Road Scholar : Home
From Costa Rica to the Caribbean Through the Panama Canal

Program Number: 21280RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/29/2014 - 12/11/2014;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Costa Rica/Honduras/Belize/Mexico/US (FL)
Price starting at: $4,545.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 35; 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

From rainforests teeming with life to idyllic islands in a tranquil sea to a marvel of human effort and engineering genius, discover Central America and the Caribbean on this voyage that begins in Costa Rica and ends in Miami. Transiting the Panama Canal and learning the story of its construction is a truly unique experience.




Activity Particulars

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



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 excursions 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

San José (Costa Rica), 1 night; aboard Crystal Serenity, 11 nights.



Days 1-2: Arrival San José (Costa Rica) / coach to Caldera / embark Crystal Serenity:

Begin your adventure by meeting the friendly people and experiencing the “Pura Vida” philosophy of Costa Rica. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Days 3-4: At Sea / Transit the Panama Canal:

As the ship sails down the Pacific coast of Central America, enjoy exclusive Road Scholar lectures and take advantage of Crystal’s excellent enrichment program, which includes language classes, photography and art instruction, wine tastings and more. Then make a full transit of the 48-mile Panama Canal as an official canal pilot provides details on its fascinating history.



Day 5: Puerto Limón:

Discover the historic Caribbean seaport of Puerto Limón on an exclusive Road Scholar field trip. Learn how global demand for Costa Rican bananas and coffee spurred the growth of this cite.



Days 6-7: At Sea / Roatán (Honduras):

Sail up the coast to Roatán, an idyllic island off of Honduras. Choose to explore independently or embark on an excursion such as reef viewing on a glass-bottom boat.



Day 8: Belize City (Belize):

Belize boasts magnificent wildlife, Mayan ruins and, perhaps surprisingly, striking Victorian architecture in its capital city. Experience Belize on a shore excursion of your choice or on your own.



Day 9: Costa Maya (Mexico):

Go ashore in this small port and choose from excursions like visiting ancient Mayan temples of the Yucatán Peninsula or snorkeling the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.



Day 10: Cozumel:

Experience the lovely island of Cozumel independently or choose a shore excursion that appeals to you. You might wish to take a ferry to the mainland to explore Tulum, a Mayan walled city perched above the sea.



Days 11-12: At Sea / Key West, Fla.:

Discover the southernmost town in the continental United States, Key West. Take a walk along colorful Duval Street or visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and Harry Truman’s Little White House.



