Joyce K from Chicago NW Suburbs, IL
Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 01/03/12 - 01/18/12
My father had always raved about his passage thru the Panama Canal during WWII, so this trip was on my 'to do list' and sailing aboard the Crystal Serenity on deck 9 made the voyage even more enjoyable. Accommodations, food, and the ship's crew could not be faulted and the ship's program extensions added a great deal to our experience. I would specifically mention our journey to the Embera Village in Panama via a motorized 'dugout canoe's as a trip highlight.
Although I found the ship's guest lectures to be superior to our Road Scholar resource, I felt that her programs were worth attending and I failed to miss a single one during the entire cruise... With so many days at sea on a ship that accommodated 1,000 passengers, I believe that our Road Scholar group failed to 'jell' to the same degree as I had experienced on other Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs. As I'm off on another Road Scholar cruise adventure this fall on a ship one third the size of the Serenity, I will be interested to see if this lower level of comraderie may have been a function of our program director's leadership or that of ship size. Another possibility might be that of group dynamics as we had 70 Road Scholar participants on our voyage.
Although I have not previously been to Mexico, I found that all three port cities we visited to be both clean and safe. The most dangerous part of those port adventures involved disembarking the Serenity into a small shuttle and then re-entering the ship upon our return in choppy seas. Now I understand why so many pirates had a peg leg....