No, not that golden shower. Please…
Instead, we’re talking about glitzy and gaudy Emirates, where golden shower takes on a whole new meaning.
Emirates (and Etihad) offer first class passengers the chance for a five minute shower aboard the A380. It’s a novel experience the first time and something I’ve enjoyed on four occasions over the years.
On Emirates, the upper deck of the A380 features two oversized lavatories that include a shower stall about the size of a mid-tier cruise ship or budget hotel room.
Shortly after boarding or sometimes after takeoff, a shower attendant will approach you and ask if you’d like to schedule a shower during the flight. If you want to take a shower during “peak” demand toward the end of the flight, be sure to schedule the shower early.
Theoretically, the shower can accommodate two, though Emirates frowns upon entrants to the Mile High Club.
I love the painting of Dubai on the wall above the sink and the woodgrain throughout the lavatory.
There’s no need to bring your toiletries, as the lavatory comes well stocked with shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner.
If you’ve never used the shower before, a shower attendant will explain how to use it. But it’s rather self-explanatory. You’re limited to five minutes of running water, but can pause that water at anytime. Just use the on/off button to the left of the temperature control.
Speaking of temperature, the water will not scald you even in the hottest mode, but is certainly warm when cranked fully left.
If necessary, an oxygen mask will even drop down from a secret compartment inside the shower. If you slip and fall or otherwise need assistance, you can hit a shower attendant call button inside the shower.
A tri-colored light will indicate how much time left you have on your shower.
Expect fresh fruit and tea at your suite after your shower:
While not indispensable, a shower is both a fun and refreshing experience on a longhaul flight. If you ever fly Emirates (or Etihad) on the A380 in first class, be sure to take a shower onboard. It’s worthwhile!