I’m heading off on a fun trip that will include two new Canadian airlines for me…but the trip is not to Canada.
Coming Up: Porter, WestJet, JetBlue…And A Cruise
Porter recently launched nonstop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) on the E195-E2 (it cannot fly to Billy Bishop YTZ from LAX because that airport is restricted to turboprops only). I’ve been wanting to try to Porter for years and it dawned on me that I could accomplish that on my way to Bridgetown, Barbados.
Yes, Kyle talked me into booking a cruise with Explora Journeys and I decided to take seven-year-old Augustine along. Yes, I’m even pulling him out of school!
I figure a one-week journey to several new countries for him (and me too) will be more educational than the math and spelling of first grade (we’ll do that as well for a bit of time each day).
I’ll soon be taking my wife on a pair of trips to celebrate our 10th anniversary but I also want to take each child on a solo trip this year. Augustine’s trip will be more elaborate than Claire Marie’s, but we had such a fun time together on our Las Vegas road trip last year and I hope this will be a great bonding time.
I asked you about whether I should take Air Canada via Montreal or WestJet nonstop (to Bridgetown), even though WestJet cost 3x the price of Air Canada. Against my better judgment…or perhaps despite my spurious judgment…I booked the nonstop flight.
First, it will be nice to try a new carrier, WestJet. Second, it will be nice to fly in business class (what WestJet calls “Premium” class). Third, it will be nice to have wi-fi to get work done during the five hour flight…which Air Canada has not fully installed on its 737 MAX aircraft yet. But most importantly, we have little room for error.
I would have loved to spend a couple in Barbados…but being gone 10 days instead of eight days really would have pushed the limits of reasonableness, both for missing school and for caring for my daughter (it is nice to have parents that live five minutes away).
We will take JetBlue Mint home from Florida, something that Augustine is so excited about…because he likes the “sleep gummies” in the amenity kit. Okey dokey…
I know I’m in the middle of another trip report, but I’ll provide periodic updates as the trip goes along and who knows…maybe I’ll fall in love with cruising. It has taken me over 30 years to step on a cruise ship. Maybe this will be the start of a whole new chapter. And maybe I’ll try to top Dave Barry when I tell about it!