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SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:18 pm




Welcome to my next part of my series of reports. To me this was a highlight of my trip along with a Family reuinion.

My cruise was to take in the Islands of Barbados/St Lucia/Antigua/St Maarten and St Thomas. I knew where I wanted to go in St Maarten of course  

First my report starts with a very special time for me as we anchored into Antigua's cruise port.





I had not seen my Aunt for 10 years and my Cousin who is currently in Canada has got married and had three kids since I last saw her so it was going to be my first time I met them and her husband.

I had brought lots of gifts for the Kids and disembarking the ship I was stopped by security. They were asking what was inside and talking amongst themselves about if it was a customs problem. I assured them the amount of the gifts were not exceeding any allowances and after a few minutes they waived me through.


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I made my way to the arrivals area and awaited my Aunt and my Cousins husband. Soon they arrived and I
spotted them right away . Lots of hugs and she introduced me to my Cousins husband. They said they wanted
to show me the family business which is a guesthouse called Wind Chimes Inn. So we drove there .

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Yes Anetters this is the runway at ANU  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/SXMNEW/file-13.jpg

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After a tour and being very impressed it was time to move on . My Aunt told me that it was a shame
I was not going to be there for the BA and VS arrivals as the view of the aircraft turning right outside the
balcony is amazing. I can certainly believe that . My Aunt impressed me with knowing all the schedules for
the flights  

My Aunt wanted to show me the lovely beach where they go on the weekends by the Sandals resort.

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After they had a quick chat with some locals they know we took a drive around :

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After that we made our way to the house where my Aunt had promised me a nice Guyanese curry  
I had been waiting for this and was hungry also . The gardens of the house were lovely and I wouldnt
mind this kind of life .


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My Aunt had also made me a cake which was equally as nice. After a while my Cousins husband went
to collect the kids from school . They came running in calling me Uncle Philip ! lol... Something I have to
get used to . I gave them their gifts and they were all excited . The time passed quickly and soon it was time
to go back to the ship. All of us went and the kids wanted to see the cruise ship .
 
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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:21 pm

Guyanese Consulate along the way :

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Some other ships in port.

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Soon it was time to say goodbye and I told them to wait and I would run up to the top of the ship and wave and
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After that I went to my stateroom to shower and change and soon it was nearing time to leave Antigua.
Another ship leaving before us .



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The next day we arrived into St Maarten. The huge Allure of the Seas was also docking . Now this really is a
mega liner !

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This thing has an internal mini city with Central Park and balcony staterooms looking over it .

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Once it had docked next to us this was our view above us !

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Also the Holland America Line was making its entrance :

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Time to disembark and look at the two ships side by side :

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Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:24 pm

Nice to be here :

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I went to the taxi stand and a far was around $18-20 . The taxi driver at first didnt want to go to the famous beach as a the moment there is alot of road construction and the traffic is terrible. After much grunting he
finally agreed . There was nothing going to stop me from fulfilling my dream !

After a while we arrived and I couldnt believe I was here. It was quiet and the crowds had not decended yet.
I rented a lounger and then proceeded to take some photos.

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I think the photos speak for themselves and it really is an experience every aviation enthusiast should do once in their lifetime.

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Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:25 pm

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This really is the perfect combo . Lovely beach and spotting :


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Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:27 pm

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After a lovely day watching the flights land and swimming in the sea and sunbathing it was time to catch
a taxi back to the port. It really had been a lovely day and I met some really nice people from Russia,USA,
Canada,Spain and UK . Everyone there was like a mini community and alot of them had ATC on their radios so
they could warn people of what was on approach so as not to miss a shot .

The bar had free wifi so I had a Facetime call with my Cousin in Athens . he was not so much interested in the
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So back onboard it was time for afternoon snacks :

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A game show onboard :

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The next stop was St Thomas and I had booked a beach tour with a stop for photos at a viewing point.

Captain signing the documents for arrival :


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I had a lovely day at the Magens Bay beach and got chatting to some nice people. Soon it was time to head
back to the ship .

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That night time to check in for the flight the next day at the onboard internet cafe :

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I had an early night and the next morning woke up had breakfast and then disembarked. The customs lines
on arrival into San Juan port were crazy . It took 45 minutes to clear. I then had a transfer booked to the Airport and soon enough I was at SJU .


