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Back home from Oceana

Well, I’m home. Yesterday was a long, hard day – in UK time terms I got up at 2am, started travelling at 4am, and walked through my front door (or staggered through it) at 10:45pm. I was hanging around Dubai Airport for five hours before boarding the plane, then take-off was delayed, and then there was seven and a half hours for the flight. Getting back into the UK, i.e. through UK Border, was remarkably quick, helped by the fact that I was one of the first off the plane. But then it took over half an hour before my second bag appeared on the carousel, and that meant I’d missed the train back to Sheffield that I was aiming for and had to wait an hour for the next one. That was annoying.

Still, at least I’d planned for that – I’d bought an off-peak ticket for the train rather than an Advance. And it’s also a lesson that there can be a *lot* of bags on an A380 – they just kept coming and coming. It’s just the luck of the draw – there was a gap of twenty minutes between my first bag appearing and the second. Had takeoff not been delayed I’d have made the earlier train, of course. Though looking at Flight Radar (and a couple of other sites) suggests that on about 1 occasion in 3 recently, that flight (EK019) has been delayed by 15 minutes or more. Which in the grand scheme of things is excellent – 15 minutes late arriving after a journey of over 3,500 miles? That’s an extraordinary achievement, actually, which we often forget.

Sometime in the next few days I’ll do a summary post, bur now all I can say is that I’m home, I enjoyed the cruise, and I hope you enjoyed reading about it. For now, here’s a link to a collection of the posts from the cruise.

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