Phone: 516-626-9000

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January 03 - 23, 2018

Panama Passage

Charleston to Los Angeles

(Guests can Embark on January 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, Call our office for reduced fares)

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

From the beautifully preserved architectural treasures of Charleston to the engineering marvel of a Panama Canal transit, a sun-kissed voyage of unparalleled eco-adventures and iconic Mexican Riviera resort towns.

All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS CRUISE:
Call us at: 516.626.9000 or 800.807.7009
Fax: 516.626.7255
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

January 03

Charleston, South Carolina

January 04

Charleston, South Carolina

January 05

Cruising the East Coast of USA/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

(Guests can embark in Ft. Lauderdale: Call our office for reduced fares)

January 06

Key West, Florida

January 07

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 08

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 09

Cartagena, Colombia

January 10

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 11

Transit the Panama Canal

January 12

Panama City, Panama

January 13

Cruising the Coast of Central America

January 14

Caldera, Costa Rica

January 15

Cruising the Coast of Central America

January 16

Cruising the Coast of Central America

January 17

Acapulco, Mexico

January 18

Cruising the Coast of Mexico

January 19

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

January 20

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

January 21

Cruising the Coast of Mexico

January 22

San Diego, California

January 23

Los Angeles/San Pedro, California

January 03 - Charleston, South Carolina

Embark 12 Noon

As America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, Charleston is steeped in a 300-year past. With her flickering carriage lanterns, cobblestone streets, exquisitely preserved historic mansions, soul-stirring coastal landscapes, and famed gardens, Charleston is a timeless beauty. 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.

January 04 - Charleston, South Carolina

Depart 4 PM

January 05 - Cruising the East Coast of USA/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

(Guests can embark in Ft. Lauderdale: Call our office for reduced fares)

5 PM to 9 PM

January 06 - Key West, Florida

8 AM to 5 PM

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.

January 07 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 08 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 09 - Cartagena, Colombia

10 AM to 10 PM

Charming Cartagena is one of the most fascinating towns in South America. The old city, almost completely surrounded by lagoons, bays and the Caribbean Sea, is still girded by its 17th-century fortifications. Once these guarded the gold and treasures of the New World, bound for Spain; now they shelter ornate churches and convents, the dramatic Palace of the Inquisition, and other historic gems.

January 10 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

January 11 - Transit the Panama Canal

Spend an unforgettable day cruising the Panama Canal, a fifty-one-mile waterway through the rainforest that is one of the world's engineering masterpieces. The ship glides down the canal with inches to spare, through locks that raise and lower it like a toy. Along the way it crosses enormous Gatun Lake, and the amazing Gaillard Cut, blasted out of a solid mountainside.

January 12 - Panama City, Panama

6 AM to 6 PM

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.

January 13 - Cruising the Coast of Central America

January 14 - Caldera, Costa Rica

5 AM to 9 PM

Superlatives abound when describing Costa Rica, one of Latin America's most peaceful countries. Often called the "Switzerland of Central America," it does not possess an army and boasts a stable democratic government as well as a high literacy rate. Strategically located between two great continents, it has been the benefactor of great cultural contributions from each. In addition to discovering its fascinating traditions, visitors to Costa Rica will be welcomed by friendly people and will enjoy superb scenery and an ideal climate.

January 15 - Cruising the Coast of Central America

January 16 - Cruising the Coast of Central America

January 17 - Acapulco, Mexico

8 AM to 6 PM

Spectacularly situated where rugged mountains meet the sea, legendary Acapulco is the gathering place for pleasure-seekers from around the world. Considered Mexico's capital of fun, it is its most glamorous Pacific resort. Outdoor activities abound, from aquatic sports to golf at emerald green courses. Golden beaches await you and glistening seas beckon swimming, snorkeling and surfing enthusiasts. Thrill at the sight of the La Quebrada cliff-divers cutting into azure seas or browse through an array of boutiques that boast treasures of silver, fine lacquers and pottery. After dark, the sound of mariachi music and a vibrant disco beat fills the air while horse-drawn carriages clatter along the colorful streets. It is hard to believe that not so long ago this resort town was an inconspicuous fishing village, but secrets such as Acapulco are hard to keep.

January 18 - Cruising the Coast of Mexico

January 19 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

7 AM to 5 PM

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.

January 20 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

9 AM to 5 PM

Cabo San Lucas is nestled on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean meet the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. Commanding rock formations, timeless desert and a translucent sea provide a compelling introduction to this tranquil resort town. Here, mile upon mile of golden sandy coves dot the shoreline while marlin and sailfish frolic in the waters offshore. Laze on a deserted beach, explore the undersea world or discover bustling shops and markets for tempting treasures such as silver, jewelry and wooden sculptures.

