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Grand Pacific Interlude: From California to New Zealand

Program Number: 20546RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/25/2012 - 12/20/2012;
Duration: 25 nights
Location: United States (HI)/French Polynesia/Cook Islands/Fiji/New Zealand
Price starting at: $7,455.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 70; 24 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches, 23 Dinners    

Embark on a grand crossing of the Pacific Ocean from California to New Zealand, along the way sailing the waters that were long ago rowed by Polynesian natives in outrigger canoes and charted by Captain James Cook. Discover the pristine environments of legendary islands including Hawaii, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Fiji.




Activity Particulars

Must be able to handle your own luggage, get on and off a motorcoach, walk a few blocks and climb a few stairs.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Crystal Symphony, 23 nights.



Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.



Day 1: Arrival Los Angeles, Calif. / embark Crystal Symphony


Days 2-5: At Sea:

Enjoy life aboard the ship and attend expert presentations illuminating the history and culture of Polynesia.



Days 6-7: Honolulu, Hawaii:

Take a field trip to the Bishop Museum, home to the world's largest collection of Polynesian cultural and scientific artifacts.



Days 8-12: At Sea:

Delve into the maritime history of the South Pacific and the cultures of its islands through lively presentations aboard the ship.



Day 13: Moorea (French Polynesia):

Discover this beautiful, heart-shaped island on your own or choose from excursions including snorkeling and a 4x4 driving safari.



Day 14: Tahiti:

A special Road Scholar shore excursion on Tahiti includes marae — ancient stone worship sites — and the Paul Gauguin Museum.



Day 15: Bora Bora:

Sail to this stunning island surrounded by offshore motu islets inside a protective coral necklace. Explore on your own or choose a shore excursion.



Days 16-17: At Sea / Rarotonga (Cook Islands):

Learn about the Cook Islands during a field trip over the ancient roads and through the beautiful valleys of Rarotonga.



Days 18-21: At Sea / Cross International Date Line


Day 22: Lautoka (Fiji):

Absorb the legendary beauty of Fiji as you explore independently or choose an excursion such as a journey to a traditional village.



