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Road Scholar
Program #15591RJ
12 Days | 11 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 Apr 8 — Apr 19, 2013

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Type: Cruise Ship

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day One: Monday, April 08 - Embark on Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Morning: Embark ship. You may board as early at 11:30 am, but no later than 90 minutes prior to sail time.
Ship departs at 4 pm.

Check-in at Front Desk.


Lunch: Embarkation Buffet Lunch at Lido Deck opens at 12:00 pm.

Afternoon: Cabins should be ready to use by 1:00 pm.

Participate in the ship's Safety Drill.

**Note: Participants will receive a full itinerary once onboard. The Road Scholar group leader will deliver an itinerary to each participant's stateroom and try to meet all members of the group prior to dinner and the program orientation.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Welcome Orientation.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Tuesday, April 09 - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Ship scheduled to arrive to Half Moon Cay at 8:00 AM

Disembark at Half Moon Cay.

Board a glass bottom boat to view marine life and listen to a lecture about the Marine life of the Islands and the Caribbean.

Time at leisure to enjoy water activities.

Lunch: Lunch on the island.

Afternoon: Return to the ship and cruise for Aruba.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Wednesday, April 10 - Day at Sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Lecture: The European Influence in the Caribbean. A light-hearted look at some lingering traditions inherited from bygone days.

Opportunity for discussion with group leader and other participants.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Thursday, April 11 - Oranjestad, Aruba.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Disembark.

Enjoy a city orientation of Orangestad, Aruba's capital city.

Walking excursion includes the Archaeological Museum and the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum. Site lectures during the walk will highlight the history of the island.

Time at leisure to explore the city on your own.

Return to the ship.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Friday, April 12 - Willemstad, Curaçao.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Arrive to Curaçao.

Disembark for a walking orientation of Willemstad, including the historic downtown, the Governor's Palace and a floating fresh fruit market.

If open, visit the Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the Hato Caves, used by the Amerindian Arawaks 1,500 years ago and in later years used as a refuge for escaped slaves.

Return to the ship and cruise to Panama.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Saturday, April 13 - Day at Sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Lecture: The Concept of a Canal from Dreams to Reality.

Opportunity for discussion with group leader and other participants.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, April 14 - Cartagena, Colombia.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark and enjoy a field trip to Cartagena.

Travel to the hill at La Popa, the highest point in the city, to visit the Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, founded in 1607 by the order of St. Augustine. Continue your area explorations with a stop at nearby Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Learn about the fort's impressive history while walking through its fortified tunnels, galleries, and lookouts. Before heading into Old Town to uncover more of Cartagena's colonial treasures, stop at a local museum devoted to educating visitors about the history and characteristics of Colombia's famous emeralds.

In the early 16th century, Pedro de Heredia established the Spanish town of Cartagena on the site of a coastal, Indian settlement. The town quickly grew into an important port and a strategic gateway for Spanish interests in northern South America. The incredible riches obtained through Spain's colonial conquests in the southern continent were stored in Cartagena prior to being shipped to Spain. Unfortunately, this news attracted the unwanted attention of pirates working in the Caribbean. After suffering various sieges, including one by Sir Francis Drake in 1586, the city began constructing forts and protective walls to safeguard it from further attacks. Present day Cartagena is Colombia's largest port and a vital industrial hub; a place where visitors can enjoy both the rich history and architectural beauty of the city's colonial center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the modern lifestyle found in the surrounding suburbs.

Return to the ship.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, April 15 - Panama - Colonial Panama and Miraflores Loc...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Partial transit through the Panama Canal - Gatun Locks.

Ship scheduled to arrive to Locks at 5:00 AM.

Disembark at Lake Gatun Locks Pier, tender ashore and then drive to Casco Viejo or Old City to discover Panama's rich history and culture on foot and by bus. Casco Viejo was established in 1673 by the Spanish Conquistadors; it was the second city settled in Panama.

Explore the French Plaza on foot and visit the famous golden altar in the St. Joseph Cathedral. Continue exploring the city by bus.



Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, experience a field trip to Miraflores Locks to view ships passing through the first series of locks in the Canal. Also visit the on-site interpretive museum where you'll explore the exhibits as well as watch a movie about the history of the canal.

Transfer back to the Colon Pier and board the ship.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, April 16 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark and enjoy a lecture while riding from the coast to the rich agricultural farm lands to examine the operations of a typical pineapple plantation.

Travel on to a local Heliconia and tropical plant farm for a site lecture on some of the most beautiful tropical plants of Costa Rica.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the pier, board the ship and begin your journey back to Ft. Lauderdale.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, April 17 - Day at Sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Lecture: A Political and Economic Overview of Central America.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

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

Description: At the heart of the ms Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. On board the ms Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship; the most dazzling features figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The ms Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Fall 2005.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands, Passenger: capacity 1,848, Crew members: 800 Gross tonnage 82,000 grt. . Length 951 feet Beam 105.8 feet Maximum speed 24 knots

Contact info:
Holland America
300 Elliott Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/fleet/stateroomHome.do?ship=vo

Facility amenities: Vista Dinning Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, the Culinary Arts Center, The Greenhouse Spa and Salon, The Crow’s Nest

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, April 18 - Day at Sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Lecture: Conservation and Wildlife Projects in Central America.

Dinner: Farewell dinner onboard.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, April 19 - Completion of Program. Disembark in Ft. Lau...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark at the completion of the program.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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