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Bridge of the Americas: A Panama Canal Journey

Program Number: 20453RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/5/2013 - 5/23/2013; 5/24/2015 - 6/12/2015;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: United States/Colombia/Panama/Mexico
Price starting at: $6,685.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 52; 18 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 18 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience a true wonder of human inspiration and perspiration, the Panama Canal, on this grand voyage between the U.S.’s two largest cities. Experience beautiful, historic ports on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.




Activity Particulars

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



Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower activity level and the ability to choose your own shore excursion based on your preferences and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide one exclusive shore excursion and private onboard lectures with our own Group Leader and lecturer.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Los Angeles, Calif., 1 night; aboard Crystal Symphony, 17 nights.



Day 1-2: Arrival Los Angeles, Calif. / embark Crystal Symphony:

Discover and spend the night onboard the Queen Mary, the legendary ocean liner that is now retired and permanently docked in Long Beach to serve as a unique landmark and hotel. Lodging: Rooms aboard the Queen Mary.



Days 3-4: At Sea / Cabo San Lucas (Mexico):

On the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, find this tranquil resort town surrounded by rock formations, desert and crystal clear sea.



Days 5-9: At Sea / Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica) / At Sea:

Continue down the coast and go ashore to discover Costa Rica's incredible environments independently.



Day 10: Transit Panama Canal:

Make a full transit of the Panama Canal and learn the story of one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken.



Days 11-12: Cartagena (Colombia) / At Sea:

Visit the Rafael Nuñez House and Museum, former home of the Colombian president, and stroll the colonial Old City.



Days 13-14: George Town (Cayman Islands) / At Sea:

Experience the British-influenced culture of George Town or walk through fragrant botanical gardens.



Days 15-16: Key West, Fla. / At Sea:

Discover the unique town of Key West, a colorful haven for artists and thinkers.



Days 17-18: Charleston, S.C. / At Sea:

Explore this charming port city’s meticulously preserved antebellum architecture.



Day 19: New York City, N.Y. / 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
   Queen Mary 1
  Los Angeles, California, USA 1 night
   Crystal Symphony
  Aboard the Crystal Symphony, At Sea 17 nights
 Queen Mary 1
Type: Cruise Ship
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Prices may vary Contact Program Development

 Crystal Symphony
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins in LA with individual transfers to the program hotel in Long Beach You will be staying at Queen Mary 1 that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends in New York City 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 Cruise. 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). If you did not receive a booking number, please call us at 1.866.359.5966. For more information on using the Priority Check-in & Planning Center please see the attachment at the end of this booklet. Proof of citizenship is required for ALL guests. For full information regarding traveling with Crystal Cruises, we recommend visiting the Crystal Cruise website at: www.crystalcruises.com and refer to the "Cruise Guidebook"
  Parking availability:
Parking is not recommended.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: There is public transportation in Los Angeles to get to the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Los Angeles, California
  Transportation to site: Transfers from the Los Angles International Airport to the Queen Mary Hotel will be provided by Road Scholar for those who booked their air through Road Scholar.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the Crystal Symphony
  Transportation from site: Transfers from the cruise port in New York City to the departure airport in New York will be provided by Road Scholar for those who booked their air through Road Scholar.
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: Arrival in LA/Long Beach California
(Sunday, May 5)
   
