Flying to Germany from the Tampa Bay area is much easier now that Lufthansa German Airlines launched new nonstop service between Tampa and Frankfurt last month. I need to grab a Bavarian Dirndl dress! See, Germany is my father’s homeland, kind of, and it’s been high on my list to visit.
Life has a funny way of working and my friends with Viking River Cruises have invited me to cruise Germany’s Main River this December to explore the Christmas markets. While my travel is being worked out, I’m hoping one of these days, whether in December or another visit, I’ll be able to fly with Lufthansa from Tampa and experience the German airline’s new Business Class.
Why? On the day the inaugural Frankfurt to Germany flight, I had a chance to experience a virtual reality Lufthansa Business Class experience and it was quite lovely. The seating arrangement is in the form of a “V” that angles two neighboring seats toward one another. This allows passengers to sit or lie down in the direction of travel while creating privacy from neighboring passengers. I don’t fly Business Class often but when I do, I feel much better when I arrive in my destination than flying Coach.
Also during that day, I had a chance to taste German hospitality by visiting a German haus (house) in International Plaza Mall. There, I learned a little German (“Danke” for thank you, “Guten tag” for hello), had my virtual reality experience and sat in a replica of a typical German living room.
Afterward, I dined on an incredible German feast with other Florida bloggers. If that night was an example of what I’ll be enjoying during my Viking River Cruise, oh boy. I better start fasting now! In addition to German beer and wine, I enjoyed Southern German Potato Salad with Sausage, Mushrooms and Green Beans, a plate with Wiener Schnitzel, Stuffed Chicken Breast and Spaetzle, and ended the evening with house-made apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. Oh. My. Goodness. It was TO DIE FOR!
During the evening I learned about the Lufthansa rubber ducks in First Class and how coveted they are. I also learned that Lufthansa provides a water bottle at EVERY seat, including Premium Economy. How cool is that?
C’mon, Tampa Bay! Who’s heading to Germany to experience the festive Christmas markets? Or perhaps you’ll plan a spring or summer trip to the Black Forest or a fall trip for Oktoberfest. Whatever the occasion, Lufthansa will make it easier with that nonstop flight from Tampa to Frankfurt.
The Tampa/Frankfurt flight makes this the 18th U.S. gateway Lufthansa is servicing and third destination in Florida, along with Miami and Orlando which have been welcoming the airline’s passengers.
Visit LH.com for the schedule and fares. A round-trip flight from Tampa to Frankfurt in Economy Class begins at $999.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Lufthansa German Airlines for an event celebrating the inaugural flight. Opinions are my own and have not been reviewed by the airline.