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Fall Splendors: New York, New England, Nova Scotia and Quebec

Program Number: 20937RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/13/2013 - 10/23/2013; 10/3/2015 - 10/14/2015;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: US (NY, RI, MA, ME)/Canada
Price starting at: $4,680.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 29; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The vibrant colors of autumn are a treasure shared throughout New England and Canada. Experience the beauty and learn about these regions during a voyage that brings you into the metropolitan hearts of New York City, Boston, the Gilded-Age splendor of Newport, along the seashores of Maine and Nova Scotia, and to the culturally rich neighborhoods of Quebec City and Montreal.




Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



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 Study Leader.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Crystal Symphony, 10 nights.



Days 1-2: Arrival New York City, N.Y. / embark Crystal Symphony:

In the Big Apple, learn the history of its iconic landmarks on an exploration that may include the Empire State Building, Broadway and more.



Day 3: Newport, R.I.:

Consider Newport’s contributions to the sport of yachting and take it its elegant, historic mansions.



Day 4: Boston, Mass.:

Relive 400 years of history as you walk the Freedom Trail, explore the Old North Church and make your way to Boston Common.



Day 5: Bar Harbor, Maine:

Delight in the iconic New England charm of Bar Harbor’s downtown region and enjoy the views of its breathtaking coastline



Day 6: Halifax (Canada):

Following a welcome of bagpipe music, delve into the region’s Scottish heritage as you explore the historic district and Citadel fortress.



Days 7-9: Gulf of St. Lawrence / St. Lawrence River / Saguenay River / Quebec City:

Walk along the cobblestone streets of Quebec City, and experience its historic neighborhoods, gardens and more.



Days 10-11: Montreal / disembark / departure

Enjoy a private introduction to Montreal led by a local expert, taking in the details of the city’s 18th-century buildings to its ultra-modern downtown area.



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
  Aboard the Crystal Symphony 10 nights
 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:
This program begins on the ship in New York City at the program orientation. You will be staying at Crystal Symphony that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the ship in Montreal, Canada. 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). If you did not recieve 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.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the Manhattan Cruise terminal. The cost will be approximately $350 for the 11 day cruise (subject to change without notice).
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aboard the Crystal Symphony
  From End of Program
  Location: Aboard the Crystal Symphony
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Brooklyn Cruise Port

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

   

Transfers to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will be provided for those participants who purchased an air inclusive program and are arriving into New York City on the program start date. Once you claim your luggage, your Group Leader will be waiting for you outside the luggage claim area holding a Road Scholar sign. They will help you to the group transfer coach. The first transfer will be at 3:15 p.m. in JFK's Terminal 7 and the second transfer will be at 3:45 p.m. in JFK's Terminal 4.

 

Montreal Cruise Port

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle

   

There will be two group transfers to the Montreal Airport on October 23 at 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. If your flights depart later in the day, it will be the responsibility of the participant to make personal arrangements to the Montreal Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Long Island and Points East to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Take the LIE west to the westbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278-W, just after Exit 18 Maurice Avenue) and take Exit 26 Hamilton Avenue onto the service road. Stay to the left and make a left-U-turn at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue with Clinton Street/9th Street, then continue west along the westbound Hamilton Avenue service road. Continue on the service road to its end at Van Brunt Street. Turn left at Van Brunt Street, travel 2 blocks and then turn right onto Bowne Street to enter the terminal.
  From Manhattan and Points North to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Take the Battery Tunnel (I-478-E) into Brooklyn. Continue onto the westbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278-W) and immediately take the first exit on the right: Exit 26- Hamilton Avenue onto the service road. Stay to the left and make a left-U-turn at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue with Clinton Street/9th Street, then continue west along the westbound Hamilton Avenue service road. Continue on the service road to its end at Van Brunt Street. Turn left at Van Brunt Street, travel 2 blocks and then turn right onto Bowne Street to enter the terminal.
  From New Jersey and Points South and West to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 13. Cross the Goethals Bridge to I-278, Staten Island Expressway and cross Verrazano Bridge into Brooklyn. Continue north on Gowanus / BQE and exit at Exit 26 (Hamilton Avenue). After the exit, go down the ramp to Van Brunt Street to its end, make a left turn on Van Brunt and travel 2 blocks and turn right onto Bowne Street to enter terminal.
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 / Transfer to board Crystal Symphony
(Sunday, October 13)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival to New York City and transfer to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to embark Crystal Symphony.
 Afternoon: Convene with your group leader and other participants for the program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner on board ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: New York City, New York
(Monday, October 14)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information).



   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Welcome to one of the world's most famous and exciting cities. Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Central Park are just some of the celebrated spectacles this bustling city has to offer. Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to glimpse Manhattan Island in 1542, but the area was not explored until Henry Hudson arrived in 1609. It is said that Peter Minuit bought the entire island from Native Americans for $24 worth of beads and trinkets in 1629 - the biggest real estate bargain in history. In 1664 the Dutch surrendered to a British Fleet, and the town was renamed New York in honor of the Duke of York. George Washington was inaugurated here in 1789, and for a time, New York served as the country's capital. Since then, the city has grown spectacularly and has become one of the most exciting and electrifying cities in the country - not to mention one of the most rewarding to visit and explore. Choose to independently explore New York City on your own or choose from many of the ship's shore excursion.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of New York City.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Newport, Rhode Island
(Tuesday, October 15)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information).



