We’re Back!

Had an uneventful flight back, immigration let us back in, and now sitting waiting for our flight to Raleigh. As you can see above, Lois’s couldn’t wait to talk to her boytoy. He will be picking us up in Raleigh. We should board in about an hour and after landing in Raleigh about 8 we will have about a 1.5 hour drive to Danville (in the pouring rain it appears.)

I was impressed with American’s service and seat. It’s the old USAirways Envoy seat which has a bigger footwell than their newer seats, so plenty of room for my big ole feetz!

I enjoyed both meals. For lunch We all selected the Korean beef. It was tasty as were all the sides.

Starter which I had with the Tuscan white

Entree which I had with that Tuscan red

Sundae time!

The flight attendant said no one wanted the other dessert!

I failed to take pictures of the arrival snack-I had the Thai salad and really liked it and the chocolate mousse was really tasty!

I watched three movies and took an hour nap or so. Saw the Melissa McCarthy, “Can you ever forgive” movie, followed by “On the Basis is Sex” the dramatization of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early career followed by “The Notorious RBG”. She is quite the lady! I had no idea of the impact she made on gender equality in the country.

All in all a good flight but it’s been a long day. Got up at 7 which was 1am US time. So I suspect we will be sleeping late in the morning!

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In the Lounge.

Got out of the van at 8:34 and checked into the lounge at 9:34. So an hour to find the correct checkin counter (why is that always the most difficult part in an European airport?) which of course was at the opposite end of where we entered the building, checkin, go through USA only security, then walk back to where we started, them passport control leaving the EU, then walk through the huge duty free, then walk past 10 gates, then upstairs, wait on a train, ride it ala Orlando, exit train, then walk past four gates, then ride elevator down to lounge. Phew. .82 miles before 10 am, I’m tired already!

Upgrade!

Almost forgot! When we checked in today, it appears our request to use miles (25,000) + dollars ($350) to upgrade our fre..ahem included in our cruise fare by Viking economy seats to business had cleared. So all three of us will be sitting in comfort from Rome to Philadelphia. We are all so excited. What was going to be a dreadful flight is now going to at least be tolerable and hopefully comfortable in these lie flat seats.

Unfortunately it appears Lois’ and Mike’s upgrade for the short flight from Philly to Raleigh didn’t clear…but mine did!

So the question now is, should I be the good Son-in-Law and let Lois sit up front?

Decisions Decisions.

San Juan

Landed a little early in San Juan and got to our hotel about 9 pm. Tired after a long day but glad to be here.

It was nice to have some space on the 2 hour flight from Miami but dinner left a little to be desired.

Salad, salty twice (maybe thrice?) baked potato and salty rubber chicken with a hint of salty mushroom sauce and a dry wheat roll. #FirstWorldProblems. Thankfully the white wine was nice and not at all salty. The predinner hot nuts and G&T were tasty as was the post dinner hot snickerdoodle cookie (biscuit for my British followers) with a glass of Bailey’s!

We intend to leave the hotel by 10 or so in the morning and drop our bags at the ship and then show Lois around our 51st state before boarding the ship in the early afternoon. So I’m off to bed!

Aboard!in

Just boarded our ride from Miami to San Juan. So far been a smooth trip-spent a couple of hours enjoying a mojito, nachos, and shrimp tacos at Corona Beach Club courtesy of our PriorityPass. Not as nice as a lounge but better than sitting at the gate!

Happy with my window seat and all the legroom. Lois has a similar seat on the opposite side of the plane and Mike is across the aisle from her.

Got plenty of storage but not sure what to use it for given the 2:40 hour flight. But would be really nice for the return from Rome!

Upgrade!

I keep hoping that Viking is going to email us with an upgrade to a penthouse stateroom (slightly larger, comes with liquor in the fridge that gets replaced daily and free ironing and shoe shines) alas, while others on our rollcall have been upgraded, we haven’t. 😢

BUT, we when we checked in for our flights tomorrow we found out our request for upgrades had been confirmed-at least for the Miami to San Juan. I had requested the flight we are on because it is a 767 widebody with lie flat seats. While we won’t need them, it does mean we will have lots of room and dinner. Now if the upgrade from Raleigh to Miami clears we will be golden. This is especially true since the airfare was “free” or at least included in our cruise price. We got the upgrades by responding to an email offer from American earlier in the year-the had a promotion to give us “Gold” status and ten 500-mile upgrade certificates each. So we are pleased that for at least some of our flights we will be in comfort! Keeping our fingers crossed that our request for an upgrade for the loooong flight from Rome to Philadelphia gets approved. That one won’t be free but for 25,000 points and $350 we think being in comfort for 11 hours will be worth it. 🤞

We leave Danville at 8 am tomorrow-Lois’ boytoy is driving us to Raleigh and our flight boards a little after 11 am. We have a long layover in Miami before we leave for San Juan. We are scheduled to land at 8:17.

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