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Bridge of the Americas: A Panama Canal Journey

Program Number: 20453RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/24/2015 - 6/12/2015;
Duration: 19 nights
Location: United States/Colombia/Panama/Mexico
Price starting at: $7,440.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 55; 19 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 19 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat    

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




Activity Particulars

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



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



Itinerary At-a-Glance

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



Day 10: Transit Panama Canal:

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



Day 19: New York City, N.Y. / disembark / departure


Crystal Symphony

This sleek 781-foot ocean liner is one of the most spacious at sea. It accommodates 940 passengers for whom it provides a spa, fitness facility, two pools, Jacuzzis and inspired dining options, including a restaurant, café and outdoor grill. Complimentary fine wines and premium spirits are available to you throughout the voyage.


Meals and Lodgings
   Queen Mary I
  Los Angeles, California, USA 1 night
   Crystal Symphony
  At Sea, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
At Sea, USA
18 nights
 Queen Mary I
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: THE QUEEN MARY: On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. She boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital. The Queen Mary had set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill. During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years. But when the Queen Mary docked in New York in September 1939 that would be the last time she would carry civilian passengers for many years. As World War II started, the Queen Mary's transformation into a troopship had begun. She was painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the "Grey Ghost" because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots. After the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory. On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades. The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.
  Ship Information: THE QUEEN MARY Statistics Overall Length: 1,019.5 ft. (310.74 m.) Gross Tonnage: 81,237 gross tons (230,039 cu. m.) Constructed by: John Brown & Co., LTD., Clydebank, Scotland Commissioned by: Cunard Steamship Co., LTD. Keel Laid: December 1, 1930 Date Launched: September 26, 1934 Maiden Voyage: May 27, 1936 Portholes: Over 2,000 Rivets: Over 10 million Hull Plates: 8 ft. (2.44 m) to 30 ft. (9.14 m.) in length; up to 1.25 in. (3.2 cm.) thick Moulded Breadth: 118 ft. (35.97 m.) Height from Keel to Forward Smokestack Top: 181 ft. (55.17 m.) Height from Keel to Promenade Deck: 92.5 ft. (28.19 m.) Height from Keel to Top of Foremast: 237 ft. (72.24 m.) Number of Decks: 12 Height from Keel to Top of Foremast: 237 ft. (72.24 m.) Passenger Capacity: 1,957 Officers and Crew: 1,174 Horsepower: 160,000 Cruising Speed: 28.5 knots (55.17 km./hr.) Rudder: 140 tons Whistles: Three - Steam type. Two on forward funnel, one on middle funnel. Each over 6 ft. (1.83 m.) long, weighing 2,205 LB. (1,002 kg.) Lifeboat Capacity: 145 persons Smokestacks: Three - Elliptical in shape; 36 ft. (10.97 m.) fore and aft, 23.3 ft. (7.1 m.) wide Smokestack Height: Forward: 70.5 ft. (21.49 m.) Middle: 67.5 ft. (20.57 m.) Aft: 62.25 ft. (18.97 m.) Boilers: 27 Fuel Consumption: 13 ft./gal (1 m./l.) Draft: 39 ft. 4-9/16 in. (12.00 m.) Bow Anchors: Two that each weigh 16 tons (16,291 kg.) Anchor Height: 18 ft. (5.48 m.) Length of Promenade Deck: 724 ft. (220.68 m.) Length of Anchor Chain: 990 ft. Weight of Anchor Chain: 45 tons (45.818 kg.) Anchor Chain Link: 2 ft. (61 cm.) long, weighing 224 LB. (101.8 kg.)
  Contact info: 1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com/Our-Story.aspx
  Room amenities: The hotel features 314 original guest rooms, which include 305 staterooms and 9 full suites. Each stateroom is an original cabin where no two rooms are alike. THE NSIDE STATES ROOM Inside staterooms are perfect if you're looking for a place where you can relax at the heart of the ship. All of these Long Beach hotel rooms contain large Art Deco mirrors instead of portholes. Each room includes either a King size bed or two Twin-sized beds STANDARD STATES ROOM THE QUEEN MARY's quaint staterooms offer a place to sit back and relax after a long day out exploring the ship and seeing the sights of Southern California. All of these Long Beach rooms have portholes to the outside facing either the port or starboard side of the ship. Each room includes 1 Full-size bed. DELUX STATESROOM Experience the ship's more spacious stateroom with this upgraded accommodation. These outside cabins, all with portholes, are the most popular of our Long Beach rooms. Each Deluxe Stateroom includes either 1 King bed or 2 Twin-sized beds. FAMILY STATESROOM This stateroom gives you the space you need when traveling with family or friends. Each room includes the combination of either 1 King bed + 1 Twin bed, or 2 Queen beds. SUITS This unique Long Beach lodging is not your usual hotel, so get ready to step back into time and let your imagination take you back to the heyday of sailing in the 1930s and '40s. Each suite is a deluxe cabin with a separate living room, bedroom, entryway and some include a breakfast nook. Our Long Beach suites feature original built-ins, wood paneling, art deco décor and modern amenities, such as iPod clock radios and flat-panel televisions. View the complete list of amenities. Each of our Long Beach suites include a living room with a pull-out sofa bed, with the option of 1 bedroom with a King bed and adjoining breakfast nook or the option of two bedrooms with 1 King Bed and a second room with 1 Twin bed.
  Facility amenities: Hotel Amenities and Services: Air Conditioned and Non-Smoking Includes a Self-guided tour of ship* Guided Tours and Shows Historic Art Deco Ambiance Charming Boutiques and Shops Signature Restaurants and Bars Room service The Queen Mary Spa Business Center Fitness Room Wireless High Speed Internet (additional cost) $9.95/24 hours - (Wired access available, request modem at front desk) Satellite Television Pay-per-view Movies iPod Docking Clock Radios Crabtree & Evelyn Bath Products Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattresses 32" LCDHD Flat Panel TV's (in most rooms) Refrigerator - upon request (additional cost)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Prices may vary Contact Program Development