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DATE: 03/DEC/2011
AIRLINE: AIR CANADA
ROUTE: SAN JUAN - TORONTO ( SJU-YYZ )
FLIGHT: AC 957
CLASS: EXECUTIVE
SEAT: 4A
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A321
REG: C - GJVX



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New parts of SJU , anyone know when its due to open ? It looks very nice .

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There were lots of people trying to check in to the Air Canada flight. There didnt seem to be a Business Class or Star Gold check in so I went to the United one as they check in AC. I was then invited to the front of the Y class line and she told the agent I was to be checked in next. Very nice touch by the agent. This is when the Star Gold card come in handy .

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Soon it was time to go through security. They were using the body scanners and a few days before I had read
reports about EU safety concerns and until I knew more I decided to opt out. I was politely requested to stand aside and then a young Puerto Rican guy came to me and introduced himself. I was told that he would need to touch areas that some people object to but I said to him Im aware and that he could go ahead with the search.
During this process he was quite chatty and asked if I had enjoyed my cruise. I have to say whilst I can understand why some people wouldnt like the thorough search these things dont bother me , he is after all only doing his job. He wished me a good flight and then I proceeded on.

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No Star Alliance lounge in SJU so I decided to use the AA Admirals Club :

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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:32 pm

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I was impressed by the lounge. Very bright and clean and lovely views . They had Free wifi too.

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Soon it was time to leave the lounge and I said goodbye to the lovely lounge agent.

I arrived at the gate and took my place in the priority lane.


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Soon boarding was announced and I was invited to board first. I was welcomed at the door by a friendly FA
and shown to my seat.

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Pre take off drinks :

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Menus here handed out :

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Soon time to take off and bid farewell to Puerto Rico :

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After take off hot towels were handed out :

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Pre dinner drinks and snack:

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Soon the meal arrived and I was impressed. Plenty of drinks were offered and the meal tasted really good.

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More drinks :

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And nice coffee :

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Later I was handed a landing card for Canada :

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Later on in the flight nearing YYZ a snack basket and drinks came round. I really didnt expect anything else
so this was a surprise. They were decent snacks also .

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After a while it was time to land into YYZ and the cabin was prepared.

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We landed and the crew announced the ground temperature. The locals all thought it was mild for the time of
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I disembarked the aircraft and thanked the crew for a lovely flight. Then made my way to baggage reclaim via
immigration.

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My bags with priority tags came off with the last batch of Y class bags . Not very impressive but not that rare
these days with Star Alliance. They really need to get their act together with this or dont advertise it.

I made my way to arrivals and then to the bus stop to catch my shuttle into downtown Toronto :

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The journey was comfortable and not too long and the bus had free wifi also so I checked my emails. On arrival
at the bus stop I was greeted with a nice sight   Greek food in Canada .Gotta love the disapora !

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So thats the end of my report. I hope you all enjoyed it . I know as usual lots of photos so thanks for your patience.

Air Canada provided a great service. Comfortable seats and nice meal. Spotting in SXM was amazing I intend to go back one day .

I appreciate all your comments as usual and appreciate them all.

Kinds Regards

OA260 / Philip  
 
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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:54 pm

The videos of SXM are loaded now also and can be seen here :







[Edited 2012-01-31 12:55:35]
 
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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:10 pm

Hola Philip!

Impressed by your TR.... as usual  

Having the opportunity to be at SXM is the dream of any a.netter.... maybe we should arrange a meeting there in the coming years.

Great to have some relatives at Antigua with the proper housing in front of the runaways, did you help them to choose location? Great for a.netters as well... excellent!

I like the SXM pictures where the arrivals is posted on the surf board, better than the giant flip-board at FRA.

AC deliver a great service and, as you know, I am a big fan of them when flying around North America. They provide good service, good food (most of the times), nice seats and a great IFE that can be turn on form the moment you take the seat. Taking off listening to some great music is always a great experience.

Great to see you had a great time in your holidays, and thanks for sharing!

Salut!

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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:12 pm

Hi Philip!

Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

It seems you had a very nice cruise and very nice to get a day a the famous beach in SXM! I really should make an effort of going there sometime. Your pictures from there are really great!

Food on AC looks very good and the seat looks very comfortable too.

