Snowboarding in Whistler: Cathay Pacific First Class – Vancouver – New York

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After taking a private shuttle back to YVR from Whistler, we paid to leave our luggage with a baggage storage service in the airport so we could head to downtown Vancouver. There was plenty of time to kill before our late evening departure.

We celebrated a friend’s birthday with some great Japanese food for lunch.

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Beef tongue

Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu

Sushi

Sushi

Then, later in the afternoon, we went to Richmond Centre Mall to meet up with Joann’s cousins who live in Vancouver. If you want some amazing, authentic Chinese food, head to Richmond!

Finally, we were dropped off at YVR for our flight. We picked up our luggage and headed over to security. As it was Saturday evening, security was a breeze and we were into the First Class Lounge in no time.

The lounge is OK. There is a separation between First & Business Class, but no policing so teens were walking over from the Business Class section as they pleased.

The food & refreshments were basic, as far as Cathay goes, with food offerings of siumai and Veuve Clicquot as the champagne. After winding down a bit from our day in town and charging up devices, it was time to board.

Cathay Pacific 888
Vancouver (YVR) – New York (JFK)
23 February 2013
Depart: 9:50 pm
Arrive: 6:00 am (+1)
Duration: 5hr 10min
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seats: 1A, 2A (First Class)

If there’s one thing that you can count on with Cathay Pacific First Class, it’s consistency. All the travel bloggers talk about it and it’s true. While some may see that as a bit boring, I on the other hand, find it top notch. I know that I’ll be receiving perfect service and that I’ll be pleased with my suite and bedding.

This flight was basically identical to the flight we had taken to get to Vancouver – same amenity kits, same ugly brown pajamas, same seats/suites… even the same flight attendants!

Shortly after takeoff, the food service started. Joann and I once again dined together.

Table for 2

Table for 2

Prawn appetizer

Prawn appetizer

Sweet corn chowder

Sweet corn chowder

Smoked duck salad

Smoked duck salad

I believe this was shrimp

I believe this was shrimp

Grilled beef tenderloin

Grilled beef tenderloin

Good old Haagen Dazs

Good old Haagen Dazs

After dinner, we both got up to change into our pajamas and asked the flight attendants to put our seats into bed mode. With such a short eastbound flight and 2 hours already gone, we wanted to get at least a little shuteye.

Suite 1A - Bed mode

Suite 1A – Bed mode

When we woke up, the rest of the cabin was moving around, preparing for our final approach. Barely 3 hours of sleep! The best times in the sky always go by so quickly. We both changed back into our street clothes and got our things ready for landing.