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America’s First Cities and Historic Islands of the Caribbean

Program Number: 20938RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/2/2013 - 11/16/2013;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: US (NY, MD, SC, GA, FL)/Turks and Caicos/Curacao/Aruba
Price starting at: $5,585.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 39; 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Delve into the history of the Eastern United States and the Caribbean, from the Age of Exploration to the colonial era to today. Experience charming Southern ports, beautiful architecture and the welcoming warmth of the tropics.




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 Study Leader.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Crystal Symphony, 14 nights.



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

The Manhattan skyline fades on the horizon as you set sail. On days at sea, take part in presentations by Road Scholar experts and enjoy the activities and amenities of this world-class ocean liner.



Day 3: Baltimore, Md.:

Enjoy an exclusive RS excursion. In the morning participants will visit the historic Evergreen House which was built in the mid 19th century by the Garrett family who built the B&O Railroad empire. It's an opulent 48 -room house full of 50,000 items that belonged to the Garrett's, including post-impressionist paintings, one of the largest private collections of Tiffany art glass, and more. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places, is incredibly interesting and chock full of collections sure to interest anyone who visits the house. A catered lunch of gourmet sandwiches, salad grapes, dessert, ice water, and iced tea, which will be served in the elegant Far East Room in the Evergreen House mansion.
In the afternoon participants will visit the Peabody Conservatory of Music. After a brief history of the conservatory, participants will be taken by elevator to the elegant George Peabody Rare Book Library that houses a collection of over 300,000 volumes, largely for 18th and 19th centuries. The building was designed by noted architect Edmund Lind. Following a short walk through the library featuring a few architectural and historical highlights, participants will then be led to handicapped accessible seats in the Friedberg Concert Hall to observe a rehearsal of an orchestra performance featuring exceptional Peabody Conservatory students from around the globe.



Days 4-5: At Sea / Charleston, S.C.:

Experience the beautifully preserved port city of Charleston, where buildings from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the streets.



Day 6: Savannah, Ga.:

Explore Savannah’s 22 park-like “squares” and walk past grand Victorian homes and historic cemeteries.



Day 7: St. Augustine, Fla.:

Journey to the oldest city in the continental United States: St. Augustine, founded in 1565.



Days 8-9: At Sea / Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos Islands):

Discover an intriguing island culture influenced by British loyalists and African shipwreck survivors.



Days 10-11: At Sea / Willemstad (Curacao):

Explore Curacao, characterized by its story-book Dutch architecture, waterfront promenades and a colorful floating market.



Day 12: Oranjestad (Aruba):

Enjoy a shore excursion on Aruba, a unique island where arid deserts of divi-divi trees and cacti contrast with brilliant blue waters.



Days 13-14: At Sea / Miami, Fla. / 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
  Aboard the Crystal Serenity, USA 14 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 Miami, Florida 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:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aboard the Crystal Serenity
  From End of Program
  Location: Aboard the Crystal Serenity
  Transportation from site: .
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
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 New York City/ Transfer to board Crystal Symphony
(Saturday, November 2)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in New York City and transfer to Cruise Terminal to embark on the Crystal Serenity.
 Afternoon: Convene with your group leader and other participants for the program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner onboard ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cruising the East Coast of the USA
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Presentaion 1: Join your study lecture for your first group presentaion, theme TBD
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Presentaion 2: Join your study lecture for your second group presentaion, theme TBD
 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 3: Baltimore, Maryland - Evergreen House and the Peabody Conservatory
(Monday, November 4)