 Morning: Arrival in LA. Transfer to the Queen Mary at Long Beach.
 Afternoon: Join your group leader for a program orientation before your welcome dinner.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner: at the Winston Churchill Restaurant(w/bottled water & coffee or tea).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary 1
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Departing Los Angeles/ San Pedro, California
(Monday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on the QM1
 Morning: Lecture - The History of The QM! During WWII by one of the Ship's Historians. After our presentation on the History of the QM1 Enjoy a unique behind the scene tour of this historic vessel, explore parts of the ship not open to the public.
 Afternoon: Transfer to port to Emabark the ship. Embark Crystal Symphony (18 nights)
 Dinner: Dinner on board. Ship departs Los Angeles
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Cruising the Pacific Ocean / Presentations
(Tuesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 1. Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
(Wednesday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Ship arrives in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Enjoy your Independent Shore Excursion or time on your own: Cabo San Lucas is nestled on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean meet the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. Commanding rock formations, timeless desert and a translucent sea provide a compelling introduction to this tranquil resort town. Here, mile upon mile of golden sandy coves dot the shoreline while marlin and sailfish frolic in the waters offshore. Laze on a deserted beach, explore the undersea world or discover bustling shops and markets for tempting treasures such as silver, jewelry and wooden sculptures.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard or on shore based on your own selection of program
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Cabo San Lucas based on Independent Shore Excursion selected
 Dinner: Ship departs Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cruising the Pacific Ocean / Presentations
(Thursday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 2. Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the Pacific Ocean / Presentations
(Friday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 3. Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cruising the Pacific Ocean / Presentation
(Saturday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 4. Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Caldera, Costa Rica
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Ship arrives in Caldera. Enjoy your Independent Shore Excursion or time on your own: Superlatives abound when describing Costa Rica, one of Latin America's most peaceful countries. Often called the "Switzerland of Central America," it does not possess an army and boasts a stable democratic government as well as a high literacy rate. Strategically located between two great continents, it has been the benefactor of great cultural contributions from each. In addition to discovering its fascinating traditions, visitors to Costa Rica will be welcomed by friendly people and will enjoy superb scenery and an ideal climate.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Caldera, Costa Rica based on Independent Shore Excursion selected
 Dinner: Ship departs Caldera. Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Monday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 5: Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Transit the Panama Canal
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Full transit through the Panama Canal, with onboard commentary provided by a Panamanian canal pilot. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 5,900 mi. well under half the 14,000 mi. route around Cape Horn. The concept of a canal near Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cartagena, Columbia
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy an exclusive road scholar excursion. Visit La Popa Monastery, built at the beginning of the 17th century as a humble wooden chapel and later replaced by a more solid construction. Though it is still inhabited by monks, it has been used several times as a military fortress due to its strategic location. Continue to the Rafael Nuñez House and Museum. Rafael Nuñez is one of the most illustrious Cartageneros of all time: President of Colombia four times, he wrote the words of the National Anthem and created the constitution of 1886. The house where he lived and died is now a museum of his life, with exhibits of furniture, official documents and photographs. Our guide there, a trained lawyer and a specialist in the Colombian Constitution, will also give a presentation on the Colombian Constitution. Then enjoy a stroll in the old walled city, passing along the enchanting streets lined with Spanish Colonial Houses with their flower bedecked balconies as well as Las Bóvedas, consisting of 23 old dungeons constructed between 1792 and 1796 by the Spaniards and later used by the military for storage.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to explore Cartagena on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Cruising the Caribbean Sea / Presentation
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 6: Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Grand Cayman / George Town, British West Indies
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Ship arrives in Grand Cayman. Enjoy your Independent Shore Excursion or time on your own: Grand Cayman boasts endless beaches that are encircled by coral reefs teeming with an abundance of marine life. On shore, affluent colonial neighborhoods dominate the West Bay area, while the East End affords natural attractions such as spectacular blowholes and fragrant botanical gardens. Its quaint capital, George Town, offers British charm and tempting duty-free bargains. Shopping highlights include black coral fashioned into exquisite jewelry, imported woolens, elegant china and gleaming silverware. After shopping and sightseeing, enjoy relaxing on that magnificent crescent of sand, Seven Mile Beach.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard or on shore based on your own selection of program
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Grand Cayman Island based on Independent Shore Excursion selected.
 Dinner: Ship departs Grand Cayman. Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cruising the Gulf of Mexico / Presentations
(Saturday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 7: Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Key West, Florida, USA
(Sunday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy your Independent Shore Excursion or time on your own in Key West.
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Key West based on independent shore excursion selected
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship. Ship departs Key West
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean / Presentations
(Monday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Presentation 8: Enjoy a presentation by your Road Scholar lecturer.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
(Tuesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Ship arrives in Charleston. Independent exploration: Spend the day exploring Charlston. As America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, Charleston is steeped in a 300-year past. Hundreds of significant and lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District's narrow streets and is best appreciated in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. Discover some of the old-time bustling plantations from the period of the Revolution and absorb the haunting character which still lingers in this southern city.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard or on shore based on your own selection of program
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Charleston, South Carolina based on Independent Shore Excursion selected
 Dinner: Ship departs Charston, South Carolina, USA. Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean / Presentations
(Wednesday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Wrap Up: Discuss what you loved and what will remain your best memories of the trip.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon aboard Crystal Symphony. Walk-on-Water along the 360-degree Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at the Computer University@Sea; deepen your knowledge of European history during a lecture presented by one of Crystal's expert guest speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, or simply relax by one of the ship's tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Arrival in New York/ Diembarkation
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Ship Arrives in New York. Transfer to airport for flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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