Day 13: Miami / disembark / departure


Crystal Serenity

At 820 feet long, this elegant ocean liner offers its 1,080 passengers plenty of space, unsparing amenities including the high-tech Computer University@Sea and several restaurants, including one by acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits available throughout voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Corobici
  San Jose, Costa Rica 1 night
   Crystal Serenity
  At Sea, USA 11 nights
 Crowne Plaza Corobici
Type: Hotel
  Description: Although a bustling metropolitan and Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose sits in the lush Central Valley, surrounded by volcanic mountains and grano de oro farms. The Crowne Plaza San Jose - Corobici Hotel is the perfect place to stay on your business trip or vacation, as we're just five minutes from the financial district and 15 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Sabana Norte Contiguo
Agencia Datsun
San Jose,   Costa Rica
phone: +8772CROWNE
  Room amenities: All Guest rooms are spacious, comfortable, equipped with A/C, cable TV, wireless internet connection, mini bar, laptop size safety deposit box, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker and 24 hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Business Services : Business Center , Business Center Staffed Between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM, Copying, Courier Service, E-mail & Internet, Executive Floors, Executive Suites, Mobile Phone Rental, PC available, Printer, Technical Concierge, High-speed Internet Access, Service Provider: Business Center, Wireless Data Connection, Service Provider: Business Center, Secretarial Services Health and Fitness Center (On-site): One of the best Fitness Center in Costa Rica, with aerobics, swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, spinning and beauty Parlor, Health/Fitness Center On-Site, The Fitness Center Times: Mon to Fri 5am to 10pm , Fitness Center Type: EXTENSIVE Spa Facilities: Multi Spa Corobicí: This Spa, offers a very professional staff, bilingual trainners, with an experience of more than 10 years in this specialized segment. The Spa offers different options for our hotel guests , pilates, yoga, aerobics, Tae Bo, Dancing Public Space Data Services: High-speed Internet Access, Service Provider: Business Center, Wireless Data Connection, Service Provider: Business Center, Other Data Connections Entertainment and Recreation: The Hotel has its own outdoor swimming pool, casino and variety of gambling games, souvenir shop, 24hour medical service, free parking, car rental offices and a local tour operator. Casino, Live Entertainment, Outdoor Pool Housekeeping and Laundry Services: On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Hours Of Operation:8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Daily Housekeeping, Weekly Housekeeping, Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry, Same Day Dry Cleaning, Shoe Shine Miscellaneous: ATM/Cash Machine, Concierge Services, Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge), Ice Machine
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Crystal Serenity
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The readers of Condé Nast Traveler consistently vote Crystal Serenity the number one cruise ship in the world. At 68,000 tons and capable of serving 1,070 guests, Crystal Serenity while the larger of Crystal's two ships, still maintains one of the highest space-per-guest ratios at sea, so you'll never feel crowded.
  Ship Information: Guest Capacity: 1,070 Per guest space ratio: 63 Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas Officers: European Captain, International Officers International Crew: Countries Represented: 40 European-trained Hotel and Dining Staff American/European Cruise Staff Total Crew: 655 Gross Registered Tons: 68,870 Length: 820 ft. (249.9 m) Width: 106 ft. (32.3 m) Draft: 25 ft. (7.6 m) Cruising Speed: 21 knots Maximum Speed: 22 knots
  Contact info: 2049 Century Park East
Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, sewing kit, umbrealla, pillow menu, 24 hour in stateroom dining, wireless internet access, phone, TV, refrigerator filled with complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, safe
  Facility amenities: Two-story Crystal Plaza and Crystal Cove, lobby area with atrium, comfortable seating and piano bar "Avenue of the Stars" shopping arcade with three boutiques offering upscale clothing, jewelry, and specialty items. Casino featuring slot machines, bar poker and slant top poker machines, blackjack tables, craps, a roulette table, baccarat table and the Ultimate Texas Hold'em Galaxy Lounge, the ship's main entertainment venue Hollywood Theatre for recently released movies, with state-of-the-art audio visual and translation equipment that may be used for meetings and/or conferences; theatre also features audio enhancement for the hearing-impaired Computer University@Sea® center with a lab for classroom instruction and separate room offering 24-hour Internet and e-mail access The Studio, a completely new learning center for a variety of creative and educational hands-on classes Variety of lounges including the Stardust Club for dancing and cabaret, Avenue Saloon cocktail and piano bar, Connoisseur Club, an intimate refined cigar lounge, Palm Court/Sunset Bar observation lounge, and Pulse disco Fantasia children's center and Waves teen center Library featuring over 3,000 books, videos, DVDs, and books-on-tape Bridge Lounge Wi-Fi access is available on board throughout the ship Laundry Service Complimentary self-service launderettes including washing machines, detergent, fabric softener, dryers, irons and ironing boards are provided on Decks 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins in San Jose, Costa Rica in the late afternoon at the program hotel You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Corobici that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast on board the ship in Miami You will be staying at Crystal Serenity 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). Guests who register their credit card online prior to sailing will be given priority during check-in. 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. A passport valid for six months after the completion of the cruise is required for ALL guests. Four blank visa pages are recommended per cruise for international voyages. Guests must take full responsibility for securing the required travel documents prior to departure. Failure to comply may result in refusal of passage by Customs and Immigration authorities. On most cruises, passports are collected and retained by the ship for the duration of your voyage in order to facilitate official clearance in each port of call. 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:
Driving to the site is not recommended.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: We do not recommend public transportation in Costa Rica.
To Start of Program
  Location:  San Jose
  Transportation to site: Transfers will be provided for participants who book their air travel through Road Scholar, and are arriving on the program date.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation from site: There will be one transfer from the cruise terminal to Miami International Airport (MIA) upon disembarkation in Miami. All participants are welcome to join this transfer. Participants who are staying in Miami, or do not wish to take the group transfer, will be allowed to disembark once the ship is cleared by local officials. Taxis will be readily available. We do not recommend booking flights that depart earlier then 12:00 noon.
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 San Jose, Costa Rica
(Saturday, November 29)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. Transfer to the hotel and check in for one night. Although a bustling metropolitan and Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose sits in the lush Central Valley, surrounded by volcanic mountains and grano de oro farms.
 Afternoon: Join your group leader for a program orientation before your welcome dinner.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Corobici
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: San Jose / Caldera / Board Ship
(Sunday, November 30)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Depart your hotel in San Jose. Your first stop will be at a local coffee plantation located in Barva de Heredia. Begin in the nursery and follow the beans starting with their growing cycle through careful collection and selection of the finest beans. Learn how Costa Rica's unique climate and diverse landscapes provide the perfect growing conditions for gourmet coffee beans. Next you will be enchanted by the aromas of the roastery where you will discover how different roasting techniques affect the beans and the brew. Next, learn how experts "break the cup" by using techniques to taste or "cup" coffee to identify and grade characteristics that qualify a gourmet cofee.
 Lunch: Surrounded by an outdoor tropical paradise, while listening to traditional music, enjoy a buffet lunch featuring local ingredients.
 Afternoon: Continue to the Port of Caldera and embark the Crystal Serenity for 11 nights.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cruising the Coast of Panama
(Monday, December 1)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Design your day exactly as you wish: enhance your computer skills or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with Crystal’s engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch a recently-released movie, pamper yourself at the spa or simply relax by one of the tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Transit the Panama Canal
(Tuesday, December 2)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 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: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Design your day exactly as you wish: enhance your computer skills or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with Crystal’s engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch a recently-released movie, pamper yourself at the spa or simply relax by one of the tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
(Wednesday, December 3)

