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A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:20 pm

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Hello all.   I was lucky to be invited to Princess Cruises new ship inaugural celebrations with a friend of mine who is also in the trade. We decided to book Aer Lingus flights from BHD-LGW and then take the train down to Southampton which is where the ship would be during the events.

After following the progress of the ships final preperation for being handed over the excitement began and I was very much looking forward to seeing it. Princess is a product I have never really got to know properly so this would be quite interesting for me.

On the Friday night I took the train to Belfast and stayed over at my friends house as he is only 10 mins from the Belfast City Airport. Our flight was the first one of the day so we got up at 4am got ready and then left the house.







DATE: 08/JUN/13
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: BELFAST CITY - LONDON GATWICK
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT: 24E/F
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A319
REG: EI - EPR Named ''Damhnat''


We already had checked in so we didnt need to go to the desk. We made our way to security control.


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Aer Lingus use the BA lounge which is due to get a total refurbishment to mirror that of GLA this Summer.
Im looking forward to seeing the end product.

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Soon it was time to board so we made our way to the gate. No priority boarding was done and it was first come first served! A bit of a downside to be honest which needs addressed.

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We were welcomed by a friendly FA and we made our way to our seats.

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Very tight legroom down the back in these Ex IBERIA cabins !

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Soon boarding was complete and we made our way to the runway to take off. Very light load that morning.
With Flybe axing their route in March this will help EI no doubt.
 
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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:21 pm

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After take off I decided I would by a breakfast. I was able to use my Irish Debit card and pay in Euro which was handy.

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The flight went really fast and I was chatting to my friend. Soon it was time to land into LGW.

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So we disembarked the aircraft and made our way to arrivals. The process was very quick and easy. Im loving LGW more and more each time I use it.

We then went to the train station and took the train from Gatwick Airport to Southampton Central. This took us around 1 hour 50 minutes.

Aircraft high overhead in Soton.

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We had a stroll around the city and I went to the model railway shop called Rons Lines where I bought a new train for my collection.  

View from West Quay a Celebrity ship was also in port.

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Soon it was time to make our way to the ship and here she is :

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Also in port was the wonderful QM2 which Gareth and I sailed on back iin November from Southampton to
New York .

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Your typical Flybe metal on approach to SOU .

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A nice welcome at the cruise terminal.

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We checked in and documents were handed to us.



Our stateroom for the 24 hours cruise to no where  
 
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Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:22 pm







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I have to say I was impressed with the interior and the way it was laid out. I like the colours and it felt homely.
The balcony was a decent enough size for two also.

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Some other visitors in town .

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Daily news









Preparing the stand for the launch by Kate Middleton Dutchess of Cambridge.

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So it was time to explore this new ship .



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I have to say I love this area.

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Around this area there was a lovely pool attendant called Milan who we had a good chat to and I practised some of my basic Serbian with   he was impressed I knew some words.

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:23 pm

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Having seen this area on the Caribbean Princess I was wondering what it would be like on this ship and I have to say I was very impressed with this area.

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I even managed to lay here for half an hour and get some rays ! Well it was 22c and not common weather for the British Isles. !

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So it was time to check out more of the interior of the ship:

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:24 pm

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I would love to dine here one day .

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I have to say I was really impressed walking around the ship and seeing all the nice areas.

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This is the atrium area on the ship and I fell in love with it right away. Everyone commented on it and the photos dont do it justice. It was so well designed and the attention to detail was visable. You really need to be there to take in just how nice it is. During the time onboard I came here a few times to relax and have a drink etc..

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Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:25 pm

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My favourite place near the atrium and somewhere I could see myself coming daily for my coffee and cake.  
The staff were so friendly also and we decided to take a light lunch here also.

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The shrimp salad was so fresh and tasty. The cake speaks for itself and was yummy. The coffee was perfect also.

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:25 pm

Now this is the spa and the only thing I found a bit weird is that it was placed on deck 5. Normally the spa is on a high deck like 10-11. I did find this a bit strange but the spa itself was lovely.

