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Slowhand
22-02-2012, 01:18 PM
At last I`ve managed to sort out our next trip over the pond!

Thanks to a combination of FC miles/Reward seats [not to mention smooth talking to a very nice lady at VA], I`ve managed a good deal on UC seats.
We will be flying to Orlando for a while before going to New York where we will meet up with our friends from LA before taking another DCL cruise with them to Nova Scotia.
After a couple of days in New York we will then be flying home from there.

The only downside is that VA do not fly from NY to Manchester so we will have to face a 3 hour drive back home on the day we arrive back, which I ain`t looking forward to. :thumbsdown:

Beccaberry
22-02-2012, 01:36 PM
Oh it all sounds VERY VERY VERY exciting!! :bounce: :bounce:

I can't wait to hear more about the planning! Let's see, 125 days will put you here around late June, early July? Lovely time to be in the city, nice and warm!

Slowhand
22-02-2012, 02:02 PM
Let's see, 125 days will put you here around late June, early July? Lovely time to be in the city, nice and warm!

Yep, we fly out to Orlando June 27th and we`ll be in New York from July 12th -July 23rd, during which time we`ll do the cruise. :banana:
The last time we were in New York was years ago....it was in November and boy it was real brass monkey weather. :lol:
Hopefully it will be a tad warmer when we visit this time. :fingers:

Wendy
22-02-2012, 02:14 PM
Finally :mental: :mental: I thought you were never going to get round to it :lol: :lol: I'm really excited for you, there are more flights around this year :D

I'm really pleased you have got a date set in stone now :D I feel sorry for you having to drive from Heathrow, it could be worse it could be Gatwick :hide: at least you will be on one of the newer planes, the Airbus 340/600, which trust me is a bonus :D

As it is a night flight make sure you and Sue are sat on the left hand of the plane as you go into the cabin, you will be sat side by side, but there will be no-one facing you and it is very quiet for sleeping - I think we had seats 12 and 14 :unsure: The seats the other side are facing each other and much closer than the 747 if you prefer.

Are you flying home from Newark (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/content/vaa/gb/en/travel-information/airport-guides/newark-liberty/experience-upper-class.html) or JFK (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/content/vaa/gb/en/travel-information/airport-guides/jfk/experience-upper-class.html), they both have Virgin only Clubhouses. JFK is the newest, it doesn't open until March.

When you get into Heathrow (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/content/vaa/gb/en/travel-information/airport-guides/london-heathrow/clubhouse.html), you can go into the Virgin Clubhouse, it is supposed to be fantastic, you can go in for breakfast, lunch or whatever, it is all complimentary, and I think you can even take a shower :lol:

Hey, just think you might be lucky and have one of the brand new A330 which will have the brand new suite in it, the first planes are going from LHR to JFK :D

chief
22-02-2012, 02:16 PM
sounds fantastic

Slowhand
22-02-2012, 02:25 PM
As it is a night flight make sure you and Sue are sat on the left hand of the plane as you go into the cabin, you will be sat side by side, but there will be no-one facing you and it is very quiet for sleeping - I think we had seats 12 and 14 :unsure: The seats the other side are facing each other and much closer than the 747 if you prefer.

Are you flying home from Newark (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/content/vaa/gb/en/travel-information/airport-guides/newark-liberty/experience-upper-class.html) or JFK (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/content/vaa/gb/en/travel-information/airport-guides/jfk/experience-upper-class.html), they both have Virgin only Clubhouses. JFK is the newest, it doesn't open until March.

