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Program #20453RJ
20 Days | 19 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
Start of Program
May 24, 2015
The program orientation begins in the afternoon with a program orientation at the hotel.
You will be staying at the Queen Mary I that night.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Transportation to site: The Queen Mary Hotel is located in Long Beach approximately 25 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Participants who purchase their air through Road Scholar Travel services will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the Queen Mary. Taxis will be readily available at the airport for individual travelers. We do not recommend flights that arrive after 3:00 p.m.

End of Program
Jun 12, 2015
The program ends after breakfast on board the ship in New York City.
You will be staying at the Crystal Symphony the night before.
Location: At Sea
Transportation to site: There will be one transfer from the cruise terminal in Manhattan to JFK international airport on the morning of Day 20. All participants are welcome to join this transfer. Participants who are staying in New York, or do not wish to take the group transfer, will be allowed to disembark once the ship is cleared by local officials. Taxis will be readily available. We do not recommend booking flights that depart earlier then 1:00 pm.
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: THE QUEEN MARY: On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. She boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital. The Queen Mary had set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill. During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years. But when the Queen Mary docked in New York in September 1939 that would be the last time she would carry civilian passengers for many years. As World War II started, the Queen Mary's transformation into a troopship had begun. She was painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the "Grey Ghost" because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots. After the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory. On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades. The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.

Ship Information: THE QUEEN MARY Statistics Overall Length: 1,019.5 ft. (310.74 m.) Gross Tonnage: 81,237 gross tons (230,039 cu. m.) Constructed by: John Brown & Co., LTD., Clydebank, Scotland Commissioned by: Cunard Steamship Co., LTD. Keel Laid: December 1, 1930 Date Launched: September 26, 1934 Maiden Voyage: May 27, 1936 Portholes: Over 2,000 Rivets: Over 10 million Hull Plates: 8 ft. (2.44 m) to 30 ft. (9.14 m.) in length; up to 1.25 in. (3.2 cm.) thick Moulded Breadth: 118 ft. (35.97 m.) Height from Keel to Forward Smokestack Top: 181 ft. (55.17 m.) Height from Keel to Promenade Deck: 92.5 ft. (28.19 m.) Height from Keel to Top of Foremast: 237 ft. (72.24 m.) Number of Decks: 12 Height from Keel to Top of Foremast: 237 ft. (72.24 m.) Passenger Capacity: 1,957 Officers and Crew: 1,174 Horsepower: 160,000 Cruising Speed: 28.5 knots (55.17 km./hr.) Rudder: 140 tons Whistles: Three - Steam type. Two on forward funnel, one on middle funnel. Each over 6 ft. (1.83 m.) long, weighing 2,205 LB. (1,002 kg.) Lifeboat Capacity: 145 persons Smokestacks: Three - Elliptical in shape; 36 ft. (10.97 m.) fore and aft, 23.3 ft. (7.1 m.) wide Smokestack Height: Forward: 70.5 ft. (21.49 m.) Middle: 67.5 ft. (20.57 m.) Aft: 62.25 ft. (18.97 m.) Boilers: 27 Fuel Consumption: 13 ft./gal (1 m./l.) Draft: 39 ft. 4-9/16 in. (12.00 m.) Bow Anchors: Two that each weigh 16 tons (16,291 kg.) Anchor Height: 18 ft. (5.48 m.) Length of Promenade Deck: 724 ft. (220.68 m.) Length of Anchor Chain: 990 ft. Weight of Anchor Chain: 45 tons (45.818 kg.) Anchor Chain Link: 2 ft. (61 cm.) long, weighing 224 LB. (101.8 kg.)

