Departed Jacksonville at 2:30 pm, and then a two hour stop over at Minneapolis/St. Paul. The flight to Amsterdam was with KLM - Airbus A330-300. The flight departed at 7:15 pm and arrived at Amsterdam at 10:30 am on December 16th. This was about an 8 ½ hour flight.
This is the first time that I have flown business class with a flat-bed seat and I felt like a pauper in the palace. The food was excellent, including a welcoming glass of Champagne . We also had an excellent personal entertainment system with a wide selection of movies, TV shows and computer capabilities. This is the first trans-oceanic flight that I was sorry to see end.
Since I was arriving a day early, my travel agent made arrangements for an airport pick-up and hotel through a company called Travel Bound. I have used them twice before for airport pick-ups in Paris and Athens. For this trip, my travel agent booked the airport pick-up and the same hotel (Sofitel, Budapest) used by AMA Waterways for pre-extensions - all at a cheaper price than AMA’s. The buffet breakfast was included.
I arrived at the Sofitel about 6:00 pm. The Sofitel is a luxury hotel which was decorated for Christmas. I skipped dinner and just turned in early.