After many thoughts of doing a trip report; this is actually my first one. I had ten days off work so I decided to go and visit family in Jamaica and then take the chance to accompany my Grandmother back to the UK on her annual summer hols. I should point out, that I am missing many photos and videos that were taken on my Blackberry; owing to an unfortunate Sea water and Blackberry incident.
18 jun 2012
Updated Departure entrance hall at
My trip was to be non-stop to KIN
on one of BAs three class 772. I did not need to select my seat early (and pay the £60 fee) so I checked-in in on-line 24hrs before my flight and collected my ticket at the airport. Once at the North terminal, I was able to print off my own luggage labels but the sticking process proved too challenging for me and I actually wanted some human interaction so I went to the Club World Check-in desk and completed the process there.
After checking in; I moved the short distance to the dedicated security area and then took the lift up to the Galleries Club lounge. There I took the chance to take a shower, eat breakfast and catch up on the news both printed and online. The lounge itself is large and spacious and was busy without feeling crowded.
After an hour in the lounge I made my way to my gate; general boarding had already started and so I had to wait a few minutes before going on board.
My seat was 2K, window seat but facing backwards. Looked a tad narrow stuck in the corner but it was comfortable all the same. Once seated I had a choice between Champagne, Wine or Orange Juice - I took the Champagne.
Pushback was delayed for a few minutes as they reconciled baggages and then we were on our way.
Complimentary headset and Club World amenity kit featuring Elemis products.
Snack of Rioja and nuts (x2).
Curried Chicken Main Course (a tad bland).
Dessert was a very nice selection of Strawberries and Cream but after 1 glass of Champagne and 3 glasses of Rioja - I was out for the count and so missed out on dessert.
Mid-flight snack from the snack bar.
West Coast of Jamaica.
St Catherine Jamaica.
We arrived in KIN
a few minutes behind schedule and there was only one other commercial airliner on the ground. A Spirit airlines A320, that was preparing for departure. Immigration, baggage collection and customs was uneventful and I was in to the Car hire hall within 45 minutes of landing.
Arrivals area of NMIA, with Jerk Chicken Stalls, Red Stripe and decorative bunting in celebration of Jamaica's 50 years of independence.
Not too many touristy photos because I was not feeling too touristy.
Rural game of football.
28 Jun 12
Check-in was again done online but you still needed to go to the check-in desk at the airport in KIN
; which was unfortunately not dedicated to Club World customers alone as a number of passengers had disregarded the sign and were seen unpacking and repacking their bags to meet the required weight. This delayed the process somewhat but once they had removed themselves. I was able to check-in both myself and my Grandmother and then proceed through security, immigration and on to the lounge.
Bording was well ordered but there were some 34 passengers requiring wheelchair assistance, which must be a record, said one of the staff jokingly. My Grandmother took the Window seat 4A and so I had to settle for the aisle seat 4B
I had learnt my lesson and so only had 1 glass of Champagne this time.
There was work taking place on parts of the taxiway so the pilot had to do a turnaround at the end of the runway.
We took off after a short delay and headed back, with what seemed like a full aircraft, to the UK.
Trio of Fish, Starter.
Main Course - my Grandmother said it was very English (meaning not very spicy), I thought it was quite nice.
Sunset over Nassau.
Although it was a night flight; I struggled to sleep as I would often wakeup sweating - some complimentary pyjamas might be necessary, next time.
Breakfast - a sausage burger was also available.
We arrived in London a few minutes behind schedule and despite news stories of nightmare immigration queues; I was out of the airport within an hour of landing. All in all, an enjoyable trip and two enjoyable flights.
[Edited 2012-06-29 09:32:19]