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Road Scholar
Program #15591RJ
11 Days | 10 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 Nov 8 — Nov 18, 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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Friday, November 08 - Embark on Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Note: Should you wish to forego the formal dinners, you may still attend the program and dine in an alternative location on your own.

Afternoon: Embark ship. You may board as early at 11:30 am, but no later than 90 minutes prior to sail time (departs at 4:00 pm).
Check-in at Front Desk.
Lunch: Embarkation Buffet Lunch at Lido Deck opens at 12:00 pm.
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 the program orientation.

Dinner: Dinner onboard.

Evening: Welcome Orientation.

Lodging: M/S Zuiderdam

Meals Included: 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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Saturday, November 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.

Next, join your group leader on an exploratory walk that will uncover interesting facts about the nature and history of the Bahamas.

Before lunch, enjoy some time at leisure to indulge in 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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Sunday, November 10 - Day at Sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy ship-board activities.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

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

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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Monday, November 11 - Willemstad, Curacao.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Arrive to Curacao.

Disembark and then board the Road Scholar coach for an orientation to Willemstad and nearby areas. This field trip will include visits to the historic down town, the Governor's Palace, and a floating fresh fruit market.


Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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

Return to 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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Tuesday, November 12 - Oranjestad, Aruba.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Disembark for Orientation of Oranjestad, the capital city of the Island.
Board the Road Scholar coach for a field trip to various historic sites on the island. Visits will include the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum, the Archaeological Museum, and the geological site and botanical gardens at Casibari.

Group leader on-site discussions 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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Wednesday, November 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.

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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Thursday, November 14 - Panama - Colonial Panama and Miraflores Lo...
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.

Time permitting, we will make a stop at a craft market to view local handicrafts including molas, embroidery, jewelry, leather, wood and much more.

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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Friday, November 15 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark and enjoy a lecture while riding from the coast to the rich agricultural farmlands 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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Saturday, November 16 - Day at Sea.
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch onboard.

Afternoon: Lecture: A Geographical 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

Room amenities: Hairdryers are available in the cabins

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: Sunday, November 17 - 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 Eleven: Monday, November 18 - Completion of Program. Disembark in Ft. La...
Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.

Morning: Disembark at the completion of the program.

Note: Although the ship is expected to dock around 7AM, it should take a few hours before the ship is cleared by local authorities and guests are allowed to disembark. Upon leaving the ship, guests will undergo routine Immigration/Customs proceedings.

Participants with flight arrangements out of Ft. Lauderdale should take all of this into consideration when scheduling the return flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Day at Sea
CasinoIf your idea of a good time is trying your luck at the card table or playing slot machines, then you might wish to make a stop at the Zuiderdam's casino on the Lower Promenade Deck. Please check onboard for hours of operation and costs.
For additional information, visit: www.hollandamerica.com
Coffee House and LibraryThe Explorations Café on board the Zuiderdam features a cozy coffee house and library. Guests can enjoy a cup of coffee while perusing the ship's books, checking emails, or surfing the Internet. Additional charges apply for Internet/computer ussage.
For additional information, visit: www.hollandamerica.com
Fitness CenterTake advantage of the Zuiderdam's Fitness Center during your down time. Work out on their modern equipment or sign up for a specialty class such as yoga or Pilates. Please check onboard for hours of operation and additional costs for specialty classes.
For additional information, visit: www.hollandamerica.com
Gourmet Cooking LessonsThe Zuiderdam has a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen (The Culinary Arts Center) where gourmands can enjoy interactive cooking sessions with the ship's master chefs or culinary guests.
For additional information, visit: www.hollandamerica.com
Guest SpeakersGuest speakers onboard the Zuiderdam provide optional lectures and presentations during the cruise. Please check onboard for the schedule and presentation topics.
For additional information, visit: www.hollandamerica.com
Spa and Beauty SalonThe Zuiderdam's Greenhouse Spa and Salon offers a long list of services including facials, steam baths, massages, manicures, pedicures, and hair styling. Spend a couple of hours relaxing and pampering yourself--you deserve it! Please check onboard for hours of operation and additional costs.
For additional information, visit: www.hollandamerica.com
Vista Show LoungeThe Vista Show Lounge, on board the Zuiderdam, hosts assorted theatrical presentations that include vocalists, comedians, dancers, illusionists, and variety acts. Please check onboard for hours of operation, show descriptions and additional costs.
For additional information, visit: www.hollandamerica.com

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.

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5 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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