thanks alot for the nice comment very nice of you to say so .

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 26):
Another great report! Ireland, Netherlands, Germany and Finland are definitley produce the best trip reporters!

Hi thanks for that we must also mention Greece   lol...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 27):
I was totally mesmerised with your report,

Thanks alot Im glad you enjoyed it .

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 27):
The prices of those 1:200 models in the Tenerife aircraft model shop were so expenisve. Do you recall what the model with the Hogan Stand was for Euro 42.90?

Your right they are expensive I blown up the photo and its a A300-B4 , maybe IB?

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Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 28):
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 have 2 flights with them next month, longhaul J and LIS-LHR in C, I'm kind of dreading the catering now.............

Hey Mark I will wait for your report with interest to see what you get , fingers crossed !!

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 29):
it was LONG!! but, it enlarged my interest in reading your Trip Report  
10/10! well done there!

LOL... thanks for hanging on in and reading it I know it was tough going  
Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 30):
Trying to work out whether your ship is luxurious or slightly council.

Haha well Italian interiors can be a bit of everything !   Still could be worse could be Thompson Butlins at sea  
 
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Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:32 pm

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
Haha well Italian interiors can be a bit of everything ! Still could be worse could be Thompson Butlins at sea

Yep, although I've personally never been on a TUI Cruise ship I've seen horror stories about them on TV.
 
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:04 am

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 enjoyed your cruise you needed it.
The food on tap can make anybody sick in the stomach just by looking at it. What is TAP thinking?
Hope you did not gain any weight on the cruise and all those visits to the ice cream and cakes places in Italy and Spain.
Usually after a 7 days cruise i gain 5lbs.
Thank you for all the effort you put in writing this report, waiting for another one soon, but pleaaaaaaaaaaase divide it in few parts.
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:35 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 31):
Your right they are expensive I blown up the photo and its a A300-B4 , maybe IB?

Now with the photo enlarged, HG4234G is indeed Iberia.

 
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:34 am

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 32):
TUI Cruise ship I've seen horror stories about them on TV.

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.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 33):
Lovely pictures worth all the trouble.
I hope you enjoyed your cruise you needed it.

Thanks for that your right I really did need the break. It did me the world of good.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 33):
Usually after a 7 days cruise i gain 5lbs.

Well funny enough I weight myself yesterday and was only 1lb more so I was so happy ! I knew I hadnt put that much on as my clothes were not tight haha, so onwards now with the health plan and I have dropped two sizes so its all good.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 33):
pleaaaaaaaaaaase divide it in few parts.

Well this was an exceptional TR you know I take loads of pics but this was mega even by my definition  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 34):
Now with the photo enlarged, HG4234G is indeed Iberia.

Thats a lovely model dont know why I didnt notice it more. The old B4's coming into LHR of IB AF OA are fond memories of mine.
 
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:34 am

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

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 its way into your luggage   LOL!

Looks like I found a reason to fly on TP, she wasn't on your flight was she?  Winkhttp://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h2/bobbywn/tpa.jpg

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Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:51 am

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.
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:16 pm

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! Looks like the cruise certainly was a very relaxing and nice experience with lots of sunshine and warmth after the quite miserable Irish winter.

What the hell is that meal on TAP supposed to be? It looks like an Egg McMuffin for crying out loud! I wouldn't expect that kind of thing to be served in business class - maybe something that Ryanair would sell but not a full service carrier in a premium class meal!!!

Liked your pictures of Madeira and TAP, brings back memories from my trip there last summer!

Keep up the good work, how about some more cedar trees the next time?  
 
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:22 pm

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 fast. I remember you telling me that Casablanca was your favourite stop. I wonder why?  

I'd agree with all of your points about the trip including the food (on the ship and on TAP). The "muffin" thing was really awful and I had far better food on my BD trip from LHR-TXL the following day when we were only in the air for an hour!! So disappointing from TAP when everything else had been top notch.

Thanks to you for being an amazing travelling companion too. Can't wait for our next adventure!

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Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:28 pm

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 36):
Phil, great TR man! As always Ive enjoyed every minute of it! I hope those TAP safety cards and postcards found its way into your luggage   LOL!

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 week  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 37):
Nice report and amazing pics.

Thanks Im glad you enjoyed it .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 38):
Hi Phil,

Every report you write seems to feature more and more pictures than the previous one!

Haha true but the next ones will be just enough and not too taxing on the bandwidth lol...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 38):
Keep up the good work, how about some more cedar trees the next time?  

Yes maybe in future never say never but not in 2011   There are other un discovered places calling me ....

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 39):
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 fast. I remember you telling me that Casablanca was your favourite stop. I wonder why?  

Hey there glad you had a good time also. We had many laughs and our Aussie table mates were great craic. Yeah Morrocco is full of culture and I know some parts of it in the market you were a bit out of your comfort zone but it wasnt dangerous lol...
 
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Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:54 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 40):
Hey there glad you had a good time also. We had many laughs and our Aussie table mates were great craic. Yeah Morrocco is full of culture and I know some parts of it in the market you were a bit out of your comfort zone but it wasnt dangerous lol...

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 experience in Morocco very unusual but not unpleasant. It wasn't as pushy as some others I've been to. The food smelled fantastic but the camel heads did put us off eating there a little didn't they?
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Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:40 pm

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 could forget that you were on a floating city. How many passengers does it carry and what is the passenger/ crew ratio like?

The photos of Barcelona and Casablanca brought back happy memories. Were you able to go into the Hassan II Mosque? I know that non-Muslims can only go in as part of a tour at certain times, but it is just as impressive inside as outside. I particularly liked the photo that you captured of the young men looking at an SMS by the fountain.

Thank you for sharing what must have been a wonderful experience.
 
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:37 am

I'll keep this short....Great report!!!  
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:47 pm

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 41):
The food smelled fantastic but the camel heads did put us off eating there a little didn't they?

Yeah not the place to eat just in case lol...

Quoting Quokka (Reply 42):
How many passengers does it carry and what is the passenger/ crew ratio like?

The ships info is here :

http://www.msccruises.co.uk/uk_en/Im...nica_SPLENDIDA_CORP_tcm13-8232.PDF

Its a full technical data sheet.  
Quoting Quokka (Reply 42):
Were you able to go into the Hassan II Mosque?

No we were not on a tour and to be honest Im not that interested to go inside.

Quoting jlbmedia (Reply 43):
I'll keep this short....Great report!!!  

LOL... thanks  
 
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:02 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 44):
Yeah not the place to eat just in case lol...

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 speaking the language and being able to swim in the sea!  
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:00 am

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 congratulations

Had you cruised on the same ship on where there is cool surfing area?

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
so we went to the nice viewing terrace

This guy looks really suspicious about your activity,


many thanks Phillip for sharing


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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:37 pm

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 REALLY nice!

If ONLY it was within my reach financially!
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:59 pm

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 trying to do but it just tasted disgusting, but that was in economy.

Great photos btw.
 
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RE: TAP Portugal J Class/MSC Cruise Liner & Aer Lingus

Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:32 am

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/cruise ship reports. IIRC it was the one featuring FlyBe to Southampton.

You really seem to have managed to fit everything into this report!

The flight on EI looked pretty nice, didn't knew they still offered the Irish Breakfast as BoB option. Are they still extremely popular?

Your cruise with MSC seemed like heaven to me! I really like the idea of getting to spend the day at the various destinations along the way. I think all of them looked great except Casablanca... Then again, the areas around the harbour aren't the nicest.

The return flight on TAP J didn't seem that nice, at least not when it came to the catering. What as that really? I assume you'll get some kind of compensation for this?

Thanks for sharing
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