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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:26 pm

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 9):
Hola Philip!

Hola Roger  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 9):
Having the opportunity to be at SXM is the dream of any a.netter.... maybe we should arrange a meeting there in the coming years.

Indeed I always used to watch the Youtube videos , little did I know one day I would be making my own  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 9):
Great to have some relatives at Antigua with the proper housing in front of the runaways, did you help them to choose location? Great for a.netters as well... excellent!

Very nice to have relatives in these lovely places. You know the crazy thing is I didnt know the location of the Inn. All I knew is that they ran one in Antigua . You can imagine my surprise when we pulled up outside opposite the runway lol...

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 9):
AC deliver a great service and, as you know, I am a big fan of them when flying around North America. They provide good service, good food (most of the times), nice seats and a great IFE that can be turn on form the moment you take the seat. Taking off listening to some great music is always a great experience.

Yes I followed your reports with much interest as I was booking my AC flight.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Thanks for a great report with great pictures !

Hi there many thanks for the reply.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
It seems you had a very nice cruise and very nice to get a day a the famous beach in SXM! I really should make an effort of going there sometime. Your pictures from there are really great!

Yes you should deffo go there you would love it. Where are you based in the USA? Not sure how easy it is for you to get there but probably easier than me  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Food on AC looks very good and the seat looks very comfortable too.

I was really satisfied with Air Canada , I would not hesitate to fly with them again .
 
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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:44 pm

Hi Philip,

Thanks for this amazing report yet again! I'm so annoyed I couldn't come with you to go to SXM. I've always wanted to go there as well. Love the pictures of the Nieuw Amsterdam. She really is an elegant ship.

AC look excellent on a flight of that length. Certainly more impressive than US. Glad you enjoyed that flight.

Looking forward to reading about the conclusion of this amazing month-long trip.

Cheers,

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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:27 pm

Excellent trip report OA260. Of course I especially loved the pics from Antigua. I see you had a great time here! My gf stayed at Wind Chimes once. Really nice place. Hope you return soon!
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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:51 pm

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 12):
Hi Philip,

Hi Gareth  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 12):
Thanks for this amazing report yet again! I'm so annoyed I couldn't come with you to go to SXM. I've always wanted to go there as well. Love the pictures of the Nieuw Amsterdam. She really is an elegant ship.

Yeah we would have had a blast ! There is always next time . Get planning   lol

Quoting LimaFoxTango (Reply 13):
Excellent trip report OA260. Of course I especially loved the pics from Antigua. I see you had a great time here! My gf stayed at Wind Chimes once. Really nice place. Hope you return soon!

Hi and thanks for the reply . Nice to have a local reply   Glad your GF liked Wind Chimes I will feed that back they take pride in their place and I know they will be thrilled . My Cousin did the interiors herself.

Love Antigua and will of course be back . I left it too long and I miss my Caribbean family  
 
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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:02 am

Very nice TR!
Pleasure to see you enjoyed SXM, had my first trip there in Sept and I loved it!  
So how did you fly home from YYZ? Will we be seeing a TR?
Also, just curious, how did you enter the AA SJU lounge, when you were flying AC (Star)? Isn't a oneworld boarding pass needed even if you use priority pass/AMEX platinum to gain entry?

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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:15 am

Hey Philip! Just amazing pics of SXM!!! The place which every aviation fan wants to go!   I enjoyed the AC pics also, I would like to go on them one day.

Anyway thanks, looking forward to the next TR!

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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:27 am

Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 15):
So how did you fly home from YYZ? Will we be seeing a TR?

Already written  Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge (by OA260 Jan 11 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 15):
Also, just curious, how did you enter the AA SJU lounge, when you were flying AC (Star)? Isn't a oneworld boarding pass needed even if you use priority pass/AMEX platinum to gain entry?

The joys of Priority Pass. They have an agreement with AA SJU so it was very useful.  
Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 16):
Hey Philip

Hi Thomas many thanks for the reply.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 16):
The place which every aviation fan wants to go!   I enjoyed the AC pics also, I would like to go on them one day.