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We arrvied at the ice cream bar and we both had some. The Nutella flavor was to die for . I didnt take a pic of the cup as we were too busy eating it  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/PRIN1/file_zpsa0fcda58.jpg

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Back outside and the cinema screen shows films called ''Movies under the stars'' at night. A nice concept whichis not new to cruise ships but I like it.

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Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:27 pm

The new innovation for this ship is the Seawalk which goes over the edge of the ship. Now normally you wouldnt get me anywhere near this kind of thing but it actually wasnt too bad and I didnt feel sick.

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Goodbye Celebrity. I still have a soft spot for that brand.

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Oh I have been there ! The Capitol in Austin my favourite US city. I hope to return oneday.

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So after a very eventful day we had to shower and put our Tux's on and go to dinner. We had been allocated a table for 5 with some cruise consultants from Cardiff and Swansea in Wales. We ended up having a great evening with them and lots of laughs.

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After a wonderful dinner it was time to see around the ships evening entertainment.

The famous singer Lemar had been brought onboard to perform and everyone went on top deck to see him.
I have to say it was great and I really enjoyed it.

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VIDEO BELOW OF LEMAR CLICK PIC BELOW TO VIEW ::



After that I met up with an old friend of mine who I had not seen for 4 years. The last time we met we were on a Arctic Circle cruise with Hurtigruten lines. We had kept in contact via Facebook so it was great to see him and we went to the shows inside the ship together.

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:27 pm

After that a nice walk around the ship all lit up .

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And the lovely Skywalk at night :

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After a lovely night and around 2am it was time to say goodbye to everyone and head to bed.

The next morning my friend and I woke up and went to breakfast.

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I had the pancakes and syrup as a treat and they were cooked to perfection.

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After a lovely breakfast we went back to pack and get ready to leave the ship sadly . We then made our way to the atrium and stopped for one last coffee for half an hour before disembarking thanking the staff for a wonderful 24 hours.

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We then walked into the city which was not far at all.
 
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Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:28 pm

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After a while we headed to the train station and made our way to Gatwick Airport. Being a Sunday we had to change at Brighton but this was not too bad.





DATE: 09/JUN/13
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: LONDON GATWICK - BELFAST CITY
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT: 24E/F
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A319
REG: EI - EPS Named ''Fergus''



Soon enough we arrived at LGW went to the Aer Lingus desk and got our boarding passes. We then made our way to the No.1 lounge. Now the No.1 lounge had become run down over my last visits so I was not expecting too much.

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Lots of renovations at LGW and seem to be for the better.

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We were welcomed by a friendly lounge agent and invited in .

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The menu had been brought back and some free items were available also .

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:29 pm

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Some good spotting here from the lounge.

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A nice option on the menu.

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And just then by chance the B787 landed  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/PRIN1/file_zps69e56c50.jpg

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My friend has this which was very fresh.

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Not much life left in these with Monarch.

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So I took a look upstairs to see if they had done something better as before it was dirty and full of rubbish. To my surprise it had been totally cleared and renovated so I was glad to see it.

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The old pier being taken down ready for the new one.

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Soon after a pleasant time in the lounge it was time to head to the gate for boarding.

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We boarded right away and made our way to our seats.

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Boarding was completed and we made our way to take off. Quite a healthy load factor that eveing.

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Thats not going anywhere !

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After take off my friend and I slept for most of it before waking up with lovely views over IOM and then the Copeland Islands.

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We made our way to stand 25 mins early and then disembarked the aircraft. We were through arrivals in no time at all and I then said goodbye to my friend and made my way to the train station to go home.

So thats the end of my report. I hope you enjoyed it . I have to say I loved the new Princess ship and will certainly look at doing a cruise on it next year. People will pick bits out of a new ship that they dont like and they feel is fashionable to dislike. Personally I prefer to enjoy the cruise and enjoy them all for their different designs/innovations etc..