 Crystal Symphony
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. A makeover in 2006 refreshed the Bistro Café and shops, reconstructed the casino and Starlite Lounge, and added a new nightclub called Luxe. An even more extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Bahamas 781 feet long x 99 feet wide 51,044 gross registered tons 20 knots cruising speed 21 knots maximum speed 922 passengers capacity An international crew of 545 with 40 countries represented European-trained hotel and dining staff
  Contact info: 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 1400 USA
phone: 310-785-9300
web: www.crystalcruises.com
  Room amenities: Cabins: There are no inside cabins on Crystal Symphony. Still, relatively small stateroom sizes are cozy and chic with boutique-hotel-style decor. All cabins have ample closet and drawer/shelf storage, as well as bathroom shelves. Many have private balconies furnished with chairs and tables. Most suites and penthouses have a walk-in closet. Crystal Penthouse suites have guest powder rooms. Amenities: Rich wood cabinetry, 100% Eygyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets, wood and padded hangers, a small refrigerator filled with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, a personal safe, two hair dryers, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player, and a sitting area with sofa, chair, and table are typical standard features in all cabins. Suite and penthouse extras vary, but all have a DVD/CD player, butler service, personalized stationery, and stocked minibars with wine, beer, and choice of liquor. Bathrooms: Every bathroom has oval glass sinks, granite counters, a full-size tub, Aveda toiletries, plush towels, and bathrobes for use during the cruise. Many suites and penthouses have a whirlpool tub and separate shower.
  Facility amenities: Public spaces have a sophisticated and contemporary feel with fine Italian and French fabrics, Axminster wool carpets, oriental rugs, teak deck furniture and English mohair lap blankets. 8 passenger decks, 2 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, ice cream parlor, Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, minibar (some), DVD, 1 pool, Fitness classes, gym, hair salon, 1 hot tub, sauna, spa, steam room, 5 bars, casino, cinema, dance club, library, dry-cleaning, laundry facilities, laundry service, Internet terminal, library
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program orientation begins in the afternoon with a program orientation at the hotel. You will be staying at Queen Mary I that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends after breakfast on board the ship in New York City. You will be staying at Crystal Symphony the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. *IMPORTANT INFORMATION** All participants must register online with Crystal Cruise. To register go to checkin.crystalcruises.com to access the Priority Check-in and Planning Center. To log in, you need type in your first/last names as they appear on your passport and your booking number (which appears on your cruise confirmation or can be obtained from Road Scholar). You will need to enter your contact and passport information in order to register. Once registered you will be able to book excursions and on-board activities (such as specialty dining, spa appointments, etc). 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:
Self-parking at the Queen Mary is $17/night and valet parking is $20/night.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: There is public transportation in Los Angeles to get to the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Los Angeles, California
  Transportation to site: The Queen Mary Hotel is located in Long Beach approximately 25 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Participants who purchase their air through Road Scholar Travel services will be provided with a transfer from the airport to the Queen Mary. Taxis will be readily available at the airport for individual travelers. We do not recommend flights that arrive after 3:00 p.m.
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  Transportation from site: There will be one transfer from the cruise terminal in Manhattan to JFK international airport on the morning of Day 20. All participants are welcome to join this transfer. Participants who are staying in New York, 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 1:00 pm.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in LA / Long Beach, California
(Sunday, May 24)
   
