We had booked several Shore excursions, arranged by the cruise ship. We accept that there is a huge mark up on these, but they are well organised, and should anything happen that delays return to the ship, then the ship waits for you unlike a private tour! San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua We were met… Read More GUEST POST – MummyAirmiles shore leave isn’t always a sure thing
The cruise line is Azamara Club Cruises, a sister company to Celebrity which is part of Royal Caribbean. It’s marketed as more exclusive, smaller and will visit destinations that bigger ships cannot get to. It has 650 passengers and 400 crew. The ship is the Azamara Quest, built early 2000s, with a few refurbishments in… Read More GUEST POST – MummyAirmiles heads out to sea
Our next journey was from Arenal to Monteverde. This involved minibus / boat / minibus transportation as it is the easiest route between the 2 regions. It is a well- advertised route and can be shared or private. Due to timings, ours was a private trip. It takes about 3 hours and is a distance… Read More GUEST POST – MummyAirmiles heads to Monteverde
Today’s activities were a shared tour to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This was a private park with a loop walk approximately 3.4 Km through tropical rainforest, navigating various hanging suspension bridges set at various heights and of varying length. There were 15 of us, all collected en route from our hotels. It started off dry,… Read More GUEST POST – MummyAirmiles goes into the rainforest
Our first 2 nights in Costa Rica were spent at a little family run boutique hotel just outside San Jose in the hills. Our very efficient driver from the Travel Excellence Company met us at the airport. I would not recommend self-driving – traffic is very busy, chaotic and the roads not great. There are few… Read More GUEST POST – MummyAirmiles tries out the best hotel in Costa Rica
Following our trip down from Inverness, our flight to Costa Rica was a three class Boeing 777 which means there is no First cabin. The main CW cabin was almost full and whilst we had several cabin crew looking after us, I have to say they did their job and no more. No particular welcome,… Read More GUEST POST – Its Costa (Rican) Coffee time for MummyAirmiles
I always say that my Avios are worth at least 1.67p each or, more commonly that 9,000 are worth £150 or a flight to Nice. This rolls of the tongue, but is there actually any truth behind it? First of all, your Avios value depends on how you get them and how you spend them.… Read More Is my valuation of Avios accurate?
This trip started out two years ago as a provisional cruise booking from Costa Rica, up the Pacific coast calling in at other Central American countries and docking in San Diego. On her trip round South America in 2016, the cruise line was promoting future cruises and new destinations. Costa Rica took MummyAirmile’s fancy, to… Read More GUEST POST – Another year, another holiday for MummyAirmiles
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I like to plan in advance. It can be a good thing, when we are able to get great deals, or seats on flights which later sell out; but I do recognise that it comes at the expense of spontaneity. However, I like having something in the… Read More Summer 2018 starts to take shape
The key to this miles and points game is to make things work for you. There are often many options for where you can credit and spend them, and funny quirks of arbitrage that can work to your advantage. Perhaps one of the most most flexible currencies is the American Express Membership Rewards Point. You… Read More Did I use my MR points wisely?