Both Jenny and I spent a restless night in the Transit Hotel at Changi Airport. We checked out just after 08:00 and returned to the Food Street where many of the airport employees were having breakfast. The many stalls were surprisingly busy. Found that the reason for that were the cut-price packages offered for airport staff only.
Wandered towards our departure gate where we sat and watched the passing parade. Staff whizzed past on a variety of electric devices ranging from the people movers, luggage trolley collectors and the single person Segway. The parade of the iconic Singapore Girl flight attendants indicated that the boarding process was not far off. We passed through Security again and waited in the Departure Lounge.
With about 20 minutes to go to the 12:45 departure time we were whisked aboard. Surprisingly quickly we were aboard the 777-300ER and departed on schedule at 12:45. Time passes slowly on these long-haul flights. The service aboard was outstanding and the quality of the meals was excellent.
I spent most of the 13 hours watching movies. Three that I recall were Doctor Strange, Get Out and The Accountant. In between there was the Navigation Chanel where I could watch the image of the aircraft move slowly across the globe.
We landed at Heathrow just after 19:45 (London Time) and followed the signs to the Border Force gate. Just like last time stupid me picked the wrong queue. It said "E Passport", we have them so that's where I went. Got to the head of the queue to find that it was for British and EU passports only. A lovely lady escorted us to the "correct" queue where we were whisked through with little delay. Found our luggage, a huge relief and headed out from Terminal 2.
Now the fun starts, we need the National Express pick-up platform and find we're lost again. The lifts have a -1, 0, +1 and a 5 button. we board the lift at +1 and go with the majority to -1 the "bus terminal". This looks like the place we found was incorrect last time . We turn around and head back up to return to where we'd started and looked for an "Information" desk. Lots of leaflets and brochures but no humans to provide the answers we are after. Finally found someone at a Rental Car desk who assured me that we needed Level 0 (zero) and stop 10. Back into the lift, press zero and finish up at -1 AGAIN. There's something strange happening here so we get into a lift that is indicating UP. Press the zero button and we finally crack it.
Just a 5 minute wait at Stop 10 and we are welcomed aboard the bus to take us to the Leonardo Hotel. Google maps showed it to be just over a mile from the airport. That certainly wasn't measured along the route we went. Check-in was totally painless, the room having been paid for some time ago. When their buffet breakfast was offered I readily paid the AU$ 40 for the two of us. Found our room to be on the ground floor. Just as well after my luck with lifts today 8-)
Dug through my bag to find the chargers for the electronics and after a hot coffee crashed out. More "fun" tomorrow as we make our way to Southampton for an overnight stay before joining the cruise-ship.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Ton