Days 23-25: At Sea / Auckland (New Zealand) / disembark / departure


Crystal Symphony

This sleek 781-foot ocean liner is one of the most spacious at sea. It accommodates 940 passengers for whom it provides a spa, fitness facility, two pools, Jacuzzis and inspired dining options, including a restaurant, café and outdoor grill. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits are available to you throughout the voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Crystal Symphony
  Arrive Los Angeles, USA
At Sea, French Polynesia
Honolulu, USA
At Sea, French Polynesia
Moorea, French Polynesia
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
At Sea, French Polynesia
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
At Sea, French Polynesia
Lautoka, Fiji
At Sea, French Polynesia
Auckland, New Zealand
25 nights
 Crystal Symphony
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: With a winning formula for success, Crystal Cruises consistently ranks among the top luxury properties in the world. Grounded in more than a decade of accolades, Crystal has won an unprecedented number of top awards. Among others, the line has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history. Public Areas include: Two-story Crystal Plaza and Crystal Cove, lobby area with atrium, comfortable seating and piano bar "Avenue of the Stars" shopping arcade with three boutiques Casino featuring slot machines, bar poker and slant top poker machines, six blackjack tables, craps, a roulette table, baccarat table and The Ultimate Texas Hold'em Galaxy Lounge showroom Hollywood Theatre for recently released movies, with state-of-the-art audio visual and translation equipment that may be used for meetings and/or conferences; theatre also features audio enhancement for the hearing-impaired Computer University@Sea® center with a lab for classroom instruction and separate room offering 24-hour Internet and e-mail access A variety of lounges including the Starlite Club for dancing and cabaret; Avenue Saloon cocktail and piano bar; Connoisseur Club, an intimate, refined cigar and connoisseur liquor lounge; Palm Court observation lounge; and Luxe nightclub Fantasia children's center and Waves teen center Library featuring over 3,000 books, DVD's, and audio books Bridge Lounge
  Ship Information: Registry: Bahamas Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards Country Built In: Finland Ship Completed Date: 5/3/1995 Christened By: Angela Lansbury Call Letters: C6MY5 Refurbished Date: 11/9/2009 Capacity: 922 Number of Crew, Nationality: 566, European Gross Tonnage: 51044 Stabilized: Yes Average Speed: 20 knots Maximum Speed: 21 knots Length: 781 feet Beam: 99 feet Space Ratio: 54.3:1 Number of Passenger Decks: 8 Number of Outside Rooms: 461 Number of Restaurants: 7 Number of Pools: 1 Number of Elevators: 8 Voltage: 110/220 Non-Smoking Dining: Yes Non-Smoking Ship: No
  Contact info: 100 Fordham Road, Building C
Wilmington, MA 01887 USA
phone: 800-337-9568
web: www.crystalcruise.com
  Room amenities: 24-hour complimentary in-stateroom dining Refrigerators with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, down pillows, plush duvets and featherbeds Remote control, flat-screen television with audio/MP3 player input and DVD Player. Television features 24-hour news and sports information via CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC World NEws, Sky News, NHK World, ESPN, and TNT (reception permitting) Wi-Fi access Lavish bathroom amenities including Frette bathrobes, slippers, two hairdryers and Aveda bath products.Other amenities include a clothes brush, shoe horn, and sewing kit. Shower, bathtub, double sink, makeup mirror and a telephone in bathroom Queen or twin-sized beds, depending on preference Direct-dial ship-to-shore phones and personal voice mail and cell phone service at sea Large closets with shoe rack, umbrella, and beach tote Telephone system with private voice mail and automated wake-up call Personal stateroom safe Alarm clocks
  Facility amenities: DINING AREAS: Crystal Dining Room for distinctive international cuisine and a world-renowned wine list Prego restaurant for classic Italian cuisine in a Venetian atmosphere Silk Road and The Sushi Bar, exclusively featuring menu selections created by the famed Nobu Matsuhisa The Vintage Room, a classic boardroom and wine cellar for exclusive wine-pairing dinners The Bistro serving international coffees, cheeses, and wines by the glass The outdoor Trident Bar & Grill serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, wraps and fruits is open throughout the afternoon Indoor/outdoor Lido Café serves breakfast and lunch Complimentary ice cream and frozen yogurt bar Afternoon tea Indoor/outdoor poolside area for casual dining FITNESS FACILITIES: Feng Shui-designed Crystal Spa, Salon & Fitness Center Fitness Center with cardiovascular exercise equipment and personal fitness instructors Weight room with free weights, weight machines Exercise studio for high and low impact classes, yoga, Spinning classes, as well as personal training Salon for hair styling, manicures and pedicures Dry sauna and steam room Full exterior 360 degree teak Promenade Deck for walking and jogging Sports deck with a golf driving range and putting greens Full-size paddle tennis court Seahorse Pool, an outdoor lap pool ENTERTAINMENT: The Creative Learning Institute, an extensive lecture and seminar program Nightclub for nightly dancing and Karaoke Recent-release films in the Dolby-equipped Hollywood Theatre Cocktail hour at the Crystal Cove with soft piano music Avenue Saloon with pianist-singers performing jazz and favorite tunes Full orchestra in the Galaxy Lounge, a six-piece dance band, and rotating musical ensembles such as a strolling instrumental trio, string quarter, or rolling a cappella group Complimentary dance classes Ballroom and nightclub dance lounges An Ambassador Host Program for dancing partners Bridge instructors
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Embark Crystal Symphony by 3:00 pm, Port of Los Angeles, CA You will be staying at Crystal Symphony that night.
  End of Program:
Disembark by 10 am, Port of Auckland, New Zealand,Overview of Auckland Field Trip and Transfer to Auckland International Airport. You will be staying at Crystal Symphony the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION** All participants MUST register online with Crystal Cruises. To register go to checkin.crystalcruises.com to access the Priority Check-in and Planning Center. To log in, you need type in your first/last names as they appear on your passport and your booking number (which appears on your cruise confirmation or can be obtained from Road Scholar). You will need to enter your contact and passport information in order to register. Once registered you will be able to book excursions and on-board activities (such as specialty dining, spa appointments, etc). For more information on using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center please see the attachment at the end of this booklet.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the Port of Los Angeles: (800) 540-PARK www.cruisecenterparking.com Spaces: 2,560 secured spaces Cost: $12 (maximum) per day Overnight parking: Available Shuttle: Courtesy shuttle from passenger terminal to parking lot
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) serves the port: www.metro.net
To Start of Program
  Location:  Arrive Los Angeles
  Transportation to site: Distance and Travel Time: •The Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center in San Pedro, California is approximately 20.1 miles south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) •Travel time is approximately 30 minutes (40 minutes in traffic) from Los Angeles International Airport. •Travel times may vary widely depending on traffic conditions. Please allow plenty of time for travel from the airports. Directions: There is easy freeway access to the World Cruise Center from all points. •From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - West Los Angeles San Diego Freeway(405) south to the Harbor Freeway(110), then south on the Harbor Freeway to the CA 47 - Terminal Island exit. Merge right to the Harbor Blvd. Exit. Proceed straight through the Harbor Blvd. intersection and turn right into the World Cruise Center parking lot.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Auckland
  Nearest airport:  Auckland International Airport (09-275 0789; www.auckland-airport.co.nz)
  Transportation from site: The Auckland International Airport is 22km from the Cruise Terminals. It would take approximately 30-40 minutes by car or taxi outside of peak hour traffic. Airbus Express to the airport leaves from the Downtown Ferry Terminal bus stop. This service takes 45-60 minutes each way. Public Transport Options Britomart Transport Centre for bus and train services is directly across the street from Queens Wharf, and only 5 minutes walk from Princes Wharf. The Downtown Ferry Terminal is located between Princes Wharf and Queens Wharf for ferries to Devonport, West Harbour, Half Moon Bay, Pine Harbour, Waiheke Island, and many Tourist destinations. A taxi rank is also located at both Cruise Ship terminals. Directions from the port to Auckland International Airport: Head southeast on Sunderland St toward Solent St Turn right onto Solent St Turn right onto Tamaki Drive Take the 1st left onto The Strand/​State Highway 16 Slight left onto Gladstone Rd Slight right onto Saint Stephens Ave Take the 2nd left onto Parnell Rd At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Broadway Continue onto Manukau Rd (signs for Royal Oak/​Onehunga) Continue onto Pah Rd (signs for 12/​Manukau City/​State Highway 20) Continue onto Queenstown Rd At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the State Highway 20 ramp to Manukau Merge onto South-Western Motorway/​State Highway 20 Take exit 9 on the right to merge onto George Bolt Memorial Drive/​State Highway 20A Continue to follow George Bolt Memorial Drive Go through 3 roundabouts Turn left onto Andrew Mckee Ave Turn right Destination will be on the left
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive Port of Los Angeles, Embark Ship/Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, November 25)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive at ship, check in and embarkation
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to get settled into your cabin and to explore the ship. Cast off for our adventure as the Crystal Symphony departs Los Angeles for our first stop in the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii- at 5 pm.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner - Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Introductions and Program Orientation
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Lectures/Free Time
(Monday, November 26)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class: An Introduction to Polynesian Cultures - What is so special about them? Class:Tips for Understanding the Encounter between Polynesian Culture and You NOTE: The above are examples of class topics that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Tuesday, November 27)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class: Where do the Polynesians Come From? NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning Lecture/Free Afternoon
(Wednesday, November 28)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class: How did the Polynesians Navigate to and Settle the Islands of the Pacific? NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Thursday, November 29)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class: A Fatal Encounter: The Death of Captain James Cook in Hawaii. NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Lecture/Free Time/Honolulu Arrival
(Friday, November 30)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class:Understanding Hawaii's Multi-cultural Society NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule. Ship arrives in Honolulu at 5 pm
 Dinner: Onboard at leisure at your favorite dining spot.
 Evening: Free evening to explore Honolulu on your own, or stay on the ship for tonight's performance.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Included Field Trip Bishop Museum/Set sail to Moorea
(Saturday, December 1)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service. .
 Morning: Included Road Scholar Field trip to Bishop Museum - designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. Your visit will start with a Docent-Guided visit of the museum, and then some free time to explore on your own. We'll depart and continue on with a drive through historic Honolulu enroute back to the port.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Ship departs for Moorea, French Polynesia, at 12 pm. Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Morning Lectures/Free Time