   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Newport, Rhode Island, is a stylish, world-famous yachting center with a long tradition of elegance. For almost a century and a half, it was the home of the America's Cup yachting races. The colonial sections of Newport boast many authentic historic buildings, some dating back to the 1600s. However, most impressive of all, are the opulent mansions built at the turn of this century by industrial tycoons along Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. Fashioned after the palaces of Europe their interiors boast lavish use of marble, alabaster, gilt, mosaics and stained glass complemented by magnificent furnishings and fine tapestries. You'll be spellbound listening to the legends and stories of families such as the Morgans, Astors, Fishers and Vanderbilts, all of whom had "cottages" here. Although Rhode Island is America's smallest state, it has a legacy of history and tradition that far outweighs it size. Choose to independently explore Newport on your own or choose from many of the ship's shore excursion.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Newport independently.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Boston, Massachusetts
(Wednesday, October 16)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information).



   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Relive nearly four hundred years of history as you explore myriad sights of Boston, a city that exudes pride in its past and future. Superb shopping abounds and sightseeing attractions are legendary. You'll revel in exploring the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church and the Boston Common. A few miles away lie Lexington and Concord where the momentous events that began in 1775 come alive. Boston has not been content to rest on the laurels of its glorious past. Progress is everywhere. Glazed high-rises soar skyward and the colorful waterfront area has been artfully renovated. Your visit to this thriving metropolis is bound to impress. Choose to independently explore Boston on your own or choose from many of the ship's shore excursion.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Boston independently.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bar Harbor, Maine
(Thursday, October 17)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information).



   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: The ship arrives in Bar Harbor, ME. Today independently explore Bar Harbor or choose from one of the ship's shore excursion. Bar Harbor is a charming seaport town on Mount Desert Island. Earlier last century, when it was the summer retreat of millionaires, it boasted magnificent estate homes, or "cottages," many of which were completely destroyed by the fire of 1947. However, some things never change. The priceless asset of the island's scenic beauty remains untouched by time. Vistas of emerald-green forests and rugged valleys from the superb vantage point of Mount Cadillac remain just as spectacular, and the rugged shoreline scenery is still as awe inspiring as it ever was.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Bar Harbor.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
(Friday, October 18)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information).



   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Ship calls to port in Nova Scotia. Choose to independently explore Halifax on your own or choose from many of the ship's shore excursion. As Crystal Symphony moors alongside the pier, bagpipers and the Town Crier bid a warm welcome to Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, the most Scottish of all Canada's great cities. You will fall in love with Halifax's architectural blend of old and new. The mighty 150-year old Citadel fortress stands sentinel over the thriving downtown area where modern office and hotel blocks nestle alongside the exquisitely-restored Historic Properties waterfront shopping area. Shoppers will delight in the tempting array of buys from colorful Scottish tartans to pewter and superb hand-knit woolens. Nova Scotians claim they have the freshest air and warmest smiles in Canada.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Halifax.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River
(Saturday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.
 Lunch: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cruising the Saguenay River
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.
 Lunch: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation delivered by your study leader.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Quebec City, PQ, Canada
(Monday, October 21)

Note: Choose your own field trip from a variety of excursions offered by Crystal Cruises. To book shore excursions please use the Priority Check-In and Planning Center at www.crystalcruises.com (see the end of this booklet for more information).



   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: The ship calls to Quebec. Choose from one of the ships shore excursion or explore Quebec on your own. Québec stands proudly beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, resembling no other city in the world. Its cuisine, language and traditions combine to make this a unique cradle of French civilization in North America. Within fortress walls high atop Cap Diamant, the old city is a sheer delight for lovers of history. Here, magnificent churches, cobbled streets, fragrant gardens and chic boutiques all vie for your attention. Just outside the city, you'll discover a veritable riot of fall colors, North America's largest shrine, picturesque villages and an impressive waterfall.
 Lunch: On board the ship .
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Quebec City.
 Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Montreal, PQ, Canada
(Tuesday, October 22)

Note: Today's excursion in Montreal is exclusive for Road Scholar participants, and included in the program. Please do NOT book an indendent shore excursion through Crystal Cruises on this date.



   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE EXCURSION: Join your Road Scholar Group Leader for our own exploration of Montreal, Canada's second-largest city and cultural capital. This is a city of great charm, as you'll discover in its sympathetic blend of the old and the new, from the Place d'Armes and its beautiful 18th-century buildings to the ultra-modern downtown area.
 Lunch: Served on board or enjoy lunch on your own as you explore Montreal.
 Afternoon: Afternoon to explore Montreal.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark ship / Departure
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Served on board the ship: you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.


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