Hello and welcome to my rather long and amazing trip report! Thanks in advance for reading and I loved taking the photos.
Background: We had booked a 7 night cruise on the NCL
Epic cruising the Mediterranean Sea exploring the beautiful ports of Naples, Rome, Naples/ Pisa, Marseille and Cannes all departing from the amazing city of Barcelona. This was a trip I was waiting 5 years for and I could not believe when it was here.
Booking: We had multiple options to get to BCN
. Being from JFK
we can either go JFK
on Delta or American. We can go JFK
or even through LHR
by doing JFK
. My parents didn’t want to connect and worried if we missed a connection or something. Since we had to fly direct it came down to a basic American airline. At the time Delta was more expensive and since I happened to like American Airlines and feel like they would probably be a better airline then Delta (boy I didn’t really the forums carefully) we book American Airlines.
Departure: The day came and I could barley sleep all night or day. The flight departs at 5:35 so we had time to get to the airport. We did some much needed things in the morning, got ready and headed off to the airport rather early at 2:00. My photo’s start at the curb-side check in. Enough talking now let’s get to my 100+ photos!
Let’s start this dream trip!
A rather busy security line! Luckily once online we got moved to the first class line. I don’t know why I guess she just wanted to push us through.
Heading to the gates… we at least let’s get something to eat.
I just love the American Airlines terminal! It is amazing and very modern. Can we maybe hope the plane will be like that?
Let’s eat at Bobby Vans!
Some yummy choices today. I got the Tuna Tar-Tar. Might as well enjoy a first class meal cause I won’t get one sitting in economy.
Yummy Yummy Tuna Tar-Tar. It was amazing!
I got a little sick. I think it was just nervous but I couldn’t sit in the restaurant anymore because I was about to throw up. I got up and went to walk around to relax and just calm down. This is my first flight overseas and I was just so excited and nervous at the same time.
Taking a look at some of the classic AA
logos hanging around the terminal.
I love this one. So much nicer the the current AA
The blah AA
logo. I enjoy the classic eagle just hate the grey.
Times around the world.
Some flags as well.
This Air Berlin just pulled in. It was amazing how fast it was unloaded. I think in about 15-20 minutes I saw the crew leaving and literally passing the replacement crew in the hallway. It was amazing!
Heading down to go across to the other side.
Heading back up.
Not really sure why I took this one.
First view of my beautiful 767-300 taking us to BCN
A cool interactive game AA
has in its terminal. It was a fun puzzle game.
A blast from the past. To bad there are no more.
No information for our flight? What is going on with AA
. I couldn’t believe it!
Boarding: Then it came, the time to board. No announcement was made and boarding began about an hour before the flight. Luckily I turned around and noticed the huge line or we wouldn’t of made it onboard. I asked the guy at the desk if this was the flight to BCN
and in broken english said yes. I asked if this was my zone and he said it didn’t matter just get on. What kind of boarding is this? I was so disappointed in this start. AA
has been great so far but went downhill from here.
Heading down the jetway.
Boarding the rather huge doored B767-300. Who knew it would be huge. I think 3 average sized people could enter at a time.
I was greeted by a nice gentlemen who pointed me towards my seat. He was not the lead but there where plenty of flight crew members saying hello. This is a pretty good start towards the flight, maybe things won’t be so bad.
View from my seat.
Terrible legroom. At first I thought it wouldn’t be bad but for an 8 hour flight I was wrong… it was terrible.
I have never seen a tray table like this. I like it!
Completely folded out. Pretty cool I must say, if it wasn’t hitting me in the legs and stomach…
I guess you can call this an amenity kit?
Cabin view… obviously there are no PTVs…
After a quick taxi we took off. There was a wait for the runway but not as bad as I thought.
Lined up with another AA
Off we go!
Finally service was announced and a drink and snack service was given out. I was surprised by the snack. I didn’t think we would get. I ordered a diet coke and got a full can, another shock with AA
A beautiful sunset was going on.
Beef with pasta or Chicken and rice. I got the Beef and pasta.
My brother got the chicken and pasta. We made a deal to share… being a trip reporter you gotta do what you gotta do.
By this time I couldn’t stand the tight seats and the terrible seat cushions. I had to stand up and walk around for pretty much half of the flight. I would sit stand, sit stand, sit stand… terrible terrible seats. I went to the back galley and just wanted to look around. I saw a flight attendant on his iPad playing a flight simulator game. I also saw them all talking. I was disappointed but not surprised that there was no other drink run or even munch run.
Pitch black with the little light on the wing flashing.
Pre-arrival meal. I’m sorry this is a meal? We got one and only one. Why bother serving it on a tray… at least it was hot!
First sign of light now reaching the edge of Spain. I was so happy we where nearing our destination. One because our amazing cruise will start and two I will get out of this plane!!
You can barley see the lights on the ground.
A beautiful sunrise over a not so beautiful ground. I didn’t want it to rain because it would dampen our cruise.
Hello Mr. Sun nice to see you.
Heading towards the clouds praying it is not raining!
Moment of truths seconds away.
So far so good.
It is dry and I can see Spain finally! I was happy at this point that the seats didn’t bother me so much.
Flaps down… heading into BCN
A cruise liner heading into the port at Barcelona. Nope not ours though.
More ships waiting to be called in.
On final, I love those clouds.
Welcome to BCN
As we turned off the runway I saw my first European airline… well LCC airline. I heard much about you Ryanair… maybe next time i’ll fly you!
If you didn’t know this is Vueling territory we are entering.
Leaving? I just got here!
Another small European friend. Enjoy your flight to London!
Time to start my European adventure.
Conclusion: I enjoyed the flight and hated it at the same time. The terminal, food and service was great the seats where terrible and with lack of PTVs I couldn’t even distract myself from the terrible seats. Also my MacBook Pro didn’t fit that well on the tray table so I couldn’t even watch that.
Stay Tuned for Part 2! It will arrive when my hand stops cramping…