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Photo Essay: The Royal Mail Ship Olympic

The Royal Mail Ship Olympic  1910-1935

 

The RMS Olympic in New York CIty, 1911
The RMS Olympic in New York City, 1911

The RMS Olympic was a cruise ship on the White Star Line.  Launched in 1910, it would be in service until 1935 – part of that as a troop ship in WWI.  It was the largest liner in the world from 1911 – 1913, except for the Titanic (also a White Star Line).

Her maiden voyage began on 14 June, 2011 in Southampton, England and finished in New York City on 21 June, 2011, seven days later.

RMS Olympic Grand Staircase, 1911
RMS Olympic Grand Staircase, 1911
RMS Olympic - another view of the stairs - 1911
RMS Olympic – another view of the stairs – 1911
RMS Olympic – 1st Class Dining Room – 1911
RMS Olympic reading room - 1911
RMS Olympic reading room – 1911
RMS Olympic Palm Court, 1911
RMS Olympic Palm Court, 1911
RMS Olympic 2nd class entry and deck - 1911
RMS Olympic 2nd class entry and deck – 1911

The Olympic was retired in 1935 and sold for scrap  Olympic had completed 257 round trips across the Atlantic, transporting 430,000 passengers on her commercial voyages, travelling 1.8 million miles.

 

Photos from:  Library of Congress

Walter P Chrysler Museum

In September, 2010, I spent a weekend in Detroit.  My friends wished me away, hoping I’d come back without a toe tag.  I actually had a very good trip, although the conditions in Detroit proper were quite alarming.

I spent an afternoon at the Walter P Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills.  Truly, a splendid museum of beautiful cars, well organized, and with informative staff.

Five years later, I’m back for another visit to Detroit.  The city has vastly improved.  Unfortunately, the Chrysler Museum has closed, due to lack of visitors.

Here are some of the pictures I took at that time.

There are still signs on Chrysler Drive directing you to the museum, although once there, the doors are locked.  It’s only available for private functions and employees.

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Travelling to Canada (2)

The trip didn’t go precisely as planned.

There was no stop in South Carolina, Delaware or Pennsylvania.  Instead, my first overnight stop was in Statesville, NC.  I arrived early in the evening while the sun was still shining.  Took a small tour through town, which looks pleasant enough.  Stopped at a Mexican restaurant near the hotel, then done for the night.

Day two had me stopping, late afternoon, in Youngstown, Ohio, where I met up with a friend.  Some hanging out at the hotel, which had an onsite restaurant and bar.  Across the parking lot was another Mexican restaurant.  Food was excellent as was the service.

Weather played a large part in changing my return trip.

We left Youngstown after only one night.  The temperature was 21C when we left.  Forty minutes later it was 8C.  There was a huge rainstorm after we crossed the border into Canada, and by the following day everything was covered with snow.

Now I’m back in Toronto, high in the sky while I plan my next trip.

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Travelling to Canada

Time to leave the sunshine coast of Florida.  I’ve been here since early December, and usually leave late in March.  Unfortunately, Easter arrived so bloody early I got stuck here.  My travel day is set for Sunday, the 7th of April.

My first stop will likely be at the Best Western in Bennettsville, South Carolina.  No particular reason, except I’m trying to keep my Diamond member status, and driving on I95 through the southern states is rather bleak.  Most cities are located well off the highway.

From there, I’ll arrive in Bear, DE to visit a friend for a few days.

The next stop will be the Genetti Inn & Suites in Hazle Township, PA.  A friend is staying there on a short golf vacation.  I’ll be catching up with him for one day.  After that, I should be in Canada on 12th April.


2013 is the first summer in some time that I don’t already have travel plans in place.  I’m town between visiting the east coast of Canada or taking a trip down Route 66 in the US.  The cost difference between the two is substantial.

The big event for 2013 has already been booked.  I’ll be leaving for Turkey on 31st October, visiting Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia and a few other cities.

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Air Canada Fares

Air Canada advertises on their website “Air Canada Lowest Price Guarantee always at AirCanada.com

An opportunity to check this out came today.

