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Brazil, Deep Amazon & the Caribbean: Voyage Under the Sun

Program Number: 21223RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/26/2014 - 4/19/2014; 3/5/2015 - 3/28/2015;
Duration: 24 nights
Location: Brazil/Barbados/Puerto Rico/United States/St. Barts/French Guiana
Price starting at: $10,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 68; 23 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 23 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Unexpected and awe-inspiring, a Renaissance-style opera house rises out of the Amazon Rainforest’s sea of green. Below turquoise waters off upscale St. Barts, a shipwreck’s new captain is a moray eel. From cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, voyage 900 miles up the vibrant Amazon River to discover its culture and history, then emerge in the sun-drenched Caribbean to experience extraordinary natural treasures.




Activity Particulars

Walking unassisted for up to one hour. Mobility to embark and disembark smaller boats required. Regrettably, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 2 nights; aboard Regatta, 20 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-6: Arrival Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) / embark Regatta / At Sea:

Ride a cable train up Corcovado Mountain to take in the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Lodging: Elegant hotel on Copacabana Beach.



Days 7-9: Recife/ At Sea:

Delve into Recife's past as a Dutch and Portuguese colony during an orientation to its historic sites.



Days 10-13: Amazon River / Alter do Chao / Boca de Valeria / Manaus:

Experience the stilted village of Alter do Chao, rural Amazon life in Boca de Valeria and Manaus’ magnificent Opera House.



Day 14: Parintins:

In this island city, learn how competitors in the Boi Bumba Festival try to out-sing and out-dance each other.



Days 15-16: Santarem / Amazon River:

See where the Tapajos River’s dark waters and the Amazon’s café au lait-colored waters flow side by side without blending.



Days 17-18: Devil’s Island (French Guiana) / At Sea:

Explore this tropical island paradise 10 miles off French Guiana, once an infamous French penal colony.



Day 19: Bridgetown (Barbados):

Discover Harrison's Cave and its limestone formations, called the eighth wonder of the world.



Day 20: Gustavia (St. Barts):

Board a semisubmersible vessel for an underwater exploration of the reef and shipwreck off this upscale, enchanting island.



Days 21-24: San Juan (Puerto Rico) / At Sea / Nassau (Bahamas) / Miami, Fla. / disembark / departure:

Explore Old San Juan and its restored 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial buildings. Experience Nassau's interesting blend of Afro-Caribbean and British cultures.



Regatta

Sleek, elegantly charming, Regatta is the Flagship of the Oceania Cruises fleet. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings, Regatta offers every luxury you expect. Four unique, open seating restaurants, a world class fitness center and spa, 8 lounges and bars, casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. And with just 684 guests to pamper, our 400 professionally trained European staff ensures you will want for nothing.


Meals and Lodgings
   Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel
  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2 nights
   Regatta - Oceania Cruises
  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Day at Sea, Chile
Salvador, Brazil
Day at Sea, Chile
Fortaleza, Brazil
Day at Sea, Chile
Cruising the Amazon River, Brazil
Alter do Chao, Brazil
Boca da Valeria, Brazil
Manaus, Brazil
Parintins, Brazil
Santarem, Brazil
Day at Sea, Chile
Devil's Island, French Guyana
Day at Sea, Chile
Bridgetown, Barbados
Gustavia, West Indies
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Day at Sea, Chile
21 nights
 Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel is located on Avenida Atlantica, overlooking Rio's famous Copacabana Beach. This modern hotel has 247 comfortable and tastefully furnished rooms and suites.
  Contact info: Avenida Atlântica, 2964
Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro,  22070-000 Brazil
phone: +55 -2125486332
web: www.pestana.com/
  Room amenities: Rooms have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning, safety deposit box, free internet, mini bar, telephone, cable TV, and balcony.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, lobby bar, convention center, spa services, rooftop swimming pool and bar, fitness center, 24 hours room service, solarium, beach service, and free WiFi.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Room type and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you would like to book additional hotel nights for this program.

 Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Regatta is a mid-sized ship capable of accommodating up to 684 passengers throughout 9 passenger decks. Oceania Cruises' elegant Flagship is manned by 400 professionally trained staff members.
  Ship Information: Year Built: 1998 Year Refurbished: 2011 Number of Crew: 400 Officers Nationality: European Staff Nationality: International Previous Name: R2 Country of Registry: Marshall Islands Tonnage: 30,277 Guests(Lowers): 684 Passenger Decks: 9
  Contact info: 8300 NW 33rd Street, Suite 308
Miami, FL 33122 USA
phone: 800-531-5619
web: www.oceaniacruises.com
  Room amenities: All cabins have private bathrooms, toiletries, hair dryer, thick cotton robes and slippers, full length mirror, in-room safe, flat screen TV with satellite news and programming, direct-dial satellite phone, 110/220 volt outlets, writing desk and stationary, 24-hour room service, twice-daily maid service, and Wi-Fi (additional charge).
  Facility amenities: Grand Dining Room and Bar, Polo Bar and Grill, Terrace Cafe, Toscana, Waves Grill, Horizons Observation Lounge, Martinis Lounge, Casino, Card Room, Canyon Ranch Spa, Oceania@Sea Internet Center, boutiques, library, heated pool, 3 whirlpool spas, laundry services, and currency exchange services. Dress Code: Recommended onboard clothing is resort or country club casual. For evening dining, elegant casual resort wear is suggested. Jeans, shorts, t-shirts or tennis shoes should not be worn at dinner. Internet: The ship offers Internet packages and a la carte minutes. Please check on rates and service options at the Oceania@Sea Internet Center. Wireless Communication Service: The ship offers Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) for all GSM mobile phones and GPRS devices. Guests can make and receive phone calls, use data services, and send/receive text messages while at sea. Each user will be billed by his/her mobile phone service provider; phone calls or text messages will appear as roaming charges. International maritime roaming rates will apply to any WMS services used during the cruise. Please contact your wireless provider for details concerning service zones and rates. Smoking: The ship has designated smoking areas on Decks 9 and 10. Smoking is not allowed in guest cabins or in any other sections of the ship that are not officially designated for smoking.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Subject to availability. 


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the international airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m. If taking advantage of group air from Miami, arrivals to Miami should not be later than 5:00 PM. You will be staying at Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Ship docks in Miami at 7 a.m. Disembarkation might take some time. We suggest making flight arrangements starting earliest at 12:00 pm You will be staying at Regatta - Oceania Cruises the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rio de Janeiro
  Transportation to site: Taxi services are available at the airport.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Day at Sea
  Transportation from site: Taxi services are available at the port.
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: Depart from USA.
Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

(Wednesday, March 26)
   
 Depart From: Depart from the USA.
Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro.
If you are taking advantage of program air offered by Road Scholar, you will be meeting the other participants at Miami International Airport for the overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro. If you are making your own arrangements to Miami, please make sure not to arrive any later than 5:00 pm to connect with the international flight. If you need hotel reservations at Miami, we can make arrangements for you at an additional cost. If you are making your own flight arrangements to Rio, you will meet the group on Day Two at the orientation

Day 2: Arrive to Rio de Janeiro -
Welcome and Program Orientation.

(Thursday, March 27)
   
 Arrive To: Morning arrival to Rio de Janeiro.

Upon arrival in Rio's international airport participants will be required to undergo Immigration and Customs procedures. Participants traveling on the Road Scholar group flights will meet the local Road Scholar representative outside the secured international arrivals area after clearing Customs.

Transfer to the hotel.

Due to the early arrival, hotel rooms might not be ready and early check-in will be based on hotel's availability. Participants are welcome to store luggage at the front desk and enjoy hotel amenities or explore hotel environs while rooms are being readied for check-in.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own for a chance to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure to rest and relax or explore the city on your own.

Before dinner, join your group leader and fellow participants for a welcome and program orientation session at the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -
City Orientation to Historic Rio/Fort of Copacabana/Sugar Loaf Mountain.

(Friday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning board the Road Scholar bus for an orientation to Rio de Janeiro. We will start with a visit to the oldest section of Rio including the São Bento Monastery, Praça XV, Candelaria Church, Brazilian French House, old Market Street, and the Imperial Palace.

