We have now left the Cayman Islands – we had a great time there in a wonderful location.
Overall the prices are expensive as the Cayman Dollar is worth more than the US$ – 1 USD$ = $0.80 cents, or $1 Cayman Dollar = $1.25 USD
Both currencies are accepted without issue everywhere. Even the credit card receipts are charged in Cayman but with the USD included as well.
So an early flight 7:50am to Miami and a few hours there in the airport.
After arriving we see signs that point you to passport control – we walk and walk and then catch a sky train and walk and walk and finally get to the passport control where there is long lines of people waiting. All up about 50 minutes from the plane arriving to us being past security.
While waiting for our connecting flight we had a nice cheese platter (Blue, Camembert, Goat, and Gouda) in one of the restaurants.
Then off to Mexico – only a 1.5 hour flight.
We had arranged transfers before we left using Cancun Shuttles and that all went all ok with us picked up quickly and drove us to our hotel – Excellence Playa Mujeres which is about 25 minutes from the airport. We had to go through 3 security areas to get to the hotel.
Upon arrival a small glass of bubbly each and they keep saying “Welcome Home”
The rooms are very nice
We arrived in New York about 2pm and bought tickets on the Airport Express Bus Service to take us into Manhattan ($15 each). All worked pretty well. We were going to get off at Penn Station which is basically across the road from our hotel. But Pam suggested we get off at Grand Central and get one of the free shuttles (tips required) to the hotel.
We were told to wait for the shuttle and it seemed like it never came – about 30 minutes later it turned up and we were on our way. Slow going in New York City traffic.
We finally arrived at hour Hotel – Affiania Manhattan – on the corner of 7th Avenue and 31st Streets
We were given keys to our hotel room on the 19th floor. But when we got in there it was like we entered a building site (not the room) what sounded like on the next room was drilling (into concrete) – and next door was a building site – Unacceptable.
I phoned up the customer services who told me that there were “no” rooms available to move to and tomorrow we could move to a different room.
This was no good so down to check-in and asked for the manager. A lady came out and found us a room on the 4th floor that “might” be better as there is construction on that side of the hotel all night.
So we will wait and see what happens..
I do not know where I am staying – it is a surprise – Pam booked it as part of my Birthday present from last year!
I believe it is going to be very nice!