There is a return flight in July from JFK – DUS via Air Canada available on Orbitz for $869.00

A quick check at the Air Canada website shows this same return trip, on the same dates (20 July/26July) is priced at $1169.00.  The actual trip is JFK-YYZ-DUS, then DUS-YYZ-JFK.  $300.00 in savings are available by not using the guaranteed lowest price at Air Canada dot com.

Also, because this trip involves Tango and Lufthansa, Aeroplan miles would accumulate at 50% for part of the trip, and 0% for another part of the trip.

When I eliminate the JFK – YYZ leg of the trip, and using the same parameters, a return flight from YYZ – DUS comes in at a whopping $1818.00

What this means is I could book a return flight from YYZ – JFK on Air Canada’s website, book the Orbitz flight from JFK – DUS, and save $481.00 versus flying direct from YYZ – DUS.

Confusing?  Damn right!

 

All prices converted to Canadian Dollars.

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Frequent Flyer Follies – The End

The story is over….

I checked my Aeroplan account today, and my balance has made a considerable jump.

There were two flights remaining from Egypt Air, dating back to September, which had never been credited to my account, despite my jumping through hoops providing proof.  My Aeroplan number was even on the boarding pass.

I can’t discern when these credits came through, since they show up on the dates my flights would have occurred.  None of credits specifiy Egypt Air – all are from “AE Customer Service”.

  • 4,200 Miles dated 31 August
  • 314 Miles dated 3 September
  • 530 Miles dated 7 September

Having arrived at this point, I won’t pursue this any further.  The 4,200 miles must be for JFK – CAI, although I was credited 5,600 miles for CAI – JFK.

Two weeks ago I flew United to Las Vegas, a total of five flights.  All but the last connection JAX – TPA have been credited to my account.  I don’t think I’ll bother following this up.

Unless Aeroplan does something to piss me off again.

 

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Frequent Flyer Follies

The story continues…

I contacted Aeroplan on 28th November.  Still little progress, but the agent (Mark) said all outstanding miles would be posted to my account by 12th December.  I’m skeptical, of course.

Turned out I was correct.  I waited for the new year before contacting Aeroplan again.  This time, I’m told that Mark couldn’t possibly have any idea about when these miles would be credited.  This time, I’m told to wait ten weeks from the time I spoke with Mark, so my next call time will be 7th February, unless, for some remote reason, the two remaining flights actually get taken care of.

Since I stated this process last September, the majority of the small flights have been credited.  I’d give up, except one flight is worth 5,600 miles – far too much to let go.  Aeroplan puts the reponsibility entirely with Egypt Air.

I’m left with these two flights, one in August, one in September outstanding

  • JFK – CAI
  • ABS – CAI

Next week, I have five flights scheduled on United, another Star Alliance partner.  I’m wondering if I’ll have the same problems?

 

 

 

Frequent Flyer Follies

Earlier this month, I went on a tour through Egypt, which encompassed seven flights.  All except two flights were booked through a travel agency.  Two airlines, EgyptAir and Air Canada were used, and all flights qualified for Aeroplan miles.

The travel agency was provided with my Aeroplan number, but didn’t provide it to the airlines.  At the conclusion of the trip, only three of the seven flights were credited to my account.

No problem, I thought, as I filed a claim through the Aeroplan website.  Much to my surprise, despite having copies of my etickets and boarding passes (one of which even has my Aeroplan number on it), all claims were denied, with what appears to be a standard response: There is no record with the airline for the passenger name submitted. If the name was incorrectly entered, please resubmit your request with the full name as it appears on your ticket.

There are no spelling mistakes, and everything is correct. 

In an earlier case involving a flight from Chicago in June, I have been asked to submit both a copy of my boarding pass and my eticket.  I thought the purpose of an eticket was to eliminate paperwork.  In this situation Air Canada was able to provide a copy of the ticket within two days.

The claim process was started this week.  Let’s see how long it takes to come to a successful fulfillment.