 Arrive To: Los Angeles. THE QUEEN MARY: On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. She boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital. The Queen Mary had set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill. During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years. But when the Queen Mary docked in New York in September 1939 that would be the last time she would carry civilian passengers for many years. As World War II started, the Queen Mary's transformation into a troopship had begun. She was painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the "Grey Ghost" because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots. After the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory. On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades. The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.
 Afternoon: Join your group leader for a program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the Winston Churchill Restaurant (w/bottled water & coffee or tea).
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary I
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Departing Los Angeles/ San Pedro, California
(Monday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: On board the Queen Mary I.
 Morning: Lecture - "The History of The Queen Mary I" . During WWII by one of the Ship's Historians. After our presentation on the History of the QM1 Enjoy a unique behind the scene tour of this historic vessel, explore parts of the ship not open to the public.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the port to embark the Crystal Symphony for 17 nights.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Cruising the Coast of Baja California
(Tuesday, May 26)

Note: Days at sea are a mix of independent and group activities.



   
 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 on "Earth History and Why We Are Where We Are --- Plate Tectonics".
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruising the Coast of Mexico
(Wednesday, May 27)
   
 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: On board presentation from your study leader: "Earthquakes and Volcanoes of Central America"
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
(Thursday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board the ship 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: Embraced by rugged tropical mountains on one side and the beautiful Banderas Bay on the other, Puerto Vallarta is second only to Acapulco when it comes to the Mexican Riviera's leading resort cities. White stucco houses are capped with red-tile roofs and surrounded by bougainvillea-lined cobblestone streets. Native women who beat their laundry along riverbanks as busy fishing boats return to port illustrate a lifestyle that has been maintained for decades. Nearby, sophisticated restaurants, luxury hotels, smart boutiques and lively nightclubs bear testament to the changes wrought on this quiet seaside city since the 1960s. Life here has never been quite the same since the filming of the movie "Night of the Iguana" and the worldwide publicity accorded the romance of its stars, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Puerto Vallarta brims with life. Shop for leather goods, shell and silver jewelry, hand-embroidered blouses or painted figures from Oaxaca. Explore cobblestone streets and picturesque alleyways filled with the scents and bustling energy of Mexico.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Independent exploration of Puerto Vallarta continues.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the Coast of Mexico
(Friday, May 29)
   
 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: On board presentation from your study leader: "The Oceans Beneath Us"
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Huatulco, Mexico
(Saturday, May 30)
   
 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 Acapulco is Mexico's oldest resort, Huatulco is its newest. Carefully planned and developed by FONATUR, a part of Mexico's tourism department, Huatulco will-and already does-have it all. In addition to the obvious activities of snorkeling and diving, Huatulco offers ecotourism attractions such as river rafting, rappelling and jungle trail hiking. The town boasts an 18-hole golf course and some of the best resort hotels on the southern coast. Its setting couldn't be more ideal for either the eco-activities or the simple act of relaxation. More precisely called Bahías de Huatulco, or Bays of Huatulco, the area encompasses nine pristine bays, 36 beaches, innumerable isolated coves and the promise of remaining ruggedly beautiful-over 40,000 of its acres have been set aside as ecological preserve.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Independent exploration of Huatulco continues.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Sunday, May 31)
   
 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 on "Great American Interchange".
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Golfo de Papagayo, Costa Rica
(Monday, June 1)
   