Note: Today's excursion is included with your program. Please do not book an independent Crystal Shore Adventure in Baltimore.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: EXCLUSIVE ROAD SCHOLAR EXCURSION: Housed in a former Gilded Age mansion surrounded by Italian-style gardens, Evergreen Museum & Library is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of the philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, inspirational venue for contemporary artists.
 Lunch: Catered lunch at Evergreen House
 Afternoon: After lunch transfer to the Peabody Conservatory. The Peabody Conservatory strives to provide aspiring artists with the skills to pursue professional careers in music and the education to become leaders in the cultural life of their communities. As a gathering place for intellectual and artistic participants in the field of music, it serves to incubate and promote infinitely valuable art forms. The Peabody Conservatory has become an acknowledged leader in the cultural life of Maryland and has built a reputation that is truly international. As a division of The Johns Hopkins University, Peabody takes its place beside the university’s other world-famous centers of research and learning in the sciences, humanities, and medicine, poised to define the contribution of music in our lives in the 21st century. After a short tour of the Grand Arcade and George Peabody Rare Book Library, you will have the opportunity to observe a studen rehearsal in Peabody's Friedberg Hall.
 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 4: Cruising the East Coast of USA
(Tuesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Presentaion 3: Join your study lecture for your third group presentaion, theme TBD
 Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Afternoon: Presentaion 4: Join your study lecture for your first group presentaion, theme TBD.
 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 5: Charleston, South Carolina
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration of Charleston, SC. 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 aboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of historic Charelston.
 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: Savannah, Georgia
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Enjoy an indepedent exploration of Savannah, Georgia. Steeped in Southern charm, this sleepy city enjoys a unique blend of history and unrivaled hospitality that makes it a jewel nestled along the South Atlantic coast. Dubbed the “Hostess City of the South,” Savannah offers a warm welcome to its visitors, and graciously extends an invitation for you to visit her historic squares, azalea-laden parks, 18th-century cemeteries, beaches and quaint shops.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship .
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Savannah
 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: Jacksonville/St Augustine, Florida, USA
(Friday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration of Jacksonville. Tucked up under the Georgia state line, Jacksonville feels—and literally is—miles away from glitzy Miami. Ever changing, the unassuming town of Jacksonville, or “Jax” as residents call it, saw a building boom in the 1990s, with hotels, restaurants and clubs springing up across its sprawling 840 square miles, most notably in the suburbs and along Jacksonville Landing and the Jacksonville Riverwalks. New York City may be home to the most famous park in the United States, but Jacksonville operates the country’s largest city park system, with over 337 locations on more the 80,000 acres. Enjoy a slice of sylvan heaven with a visit to Jacksonville’s oldest park, called Hemming Plaza, or to Tree Hill Nature Center, a nature preserve situated just minutes from downtown.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Afternoon to explore Jacksonville
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
(Saturday, November 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Presentation 5: Theme TBD
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship
 Afternoon: Presentation 6: Theme TBD
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk, UK »
(Sunday, November 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Enjoy an idependent exploration of this beautiful island. Although there are numerous spots on land that invite relaxation and exploration, the Turks and Caicos are really all about the water. More specifically, they're all about what's beneath the water. These islands have some of the best diving and snorkeling anywhere, courtesy of one of the world's largest network of coral reefs, easily accessible off the islands' shores. One reef, aptly called the Wall, is particularly spectacular; it drops 7,000 feet-straight down. Between the shore and the reef, the water is only waist deep, providing a perfect place for beginning snorkelers to get their feet wet.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Turks and Caicos
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
(Monday, November 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: While cruising the Caribbean sea enjoy the luxurious amenities aboard the Crystal Serenity. Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at the state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along the 360o 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 or sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater,
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy your day relaxing aboard the Crystal Serenity.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Willemstad, Curaçao »
(Tuesday, November 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Enjoy an idependent exploration of Curacao. Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao, is characterized by story-book Dutch architecture, waterfront promenades, fine shopping and a colorful floating market. Located in the southern Caribbean, just 38 miles north of Venezuela, a harmonious blend of Dutch, Caribbean, African and South American cultures makes Willemstad unique among the Caribbean ports of ca
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Curacao
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Oranjestad, Aruba »
(Wednesday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: Enjoy an independent exploration of Aruba. Aruba is a long, narrow island, located just 15 miles from Venezuela's coast, with a dry and sunny climate year-round. Its distinctive beauty lies in the stark contrast between the sea and its countryside. Next to arid deserts, which host an array of wild rock formations, curiously bent divi-divi trees and cactus jungles, are magnificent beaches that shelve into transparent blue waters. Combining Dutch efficiency and Caribbean charm, Aruba has become one of the most popular playgrounds in the Caribbean, boasting sophisticated resorts and casinos.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your independent exploration of Aruba
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
(Thursday, November 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard the ship; you may individually choose from among Crystal's dining options.
 Morning: While cruising the Caribbean sea enjoy the beautifulu amenities aboard the Crystal Serenity. Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at the state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along the 360o 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 or sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater,
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship
 Afternoon: Presentation 7: Enjoy your last presentation given by your study lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
(Friday, November 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: While cruising the Caribbean sea enjoy the beautifulu amenities aboard the Crystal Serenity. Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at the state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along the 360o 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 or sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy your time aboard the Crystal Serenity
 Dinner: Dinner aboard the ship
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Miami, Florida, USA/ Disembarkation
(Saturday, November 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark from the Crystal Serenity and transfer to the airport for departure flights.
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


A Brief History of the Caribbean, From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present


Author: Jan Rogozinski


Description: Written for a scholarly audience, this concise history presents the full sweep of Caribbean geography, culture and commerce from aboriginal inhabitants through European colonization and modern developments.