Note: Today's visit to the Sloth Sanctuary and Playa Bonita is an exclusve Road Scholar field trip. Please do not book an independent Crystal shore excursion today.



   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: Disembark the ship and travel approximately 60 minutes along the Caribbean Coast to the Sloth Sanctuary "Aviarios del Caribe". Aviarios is a privately owned and operated Wildlife Sanctuary protecting an area of approximately 120 acres, which includes the delta of the Estrella River, a true paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Well hidden in the treetops, like a small ball of fur, it is almost impossible to recognize this amazing creature. Sloths are inhabitants of the rainforest that are rarely seen down on the ground. This tour will enable guests to visit a sanctuary dedicated to the rescue and re-introduction of these animals back into nature, we will meet some of the baby sloths in the nursery and the adult permanent residents. Visitors will also see their habitat by means of small engineless paddle canoes, among the most commonly seen inhabitants are aquatic birds, monkeys, river otters, caimans, and sloths. A naturalist guide will help you to spot wildlife in the dense foliage in the well-kept trails of the property.
 Lunch: After visiting the sanctuary, you will continue to Playa Bonita where you can enjoy a Caribbean lunch on the beach.
 Afternoon: The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. After lunch you will have some free time at the beach before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the Caribbean Sea / On Board Activities
(Thursday, December 4)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Design your day exactly as you wish: enhance your computer skills or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with Crystal’s engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch a recently-released movie, pamper yourself at the spa or simply relax by one of the tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Roatan Island, Honduras
(Friday, December 5)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: On Central America's Roatan Island off Honduras, you can aim a point-and-shoot camera in almost any direction and get a beautiful picture. Skies are wide expanses of blue. Water is a transparent turquoise. Beaches are the classic smooth white, edged by lush growths of palms. Even if you are no shutterbug, you will find many things to do. Water activities include diving, snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins. If you prefer to stay dry, you can tour the reef in a glass-bottom boat, go into town to shop for island crafts, or see the butterfly and floral gardens.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Roatan.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Belize City, Belize
(Saturday, December 6)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: While you wouldn't necessarily associate a Central American city with Victorian architecture, Belize City indeed offers some striking examples. Several Victorian mansions have been restored and converted into inns, museums, galleries and restaurants. Other structures in the city range from British Colonial to the oldest Anglican cathedral in Central America, St. John's Cathedral. The appeal of Belize's buildings extends to their interiors. The Marine Terminal, for instance, is a beautifully refurbished former fire station dating to 1923. Inside are two museums-the Coastal Zone Museum with displays highlighting the local reef ecology, and the Maritime Museum with a collection of paraphernalia centering on Belize's seafaring history. Finally, and not insignificantly, is Central America's remarkable wildlife, which Belize has made a point of preserving. A short distance from the city is the Belize Zoo, which is actually more of a wildlife preserve. Its exotic species live happily in roomy, natural-looking accommodations with dense vegetation. Keep the camera ready for jaguars, as they spend much of their time hunkered down in the shade, slinking out into the open for only a momentary stretch.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Belize City
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Costa Maya, Mexico
(Sunday, December 7)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Adventure, archaeology, water, sun and beach. These are all to be found in and around Costa Maya, the Caribbean's first port planned solely for cruise guests. Designed to resemble an ancient Mayan city, Costa Maya features three grand pavilions, where you can see folkloric shows, observe local artisans creating their works of art, and witness cultural and culinary events. Within easy reach of the port are ancient cities boasting impressive temples and fascinating archeological sites. And you needn't venture far from port to enjoy a range of water sports, including diving and snorkeling amid the world's second-largest coral reef.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch at leisure in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length). Y
 Afternoon: Continue independent exploration of Costa Maya
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room. .
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cozumel, Mexico
(Monday, December 8)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Just 11 miles off the eastern coast of Mexico lies Cozumel, the country's largest island and the gem of the Caribbean for water sports. Relax and bask in the sun on pristine palm-lined beaches or snorkel amid intricate coral formations at nearby Palancar Reef. On the island's west coast lies the bustling town of San Miguel, which boasts deluxe hotels, inviting shops and tempting restaurants. Off the island of Cozumel is Playa del Carmen, your gateway to the Mayan mysteries of the intriguing Yucatán. Inland lies Cobá, a splendid reminder of a civilization that existed thousands of years ago. Closer at hand lies Tulum, a massive fortress built in 564 AD and the only Mayan site to overlook the Caribbean Sea.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue independent exoploration of Cozumel
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cruising the Straits of Florida / On Board Activities
(Tuesday, December 9)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Design your day exactly as you wish: enhance your computer skills or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with Crystal’s engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch a recently-released movie, pamper yourself at the spa or simply relax by one of the tranquil pools.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Key West, Florida, USA
(Wednesday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: In the past, Key West was the winter home of Ernest Hemingway, John James Audubon and President Truman. Today it is a stylish retreat for writers and artists. Its atmosphere is reminiscent of the Caribbean, yet it is the southernmost town of the continental United States. Take a stroll along Duval Street, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, or explore its interesting art galleries and boutiques.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Key West based on independent shore excursion selected
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Serenity
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Arrival in Miami/ Diembarkation
(Thursday, December 11)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Ship Arrives in Miami at 8:00 am. Transfer to airport for flights home. We do not recommend booking flights that depart before 12:00 noon.
   