Indeed   Im sure you will get to SXM and take AC sometime and you will love both .
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:29 am

Another excellent addition to your list of trip reports. Your pictures from the SJU AA admirals club reminded me of my days as a child when my parents would take me to the airport on Sunday to catch aircraft land and takeoff at aeroparque. Back tnen SJU was much busier with AA Airbuses, 727's and DC-10''s being the norm, as well as the TWA and DL l-1011's making a cameo here and there- you made me homesick. I fear the days of the Admirals club in SJU are numbered- it looked quite empty.Quic question, how were the loads on your AC flight? I'm assuming almost 100% of the pax on the flight were cruise ship pax.

Lovely pictures of the Caribbean, as an islander I don't really consider going to the caribbean on a a holiday but your pictures of Antigua and SXM made me recondsider. And finally that Guyanese curry looks absolutely delicious.

Again thanks for sharing

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:48 am

Hi Philip,

As others have said, a great TR. You managed to catch a few interesting tails there at SXM.

Looks like the cruise was fantastic with some wonderful locations visited. I am not sure that I would like being on something as large as the Allure of the Seas, though your own ship was a bit smaller. The accommodation may be sumptuous but the sheer number of passengers is greater than the population of most towns here in WA!   

@ "I was impressed by the lounge. Very bright and clean and lovely views . They had Free wifi too."

Excellent and all essential too. It is always a disappointment to find a lounge without decent views. The AC service seems reasonable too.

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:16 am

Quoting chepos (Reply 18):
Another excellent addition to your list of trip reports. Your pictures from the SJU AA admirals club reminded me of my days as a child when my parents would take me to the airport on Sunday to catch aircraft land and takeoff at aeroparque. Back tnen SJU was much busier with AA Airbuses, 727's and DC-10''s being the norm, as well as the TWA and DL l-1011's making a cameo here and there- you made me homesick.

Hi there and thanks for the comment . That must have been an amazing time at SJU . Such sights we could only dream of today . Still lovely memories to have and cherish for sure  
Quoting chepos (Reply 18):
I fear the days of the Admirals club in SJU are numbered- it looked quite empty.Quic question, how were the loads on your AC flight? I'm assuming almost 100% of the pax on the flight were cruise ship pax.

Oh really ? That would be such a shame as its a lovely area to watch the planes. Yes my AC flight was 100% full and indeed it was cruise passengers. I recognised some from my ship also .

Quoting chepos (Reply 18):
Lovely pictures of the Caribbean, as an islander I don't really consider going to the caribbean on a a holiday but your pictures of Antigua and SXM made me recondsider.

You know there were a few families and couples from Puerto Rico on the ship taking the cruise. One guy I was chatting to a few times but cant remember what part he was from .

Quoting chepos (Reply 18):
And finally that Guyanese curry looks absolutely delicious.

Oh yes it was so good . Wish I could make it like that . I love the ones the Indians and the Pakistanis make here but I really miss the Guyanese one  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 19):
As others have said, a great TR. You managed to catch a few interesting tails there at SXM.

Many thanks for the reply. Yes it was nice to see some I had never seen in real life before and so close.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 19):
I am not sure that I would like being on something as large as the Allure of the Seas, though your own ship was a bit smaller. The accommodation may be sumptuous but the sheer number of passengers is greater than the population of most towns here in WA!   

Indeed I like them all and have to say Id love to try the Allure but I would probably only do it once as I prefer the size of ship I was on .

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 19):
Excellent and all essential too. It is always a disappointment to find a lounge without decent views.

Oh I agree always nice to sit in a lounge and look out to the tarmac. Hate these no window dark lounges.
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:20 am

Wow, what a joy it was to read this TR. I loved all the photos from the various islands, this cruise is something I need to try at some point too.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Yes Anetters this is the runway at ANU

Speechless. What a.netter wouldn't want a room with that view? Holy hell.

The photo of the basketball court on the ship brought tears to my eyes (well, almost). As a basketball enthusiast it makes me happy to see that the sport is being appreciated in places you wouldn't expect.

Glad to see that AC did such a good job. I have still to fly with them (I had once booked with them but they cancelled on me! - snowstorm).

Thanks for posting this Philip and for all the photos. I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we literally cannot wait for your next TR.

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:08 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
So thats the end of my report. I hope you all enjoyed it . I know as usual lots of photos so thanks for your patience.

Air Canada provided a great service. Comfortable seats and nice meal. Spotting in SXM was amazing I intend to go back one day .