Known worldwide simply as ‘Rio,’ the city is notorious for its idyllic beaches, intense culture and it’s gorgeous location-- with the famous Christ the Redeemer statue looking down upon the city from high in the mountains. Once the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is now the second most populated city in the country with over 6 million people living within the city boundaries. During the excursion, we will visit the Fort of Copacabana where our group leader will talk about the building of the fort in the late 1800s/early 1900s and the historic context of what was going on in the region. Weather cooperating, enjoy beautiful views of Copacabana Beach and the Arpoador Beach on the other side.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Board cable cars to Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açucar) for scenic views of the city.

Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer are Rio de Janeiro’s best known landmarks and, together with beach scenes, are the favored images on tourist postcards. The granite and quartz mountain stands at the mouth of Guanabara Bay and is connected to a smaller hill via glass-paned cable cars. Once at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain visitors are rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the bay as well as Copacabana Beach.

Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -
Funicular Ride to Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer/Embark on Cruise.

(Saturday, March 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Brazil, A Rising Star in the New World Order.

Transfer to the neighborhood of Cosme Velho to board a funicular railway car up to Corcovado Mountain where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands overlooking the city.

The funicular ride takes approximately 20 minutes as it travels up the 2,400-foot mountain through the verdant Tijuca Forest. Participants will be able to catch glimpses of Rio and Guanabara Bay peeking through the lush forest.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant featuring typical Brazilian cuisine.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the pier to board the MV Regatta.

Late afternoon sailing.

Participate in the ship's Safety Drill.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Welcome Orientation.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea -
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean/Shipboard Activities.

(Sunday, March 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once on board).
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Lecture: The Natural and Cultural Highlights of Brazil, the Amazon and the Caribbean. Opportunity for post-lecture discussion with the group.

Enjoy a late afternoon welcome party hosted by your group leader.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Salvador, Brazil-
Exploring Salvador's Historic Sites.

(Monday, March 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities provided onboard the ship.

 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Disembark at the Salvador pier.

Enjoy an exploration of Salvador and its historic sites. Start with a drive along the bay and then through the city's tree-lined streets before reaching the old colonial section of the city (known locally as Pelourinho). Once at the Municipal Square, we will continue on foot, making stops at various points of interest.

Return to the pier and board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities/Portuguese Language Workshop.

(Tuesday, April 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Morning workshop -- learn to speak and pronounce some useful words and phrases in Brazilian Portuguese.

 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Take advantage of your time at sea to read about your up and coming ports of call, make use of the ship's amenities, or just lounge on a deck chair and enjoy the invigorating sea air.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea –
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean/Portuguese Language Workshop/Shipboard Activities.

(Wednesday, April 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Morning workshop -- learn to speak and pronounce some useful words and phrases in Brazilian Portuguese.

 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Fortaleza, Brazil -
Orientation to Fortaleza.

(Thursday, April 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive at Fortaleza and disembark at the pier.

Enjoy an orientation to the old and new sections of Fortaleza including the old lighthouse in Mucuripe, Our Lady of Assumption Fortress, Historical and Anthropological Museum, the Central Square, the former public prison building (now a tourist center), the Iracema Statue, and the Dragon Center of Art and Culture.

Before returning to the pier we will make a quick stop at the Praia do Futuro and well-known artisans fair at Praia Meireles.
Board the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea -
Lecture and Shipboard Activities.

(Friday, April 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Lecture: Introduction to the Amazon. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and the group.

 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cruising the Amazon River -
Lecture and Shipboard Activities.

(Saturday, April 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Lecture: Amazon River--It's People, Issues, and Threats. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and members of the group.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Alter do Chao, Brazil -
Shipboard Activities/Tender Ashore/Guided Nature Walk.

(Sunday, April 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Morning at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Tender to shore.

Learn about the local flora and fauna during a guided nature walk in Alter do Chao.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Boca de Valeria, Brazil -
Tender Ashore/Boca de Valeria Village.

(Monday, April 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Tender to shore for a leisurely visit to Boca de Valeria. This charming, rural Amazonian community exists in a difficult to access area. Take a stroll around the village, see local handy crafts, take pictures, and learn about the villagers' way of life.