(Sunday, December 2)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service
 Morning: Class: The Cultures and Arts of Eastern Polynesia NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Monday, December 3)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service
 Morning: Class: When and How Eastern Pacific was Settled by Polynesians (Tahiti, Hawaii, Marquesas) NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Tuesday, December 4)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service
 Morning: Class:The Mysteries of Easter Island NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Wednesday, December 5)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service
 Morning: Class:The Myth and Reality of Tahiti Class: Captain Cook and the Tahitians in later 18th century NOTE: The above are examples of a class topics that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Thursday, December 6)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service
 Morning: Class:How the French Came to Govern this Part of the World Class: World War II in the Pacific (Americans on Bora-Bora) NOTE: The above are examples of a class topics that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Arrive Moorea/Independent Exploration of Moorea (shore excursions available from ship)/Sail forTahiti
(Friday, December 7)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive Moorea at 8 am. Heart-shaped and incredibly beautiful, Moorea is 15 miles across Tahiti's "Sea of the Moon." Surrounded by white sand beaches, marae (ancient stone worship sites), and spectacular mountain vistas, it is twice as old as Tahiti. Moorea has two stunning, neighboring, fjord-like bays - Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay - which give the island its distinctive butterfly shape.
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service
 Morning: Time to explore Moorea on your own. You may wish to purchase a shore excursion offered by the ship using your shipboard credit. Crystal offers a variety choices including (list is not comprehensive): -Best of Moorea in a Day -Moorea Private Snorkeling Safari -Moorea Four-Wheel Drive Safari Adventure -Scuba Discovery for Certified Divers - One Tank
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Continuation of independent Moorea exploration. Set sail for Papeete, Tahiti at 6 pm.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure. Arrive at Papeete, Tahiti at 9 pm.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Included Field Trip: Circle Tahiti Nui/Sail for Bora Bora
(Saturday, December 8)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Included Road Scholar Field Trip: Circle Tahiti Nui. Depart Papeete and pass through many districts and villages. Notice how each area's mayor tries to out do the others with enormous town halls. Passing Faaa Airport, notice that land for its runways was reclaimed from the lagoon. It was not until 1961 that modern jets were able to land here. Stop at the ancient Arahurahu marae which has been restored to its former grandeur. Next visit the Maraa Grotto, a beautiful garden and cave area, and continue on past the golf course which was once a huge cotton plantation worked by coolie labor from China. It was planted to fulfill the shortage of cotton in Europe caused by the American Civil War. A short distance further on, visit the Vaipahi Garden with its beautiful waterfall before stopping at restaurant Musee Gauguin for a buffet lunch.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at a local Tahitian restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue on and pass through beautiful Papeari Village and along the inlet (Phaeton Bay) which has a number of fish traps; then cross the Isthmus of Taravao, pass the base where the military have been located since 1844. The ships of Antoine de Bougainville, anchored near the two small offshore islands in Hitiaa in 1786. At Mahaena, Tahitians fought an armed rebellion for three years against the annexation of Tahiti by France. Next stops will include Arahoho Blowhole, Fa`aurumai Waterfall, and Point Venus and Matavai Bay. Captains Wallis, Cook and Bligh anchored in the Matavai Bay area. Located here is a memorial to the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in 1797 and a lighthouse constructed in 1868, despite its 1867 date. Continue on to Pirae and pass One Tree Hill called Taharaa today.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure. Ship sets sail for Bora Bora.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Arrive Bora Bora/Independent Exploration of Bora Bora (shore excursions available from ship) /Sail for Rarotonga, Cook Islands
(Sunday, December 9)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive Bora Bora at approximately 8am: Surrounded by offshore motu islets inside a protective coral necklace, Bora Bora is in the center of a multi-colored lagoon world-famous for its beauty. Generations of travelers - including novelist James Michener - have regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise.
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Time to explore Bora Bora on your own. You may wish to purchase a shore excursion offered by the ship using your shipboard credit. Crystal offers a variety choices including (list is not comprehensive): -Brief Bora Bora Highlights -Above Bora Bora by Helicopter -Lagoon by Glass-Bottom Boat -A Walk on the Ocean Floor -Snorkeling with Stingrays
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Continuation of independent Bora Bora exploration. Set sail for Rarotonga, Cook Islands at 5 pm.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Morning & Afternoon Lectures/Free Time
(Monday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class:Voyages of Captain James Cook from Tahiti through Polynesia Class: The Cook Islands and Polynesian Outliers NOTE: The above are examples of a class topics that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Class: New Zealand and the Cook Islands Class: Maori Settlement of New Zealand from Rarotonga NOTE: The above are examples of a class topics that may be presented. Topics are subject to change. Free time to enjoy the ship's activities.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Included Field Trip Overview of Rarotonga/Set sail for Fiji
(Tuesday, December 11)
   