I appreciate all your comments as usual and appreciate them all.

Great TR. Never visited SXM ( or anywhere else in the Caribbean for that matter ; only the USA ) but it is one destination that is also on my '' to do '' list. SJU appears to be a large airport with renovations/expansion going on. Also I took note of the many B6 tails there as their operations are growing at that facility. AC service looks good as well. Again great read.

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:17 am

Another good report, OA260!

Looks like a great trip you had to St. Maarten! How awesome the views look! I'd love to visit Maho Beach and stay the day to watch the arriving/departing traffic!

Air Canada J from San Juan to Toronto looks pretty good as well - good looking food, and I love those stemless wine glasses!

Thanks for sharing all your travels with us.

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:18 am

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 21):
Wow, what a joy it was to read this TR. I loved all the photos from the various islands, this cruise is something I need to try at some point too.

Hi thanks so much for the comment much appreciated.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 21):
Speechless. What a.netter wouldn't want a room with that view? Holy hell.

Indeed I would love to go there and spend a few days just to see the BA and VS so close up .

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 21):
The photo of the basketball court on the ship brought tears to my eyes (well, almost). As a basketball enthusiast it makes me happy to see that the sport is being appreciated in places you wouldn't expect.

Yeah saw a few guys playing while I was onboard. Maybe I should do it next time I havnt played for years . Its popular in Greece as you probably know.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 21):
Thanks for posting this Philip and for all the photos. I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we literally cannot wait for your next TR.

Thanks again and the next one will be interesting I promise if maybe not for the right reasons  
Quoting airjamaica (Reply 22):
Great TR. Never visited SXM ( or anywhere else in the Caribbean for that matter ; only the USA ) but it is one destination that is also on my '' to do '' list. SJU appears to be a large airport with renovations/expansion going on

Hi thanks for dropping by . If I lived so close I would be Island hopping all the time. I guess its a natural instinct to go to USA and Canada rather than intra Caribbean.
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:32 am

Thank you for taking the time to share your trip with us Philip.

I am originally from Antigua, and loved the pictures of the island. I recognized quite a few places.

You will notice your route back to YYZ was a bit of a dog-leg. That particular A321 is not "oceanic" equipped. While it does have life jackets, it does not have lift rafts nor HF radios. The route you took kept you clear of New York Oceanic airspace. But then 10 extra flying minutes is a dream to any a-netter!
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:55 am

Thanks for the TR. I believe this is the first AC trip report out of SJU.

Didn't know AC sent 321's to SJU. I'm assuming they're ETOPs certified?

AA terminal @ SJU - what a sad state of affairs. I remember that terminal being packed in its prime during the 90's.
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:08 am

Great trip report! Too bad you didnt get to see the VS and BA, you had a really good view there!
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:14 am

Hi Philip

What a wonderful Caribbean/Cruise/Air TR !!!

Having made a Transatlantic crossing myself last November on Royal Caribbean, both STT and SJU looked so familiar  

Seems you've enjoyed Celebrity; did you navigate on the Constellation ? (it's difficult to see on your SXM docking pictures); might consider that one on her Transatlantic crossing to AMS in May, so would be able to see from your pictures what to expect...yeah, that Allure of the Seas is really a huge cruiseliner - like a whale/A380 compared to all the other ships...

Love your ANU pictures !!! Never been there, but should include this beautiful island in one of my next cruises  

The AC seat, IFE and catering look very good for this length of flight...good to see you've enjoy them too !!!

Thanks a lot for sharing and looking forward to your next TR...

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:05 am

Hi Philip,

great report with lovely pictures! SXM is awesome, I need to go there one day.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Soon the meal arrived and I was impressed. Plenty of drinks were offered and the meal tasted really good.

The presentation of the main course is horrible, though!


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Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:25 am

Quoting longhauler (Reply 25):
Thank you for taking the time to share your trip with us Philip.

I am originally from Antigua, and loved the pictures of the island. I recognized quite a few places.

Hi thanks for the reply and glad you liked the photos of your home Island  
Quoting longhauler (Reply 25):
You will notice your route back to YYZ was a bit of a dog-leg. That particular A321 is not "oceanic" equipped. While it does have life jackets, it does not have lift rafts nor HF radios. The route you took kept you clear of New York Oceanic airspace. But then 10 extra flying minutes is a dream to any a-netter!