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 Central America


Author: Hector Perez-Brignoll


Description: A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.



Central America Map


Author: ITMB


Description: A detailed map of the Central American isthmus at a scale of 1:1,100,000.



Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Barbara Ras


Description: 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.



Costa Rican Spanish


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.



Culture Smart! Panama


Author: Heloise Crowther


Description: This practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture is concise and well-illustrated.



How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal


Author: Ovidio Diaz Espino


Description: An intriguing look into the treachery, behind-the-scenes financial wrangling and Roosevelt-era dollar diplomacy that resulted in both the Panama Canal and the establishment of Panama as an independent nation.



Mammals of Costa Rica


Author: Fiona Reid


Description: A palm-sized guide to 65 native mammals, with handsome full-color illustrations and helpful descriptions. Includes a map, viewing tips and a checklist.



Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond


Author: Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)


Description: Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity, the book is a marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.



Panama Canal by Cruise Ship


Author: Anne Vipond


Description: This outstanding guide to the Panama Canal and popular ports of call in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America features a mile-by-mile guide to the transit, a history of the building of the canal and a detailed pullout map.



Panama Wildlife Guide


Author: Rainforest Publications


Description: This handy 14-panel fold-up card features expert color illustrations of dozens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.



The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs


Author: Ulrich Keller


Description: These archival photographs tell the story of the people who built the Panama Canal, the engineers who designed it and the changes wrought on the landscape through its construction.



The Path Between the Seas


Author: David McCullough


Description: A great story, admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail, this is the one book to read on the creation of the Panama Canal.



The Tailor of Panama


Author: John Le Carre


Description: Set in Panama, this thriller by master storyteller John Le Carre includes spymasters, corrupt officials, arms manufacturers and other unsavory types.



The Ticos


Author: Richard Biesanz


Description: This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people explores their culture, history and society.



The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide


Author: Zona Tropical Publications


Description: 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. Each has exquisite full-color illustrations by Fiona Reid (mammals), Robert Dean (birds) and friends.





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