Flew from Philadelphia to
For those who may want some
170MPH take-off speed
140MPH landing speed
594MPH cruising speed
39,000 cruising altitude
-76F outside temperature
At take-off, there were 61 tons of
fuel on the plane (Airbus 340)
There arenít enough gates for the
planes. So our plane was parked on the tarmac in a line of planes.
There were two portable stairways used to deplane the passengers.
Buses then took us to the terminal. Our next plane was at another
terminal, so there was a long walk, immigration, and then going
through security again. L
Flew from Frankfort, Germany, to
Athens, Greece. Holland America Line (HAL) representatives met us
(about 25 people from our cruise were on the plane), waited for our
baggage, then took us on a bus to the pierís passenger terminal. We
boarded the ship just in time for the life vest drill at the
lifeboat stations. Some passengers were on a later flight and
arrived at the ship one hour prior to leaving the pier. They did not
receive their luggage until two days later, at Istanbul.
If people are on a HAL (Holland
America Line) excursion tour, the ship will wait. If people are
touring on their own, and are not back in time, the ship will leave.
The HAL tours are good about getting back to the ship on time. Mom
recalls only one time when a ship we were on had to wait for a tour
getting back late to the ship.
So far we have not had to have a visa, even though a visa is
normally required in Turkey and Egypt. At several countries,
immigration officials from those countries came on board the ship
and stamped all passports. Passports are retained by the ship unless
they are (infrequently) required by a country, to be on the tourist.
My perception is that passport and visa rules are relaxed for cruise
ships, probably because the countries know that people are not going
to be wandering far from the ship, or for several days when the ship
is in port for one day.
I don't want the cruise to end, so it's wonderful that we still have
so many ports remaining.