Arr ok thanks for that information I would never have known . This was my first time on the route and aircraft.

Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 26):
Thanks for the TR. I believe this is the first AC trip report out of SJU.

I have to say I searched when I was looking to book and couldnt find it so yes it may well be . Great that another route is now covered.

Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 26):
AA terminal @ SJU - what a sad state of affairs. I remember that terminal being packed in its prime during the 90's.

Indeed well I didnt know what it was like before but there did seem to be alot of AA flights on the board. I guess it was alot better before as you say . The place must have been packed.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 27):
Great trip report! Too bad you didnt get to see the VS and BA, you had a really good view there!

Yes I know that would have been the icing on the cake.  
Quoting MH017 (Reply 28):
Having made a Transatlantic crossing myself last November on Royal Caribbean, both STT and SJU looked so familiar  

I love those TA crossings. Im doing one this year myself.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 28):
Seems you've enjoyed Celebrity; did you navigate on the Constellation ? (it's difficult to see on your SXM docking pictures);

I was on the Summit and loved it . I love the Millenium Class ships .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
Hi Philip,

Hi Udo .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
great report with lovely pictures! SXM is awesome, I need to go there one day.

You should plan it for even a week . Im sure you would have an amazing time there.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
The presentation of the main course is horrible, though!

Yes it looks not too good the main course but I assure you it tasted very good so I guess its all good  
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:48 pm

Great report Philip, as expected!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
the family business which is a guesthouse called Wind Chimes Inn. So we drove there

- Looks lovely and great views of the runway too, what a find!

SXM looks great, as expected! - It's the kind of place all plane photographers need to visit at least once, I'd love to go, one day!

I never ceased to be amazed by the size of these cruise ships, just amazing, the size is just mind boggling, the crew numbers alone!!!

AC look pretty decent, food looked good, presentation not too bad, shame about perhaps the most simple aspect - priority luggage, or lack of!

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:56 pm

Hi Phillip

another great trip report you have got there for us. Makes 19F temperatures a bit more bearable.
Glad you made it to SXM, just looks so wonderful. Want to go there as well some day.

I've found Air Canada always to be a bit better than it's North American counterparts, and this report proves it again. If interested see belowhand  Air Canada, North America's Hidden Jewel? (by MSS658 Nov 6 2010 in Trip Reports)


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Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:07 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Great report Philip, as expected!

Hi Mark ,
Thanks Im glad you enjoyed it .  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
- Looks lovely and great views of the runway too, what a find!

Indeed a lovely place to sit on the balcony in the sun and watch the arrivals and departures. What more could you want.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
AC look pretty decent, food looked good, presentation not too bad, shame about perhaps the most simple aspect - priority luggage, or lack of!

Yes for sure. I think this was the longest I have waited for priority tagged bags in a long time. Its always a pain when you want to catch a bus . I missed the earlier one and had to wait 40 mins for the next one.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 32):
Hi Phillip

Hi Marc ,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 32):
I've found Air Canada always to be a bit better than it's North American counterparts, and this report proves it again. If interested see belowhand  Air Canada, North America's Hidden Jewel? (by MSS658 Nov 6 2010 in Trip Reports)

Yes that is certainly my perception although my AA experience puts AC on par with them based on my limited experience on just two flights. AA won with their FA's I have to admit.
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:48 pm

Hello Philip,

I'm glad to see you were able to live your dream ie spotting at SXM. One thing I miss is a photo of you enjoying your holiday in your bathing suit,    in one hand, a    in the other   Lovely pics throughout although my fast-as-lightning PC took some time to load them properly...

AC business class looks fine as well, pulling the straw on an A321 for a 5h flight. Maybe a bit of a pity they don't 'widebody' this route? Or is the demand not such maybe...?

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:43 pm

Hi Philip,

Another great installment of your series. Fantastic that you were able to visit St. Maarten and spend a day spotting, it really must have been a dream come true. Great that you caught the Corsair 747 landing. Your family's guest house in antigua also looks lovely.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
So back onboard it was time for afternoon snacks

I knew it! There had to be some cakes in the report somewhere  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
They were decent snacks also .

Lindt choccie, yummy!

