- Austin to Frankfurt: United Economy & Lufthansa First Class
- Frankfurt to Osaka: Lufthansa First Class
- Osaka to Bangkok: Thai Business Class
- Bangkok to Male via Singapore
- Seaplane Transfer to Conrad Maldives
- Beach Villa and Water Villa at Conrad Maldives
- Routine in Paradise
- Male to Dubai via Colombo: Emirates First Class
- Dubai to Paris: Emirates First Class
- Radisson Blu Champs Elysee
- Exploring Paris
- Paris to Houston via London: British Airways First Class
The fifteen minute complimentary shoulder massage for first class passengers was the perfect way to wake up after our a couple hours of sleep on the lounge chair. We would continue to skip booking a hotel for such a relatively short layover but nothing beats sleeping on a real bed.
After freshening open with a shower, the Dubai sun was now already out and we headed to the dining room for some breakfast. I was getting bored with eggs for breakfast and decided to do some sushi instead and the kitchen was nice enough to make me some fried quail and foie gras from the lunch/dinner menu.
As usual on Emirates flights, we were warmly welcomed and shown to our seats before being served pre-departure Dom and Arabic coffee and dates. The captain came on the PA and announced we would be delayed for several minutes as they sorted out some baggage issues. The delay didn't bother us too much especially with the comfort of traveling in first class. While on the ground, the crew kept the Dom flowing and together with the couple seating in front of us, we probably finished of a bottle and a half while still on the ground.
|A380 taking us to Paris|
Eventually we did get on our way and I switched to one of the empty window seats for take-off to enjoy some of the views out the window.
|Dubai in the horizon|
Lydia woke up after a couple of hours and we decided to spend some time in business class bar since it was her first time flying on the A380. The flight attendant serving us made sure that there was a fresh bottle of Dom waiting for us at the bar.
We started to get hungry two hours before landing and decided to get lunch. As usual, it was a multi course affair with caviar, soup, appetizer, main course and dessert. The first class food on Emirates is generally okay but definitely not on par with other first class flights like Asiana or Swiss.
An hour before arrival, the shower room was ready for the both of us. Taking a shower, albeit a five minute one continues to be one of my favorite feature on a first class flight. We definitely felt refreshed and was looking forward to get our day running once we got to Paris.
|Arriving at CDG|
Our check-in luggage bags did not out the luggage carousel! The luggage agent looked up the computer and informed us that our bags were tagged all the way to Houston which was completely untrue since did verify that our bags were only tagged to Paris in Male. After about thirty minutes, they managed to track down two of our bags but it would take another hour before the bags would show up since the bags were incorrectly sent to a different terminal. We left the airport with only two bags and the agent said our last bag would be sent to our hotel later during the day. This turned out to be not true and our biggest mistake was not making sure the agent opened a case number before leaving the airport. This made tracking the one final bag extremely difficult - we were lied to several times when we called to check on the status of our bags with agents claiming that our bags would be checked through Houston, etc. We only got the situation slightly resolved after escalating to a Emirates manager when we were back to the airport the next day. She made sure we had a case number before leaving and our bags eventually did make it back to Austin a day later. I sent in a complain email to Emirates and was compensated with 20,000 miles which I thought was fair.