On the plane to Gatwick
We were to be bussed to the plane and after the upgraded passengers we were next onto the coach. The Thomas Cook Airbus A320–321 was out on the tarmac and when the coach stopped we went up the forward steps. Definitely a mistake as it turned out our seats were almost at the back of the plane!
The lockers above our seats were full of baggage from the stewardesses and I had to put a bag down the plane on the opposite side. By the time the third coach had arrived space in the lock it was definitely at a premium.
After all the pre-flight information we were asked not to eat nuts as someone on the plane was highly allergic to them. We enjoyed some tea and Cadbury’s chocolate finger biscuits rather than buying a meal.
I managed to get some images of Malta as the plane took off.
Over England I also managed to get some images.
Once through immigration we waited for quite a time in the luggage hall much longer than we expected. I took a call from a taxi driver and arrange to meet him in the short stay car park outside of the terminal. Then we were in the usual traffic around the M25 and the M3.
From the Cruise Log
Thursday 11 April Valletta, Malta ***
Wind North-Westerly Force 4
Weather Mostly Cloudy. Dry
Oceana made her final approaches to Valletta in the early hours before sunrise. Standby Below was rung at 04:45 and a local Pilot boarded fifteen minutes later to help guide the vessel safely into Valletta’s beautiful and ancient harbour. Upon arrival, the Captain swung the vessel using the ships thrusters, before coming alongside.