 Arrive To: Rarotonga, Cook Islands at 8 am. The Cook Islands stretch over 700,000 square miles of ocean and are said to be among the most beautiful islands in the world. They are tiny, remote, and still pristine in their beauty. Rarotonga is the largest island - lush, tropical, volcanic in origin. Avarua, the nation’s capital, is located on Rarotonga.
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Included Road Scholar Full Day Field Trip: Historical and Cultural Introduction to the Cook Islands – Depart on a bus to circle the island to see the center of government & commerce on Rarotonga and various cultural sites; also an introduction and discussion of the island’s infrastructure, travel along Ara Metua (the ancient road) to Avatiu Valley.
 Lunch: Local lunch
 Afternoon: Return from field trip mid-afternoon. Ship sets sail for Bora Bora at 5pm.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Free Day
(Wednesday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Free morning to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Morning Lectures/Free Afternoon
(Thursday, December 13)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class: Whaling in the South Pacific Class: Introduction to Fijian Culture NOTE: The above are examples of a class topics that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Friday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service. Y
 Morning: Class: Understanding Fiji: Is it Polynesian or Melanesian? Class: The Fijian Problem Today NOTE: The above are examples of class topics that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: LOST DAY DUE TO CROSSING INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE
(Saturday, December 15)
   
 Morning: LOST DAY DUE TO CROSSING INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony

Day 22: Arrive Lautoka, Fiji/Independent Exploration of Fiji (shore excursions available from ship)/Sail for New Zealand
(Sunday, December 16)
   
 Arrive To: Lautoka, Fiji at 8 am. Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji and the second largest in the South Pacific. It is located on the island of Viti Levu and is the second port of entry in Fiji, after Suva. Lying in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane growing region, it is known as the Sugar City.
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Time to explore Fiji on your own. You may wish to purchase a shore excursion offered by the ship using your shipboard credit. Crystal offers a variety choices including (list is not comprehensive): -Garden of the Sleeping Giant & -Fijian Village Experience -Jet Boats, Temples & Markets -A Day in Navala: A Traditional Fijian Village -Volunteering at the Treasure House Orphanage
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Continuation of independent Fiji exploration. Set sail for Auckland, New Zealand at 6 pm.
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Monday, December 17)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service
 Morning: Class: Introduction to Maori Culture NOTE: The above is an example of a class topic that may be presented. Topics are subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill Y
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule
 Dinner: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Morning Lecture/Free Time
(Tuesday, December 18)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Class: The Polynesian Diaspora in Our Time: The Example of Auckland NOTE: The above is a example of a class topic that may be presented. Topic is subject to change.
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. Please refer to today's daily schedule.
 Afternoon: Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Specific Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 25: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand/Independent Exploration of Auckland (shore excursions available from ship)/Wrap Up/ Overnight in Auckland on ship
(Wednesday, December 19)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand at 8:00 am.
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Time to explore Auckland on your own. You may wish to purchase a shore excursion offered by the ship using your shipboard credit. Crystal offers a variety choices including (list is not comprehensive): -Auckland Aquaintance -America's Cup Sailing Adventure -Waterfront Walk for Foodies -Gannet Bird Colony & Farm Visit
 Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at the Lido Cafe, the Bistro, the Trident Bar & Grill
 Afternoon: Late afternoon class: Conclusions and Wrap-up
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner- Crystal Dining Room
 Evening: Included Shipboard Activity: Tonight's Final Performance (to be advised on board). Attendance is at your leisure.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Disembark Ship/Overview North Shore of Auckland/Auckland War Memorial Museum (AWMM)
(Thursday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of The Lido Cafe, the Bistro, or in-stateroom dining service.
 Morning: Disembarkation by 10 am. Depart via motorcoach to the North Shore of Auckland for a brief tour of the coastline and its significance to the establishment of the city.
 Lunch: Time for lunch at your own expense at Auckland's city center.
 Afternoon: Included Field Trip: Auckland War Memorial Museum. is one of New Zealand's most important museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history (and especially the history of the Auckland Region), natural history, as well as military history. Transfer to the Auckland Airport in the late afternoon.
 In Transit Overnight: Flight from Auckland to Los Angeles.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Tahiti Tahiti Tourism
Contact the Tahiti Tourism office for details on activities and events in Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands or Tuamotus. The US office is in Los Angeles, CA. Phone # 310-414-8484 or by email at info@tahiti-tourisme.com For additional information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com
  Moorea Tahiti Tourisme
For information on shopping, activities, museums, nightlife, events calendars and more, visit online at www.tahiti-tourisme.com or call 689/50-57-00. There is a US office at Tahiti Tourisme, 300 North Continental Blvd Ste 160, El Segundo, CA 90245 or you can request brochures by calling 310/414-8484 or by visiting www.gototahiti.com. Additional recommendations may be provided in participant packets or by Group Leader upon enrollment. For additional information, visit www.gototahiti.com
  Rarotonga Cook Islands Tourism Corporation
The official Cook Islands Tourism Corporation has information on sightseeing, shopping, nightlife entertainment and more. Visit their website at www.cook-islands.com and ask for their free magazine, Jasons What's On in the Cook Islands. The tourism office may also be reached at PO Box 14 Rarotonga, Cook Islands (tel. 682/29-435). There is a US office at 2250 E. Imperial Hwy, Ste 2000, El Segundo, CA 90245 or you may call 888/994-2665. Additional recommendations may be provided in participant packets or by Group Leader upon enrollment. For additional information, visit www.cook-islands.com
  Honolulu Bishop Museum
Designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawai`i and its place in the Pacific. On display is a large collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms that has grown to incorporate millions of items from throughout the Pacific Islands. 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI. Call for Information (808) 847-3511. Open daily (except Christmas) from 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission Price - $14.95 per person for ages 18 or older, $11.95 for ages 6-17. For additional information, visit www.bishopmuseum.org
  Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii and is dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life in the Bay. It is one of the more popular recreational swimming, snorkeling and picnicking areas on O`ahu. The bay itself is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State. 7455 Kalaniana`ole Highway. (Enter Hanauma Bay Education Center off the main coastal road Kalanaianaole Highway Route 72 near the eastern tip of Oahu). Pre-recorded Information: (808) 396-4229. Open daily from 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. except on Tuesdays. Admission Price - $5.00 per person. $1.00 per car to park. For additional information, visit www.co.honolulu.hi.us/parks/facility/hanaumabay/welcome.htm
  USS Arizona Memorial
At the USS Arizona Memorial, The National Park Service is committed to preserving and interpreting the tangible and intangible historical resources and the memories, attitudes and traditions associated with the attack on Pearl Harbor. The tour includes a documentary film about the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the boat trip to the USS Arizona Memorial. 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818-3145. Pre-recorded Information: (808) 422-0561. The park is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Admission. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/usar/pphtml/planyourvisit.html
  Lautoka Fiji Visitor's Bureau
Contact the Fiji Visitor's bureau's US office for details on activities and events in Fiji. Fiji Visitors Bureau 5777 West Century Boulevard Suite 220, Los Angeles, CA90045 Tel: (310) 568 1616 Fax: (310) 670 2318 Toll Free #: 1-800-YEA-FIJI (1-800-932-3454) EMail: infodesk@bulafiji-americas.com For additional information, visit www.bulafiji.com
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Suggested Reading List