When you get into Heathrow (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/content/vaa/gb/en/travel-information/airport-guides/london-heathrow/clubhouse.html), you can go into the Virgin Clubhouse, it is supposed to be fantastic, you can go in for breakfast, lunch or whatever, it is all complimentary, and I think you can even take a shower :lol:



We managed to get our preferred seats on the outward bound flight [6A & K] Wendy, and we were originally allocated seats on the starboard side of the Airbus for the return leg.
Having since checked the seating plan, I`ve now switched our seats to 1 A & D for the return journey. :wiggle:

We will be flying in and out of JFK so it will be good to check out the Clubhouse. :thumbsup:

I doubt whether we will use the facilities at LHR though as we will be keen to get home after the return flight. :unsure:

Wendy
22-02-2012, 02:35 PM
You will get to try the new menu as well :happydance: Sue will love the quaintness of afternoon tea and you will love the cheese and wine :D here (http://www.bornrich.com/virgin-atlantic-upgraded-upper-class-meal-service-business-traveler.html)

Mari
22-02-2012, 06:57 PM
sounds like the beginning of a wonderful trip! :)

uscwest
22-02-2012, 07:37 PM
I would love to be on that Nova Scotia cruise.

catrancher
22-02-2012, 07:51 PM
I would love to be on that Nova Scotia cruise.

I would love to be on any Disney cruise. :whistle:

Tom (:macwave:... probably not this year though... :sigh:)

Deafjeff
23-02-2012, 08:11 AM
:jawdrop: can't wait to know more.......

Wendy
23-02-2012, 11:33 AM
:jawdrop: can't wait to know more.......

.......................and Terry, you need to pick up some things for Clarkkent so he can plan a surprise for Deafjeff :D

Tink
24-02-2012, 01:28 AM
YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!! For you and Mrs. Slowhand. You are going to have a wonderful time! :yes:

Kate
24-02-2012, 09:33 AM
That does sound lovely - id like to visit NY one day! :yes:

keith
24-02-2012, 10:12 AM
Sounds like a FANTASTIC trip :yes: nothing like the feeling of having a new countdown to look forward to :yes:

Slowhand
24-02-2012, 11:54 AM
nothing like the feeling of having a new countdown to look forward to :yes:

Yep it`s a good feeling isn`t it?
I was hoping for an earlier one but other things [of the 4 wheel variety] have taken over these last few months. :wink: :lol:

Wendy
24-02-2012, 12:20 PM
..................
I was hoping for an earlier one but other things [of the 4 wheel variety have taken over these last few months. :wink: :lol:]

Boys and their toys :lol: :lol:

Tinker
24-02-2012, 11:09 PM
Sounds Fabulous Terry & Sue and nice time to visit NYC .

Deafjeff
25-02-2012, 08:41 AM
.......................and Terry, you need to pick up some things for Clarkkent so he can plan a surprise for Deafjeff :D

:mental:

Isafari
25-02-2012, 09:55 AM
Yep, we fly out to Orlando June 27th and we`ll be in New York from July 12th -July 23rd, during which time we`ll do the cruise.

We will be in New York on the 22nd July....say hi if you do happen to see us! :D

Wendy
03-03-2012, 09:56 AM
Sooooo, have you made any ADRs or booked your flights to NY :unsure:

You can't just tell us you're going and then not keep us up to date :D :wink:

keith
03-03-2012, 10:26 AM
Sooooo, have you made any ADRs or booked your flights to NY :unsure:

You can't just tell us you're going and then not keep us up to date :D :wink:

ooo yes more info needed :D

Slowhand
03-03-2012, 03:25 PM
Sooooo, have you made any ADRs or booked your flights to NY :unsure:

You can't just tell us you're going and then not keep us up to date :D :wink:

I`m still waiting on the final piece of the jigsaw, ie sorting out a few days at the GF which is where we`ll be doing most of the on-site dining, so the ADR`s will have to wait until that is sorted.
We are however going to YSH on the evening after we arrive and also on our last day in Orlando so we can say "hello" & "au revoir" over dinner to Ricardo as is by now the norm!

Because we will have loads of luggage when we leave Orlando to fly to New York, we have arranged a good deal to fly First Class with AA as this would only work out marginally more expensive than flying coach and paying for excess baggage with other carriers.

Just for a giggle I went onto the VA site to price up the cost of the UC seats from MAN-MCO and also JFK-LHR on the dates we will be travelling, and the total cost would have been in 5 figures!!!! Needless to say thanks to our FC miles [and a bit of smooth talking :lol:] we are only paying a fraction of that cost. :banana: