Facebook   Twitter   Road Scholar Network   Pinterest   YouTube  
Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.

Call (800) 454-5768

New extended hours!
Now open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET

Create an account                             Forgot your password?

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.


Adventures Afloat: Enrichment Voyage: Origins and Empires of Central and South America

Select a Date



and receive your



E-Photo Book:

Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:


United States


Adventure Afloat Study Cruise

Price Range

$3500 - $5000

Start Date

End Date

More Options

AnyInternationalMarshall IslandsSt. BartsUnited StatesCanadaAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanAzoresBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaireBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBritish Virgin IslandsBruneiBulgariaBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanary IslandsCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChileChinaColombiaComorosCongoCook IslandsCosta RicaCroatiaCubaCuracaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEaster IslandEcuadorEgyptEnglandEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland IslandsFaroe IslandsFederated States of MicronesiaFijiFinlandFranceFrance Southern TerritoriesFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench West IndiesGabonGalapagos IslandsGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernsey IslandGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard and Mc Donald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIrelandIsles of ScillyIsraelItalyIvory CoastJamaicaJapanJersey IslandJordanKazakhstanKenyaKoreaKosovoKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMadeira IslandsMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMidway IslandMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmar (Burma)NamibiaNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorthern Mariana IslandsNorthwest TerritoriesNorwayOmanPacific IslandsPakistanPalauPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussia (Siberia)Russian FederationRwandaSaint HelenaSamoaSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaScotlandSenegalSerbiaSeychellesShetland IslandsSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSt Kitts and NevisSt. Eustatius (Statia)St. LuciaSt. Pierre & MiquelonSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSurinamSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaTasmaniaThailandTibetTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTristan da CunhaTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and CaicosUS Virgin IslandsUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamWalesWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe
Road Scholar
Program #21097RJ

Enroll Here
Add to Your Wishlist
27 Days | 26 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Start of Program
Dec 7, 2012
This program begins in the evening on Day 1 at the program orientation in Nassau, Bahamas.
You will be staying at the British Colonial Hilton that night.
Location: Nassau
Transportation to site: All participants are asked are asked to make their own way to the program hotel. Once you arrive in Nassau, make your way through immigrations and customs and collect your luggage. Upon exiting the airport, look for your group leader, holding a Road Scholar sign. He will assist arriving participants in finding a taxi. Feel free to make your own transportation arrangements from the airport. Taxis are typically 8-10 seat minivans, so if there are other participants arriving at the same time as you, he can help you arrange to share a taxi to the hotel. Shared transportation cannot be arranged ahead of time, however the Group Leader will have a list of arrival times for the entire group, and will assist upon arrival if needed. The program hotel is the British Colonial Hilton, located on One Bay Street in Nassau. The hotel is a familiar landmark within the town, and all cab drivers will know it's location. You will need to pay the driver in cash (US Dollars are accepted). The cost of a taxi between the airport and the hotel is about $25 - $30 USD (subject to change). The program orientation will begin at approximately 6:00pm, so if you are making your own flight arrangements, please plan to arrive at the hotel before that time.

End of Program
Jan 2, 2013
This program ends after breakfast on board the ship in San Diego, California
You will be staying at the MV Explorer the night before.
Location: Aboard the MV Explorer
Transportation to site: There will be one group transfer available for the group on the program end date from the cruise port in San Diego to the San Diego International Airport. The group transfer will be at 9:30am. Disembarkation will begin at approxiamtely 9:00am, however disembarkation time is subject to clearing U.S. Customs. We do not recommend booking flights before 1:00 pm.
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in downtown Nassau, this beautiful Bahamas hotel has a private white-sand beach, outdoor freshwater pool with ocean views, two restaurants and two bars. The hotel offers a taste of the island’s rich Colonial history, along with modern amenities for business and Bahamas vacations. Within walking distance of duty-free shopping and downtown, this Bahamas hotel features a rich variety of dining options. Try Aqua restaurant for international favorites with a Caribbean flair in a relaxed setting with harbor views. •Private beach, and the only beachfront hotel in downtown Nassau •Outdoor freshwater pool with harbor views •Only a 20-minute drive from Nassau International airport NAS (Lynden Pindling International) •13,500 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, and WIFI in all rooms and public areas •2012 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winning Resort