 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: Meaning “Gulf of the Parrot,” Golfo de Papagayo could also be called the Gulf of Sunsets, Gulf of Beaches and Gulf of Relaxation. Stunning sunsets are almost a nightly event, made all the more beautiful framed by sandy beaches and calm waters. Relaxation is indeed on the top of many travelers’ lists when they arrive here on the Pacific Costa Rican coast, but excitement is available, too. ATV tours, zip-lining adventures and jet skiing excursions are popular, as are hikes in the area’s fauna- and flora-rich national parks.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Golfo de Papagayo, Costa Rica based on Independent Shore Excursion selected.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cruising the Pacific Ocean
(Tuesday, June 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: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation on "Panama Canal Geology".
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Panama City, Panama
(Wednesday, June 3)
   
 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: Situated at the narrowest point in the Americas, Panama City has been the main passageway between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans since it was founded in the 16th century. One of the most popular places to visit is Casco Viejo, or “Old City,” built by the Spaniards with walls on all sides to protect from pirate invasions. Neighborhoods within the city change drastically from block to block, with modern high-rises on one corner, slums on the next, and luxury homes right after that. Locals take it all in stride, and Panama City has been named by International Living magazine as one of the top five places in the world to retire for eight years running.
 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 Panama City based on independent shore excursion selected.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Transit the Panama Canal
(Thursday, June 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: 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.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Cartagena, Columbia
(Friday, June 5)

Note: Today's excursion in Cartagena is included in your program price, and available only to Road Scholar participants. Please do not book a Crystal Shore Adventure today.



   
 Breakfast: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.
 Morning: Morning at leisure cruising the Caribbean Sea towards Cartagena, Columbia
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: Drive from the pier to the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress passing the old residential area of Manga to admire this Moorish/Republican neighborhood. Photo stop at the Fortress, the largest military construction to be built in Latin America by the Spaniards. Then we head towards the Dungeons or Las Bóvedas used as handicraft shops very attractive for the tourists. Walk along the colonial streets to admire old houses, beautiful balconies and different little squares. It will be possible to learn about the different systems of construction of the Spaniards as well as the architectonic history and greatness explained by an expert. There will be also the opportunity to see this alive city, with its students, vendors, and all the people that live here. Return to the pier.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
(Saturday, June 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: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation on "Chicxulub Impact".
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Cruising the Old Bahama channel
(Sunday, June 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: Join your study leader for an exclusive presentation on the "The Caribbean Plate: From Volcanoes to Coral Reefs".
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Miami, Florida
(Monday, June 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: It has the largest city population in Florida, is the third most visited American city among international travelers and showcases an Art Deco Historic District encompassing one of the largest neighborhoods entered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Miami certainly boasts its share of impressive characteristics, even before adding to the list its gorgeous beaches, spirited Cuban population and ritzy enclaves of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Miami wasn't always the glamorous and energetic city you see today. Until the late 1800s, it was mostly swamp, disconnected from the rest of the country thanks to its position on the edge of the continent and lack of the essential link of the day: a railroad. All that changed in 1896, when the railroad in northern Florida was extended to the latent tropical paradise of the south. The rest, as they say, is history, as Miami has since seen recurrent booms fueled by surges of immigration, perennially good weather and an insouciant refusal to do anything halfway. Admire the full glory of Miami Beach with a stroll along South Beach's famous Ocean Boulevard, where splendidly restored art deco buildings compete with fashion models and sun worshipers for attention. For a taste of Cuban cuisine and culture, visit Little Havana on the mainland (Miami Beach is separate both in its municipality and its geography: it sits on a barrier island four miles off the coast, and is reached by a causeway). Also outside mainland Miami are the acres of rare tropical plants nurtured to their fragrant and beautiful best in Fairchild Tropical Gardens. The aforementioned slice of heaven known as Coral Gables lies to the southwest. A gem of 1920s city planning, the city unfurls impressive boulevards and features the alluring Venetian Pool, where waterfalls and underwater caves offer the chance for a uniquely refreshing dip.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Miami based on Independent Shore Excursion selected.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea / Charleston, South Carolina
(Tuesday, June 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 on the "The Eastern US - A More Quiet Earth".
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure as the Symphony sails towards Charleston. The ship is scheduled to arrive in port at 6:00 pm this evening.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
(Wednesday, June 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: 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: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of Charleston, South Carolina based on Independent Shore Excursion selected
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean / On Board Activities
(Thursday, June 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: Program Wrap Up: Discuss what you loved and what will remain your best memories of the trip.
 Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.
 Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
   
Accommodations: Crystal Symphony
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Arrival in New York/ Disembarkation
(Friday, June 12)
   
 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 New York. Transfer to airport for flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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