A Continent of Islands, Searching for the Caribbean Destiny


Author: Mark Kurlansky


Description: A wonderfully observed social history of the Caribbean by a far-ranging journalist and favorite author. Kurlansky has a knack for honing in on the small details that make the Caribbean culturally unique, offering frank insight on music, religion, healthcare and the influence of the United States.



A Short History of Charleston


Author: Robert Rosen


Description: A third-generation Charlestonian, Rosen traces the history of Good King Charles's City from its founding to the present with flair.



A Small Place


Author: Jamaica Kincaid


Description: Antigua-born Kincaid meditates on the politics, history and culture of the islands in these remarkable short es-says. A useful antidote to the usual fun-in-the-sun ap-proach of the local tourist office, she shines a light on the poverty, corruption and startling beauty of the Caribbean.



A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


Author: James Ferguson


Description: A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attrib-utes and carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, right the way up to the modern tourism boom.



Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery


Author: Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WBGH Series Research Team


Description: A powerful collaborative effort that paints a vivid picture of the history of slavery in America, and celebrates the brave Africans who managed to preserve their heritage as they endured so many hardships.



At the Bottom of the River


Author: Jamaica Kincaid


Description: Ten short stories capturing the essence of Jamaica Kincaid's childhood in Antigua. Originally published in the New Yorker, the collection evokes the rhythms of work and play in the Caribbean.



Caribbean


Author: James Michener


Description: The sweeping, compulsively readable saga of the Caribbean, chock-full of historical detail.



Caribbean Birds


Author: James Kavanaugh


Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Caribbean birds.



Classic Savannah: History, Houses and Gardens


Author: William Robert Mitchell, Van J. Martin (Photographer)


Description: A quick tour of Savannah, focusing on its sumptuous architecture.



Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War


Author: Robert Rosen


Description: A lavishly illustrated history of Charleston during the civil war, this is an illuminating portrait of the times, the war, and, of course, the great city.



Literary Charleston, A Lowcountry Reader


Author: Curtis Worthington (Editor), Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Introduction)


Description: A lovingly edited anthology of writing about Charleston, arranged chronologically and including heavyweights such as Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as less known writers.



Lonely Planet Caribbean


Author: Glenda Bendure, Ned Friary


Description: A comprehensive, practical guide to the Caribbean.



Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


Author: John Berendt


Description: Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt’s classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story.



Moon Handbook Baltimore


Author: Geoff Brown


Description: A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States


Author: Peter Alden (Editor)


Description: A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast States from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area.



Reefcomber's Guide, Caribbean


Author: Idaz Greenberg


Description: This double-sided laminated card depicts fish, corals and other invertebrates of the Caribbean.



Savannah Blues


Author: Mary Kay Andrews


Description: Living in a carriage house on the property of her ex-husband's Southern mansion, antique dealer Eloise "Weezie" Foley finds herself in a pickle after discovering the corpse of her ex's latest lover. This screwball comedy is enriched by quirky characters and a treasure trove of richly described Southern antiques and furnishings.



Savannah Breeze


Author: Mary Kay Andrews


Description: After a charming con man leaves BeBe Loudermilk with only a run-down Southern motel to her name, she enlists the help of her antiques-dealing friend to turn the place into a success. A comic sequel to Savannah Blues (USS418).



The Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide


Author: Cecily McMillan, Wade Spees (Photographer)


Description: An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. It does justice to this area's rich traditions and food.



The Civil War, An Illustrated History


Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns


Description: An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.



The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires


Author: June Hall McCash, William Barton McCash


Description: A history of the legendary Jekyll Island Club, the group of powerful millionaires (including Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Pulitzer) who vacationed on the small island off the coast of Georgia.



The Middle Passage, The Caribbean Revisited


Author: V.S. Naipaul


Description: Novelist and travel writer Naipaul tackles the history of the Caribbean and northern South America in this incisive portrait. With chapters on Trinidad, British Guiana (Guyana), Suriname, Martinique and Jamaica.



The Spanish Frontier in North America


Author: David Weber


Description: The definitive history of the Spanish colonial period in America.



Wide Sargasso Sea


Author: Jean Rhys


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Wild Caribbean, The Hidden Wonders of the World's Most Famous Islands


Author: Michael Bright


Description: Nicely illustrated, this companion book to the BBC series on the natural history of the Caribbean includes an overview of the plants, animals and underwater life of the islands from Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago.





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