January 21 - Cruising the Coast of Mexico

January 22 - San Diego, California

9 AM to 6 PM

From the old Gas Lamp Quarter to the Horton Plaza, named after the former owner of the present city area, San Diego combines history with progress. Bordered on one side by the graceful Pacific Ocean lapping its shores and the hot desert plains on the other, this magical city is a festive and colorful attraction for tourists and locals. Close by lies graceful La Jolla, Spanish for the jewel, and Solana Beach, a beach community located near charming Del Mar. Whether you venture into Old Town, the original site of this city, or one of its gorgeous parks, you'll come to understand why San Diego has established itself as one of the most popular destinations in the United States.

January 23 - Los Angeles/San Pedro, California

Disembark 8 AM

Spectacular natural surroundings combined with the vitality of a creative and artistic community make Los Angeles one-of-a-kind. Sunshine, majestic palm trees and the sandy beaches of the Pacific share the spotlight with L.A.'s glamorous movie industry and its world-famous celebrities. Formally founded in 1781, it is now one of the world's largest metropolitan centers. Although there will not be any shore excursions offered in Los Angeles due to our limited time in port, you may contact our onboard Shore Excursion staff for helpful hints or suggestions on things to do while you are ashore.

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Key West

Trolley Ride & Truman White House

January 06

You will have your choice of riding in an Old Town Trolley or a world famous Conch Tour Train. As your meander your way through historic old town with its blend of tropical plants and flowers you will pass by the Historic Seaport, the Southernmost Point, cigar makers “shot-gun” cottages, wreckers’ mansions, and unique churches. During your ride you will learn of Key West’s history including its many inhabitants from Spanish explorers, cigar barons and sponge merchants. The days of the railroads, the Great Depression, World War II and the Cuban missile crisis will also be highlighted.

After the trolley returns you to Mallory Square, you will be met by one of the local guides from the Harry S. Truman Little White House and escorted on a 250 yards walk to the Presidential Museum. The Little White House was built in 1890 as the first officers’ quarters on the naval station. In the beginning of the 20th century, the home was converted into a single family dwelling to house the base commandant.

The house, currently owned by the Florida Department of State, has been host to many distinguished guests. Thomas Edison resided in the house during World War I, while working on depth charge research for the U.S. Navy. In 1946, Harry Truman began visiting the island for relaxation and returned for 175 days during his presidency. Other notable guests have included Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.

After your guided visit of this remarkable house, a leisurely 15-minute walk returns you to your Crystal ship.

As this excursion involves approximately one hour of walking and standing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guests are also required to walk approximately 250 yards from the shuttle drop off point to the Truman White House. As the second floor of the White House involves stair climbing, it is not wheelchair accessible.

Excursion Code:

KEY - E

Highlights:

Enjoy this city overview by trolley or train, as well as a visit to the Truman House on this brief excursion.

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

2½ hours

Price:

$59

Availability:

Limited

Cartagena

Comprehensive Cartagena

January 09

First up are your travels to enjoy views of San Felipe Fortress, a military fortress situated outside the walled city. The imposing structure is considered to be the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the New World. Construction on the fort began in 1536 and continued for 121 years.

Pause to ponder the immensity of the fort and take a few photographs before rejoining your motor coach and heading the historic city center.

Walking along atmospheric streets, also appreciate the charm of the city’s Spanish colonial architecture, some of the most impressive and well-preserved in South America. View old merchant’s houses, flower-bedecked balconies, stunning civic buildings and beautiful churches. Many squares and public spaces are lined by sidewalk cafes and restaurants, where Colombians and visitors alike relax and enjoy the magic of this amazing city.

Next, visit the Inquisition Palace. In September, 1610, the Inquisition was established in Cartagena de Indias. Its jurisdiction covered the kingdom of Granada and Venezuela, reaching as far as Nicaragua, Panama, Santa Domingo, and the Barlovento Islands. The Inquisition adopted this building as their headquarters. The building itself is considered one of the most elegant and characteristic colonial constructions of its time, throughout its interior, visitors to the museum will find instruments of torture and prison cells. The Inquisition used the location as its central command against criminals and never recognized the innocent.

At the Gold Museum an enriching visit affords a survey of a small but interesting exhibition of gold from the indigenous cultures that inhabited Colombia at the time of colonization.

