Overall the flight was extremely enjoyable. The WiFi was fast and inexpensive, the seat was comfortable, the service was excellent, and the shower spa was phenomenal. There are better seats, beds, and service on some of the Asian first class cabins, but each has their own drawbacks and none feature a shower onboard. If not for the 7 hour delay and lack of communication about it, this flight would have been pretty darn close to perfect. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 1: Flying Emirates Shower Class To Dubai
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But speaking of that, we passed by a toy store where everyone was playing with these awesome Squap Paddles that were a lot of fun. Before buying a set for Rafi though I looked on Amazon, and sure enough they were available for less than at the mall. And Prime shipping sure beats shlepping a toy home from Dubai! … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 2: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
I’m going to make a number of comparisons between Singapore and Cathay Pacific first class. On Cathay you don’t have a suite per se but you do get a very comfortable wide seat that is semi-private. Besides for in the very first row in the nose of the Cathay 747 there are no good seats for couples on Cathay that want to see each other during the flight. Contrast that to Singapore suites where the double suites are just perfect for 2 people traveling together. Cathay First has awesome availability and can be booked with partner miles like AA and BA. Singapore Suites can only be booked with Singapore miles with fuel surcharges and it can be very tough to find 2 seats at saver rates. While Cathay First from the US means flying just to Hong Kong on Singapore there are flights to Moscow, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris