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CRUISE PLUS: FLIGHTS
CRUISE PLUS: FLIGHTS
The idea of a 22-hour-plus flight to
Europe may be daunting, but there
are ways to make the journey more
comfortable on the ground as well as in the
air. Using an airline lounge not only enhances
your preflight experience at the airport, but
in between flights when travelling long haul
they offer an escape from the bustle and a
chance to refresh.
These sanctuaries offer myriad facilities,
from gourmet food to showers and spa
treatments, to help melt away in-flight
fatigue and have you arriving in style.
There are privilege clubs that allow you
to buy an entry card to private lounges
that aren’t owned by airlines. These are an
And increasingly, airports have hotels on
site offering rooms with showers for a few
hours of rest and restitution.
Here’s our guide to the facilities cruise
passengers can expect to find at some of the
major hub airports.
There are seven world-class lounges across
three terminals, including three operated by
the Luxx Lounge that costs about $43 and
where you will find snacks, newspapers and
showers. Also available is the Sky Lounge
that is used by minor airlines and costs
about $43 for every three hours of use; it has
light food and snacks, a relaxation zone, and
showers for an extra fee.
Cathay Pacific’s collection of lounges is
impressive, with offerings in different parts
of the airport and for different classes of
traveller. A standout is The Wing’s first
class lounge that reopened in 2013 with five
new cabanas featuring a spacious shower,
full-sized bath and a day bed. The two Plaza
Premium Pay-In Lounges are open to all
passengers with all-day food, showers and
massage, the cost varying according to the
time and date of travel, how long you plan to
use the lounge and which services you want.
Look no further than British Airways if
you’re travelling through Heathrow Airport,
one of the busiest airports in the world. It
has lounges of different levels including
for business and first class passengers,
international passengers and some specifically
for arrivals. The Galleries Club Lounge at
Terminal 5 has everything a weary traveller
needs, from a designer space and light meals
to an entertainment zone featuring a 20-seat
cinema. For the general public there are
three lounges you can use for a fee, including
the Servisair Executive Lounge, the Plaza
Premium Lounge and the No.1 Traveller
Lounge, with facilities including showers,
Wi-Fi, food and spa treatments. Fees vary
according to lounge, date and time of travel,
and which facilities you use.
Changi has great facilities for all travellers. All
the major airlines have lounges here, including
Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Qantas.
Singapore Airlines has an elegant SilverKris
Lounge for business and first class passengers,
plus a KrisFlyer Gold Lounge for its frequent
flyers, with food, entertainment and Wi-Fi.
There are also SATS Premier Lounges at each
of the three terminals where for a fee of about
$22 you can enjoy something to eat, a shower
or catch up on your email.
Etihad – two Diamond First Class, and one
Pearl Business Class. Highlights of these
elegant spaces include family rooms and
Six Senses spas offering 15-minute
treatments, while the first class lounges also
indulge guests with champagne bars and
cigar lounges. If you’re flying with other
airlines or non-Etihad partners, the Al Reem,
Al Ghazal, and Al Dhabi lounges are open
to first and business class passengers, and
paying visitors from about $44 for two hours.
Facilities include food and drinks, showers,
Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The Al Dhabi
Lounge in Terminal 1 also has a children’s
area and a VIP room.
Many airlines have private lounges at
Schiphol Airport, including Etihad, Emirates
and Singapore Airlines, while some lounges
are shared by airline groups. For example,
British Airways has a Galleries Lounge that
can also be used by Cathay Pacific oneworld
travellers. There are two other general lounges
that passengers can visit for a fee, from
about $40. The Ser visair Lounge 41 is for
international flights with facilities including
drinks, snacks and use of showers (additional
cost), while Lounge 26 is exclusively for
passengers travelling on flights within Europe.
Airlines and airline groups, including Qantas,
Emirates, and Cathay Pacific, are well
represented at Suvarnabhumi International
Airport. One of the newest facilities is the
Singapore Airlines Business Class Lounge.
It has a contemporary design modelled on
“home away from home”, a concept that is
being rolled out across the airline’s lounges in
key hubs including London and Hong Kong.
If you don’t have access to a lounge through
your airline, there are six Louis’ Tavern
CIP first class lounges that you can book in
advance (from about $29) that offer a variety
of services from drinks and Wi-Fi to showers
and smoking lounges.
Emirates dominates here, its business
and first class lounges offering a lineup of
impressive facilities including comfy chaise
longues equipped with pillows and blankets
for a nap, cigar bars, family areas, private
showers and spas with a menu of treatments.
Additionally, the first class lounge has a
private duty free shopping area, a Le Clos
Wine Cellar and private relaxation rooms.
If you’re not flying with Emirates, Qantas
or a partner airline, the Dubai International
Business Class Lounge has luggage storage,
work stations, Wi-Fi, showers and a sleeping
room, with an entry fee of about $64.
Lufthansa has a dizzying number of lounges
at Frankfurt/Main. One of the newest and
largest of these is the Senator Lounge Z50
that offers food and drinks, bar-style seating,
relaxation zones, work stations and showers,
and is also open to Star Alliance passengers.
There are two other lounges for general use
and passengers of minor airlines, including
Welcome to the wonderful world of the sky lounge.
‘These sanctuaries offer myriad
facilities, from gourmet food
to showers and spa treatments.’
Clockwise from top
left: Cathay Pacific The
Wing lounge; Emirates
first class lounge;
business class lounge;
Emirates business class
lounge; Etiha d family
room; Qantas first
class lounge; Etihad
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