No, not that golden shower. Please…
Instead, we’re talking about glitzy and gaudy Emirates, where golden shower takes on a whole new meaning.
Emirates (and Etihad) offer first class passengers the chance for a five minute shower aboard the A380. It’s a novel experience the first time and something I’ve enjoyed on four occasions over the years.
On Emirates, the upper deck of the A380 features two oversized lavatories that include a shower stall about the size of a mid-tier cruise ship or budget hotel room.
Shortly after boarding or sometimes after takeoff, a shower attendant will approach you and ask if you’d like to schedule a shower during the flight. If you want to take a shower during “peak” demand toward the end of the flight, be sure to schedule the shower early.
Theoretically, the shower can accommodate two, though Emirates frowns upon entrants to the Mile High Club.
I love the painting of Dubai on the wall above the sink and the woodgrain throughout the lavatory.
There’s no need to bring your toiletries, as the lavatory comes well stocked with shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner.
If you’ve never used the shower before, a shower attendant will explain how to use it. But it’s rather self-explanatory. You’re limited to five minutes of running water, but can pause that water at anytime. Just use the on/off button to the left of the temperature control.
Speaking of temperature, the water will not scald you even in the hottest mode, but is certainly warm when cranked fully left.
If necessary, an oxygen mask will even drop down from a secret compartment inside the shower. If you slip and fall or otherwise need assistance, you can hit a shower attendant call button inside the shower.
A tri-colored light will indicate how much time left you have on your shower.
Expect fresh fruit and tea at your suite after your shower:
While not indispensable, a shower is both a fun and refreshing experience on a longhaul flight. If you ever fly Emirates (or Etihad) on the A380 in first class, be sure to take a shower onboard. It’s worthwhile!
How is it possible for anyone to take a shower on an airplane? I am very fascinated by this concept but cant really wrap by brain around the science… does the Airbus just hold a lot of water in a compartment? Sorry if I sound stupid…
Yes. It’s as simple as carrying a big tank of water. Of course, water is heavy, which is why there aren’t a lot of airlines with planes that have this and even those that do (Emirates and Etihad) both limit the option to passengers in First and limit the amount of water each passenger gets. I even believe they go so far as to try to load only enough water to meet the passenger manifest in First, so as to avoid carrying extra weight.
That was a tacky header really. Along with the fact that I thought all of you bloggers had written about your “see me” experiences on EK FC I guess not we seemed to have found someone else.
So you know I have six trips under my belt 7th next year all FC some paid some points.
Gotta be the coolest thing in the sky.
Speaking as a female with long hair, I note that all (glowing!) reviews are always by men.
Are there any female reviews out there? Ladies?
(p.s. I have no interest based on logistics. This seems to be a “guy thing”.)
There’s a hairdryer provisioned; not sure if shower caps are also provided?
Shower caps are provided.
That shower could also be compared to a Japanese shower.
You are aware that golden shower has a very different meaning then the article is about? You should be way more careful with your headlines.
You are aware Matthew acknowledges the other meaning in literally the line immediately after the headline?
What else do you want? He addressed the double entendre in the very first line.
This really facinating
I dream to experience that
LOL. Exactly my dirty thoughts
You live such a self-entitled life you selfish prick.
And I thought that you were a nice young man; such vulgar double entendres are beneath you. It could be a consequence of eating too much meat, as that’s a known cause of smutty language and jokes.
Oh come now. Just a little play on words.
I wonder what happens if the plane hits turbulence and the fasten seat belt sign comes on. Imagine having to return to your seat covered in soap.
During the intro, the shower attendants instruct you to have a seat on the bench in the shower and hold the handrail, if necessary, should the seatbelt sign illuminate. It’s happened to me once or twice but given the size of the plane, the turbulence is usually minimal. In fact, I initially sit down just in case, but once I can tell that it’s not too bad I just stand back up and keep showering.
Matthew you sneaky fella! I chuckled when i saw that headline a few days ago. Any one of your readers obviously guessed that it was a shower on a EK flight. But ofcourse my mind went to the gutter thinking if indeed…..
Have a great weekend.
Some day, Emirates may have a Super First Class. That might allow 15 minute showers. That is only triple the amount of water. Each flight might only have 4 such passengers.
Singapore’s F cabin is huge compared to economy class but is still small compared to a train cabin.
There is room for more luxury.
Water on land is so much cheaper so I, as an economy or, rarely, business class passenger would pay for a shower on land and then arrive 25 minutes earlier.