Tender back to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Manaus, Brazil -
Orientation to Manaus.

(Tuesday, April 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark in Manaus.
Orientation to historic Manaus including the Customs Building, Municipal Market, the Rio Negro Palace, Sao Sebastiao Square, the Teatro Amazonas, and the Indian Museum.

Before stopping for lunch we will drive through the residential and beachfront district of Ponta Negra--site of luxury condominiums and fancy resorts.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant featuring typical regional cuisine.
 Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own.

Mid-afternoon, return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Parintins, Brazil -
Tender Ashore/History of the Boi Bumba Festival.

(Wednesday, April 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Morning at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Tender to the port. After disembarking, transfer to Parintins town.
Learn about the famous Boi Bumba festival during visits to the Caprichoso Pavillion, the Bumbodromo, and the Garantido Pavillion.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Santarem, Brazil -
Orientation to Santarem/Local Conservation Efforts.

(Thursday, April 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark for an orientation to the city of Santarem. Learn about Santarem's history, dating back to the establishment of a Jesuit mission in the area in 1661. Experience the bustling waterfront to view the various incoming and outgoing boats and all the interesting products that are unloaded to be sold at the local market. Pass by the Municipal Market with its colorful produce stalls and the busy fish market where freshwater fish are sold every morning. Continue onward to the Santarem Cathedral and stop at a lookout point to view the city's own "Meeting of the Waters." The phenomenon takes place when the dark waters of the Tapajos River and the cafe au lait colored waters of the Amazon River meet without appearing to mix; two clearly visible bands of different colored water flowing side by side without blending.

Drive to the Artesanato Dica Frazao, a local craft and clothing shop known for its clothing made from natural fibbers and dyes. Meet the owner and learn how the materials are prepared during a short demonstration.

Continue with a visit to Zoofit, an animal refuge for sick and/or displaced Amazonian animals collected by official local agencies. Learn about Zoofit's mission and the important work conducted by researchers and local experts during a walk through the refuge and its animal rehabilitation areas.

Drive back to the pier and return to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea -
Shipboard Activities.

(Friday, April 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax and enjoy ship amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Devil's Island, French Guiana -
Tender Ashore/Exploring Devil's Island.

(Saturday, April 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Lecture: Devil's Island the Three Guianas. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and members of the group.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Disembark on local tenders for an exploration of Devil's Island.

Devil's Island is a lush tropical paradise, member of a three island group called Islands of Health (Iles du Salut) situated less than 10 miles off the cost of French Guiana. Despite its idylic appearance, the island is probably best known for its part as a French penal colony starting in the mid-1800s. Ile du Diable was used to house political prisioners. Few of the prisioners exiled to this site ever made it out to tell about their horrific experience. The book "Dry Guillotine" by Rene Belbenoit provides a first-hand account of the goings on inside this infamous penal colony.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Join in a game of cards, spend an evening chatting with friends in one of the lounges, or perhaps take the opportunity to study the stars before turning in for the night.

If you plan to do a little stargazing from an outside deck, remember to dress warmly.

As the planet's last frontiers become inhabited, it is increasingly hard to find places unaffected by light pollution, Untouched by light glare, the dark Patagonian skies reveal a starscape that is breathtaking.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Day at Sea -
Lecture and Shipboard Activities.

(Sunday, April 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Lecture: History of the Caribbean. Opportunity for discussion with group leader and members of the group.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Bridgetown, Barbados -
Harrisons Cave/Scotland District/Cherry Tree Hill/St. Nicholas Abbey.

(Monday, April 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark for an orientation to Bridgetown. Discover the beautiful Harrison's Cave and its limestone formations, visit the scenic Scotland District to view the historic Morgan Lewis Windmill, stop at Cherry Tree Hill to marvel at the spectacular views, and explore the St. Nicholas Abbey-- the 17th century Jacobean mansion and its historic sugar cane plantation are relics of a long lost era.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant to sample island cuisine.
 Afternoon: Mid-afternoon, return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Gustavia, St. Barts -
Tender Ashore/Yellow Submarine Underwater Excursion/Orientation to St. Barts.