You confirm what Roger experienced in AC business, they seem to offer a good service and nice meals.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 9):
Having the opportunity to be at SXM is the dream of any a.netter.... maybe we should arrange a meeting there in the coming years.

Now that is an excellent idea.......

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:02 pm

Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 26):
Didn't know AC sent 321's to SJU. I'm assuming they're ETOPs certified?
Quoting longhauler (Reply 25):
You will notice your route back to YYZ was a bit of a dog-leg. That particular A321 is not "oceanic" equipped. While it does have life jackets, it does not have lift rafts nor HF radios. The route you took kept you clear of New York Oceanic airspace. But then 10 extra flying minutes is a dream to any a-netter!
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:03 pm

Hello Philip,

A very nice read, thank you very much for taking the time and posting.

Antigua looks great, and your family picked a great spot for a guesthouse! Too bad you missed the long haul arrivals though.

Funny that you posted this report this week, as I am reaching towrards the number of award miles that is required for long haul business class flights on Skytean, and I was just looking trough some ideas and how and where to burn them, and SXM was on that list. Your great report does make it very tempting!

The return flight on AC seemed good too. Good looking meal, and great that they have PTV's. Do they have those in Y too?

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:14 pm

Quoting 767747 (Reply 23):
Another good report, OA260!

Looks like a great trip you had to St. Maarten! How awesome the views look! I'd love to visit Maho Beach and stay the day to watch the arriving/departing traffic!

Air Canada J from San Juan to Toronto looks pretty good as well - good looking food, and I love those stemless wine glasses!

Thanks for sharing all your travels with us.

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Hi Matthew many thanks and appreciate the comments  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 34):
One thing I miss is a photo of you enjoying your holiday in your bathing suit, in one hand, a in the other

Haha Nils I think not I dont want to ruin your dinner   lol...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 34):
Maybe a bit of a pity they don't 'widebody' this route? Or is the demand not such maybe...?

Not sure although the flight was full maybe a bigger A/C would not be cost effective. Maybe only certain days are full depending on the ships departure dates .

Quoting infodesk (Reply 35):
Hi Philip,

Hi Hannah  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 35):
I knew it! There had to be some cakes in the report somewhere

Of course ! Did I ever let you down  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Hello Philip

Hi Robert and thanks for the comments.  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Funny that you posted this report this week, as I am reaching towrards the number of award miles that is required for long haul business class flights on Skytean, and I was just looking trough some ideas and how and where to burn them, and SXM was on that list

Oh yes you have to do it . I cant wait for that report . MD11 ??  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 37):
Good looking meal, and great that they have PTV's. Do they have those in Y too?

I think they IIRC all have PTVs which is great.
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:44 pm

My friend Philip,

I have a dream, no, many dreams thanks to your delightfully written report and beautiful pictures. A dream of spotting and socializing on St. Maarten beach, a dream of flying with AC from the Caribbean to Canada and being get impressed by the on board service.

But, your family reunion touched me even more.

Your (A.net minded) aunt who showed you around at her well-located guest house and indulged you with her culinary masterpiece, your cousin who you had not seen after ten years whose children called you “Uncle Philip!” once they saw you and together waved you goodbye at the harbor. All of these brought back the memories of my departed godmother.

I wish I could write a more detailed comment, but somehow I was too emotional to do that.

Nevertheless, thank you so much for sharing this gem of a report and reminding me of precious family value.

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:20 pm

Hi Phil,

Excellent stuff again. Those pictures from the Caribbean make me warm as it is right now minus 20 outside...

I'm glad that you managed to fulfill your dream and have a spotting session at SXM. Lots of great pictures from there - wish I could go there one day.

Your aunt lives in such a beautiful place! Have you thought about moving there?  

AC Executive Class doesn't look that bad although the lack of lounge is quite bad.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
After that we made our way to the house where my Aunt had promised me a nice Guyanese curry

What the heck is a Guyanese curry? Goat curry?
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:38 pm

Hi Philip!

Nice report as usual.
SXM looks awesome, glad you got to experience it, would love to go there some day.
Those cruise ships seem great, to take a cruise in that area is also something I'd love to do some day,
Looks like AC treated you well, seems like you had a nice flight.

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Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:40 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 39):
My friend Philip,

Hy Suryo thanks alot for the kind comments  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 39):
But, your family reunion touched me even more.

