Carnival Victory March 9, 2013
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Glory 2/28/2010: Dina & Marty
Valor Feb 2009: Dina & Marty - again
Grandeur Feb 2008: DTW, Dina & Marty
Inspiration May 26, 2007
Fascination: Feb 2007
Enchantment of Seas: Sept 2006
Radiance of the Seas
Majesty of the Seas
The Big Red Boat
The scariest has always been Logan. I miss the feel of the smaller airports. We have a new one here, and it is so nice to not spend a lot of time, getting from point A to point B.
My first time moving to Germany was in 1980. The Atlanta airport was very small and well contained. Easy to get around in a matter of minutes.
I moved back to the states in 1984 and was so lost I called my mom in a panic, because the Atlanta airport was sooo big. She asked me if there was an older person standing near by? I saw a security guard, and she said, to ask him what county I was in. He told me, and she knew were to pick me up.
I too may have local prejudice or ethnocentrism but Portland does have one of the finest airports in the world I.M.H.O.
My only criticisms are the odd way you go through customs and then take a shuttle to the baggage claim area after an international flight. But there are so few international flights that this rarely affects the travel plans of most travelers.
My other problem with PDX is the lack of direct flights to most localities. On most journeys domestic or international, more than one flight leg is necessary.
Yeah, exactly. It's like asking "Which payday loan store is the best?"
Plus, of course, there's a huge difference between the airports in major cities and those in smaller ones. They're not even in the same category. Of the smaller ones, I like Palm Springs a lot. Close to center city, attractive, convenient to navigate (as a passenger).
Then there's another category: best major airport to change planes, which could be subdivided into "same airline" and "change airline." This usually translates into whether or not you have to bust security between planes, however the hands down winner for awful in this category is Miami, even though you can stay inside security for plane changes. This airport should clearly be bulldozed and started over. Even though most people hate it, I think Dallas DFW is pretty good for changes now that they've built that new high-speed elevated train loop around the airport. The old Toonerville Trolley thing they used to have just didn't make it.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP) has the most popular bathrooms.
They've become the new "tourist destination" and are receiving a new makeover because of the publicity. They are installing enclosed stalls with partitions that go completely to the floor. I guess no more hand gestures or toe tapping. Who the heck knew those were signals. I figured it was the signal for "I need paper." or "I'm digging out on my IPOD tunes."
I know I don't mind "flying" into DFW, MDW or SFO. Logan is a PIA as well as JFK. The most convenient airport for Chicago is Midway, only if you want to use the L. OHare, while busy, isn't too bad for connections.
I find Miami to be the worst airport for transfers or international.
I have friends who are pilots, one with the same airline as AR's son, and both detest DFW. For reasons of weather and other ground issues. All pilots hate flying into Regan airport in Washington. The landing corridor is extremely tight and wait time can often be long.
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You know, Mike that is so scary. I can't count the times I have put my foot under the stall, and waved my hand for paper. I could have received more than I wanted, plus a cop visit.
I have also heard that about DFW. The wind shears are suppose to be terrible. I also agree with AR about Dallas's new train, to get you from one place to the other. It sure beats walking.
If you are trying to pick the best overseas airport, I think Frankfort Germany has the best. Not as modern as some, but easy to get from one place to the other, unless you are driving to the airport and then it is a mini nightmare.
Tampa International by far the best ... least amount of walking and most direct route to planes with excellent signage.
Miami - absolutely horrible - signage awful, too! Can't say never, but I really don't want go back there after going to connect with the Cruise of the Century. And rude people who work there - will actually misdirect you or lie to you (I asked if they had slippers before security - said yes - they don't but Tampa does). My problem might be that it seemed like 90% of the people spoke Spanish. When did that become the official American language!
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Wind shear apparently has always been an issue at DFW. But, the pilots just turn on the wind shear wipers and everything's OK.
Mike's right that a lot of pilots don't like Reagan National here in Washington, because even the long runway isn't very, and it's waterlocked at both ends. Plus you're slaloming around all the restricted airspace when you land to the south. But my son has always liked going in there, because he grew up watching planes shoot the river approach to the south--you can see them from our deck. The first time he flew that approach in an airliner he said he was tempted to click on the PA and say, "Everybody on the right side of the plane, wave to my parents." But he decided not to because he figured most of the passengers wouldn't want to know that the pilot had parents who are still alive.