The strong points that really stood out were the food and the staff. Thats a big part of a cruise for me and Princess did not dissapoint.

Aer Lingus performed well and this was my first time flying them out of BHD and the A319.

Thank you in advance for reading and your comments.

Kind regards

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:32 pm

For those interested some pictures of the Princess with the Princess at yesterdays naming cermony.

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:31 am

Hi Phil,

Another stunning vessel, thanks again for sharing your experience. Also thank you for sharing your Noregian Fjord pictures from your previous TR very impressive!

Curious to know what locomotive you aquired  

I hope EI sort out their legroom and boarding procedures out, perhaps a stern warning towards menzies (in BHD if I am not mistaken?) will set them back on course towards a constant quality service. I look forward to seeing BA's new lounge a nice boost for BHD.

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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:35 am

Hi Philip

You know, ive lost count of how many cruise related trip reports you've done. Honestly, im actually starting to get jealous! Its been so long since ive done my one and only cruise. Anyway It was a great read and not as long as the last one   I really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing it  Oh, Btw, I spotted EI-EPT as well at LGW when I took my trip to ANU   Glad you spotted the BY 787 as well 
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RE: A Very Royal Princess Cruises Inaugural+Aer Lingus

Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:18 am

Quoting Jambost (Reply 12):

Hi James   thanks for the comment. Yes they need to get the boarding thing right.

I got myself an Intercity 125   Running like a dream. Goes well with the APT   Just need an Enterprise now lol..

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 13):

Hi thanks glad you liked it. Well im just lucky that my hobby and my work enable me to enjoy these things. The A319s are a stable diet for EI at LGW these days. Its nice to see more varied metal at LGW too. The B787 was nice to see landing and parked up.
 
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:31 am

New trains rarely stutter!

Attend an ni/irish model railway exhibition and you will source the enterprise in no time (hopfully not on fire!   ) I have even seen modellers create the new Ni railway DMU s, but they have a shocking price tag!

Thanks again and happy cruising,

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Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:02 am

Thanks for sharing this, Phil! Ship looks awesome, and great photos of the Duchess at the naming ceremony. What a fun 24 hours you had!

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Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:21 am

Quoting Jambost (Reply 15):
New trains rarely stutter!

Yes for sure although I must mention its new to me but second hand. Still in good nick though.  
Quoting Jambost (Reply 15):
Attend an ni/irish model railway exhibition and you will source the enterprise in no time (hopfully not on fire!   ) I have even seen modellers create the new Ni railway DMU s, but they have a shocking price tag!

Haha vey true . That was mad that, lucky it wasnt worse. Im certainly going to attend one of those.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 16):
Thanks for sharing this, Phil! Ship looks awesome,

Hi Matthew thanks alot and yes it was a really nice 24 hours. Next time hopefully for alot longer  
 
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:49 am

That was fast, hope all my requests are fulfilled this way.

As usual great report with a huge amount of pictures.
This is a ship i would love to take a cruise on in the near future i hope.

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Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:59 am

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 18):
That was fast, hope all my requests are fulfilled this way.

Haha thanks yes I had not planned to write it so fast but your encouragement made me stay up and get it done. Nothing like doing it when its fresh in ones mind  
Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 18):
As usual great report with a huge amount of pictures.
This is a ship i would love to take a cruise on in the near future i hope.

I'm glad you liked it and yes I'm sure you would love this ship. Really well designed. Lots of nice quiet areas to be alone and meeting areas to mingle with other guests. A great balance.
 
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:55 am

Hey mate,

Great TR on what looks like a truly stunning vessel. I'd love to get on her at some point in the very near future. Looks like all went well with the flights and connections, and you even managed to see the BY 787. I think it looks great in that livery.

Thanks again for sharing!  
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:44 am

Howdy Philip,

Thanks for entertaining us with another ship prospection (see, I do get it right this time  ). My amazement with the stuff they old put in there keeps on growing. And you made me aware of the fact that EI has A319's  Wow! They seem like rather new ones, judging by the type of overhead panel.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Aer Lingus use the BA lounge

That one looks very IKEA-esque. It will be better once refurbished hopefully!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Very tight legroom down the back in these Ex IBERIA cabins !

