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Road Scholar
Program #20414RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 28 — Apr 12, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Complimentary Nintendo Wii • GoBoard™ touch screen with weather, news and restaurant info at your fingertips • The Bistro serving gourmet fare, grab-n-go meals and the only Starbucks espresso bar on the block •

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: www.courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: Complimentary WiFi, 32" HDTV with premium channels, refrigerators

Facility amenities: Theater room with 52" HDTV, a lounge with personal booths wired for Internet and with personal LCD TVs, Full-service bar, Outdoor heated pool and spa, 24/7 fitness center, 24/7 business center, 24/7 market, Valet dry cleaning available, coin-operated laundry available, safe deposit boxes at front desk, free WiFi service

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Participants may arrange for pre-program nights. Rate to be advised by PD pending contractual agreement.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, March 28 - Arrival San Diego / Program Orientation
Arrive To: Transfers to the San Diego Hotel.

Afternoon: Join other participants for program orientation led by your group leader at 5:00pm at the program hotel.

Dinner: Welcome dinner with your group at the program hotel.

Lodging: Courtyard San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Friday, March 29 - Transfer to board ship
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Free morning on your own to explore San Diego.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Transfer to board the ms Statendam.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, March 30 - At Sea / Presentation
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer on a topic TBD.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Take time to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, March 31 - Cruising Bahia Magdalena / Presentations
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer on a topic TBD.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities while cruising Bahia Magdalena. This bay is particularly noted for the seasonal migration of the California Gray Whales that come here during winter to mate. The bay is also popular for commercial and sports fishing. Nearby mangrove swamps provide sanctuaries for sea birds.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, April 01 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Enjoy an exclusive Road Scholar excursion. Disembark the ship and recieve greetings and a welcome by your local guide.Transfer to food market. Visit to market where guests will take part in the selection of fresh produce and other ingredients to prepare traditional Mexican food, some of which has been declared UNESCO World Heritage. Then transfer to a restaurant in the Malecon where cooking classes will begin. .

Lunch: Participants will be able to savor their creations, while listening to some traditional Mariachi music, which is the emblematic music of the state of Jalisco, and has also been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the Malecon, the boardwalk at Puerto Vallarta.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, April 02 - At Sea / Presentation
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer on a topic TBD.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Take time to relax on board and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, April 03 - Huatulco, Mexico / Village visits
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Transfer to the Copalita Archaeological Site, where expert guides will explain the history of this unique cultural icon and the fascinating mysteries surrounding the settlement of these people. The site is on the margins of the Copalita River, known for its incredible nature and bird watching opportunities Our next stop will be Santa Maria Huatulco where we will visit its beautiful church that was built on the XVII C., and also the City Hall where you can take a look to the beautiful murals that describe Huatulco´s history since prehispanic times. Then we will move nearby to visit the local blacksmith´s artisanal shop with more than a century –old where we will admire a forge of the XVIII C. and where nowadays working tools are made with recycled materials. Back on the road we will go back to the pier but make a last stop at La Crucesita (Huatulco´s downtown) where we will visit the Main Plaza and church.

Lunch: Local Restuarant for lunch.

Afternoon: Afternoon to explore Huatulco on your own.Transfer to Port

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, April 04 - Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Transfer to Argovia Coffee Plantation.Guided tour of the historic “beneficio” and organic coffee processing plant. Finca Argovia is owned by a 4th generation German descendant, who has scientifically designed each element of the plantation to maximize the quality of the organic coffee produced. The symbiotic relationship between nature and the people of the region combined with Argovia´s fine gastronomy make this a unique experience

Lunch: Lunch at the Coffee Plantation

Afternoon: Enjoy some time at the Coffee Plantation before transferring back to the ship.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, April 05 - Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala / Antigua
Note: Transfer to Antigua is 1.5 hours drive.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: This morning transfer to the town of Antigua and discover the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. Explore the Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park, and La Merced Church. At the end of the visit your guide will suggest lunch restaurant, shopping area, markets or any other museum or ruin to visit.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the town on your own before returning to the ship.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Saturday, April 06 - At Sea / Presentations
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer on a topic TBD.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Take time to relax on board and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Sunday, April 07 - Fuerte Amador, Panama
Note: Tender required to get to shore.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Spend your morning enjoying the Statendam's ammenities while the ship sails into Fuerte Amador

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Evening: View the gargantuan ships that make their way through the Miraflores Locks’ chambers and visit exhibitions, which include historical objects of Canal operations, interactive modules, video presentations, and models of the Panama Canal. Four exhibition halls, organized by themes, constitute the heart of the Miraflores Visitor Center: Hall One portrays the background, technological innovations, and sanitary initiatives that went hand in hand with the construction of the Canal. Hall Two emphasizes the importance of water, conservation of the environment, protection of the Canal watershed, the diversity of fauna and flora and sustainable management. Hall Three depicts in an entertaining manner how the Canal operates and offers a navigation simulator through one of the lock culverts. Hall Four provides information on the importance of the Canal to world trade and identifies the main commodities and types of vessels that transit the waterway. Continuing with your tour, you will stop for photos at the Administration Building in the former Canal Zone area. In December, 1999, administration of the canal was returned to Panama and the PCZ went silent. Today, it is very much intact and is a fascinating sight, not to be missed.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Monday, April 08 - Fuerte Amador, Panama / Enter Panama Canal Balboa...
Fuerte Amador, Panama / Enter Panama Canal Balboa / Cruising Panama Canal / Exit Panama Canal Cristobal

Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: As you transit the Panama Canal, there will be an onboard commentary provided by a Panamanian canal pilot. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 5,900 mi. well under half the 14,000 mi. route around Cape Horn. The concept of a canal near Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue transiting the Panama Canal.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, April 09 - Cartagena, Colombia / Introduction to Cartagena
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Visit La Popa Monastery, built at the beginning of the 17th century as a humble wooden chapel and later replaced by a more solid construction. Though it is still inhabited by monks, it has been used several times as a military fortress due to its strategic location. Continue to the Rafael Nuñez House and Museum. Rafael Nuñez is one of the most illustrious Cartageneros of all time: President of Colombia four times, he wrote the words of the National Anthem and created the constitution of 1886. The house where he lived and died is now a museum of his life, with exhibits of furniture, official documents and photographs. Our guide there, a trained lawyer and a specialist in the Colombian Constitution, will also give a presentation on the Colombian Constitution. Then enjoy a stroll in the old walled city, passing along the enchanting streets lined with Spanish Colonial Houses with their flower bedecked balconies as well as Las Bóvedas, consisting of 23 old dungeons constructed between 1792 and 1796 by the Spaniards and later used by the military for storage.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon on your own to explore the city.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, April 10 - At Sea / Presentation
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer on a topic TBD.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Take time to relax on board and enjoy the ship's amenities.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The ms Statendam is the fifth ship to bear the name in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history. At 720-feet, she is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. The ship features a theme of Dutch life and exploration, with more than $2 million worth of art and artifacts beautifully displayed throughout the ship.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 55,819 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship's Registry: The Netherlands ,P>Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: January, 1993 by Mrs. Lin Arison

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 120-628-1353 x5
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Statendam

Facility amenities: Dining room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Vista Show Lounge, the Crow's Nest, Club HAL, the Loft and the Oasis.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Thursday, April 11 - At Sea / Presentation / Program wrap-up
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer on a topic TBD.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy the ship's amenities. Then join your group leader for a program wrap-up.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Statendam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Friday, April 12 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
15 nights of accommodations
42 meals: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 15 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

Ratings

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