Yes me too I love that pic of them waving . Thats what I love about my family they may be scattered around the globe but we are very close and very diverse. Im so proud of my mixed background and rich cultures from each of them. I feel truly blessed. My family in Athens eat curry due to my introducing them to it and my Guyanese family enjoy Greek food  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 39):
Nevertheless, thank you so much for sharing this gem of a report and reminding me of precious family value

Welcome and like me you have the same ideas which is great .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 40):
Excellent stuff again. Those pictures from the Caribbean make me warm as it is right now minus 20 outside...

Hey P thanks for dropping in . Its zero here tonight and we are freezing but we sadly dont have any saunas we can hop into in our back yard to warm up lol...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 40):
Have you thought about moving there?

I wish . Can you imagine coming home from work and heading to the beach for a swim still being 75F . Love it .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 40):
AC Executive Class doesn't look that bad although the lack of lounge is quite bad

Yes they could have at least an agreement with AA seeing as it was empty .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 40):
What the heck is a Guyanese curry? Goat curry?

Haha no its made with chicken or lamb / beef whatever you want. The taste and spices used is the key.
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:09 pm

Hi Philip !
your photo trip reports are like chocolate muffins from DUB and I am planning a OA260-weekend ...  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Yes Anetters this is the runway at ANU

perfect place for next A.net meeting ...
I am glad too for your dream ...this is for me on "to do list " ... a little too much touristic for me, but I will sacrifice hehehe
ah yes AC ... do not know why I have always loved AC and it seems you are not disappointed ...
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:49 pm

Great report, thanks for the effort   

Well, your photos made me add SXM to my must visit list. I'll trick the family with your nice beach photos and photoshop the approaching a/c 
 
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Quoting stipica (Reply 43):

Hey thanks   Haha OA260 weekend ! Anet Caribbean meet sounds ideal   Seems a few are adding SXM to their list so maybe a future meet there  
Quoting tcm (Reply 44):

Hi thanks alot glad you enjoyed   When I look at my own photos you could be fooled they are photoshopped   My colleagues at work couldnt believe they were so low  
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:57 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 45):
When I look at my own photos you could be fooled they are photoshopped   My colleagues at work couldnt believe they were so low

Your photographs are just as great as the narrative. Many of us here like your reports because of the many pics. Like the Chienese say "A picture speaks a thousand words". In my case, I will have to photoshop the a/c out of the pics to convince my loved ones to join me at St.Maarten as they do not share my enthusiasm for aviation 
 
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:13 pm

Wow, Philip . . .

For me, this was the perfect cocktail of non-aviation and aviation in a trip0report. I found your report informative, and an incite into the islands of the Caribbean. It looked fantastic.

Particularly excited about the 747 arrival and the curry!

I am in YYZ this very moment, though terminal 3 which is not as exciting as yours. Oh, and did I mention economy!?

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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:37 am

Quoting tcm (Reply 46):
Your photographs are just as great as the narrative. Many of us here like your reports because of the many pics.

Oh thats really nice to know and Im glad that people like them. I try to make my TRs as full of info A-Z as possible and convey the experiences I had along the way .

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 47):
Wow, Philip . . .

Hey Luke ,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 47):
For me, this was the perfect cocktail of non-aviation and aviation in a trip0report. I found your report informative, and an incite into the islands of the Caribbean. It looked fantastic.

Many thanks for the feedback its much appreciated . I decided it would be nice to do a bit on the Islands also . For some reason I left out St Lucia as I didnt have my camera with me that day as I was just at the beach . I loved St Lucia the most though and want to go back sometime.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 47):
and the curry!

I must get you the recipe.  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 47):
I am in YYZ this very moment, though terminal 3 which is not as exciting as yours. Oh, and did I mention economy!?

How cool I heard from a friend its mild for the time of year there at the moment . Have a great flight and I look forward to the report when you are back .
 
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RE: SXM Spotting A Dream Fulfilled+ Air Canada J Class

Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:12 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 38):
Oh yes you have to do it . I cant wait for that report . MD11 ??  

I think KLM nowadays deploys the 744 to SXM, and AF the A340. I was thinking inbound KL, and outbound AF, or the other way around, to experience and compare both carriers.

And I already flew the MD11 last year, to MIA, great ride!

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