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
1 Bay Street
Nassau, N-7148 Bahamas
phone: 242-322-3301
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/bahamas/british-colonial-hilton-nassau-hotel-NASHIHH/index.html

Room amenities: The comfortable guest rooms at British Colonial Hilton Nassau feature a selection of harbor or city view accommodations. Hilton Harbor View Guest Rooms Soak up the full or partial sea view from this newly refurbished room with high-speed internet access. Catch up on work at the ergonomic desk and chair or pamper yourself in the marble bathroom with separate shower. Some rooms have a sofa bed. Hilton City View Guest Rooms Feel at home in this newly refurbished room with high-speed Internet access and garden or city view. Work in comfort at the ergonomic desk and chair or reinvigorate yourself in the marble bathroom. Some rooms have a sofa; some have a separate shower. •Accessible •Air Conditioning •Alarm Radio •Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection •Connecting Rooms •In-Room Movie Channel •Non-Smoking •Sofa Bed •TV - 32 Inch LCD HD •TV-Cable •TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN •Thermostat (adjustable) •Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp •Electronic Locks •Safe •Wide Angle Door Viewer •Bathroom Amenities •Coffee Maker •Cuisinart Coffeemaker •Desk Level HSIA Connection •Hairdryer •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Mini Refrigerator •Tea/Coffee Making Facilities •Telephone - Auto Wakeup •Telephone - Two Phones •Telephone - Voice Mail •Telephone - in Bath •Telephone - with Dataport

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: MV Explorer, built in 2002 for the now-defunct Royal Olympic Cruises, is used most of the year for the non-profit Institute for Shipboard Education’s “Semester at Sea” program. Acquired by the Institute after Royal Olympic's bankruptcy in 2004, the ship has the distinction of being one of the fastest seagoing passenger vessels in the world, able to maintain a speed of 30 knots. Despite its modern architecture, the ship enjoys classic lines and has a following among enthusiasts who will be pleased that a new partnership with has opened the ship to the cruising public during semester breaks.

Ship Information: Tonnage: 25,000 tons Length: 590 ft. (180 m) Beam: 84 ft. (26 m) Length: 590 ft. (180 m) Beam: 84 ft. (26 m) Draft: 24 ft. (7 m) Maximum Cruising Speed: 28 knots Stabilizers: yes Air Conditioning Throughout: yes Outside Deck Space: 30,000 sq. ft. (2.800 m2) Passenger Decks: 6 Pool Area: 7,500 sq. ft. (700 m2) Swimming Pool: 1 Classrooms: 9 Passenger Capacity (double basis): 836

Contact info:
PO Box 400885
Charlottesville, VA 22904 USA
phone: 800-854-0195
web: www.semesteratsea.org

Room amenities: All staterooms are equipped with a refrigerator, safe, phone, closed circuit tv with movies and music and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: CLINIC The Medical Team is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating total patient care for the students, faculty, staff and assisting with the officers and crew aboard the MV Explorer. The Physician is assisted by a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner and one Registered Nurse, as well as, a Crew Doctor and a Crew Nurse. DINING HALLS The dining halls are located on decks 5 and 6. The Aquamarine Dining Hall, on Deck 5, is the ship's formal dining room. GYM A fitness room with treadmills, elliptical machines, and stairmasters is located on Deck 7. UNION This space is used as a large classroom and for ship wide events such as pre-ports, lectures, shows, movies, and more. Events can be videotaped and broadcast to all classrooms and cabins. LIBRARY The library contains about 9,000 volumes specifically tailored to international study and travel, and to the curriculum of each voyage. There is an extensive map collection containing physical, political, topographical and historical maps. Also onboard is a significant collection of videos for educational and recreational purposes. HUDSON COMPUTER LAB The Computer Lab is available for academic use on a 24-hour basis. Each computer is configured with Windows XP, Microsoft Office XP, and USB ports. The lab is also equipped with several high volume Laser printers that are accessible from any of the computers inside the lab, as well as from individual laptops via wireless connection.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
The ship does not offer pre night arrival

Currently selected:Prices Starting At:

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
26 nights of accommodations
74 meals: 25 breakfasts, 24 lunches, 25 dinners
16 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
2 Flights during the program


Not yet rated
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2015
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768