Fun Times in Atlantic City

The sun was pouring through the open oceanfront balcony drapes of my suite at The Flagship Resort. Normally I’d pull the covers over my head cursing myself for not closing the blinds before heading to dreamland. But this morning, something compelled me to rise. I walked to the large windows overlooking the famed Boardwalk and stood captivated by the white-capped Atlantic waves in the inland waterway. I knew then there was something rejuvenating about this place. Atlantic City was more than I expected. From the moment the sun rose over the water, I knew this would be a memorable trip.

First stop – breakfast! I ventured out taking in the sights and sounds of the Jersey shore. There were many choices, but I chose the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Bombay Cafe in Taj Mahal. Exotic atmosphere and the allure of the nearby casino floor (already busy at 7:30 a.m.) piqued my interest. I spent the day “on the Boards” perusing the shops and combing the wide beaches for shells. Atlantic City is more than bright lights and non-stop excitement. With loads of information from AtlanticCitysBest.com, I headed to White House Sub on Arctic Ave for lunch, the upscale Pier Shops at Caesars, the aquarium, and finally the lighthouse. When darkness fell I went to Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern for dinner. I was delighted with the authentic Italian food and service. It’s a must for anyone seeking a little isolation.

After dinner I walked with anticipation back to the casinos. I decided to hit Bally’s Wild West first. After two hours of playing slots I decided to check out the Comedy Stop at the Tropicana. At night’s end I headed back to the Flagship and jotted a reminder to send the folks at AtlanticCitysBest.com a thank you for their helpful advice. I can’t wait to return; Atlantic City now tops my list of getaways!

Virgin Atlantic Airlines – Your Airline’s Either Got It, or It Hasn’t

Virgin Atlantic Airlines commenced operations in June 1984 and is headquartered at Crawley, West Sussex, England. The Airlines is jointly owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group (51%) and Singapore Airlines (49%). The airline operates it bases at London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport and serves destinations in the United Kingdom and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and the Middle East with mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-bodied jets.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines – The History

Randolph Fields and Alan Hellary set up British Atlantic Airways to succeed Laker Airways. In 1982, Fields has an idea to commence flight operations between London and Falkland Island and sought out service help from the former chief pilot Hellary. Their plan didn’t work and they had another plan to secure license for operations between Gatwick Airport and John F. Kennedy international Airport in New York City which ended in failure. Their plan to secure license for flight operations between Gatwick and Newark Liberty International Airport was successful and a 380-seat DC-10 was chosen for operation. To face the challenge, operational security was necessary and they decided to increase funds.

Fields met Richard Branson in a party and they shared opinions to become business partners. They renamed the airlines as Virgin Atlantic and the operations were successfully commenced in 1984. Right from the initial days, the airline was in rivalry with British Airways as BA was the only UK airline operating services to long haul routes.

Service Classes

Virgin Atlantic Airlines operates three classes of services namely Economy, premium Economy and Upper class. The Airlines commenced operations with the economy class and it is the standard coach where free meals, drinks and amenity kits are offered to passengers. 31 inches adjustable lumbar seats are currently available. Passengers in Premium Economy class enjoy some additional facilities like separate check-in area, wider seats with more legroom, preflight drink and special cabin crew. This service was launched by the end of 2006 and is available in Heathrow-based A340 aircraft, all Airbus A340s, Heathrow Boeing 747s and upper deck on London Gatwick Boeing 747s. Fully flat bed, In-seat laptop power and power leads for iPods, a larger menu, in-flight bar, access to chauffeur and much more are offered for upper class passengers and this is similar to the business class services offered in other airlines.

Entertainment

Personal seat-back televisions with entertainment channels are available in all flights. An AVOD system called V: Port is available in some 747-400s, one A340-300, and all A340-600s. Aircrafts based at London Gatwick and Manchester Airport has an Odyssey and Super Nova IFE systems.

Loyalty Programme

Red, Silver and Gold are the membership programs offered for frequent flyers of Virgin Atlantic Airlines. A first time flyer becomes a red tier member. Member with 15 tier points earn silver member ship and passengers who reach 40 tier points become gold tier members.

Fly with Virgin Atlantic Airlines and have great holidays!!!

Places to Stay in Atlantic City

If you’re looking for a great vacation spot, why not visit Atlantic City, located off the New Jersey shoreline, on Abescon island? The gorgeous seaside resort has a variety of luxury hotels to fit any lifestyle and budget. These high end hotels provide guests with all the essentials, plus the amenities we all enjoy.

The hotels in Atlantic-City provide guests with flexible pricing to stay competitive. The prices vary depending on the services and features they offer. The room size and the type of bed make a difference in determining the price. Standard, superior and suite rooms all have different rates.

Of course, how long you plan on staying also will affect the price you pay. Other factors include the time of year you visit Atlantic-City. During the winter, hotels on the beach advertise special discount rates. Usually hotel prices are higher during the summer, weekends or peak times.

Business travelers and government employees may be eligible for discount rates. Special groups and associations may also get discounts. There are even hotels that give cheaper rates for senior citizens.

Many of the hotels will also offer special rates if guests book their rooms through designated travel agents.

When you go to Atlantic-City you will find that room rates at luxurious hotels range from $120 to $350. They include the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Hilton Casino Atlantic City Resort, and Skyline Tower Atlantic City.

If you’re more interested in a mid-priced hotel you can stay at any of the following; Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel, Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, La Renaissance Suites, Trump Marina Hotel & Casino, and Holiday Inn Boardwalk. They will cost you from $60 to $200.

Those on a budget can stay at the Howard Johnson, Tropicana Casino & Hotel, Rodeway Inn South, and Quality Inn Atlantic City. These room rates are typically $40 to $60.

The room rates mentioned is per room per night. Each hotel reserves the right to alter their pricing without notice for whatever reason.