We departed the ship Sunday morning as scheduled, 8:00AM. Enjoyed the ride through the mostly residential part of Fremantle. Beautiful!.
The Perth airport was a breeze, almost deserted. Our flight to Melbourne wasn't until 2:00PM so we relaxed in the Qantas Business lounges until then. First in the domestic lounge and then in the international lounge when it opened at about noon. The Qantas people were helpful and cheerful. It was a pleasant experience and the lounges were amount the nicest I've ever seen. Food and drink, good and plentiful.
Flight to Melbourne smoothe. Lounge good but not as good as Perth. Neither were the people.
Flight to LAX was uneventful. An oddity, we arrived in LAX before we departed Melbourne, time wise.
LAX was mostly deserted. Less than expected number of travelers. No lines at security or immigration. American lounge adequate. Not nearly as good as Qantas in Australia.
Flight to Dallas 30-40 minutes quicker than scheduled due to strong tail winds.
DFW also mostly deserted. Couldn't find lounge or American Airline people to ask. Had coffee at McDonald's. Pretty good. Waited at the gate.
Flight to Ft Walton Beach, FL also uneventful and arrived sooner than expected.
Arrived Ft Walton Beach exhausted but elated to be home at last. Unfortunately our luggage didn't make the trip with us. Hopefully the airline will find them.
In totality the trip home was very good. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a wonderful aircraft.
looking back to the cruise, the first 60 days or so, were great. A very enjoyable cruise. Went to several bucket list places. Totally happy and satisfied about that part of the cruise. Then everything became unglued. A very stressful time.
Unfortunately in the future when I recall GWV 20, I'm sure I'll remember the bad part more than the good part.
I'm very disappointed in HAL. As far as their stated greatest concern in this cluster was for the 'health, safety and wellbeing of their guests' and that there was no medical facilities available if needed by a guest if they returned home via the ship. If that was true they would not have subjected us to the exposure of a possible fatal illness. Of those of us who were expelled from the ship, how many will get coronavirus? How many will DIE?
Airports and airplanes are germ factories and we were forced to endure that rather than the virus free safety of the ship.
Jim & Chom