I often book my air travel though the cruise line - not that I can't find a better deal, but because if (when) it screws up and I miss my cruise, the cruise line has to fix it. This last time, with Princess, I flew with Latam. I'd never heard of them and checked them out - read some critics that cautioned: all announcements are made in Portuguese, all ticketing is done in Portuguese, and if you are an English speaker - watch out. So - I started studying up on my Portuguese - and just in case - brushed up on my conversational Latin. Absolutely unnecessary. True, lots of announcements were in Spanish, and on the return trip, even the U.S. customs forms were in Spanish. But service was great and the lounges as well appointed as any I’ve seen (actually rivaled Lufthansa for luxury and comfort). And the airline crew - without exception - spoke fluent (if heavily accented) English.
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I wouldn't have been as good as you at studying the language I am terrible at languages, and always hope .there is someone nearby that can translate.
Glad you had a good flight!
My husband is now taking an online course in Italian. That wouldn't help us with the Portuguese language. However when we found ourselves in a restaurant in Spain where no one spoke English, his Italian came in handy when an employee spoke Italian. So my husband spoke Italian to the employee, who translated the information in Spanish, then translated back in Italian to my husband, who then translated to us in English. What fun we had. Sometimes my husband got confused speaking to us in Italian & the employee in English. We had a lot of laughs & I will never forget the experience. Oh and my conversational Latin is rusty too.