Is it really? I did have any issues on my latest EI flight but that was of course on their older A320 fleet.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Also in port was the wonderful QM2 which Gareth and I sailed on back iin November from Southampton to
New York

From this side viewed it looks grand and majestic and much more classic. A real boat errr... ship!

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The famous singer Lemar had been brought onboard

How famous is he because I don't know him lol!

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Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:00 am

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 20):

Hey Gareth  

Yes a great ship and Im sure you would enjoy it. We will see what we can do   Yes well I knew you would appreciate it so have to make the effort lol ...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):

Hey Nils  

Wow Impressed you actually are getting better with each TR and saying SHIP lol...

Yes EI got Ex IB A319s hence the interior. The front rows are fine but towards the back its very tight.

Yes the BA new lounge will be very nice so I cant wait to see it this Summer.

Lemar is famous more so in the UK and had some great hits.

The QM2 is a lovely SHIP !! lol... Im sure given the chance of a day or 24 hours onboard you would love it! Maybe sometime  
 
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:18 pm

Nice review of the Royal Princess...
I'm glad to see you had a good time on your 1st? Princess cruise.
Looks a bit nicer than the Ruby Princess did, but not all the different decor wise. Oh well watch this forum mid-Jan 2014 for a review of the Sapphire Princess  
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:26 pm

Hi Philip!

Another nice ship with many nice amenities.

Flights seems nice and nice to see the 787 which is not so common. I still don't like it very much. I still see it on a daily basis.....

Looking forward to your next report!

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Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:56 pm

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 23):
Nice review of the Royal Princess...
I'm glad to see you had a good time on your 1st? Princess cruise.
Looks a bit nicer than the Ruby Princess did, but not all the different decor wise. Oh well watch this forum mid-Jan 2014 for a review of the Sapphire Princess  

Hey thanks alot glad you enjoyed it . Im sure if you went on it you would see the new enhancements and enjoy it. I was on board the Caribbean Princess which is an older one as you know and can certainly see the difference in terms of product. I can see where your coming from with the older fleet but this really is a game changer and I have to say Ive warmed to Princess alot more with this new one. Im very much looking forward to the review of the Sapphire. Ive actually got another one coming up in September but I cant for the life of me remember the ship LOL.. Too many ships !! Next month Im going on something Ive always wanted to try so watch this space 
Quoting The777Man (Reply 24):
Another nice ship with many nice amenities.

Flights seems nice and nice to see the 787 which is not so common. I still don't like it very much. I still see it on a daily basis.....

Thanks for reading and the reply. Much appreciated. I agree with you the B787 has not enticed me and I have no rush to fly it but most likely will at some stage. Id rather fly another B777 missing from my log and I know you will agree with that being the 777 king  

I had the same conversation with Gareth as he loves the B787 and doesnt follow the A350 that much. I guess its down to personal preference.
 
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Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:00 am

Hi Philip,

once again a nice picture report about your latest cruise ship test. Even though Mozilla always crashes down when I load your reports, I enjoyed it...

Thomson's 787 looks pretty...the plane in general looks so much better than Airbus' stretched and deformed A330, called A350.  

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After take off I decided I would by a breakfast.

Ah, not exactly what I'd prefer...but all the food pictures from the ship were great, of course...


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Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:54 am

The ship looks amazing, thanks for sharing. It really amazes me what facilities you can get on a cruise liner these day, mini golf, rock climbing etc etc which I'm sure was on this ship as well.

Makes me want to go on a cruise soon
 
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Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:07 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 26):
Hi Philip,

Hi Udo   Thanks for the reply and glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 26):
Even though Mozilla always crashes down when I load your reports, I enjoyed it...