The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific as Told By Selections of His Own Journals, 1768-1779


Author: Capt. James Cook


The South Pacific: An Introduction


Author: Ron Crocombe


Description: An exceptional overview of the Pacific Islands today, focusing on the main trends in the past, present and possible futures of these diverse societies. Written by one of our program instructors



A Dream of Islands: Voyages of Self Discovery in the South Seas


Author: Daws, Gavan


Description: Well written chapters on various famous 19th century men who experienced French Polynesia and the Pacific such as Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stephenson, and Paul Gauguin.



Art of the Pacific


Author: D’Alleva, Anne


Description: Best short and most comprehensive account of the arts of the Pacific.



France and the South Pacific – A Contemporary History.


Author: Stephen Henningham


Description: After reviewing the French presence in the South Pacific until WWII, Henningham examines the recent history and politics of the three French Pacific territories before analyzing the often tense relations between France and the independent South Pacific countries.



Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life


Author: Melville, Herman


Description: A classic tale based on the encounters of Melville with Marquesans, first published in 1846.



Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia.


Author: Lal, Brij V., and Fortune, Kate


Description: A thorough and up-to-date reference work on just about every topic related to the Pacific islands, from geology to history and politics and from Papua New Guinea to Rapanui.



Gauguin by Himself


Author: Belinda Thomson


Description: This unique book is the first to give equal weight to Gaugin’s activities, both as an artist and a writer, providing rare insight into his intractable character and uncompromising ideals. Includes over 230 reproductions of the artist’s most powerful and decorative works of art, as well as rare letters to his wife and friends, including fellow painters Pisarro and Van Gough.



Island Boy: An Autobiography


Author: Tom Davis


Description: A readable introduction to modern Cook Islands through the story of its famous island son who was variously a navigator, doctor, NASA scientist, and Prime Minister of the Cooks. Hard to find.





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