(Tuesday, April 15)

Note: Participants with limited mobility may find it difficult to embark or disembark due to steep gangways and steps.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Time at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Tender to shore and disembark at pier.
Walk to the Yellow Submarine pier and board an air conditioned, semi-submersible vessel for an underwater exploration of the local reef and a nearby shipwreck-- a casualty of Hurricane Luis in 1995.

Continue your morning with a visit to the local lighthouse, followed by a stop at La Tourmente (where cars and aircraft share the road!), travel to the salt ponds that were once a primary source of income for the island, enjoy the scenic views at Grand Ford, and then head on to the former home of internationally acclaimed ballet dancer, Rudolph Noureyev.

Pay a visit to Marigot, famous for its La Cave wine cellar reputed to store upwards of 300,000 bottles of wine. Before heading back to the ship, learn about the pirates who once conducted business in the area around the town of Coupe-Gorge; take the leeward road past Colombier and Corossol.

Return to the ship in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: San Juan, Puerto Rico -
Historic San Juan/Bacardi Rum Factory and Museum.

(Wednesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembark for an orientation to Puerto Rico's historic Old San Juan, founded in 1521 by Spanish colonists.

Absorb the old-world charm and learn about the history of this former Spanish colony during explorations of its forts, boulevards, plazas, and churches.

 Lunch: Lunch at typical Puerto Rican restaurant in Old San Juan.
 Afternoon: Excursion to Bacardi Rum factory and family museum for an interesting look at the history and production of rum.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Day at Sea -
Group Leader Presentations/Shipboard Activities.

(Thursday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at onboard.
 Morning: Group leader presentation.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Day at Sea -
Group Leader Presentations/Farewell Dinner.

(Friday, April 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Group leader presentation.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to participate in a broad choice of activities, including the ship's special guest speaker series (these are announced in the daily program once onboard the ship).
 Dinner: Farewell dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Regatta - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Arrive in Miami/End of Cruise & Disembarkation.
(Saturday, April 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Arrive in Miami.

Although the ship is expected to dock at 7:00 a.m., please keep in mind that the crew has to ready the ship for final disembarkation. These procedures usually take a few hours. Please take this into account if making flight arrangements from Miami. We suggest having departures scheduled after 12:00 pm. If you are taking advantage of Road Scholar air, a transfer to the airport will be provided.
   
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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A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


Author: James Ferguson


Description: A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of the islands' formation and geologic attributes and carrying through the first civilizations in the region all the way up to the modern tourism boom.



Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean


Author: Idaz Greenberg


Description: A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean.



Forgotten Continent, The Battle for Latin America's Soul


Author: Michael Reid


Description: Economist editor Reid draws on his years in the cities, presidential palaces and shantytowns of Central and South America in this portrait of a region rich in oil, farmland and culture and its prospects in the face of globalization.



Insight City Guide Rio de Janeiro


Author: Insight Guides - APA Publications


Description: An in-depth guide to city exploration, with historical timelines, colorful maps and city highlights.



Lonely Planet Brazil


Author: Lonely Planet Travel Guides


Description: A well-written and organized travel field guide covering Brazil's history, culture, and various attractions by region/state.



Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands


Author: Lonely Planet Travel Guides


Description: This is a great source of general information for anyone planning to travel to the Caribbean. The comprehensive travel guide covers the history, culture and important sites of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.



Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice


Author: Mark Plotkin


Description: Mark Plotkin recounts his adventures through Amazonian jungle in Suriname, Venezuela, Guyana and French Guiana. A student of famed ethnobotanist Richard Schultes at Harvard, Plotkin describes in fascinating detail the unique plants, people, and environments he encountered on his journey.



The Colonial History of the Caribbean from the Antilles to the Virgin Islands


Author: S. B. Jeffrey


Wild Coast, Travels on South America's Untamed Edge


Author: John Gimlette


Description: John Gimlette ("At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig") details his journey through South America's vastly under explored Guianas. Gimlette's descriptive narrative, well-researched content, and humorous tone is sure to awaken the travel bug in you.





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