Haha i ditched that browser ages ago , found it had too many crashes and issues. Its too basic for my needs.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 26):
Thomson's 787 looks pretty...the plane in general looks so much better than Airbus' stretched and deformed A330, called A350.  

Yes it does look good on that type of design. Im just hope the A350 does not have the same delays and dissapointing shut down the B787 did.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 26):
Ah, not exactly what I'd prefer...but all the food pictures from the ship were great, of course...

Well we love our Irish/British breakfasts here   We dont like that Continental cold meat and cheese for morning lol..  
Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 27):
The ship looks amazing, thanks for sharing. It really amazes me what facilities you can get on a cruise liner these day, mini golf, rock climbing etc etc which I'm sure was on this ship as well.

Makes me want to go on a cruise soon

Hi thanks and yes the ship was amazing. They really have everything on board and I love the different ship for different reasons.

You should certainly go on one  
 
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:49 am

Hello Philip

Another great cruise report, thanks for sharing it with us!
Did not realize that EI is changing their interior's.
Nice pics of the Royal princes as well, I'm amazed by how many things you can do on a ship like that  

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Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:09 pm

Excellent report as usual Philip, full of the detail we've come to expect. Lucky timing with the 787 at LGW, cant wait to get on one! I wonder how much longer we will see EI on the LGW route from Belfast though, perhaps one for you to look back on in time..
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:38 pm

Hi, P.,

such a bunch of great impression pictures from this special event, well done.
Also EI looks like ok around you´re flights.
That´s definitely the way to spent some 24 hours or a little more!.

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Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:09 am

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 29):
Hello Philip

Hey Marc  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 29):
Another great cruise report, thanks for sharing it with us!
Did not realize that EI is changing their interior's

Thanks . Well they kept the IB interior rather than install their own. I guess too much money to do that.

Quoting Eirules (Reply 30):
Excellent report as usual Philip, full of the detail we've come to expect. Lucky timing with the 787 at LGW, cant wait to get on one! I wonder how much longer we will see EI on the LGW route from Belfast though, perhaps one for you to look back on in time..

Hey thanks alot   Well its safe for the Winter and with Flybe going off the route in March Ei loads should improve further so should be ok.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 31):
such a bunch of great impression pictures from this special event, well done.
Also EI looks like ok around you´re flights.
That´s definitely the way to spent some 24 hours or a little more!.

Thanks alot Markus  Yes certainly a good way to spend 24 hours  
 
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Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:20 pm

an entertaining report well documented and well photographed ... thank you for the dream.
 
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Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:37 am

Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 33):
an entertaining report well documented and well photographed ... thank you for the dream.

Hi and thanks for the reply. Hope all is well with you. Im glad you enjoyed it  
 
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Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:17 pm

Hello Phillip  

Another fantastic cruise ship report, that new ship looks great! Wouldn't mind spending a week in there  
Good to hear the crew were nice and you had a great weekend!
Both Aer Lingus and the lounges look fine 

Thanks once again for sharing and looking forward to your next report!

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Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:24 pm

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 35):
Hello Phillip  

Hey Brendan  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 35):
Another fantastic cruise ship report, that new ship looks great! Wouldn't mind spending a week in there

Thanks. Or even two weeks  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 35):
Good to hear the crew were nice and you had a great weekend!
Both Aer Lingus and the lounges look fine 

Yes EI did the usual good consisent product and the lounges were pleasant especially the No.1 now its back in line.
 
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Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:56 am

Hi there Philip - another great look at a cruise ship!

Aer Lingus look a little disappointing on those IB A319's compared to their A320's. The Breakfast they serve onboard looks pretty good though - really should make another trip with them so I can try it... And the chocolate lounge in DUB!

The BA lounge looks pretty similar to the Flybe one next door. Very sterile. Good it'll be getting the BA treatment soon. Hopefully I'll be able to make it to BHD and give it a go before my silver status runs out - although that's not for a while yet!
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Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:49 pm

Hello Philip, another nice report on the flights - and a great cruise ship tour! Thanks for taking the time as always!

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