Contact info:
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com/Our-Story.aspx

Room amenities: The hotel features 314 original guest rooms, which include 305 staterooms and 9 full suites. Each stateroom is an original cabin where no two rooms are alike. THE NSIDE STATES ROOM Inside staterooms are perfect if you're looking for a place where you can relax at the heart of the ship. All of these Long Beach hotel rooms contain large Art Deco mirrors instead of portholes. Each room includes either a King size bed or two Twin-sized beds STANDARD STATES ROOM THE QUEEN MARY's quaint staterooms offer a place to sit back and relax after a long day out exploring the ship and seeing the sights of Southern California. All of these Long Beach rooms have portholes to the outside facing either the port or starboard side of the ship. Each room includes 1 Full-size bed. DELUX STATESROOM Experience the ship's more spacious stateroom with this upgraded accommodation. These outside cabins, all with portholes, are the most popular of our Long Beach rooms. Each Deluxe Stateroom includes either 1 King bed or 2 Twin-sized beds. FAMILY STATESROOM This stateroom gives you the space you need when traveling with family or friends. Each room includes the combination of either 1 King bed + 1 Twin bed, or 2 Queen beds. SUITS This unique Long Beach lodging is not your usual hotel, so get ready to step back into time and let your imagination take you back to the heyday of sailing in the 1930s and '40s. Each suite is a deluxe cabin with a separate living room, bedroom, entryway and some include a breakfast nook. Our Long Beach suites feature original built-ins, wood paneling, art deco décor and modern amenities, such as iPod clock radios and flat-panel televisions. View the complete list of amenities. Each of our Long Beach suites include a living room with a pull-out sofa bed, with the option of 1 bedroom with a King bed and adjoining breakfast nook or the option of two bedrooms with 1 King Bed and a second room with 1 Twin bed.

Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities and Services: Air Conditioned and Non-Smoking Includes a Self-guided tour of ship* Guided Tours and Shows Historic Art Deco Ambiance Charming Boutiques and Shops Signature Restaurants and Bars Room service The Queen Mary Spa Business Center Fitness Room Wireless High Speed Internet (additional cost) $9.95/24 hours - (Wired access available, request modem at front desk) Satellite Television Pay-per-view Movies iPod Docking Clock Radios Crabtree & Evelyn Bath Products Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattresses 32" LCDHD Flat Panel TV's (in most rooms) Refrigerator - upon request (additional cost)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices may vary
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Type: Cruise Ship

Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. A makeover in 2006 refreshed the Bistro Café and shops, reconstructed the casino and Starlite Lounge, and added a new nightclub called Luxe. An even more extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.

Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Bahamas 781 feet long x 99 feet wide 51,044 gross registered tons 20 knots cruising speed 21 knots maximum speed 922 passengers capacity An international crew of 545 with 40 countries represented European-trained hotel and dining staff

Contact info:
2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 1400 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com

Room amenities: Cabins: There are no inside cabins on Crystal Symphony. Still, relatively small stateroom sizes are cozy and chic with boutique-hotel-style decor. All cabins have ample closet and drawer/shelf storage, as well as bathroom shelves. Many have private balconies furnished with chairs and tables. Most suites and penthouses have a walk-in closet. Crystal Penthouse suites have guest powder rooms. Amenities: Rich wood cabinetry, 100% Eygyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, wood and padded hangers, a small refrigerator filled with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, a personal safe, two hair dryers, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, and a sitting area with sofa, chair, and table are typical standard features in all cabins. Suite and penthouse extras vary, but all have a DVD/CD player, butler service, personalized stationery, and stocked minibars with wine, beer, and choice of liquor. Bathrooms: Every bathroom has oval glass sinks, granite counters, a full-size tub, Aveda toiletries, plush towels, and bathrobes for use during the cruise. Many suites and penthouses have a whirlpool tub and separate shower.

Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. 8 passenger decks, 2 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, ice cream parlor, Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, minibar (some), DVD, 1 pool, Fitness classes, gym, hair salon, 1 hot tub, sauna, spa, steam room, 5 bars, casino, cinema, dance club, library, dry-cleaning, laundry facilities, laundry service, Internet terminal, library

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

Elevator: Yes


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May 24 — Jun 12, 2015 $7440  
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Included
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19 nights of accommodations
55 meals: 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 19 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips

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