Your final stop is a visit to San Pedro Claver Cloister, monastery and museum built in homage to the protector of slaves, San Pedro, and serves as reminder of the turbulent past of Cartagena and indeed the Americas. The Cloister where Pedro Claver lived and died has become a special place of silence, and reflection – a shrine to the life’s work of this extraordinary man. Here, visitors will find examples of pre-Colombian ceramics, and an extensive museum rich with objects of religious art. Adjoining the Monastery is a beautiful baroque church, designed by German and Dutch architects. Here, at the high alter, within a glass encasement, lie the remains of Saint Pedro Claver, “the slave to the slaves”.

With a bounty of precious memories, return to the pier and your Crystal ship with a motor-coach transfer of about 30 minutes.

Guests should be in good physical condition and able to walk at a medium pace in the heat for approximately 45 minutes in order to participate. The walk in the Old City involves negotiating uneven surfaces and high curbs. Flash photography is not permitted in the Gold Museum. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

CTG - H

Highlights:

An array of Cartagena’s best sights is featured in this half-day outing, with an emphasis on historic architecture, marketplaces and museums. In fact, you will explore the Gold Museum, the Inquisition

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Strenuous

Duration:

Approximately 3½-4 hours

Price:

$69

Availability:

Limited

Panama City

Biodiversity Museum & Miraflores Visitors Center

January 12

A transfer of about ten minutes brings you to the colorful and unique Biodiversity Museum. Located at the end of the Amador Causeway with views of the Pacific Ocean and ships entering the Panama Canal, the museum’s site is exceptional. Also exceptional is the museum’s pedigree. It was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry as his first commission in Latin America.

The museum is the only one of its kind in the region, first envisioned in 1999 and finally opened, due to bureaucratic and other delays, in October of 2014, taking more time to build than its storied neighbor, the Panama Canal.

The wait was well worth it, as you will discover during your visit. Greeting you with a contemporary style typical of Gehry (yet also unusual with its boldly hued roof panels), the structure references the exotic colors of its tropical location. Inside, exhibits center on the natural wonders of Panama and how the isthmus bridges not just the world’s commerce, but also the region’s biology and geology.

Leaving the museum, transfer to the Miraflores Visitors Center, arriving after approximately 45 minutes. Here, you will learn about the canal’s past and future, and observe the operation of the canal at work, riveted as the lock gates allow ships to navigate between oceans. You will also have the chance to explore four themed exhibition halls, which feature historical objects, interactive modules, video presentations and models of the Panama Canal.

Taking one last look at the amazing engineering feat that is often called the Eighth Wonder of the World, return to the pier and your Crystal ship with a transfer of 30 minutes.

This excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Although the sites visited are manual-wheelchair accessible, guests must be able to embark and disembark the motor coaches with little to no assistance. All manual wheelchairs must be collapsible and be able to be stored onboard the motor coach. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Medium to heavy crowding may be anticipated at the Miraflores Visitors Center. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

Excursion Code:

PAC - G

Highlights:

Visit two of Panama’s most diverse museums: the new, vibrantly colored Frank Gehry-designed Biodiversity Museum, and the historical Miraflores Locks and Visitors Center.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Very Little

Duration:

Approximately 4-4½ hours

Price:

$119

Availability:

Extremely limited

Acapulco

Acapulco Highlights & Baby Turtle Release

January 17

From the pier, travel along the great scenic highway Costera Miguel Aleman. Bordered by the blue Pacific, the route not only affords wonderful views, it also takes you past fashionable boutiques, fine restaurants, popular discos and luxury hotels.

Pause at a vantage point to take in the beautiful panorama before passing through Las Brisas residential area. Soon you will reach what is called the Diamond Zone, the “new” Acapulco that is home to a wide beach and an array of high-end apartments and condominiums.

After passing Puerto Marques Bay and the Black Lagoon, where the first Tarzan movie was filmed, your scenic introduction continues as you journey along the Costera Palmas and past two magnificent hotels: The Mayan Palace, and the stunning Acapulco Princess Hotel. Resembling an Aztec pyramid, the Acapulco Princess Hotel is an architectural marvel.

Having appreciated the structures designed by humankind, next discover the works of nature with your drive through the countryside and arrival at Elcano Diamante Beach Club. Here you will release baby turtles into the ocean. An endangered species, the marine turtle depends on watchful eyes such as yours to ensure they reach the water’s edge.

Afterward, enjoy provided refreshments and beverages.

With a feeling of wonder and satisfaction, return to your Crystal ship.

Guests must be a minimum of 18 years old in order to consume alcoholic beverages. It is recommended that guests dress in a swimsuit, cover up, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Towels will be available at your Crystal ship’s gangway prior to disembarkation for your excursion. As you will get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. The order of sights visited may vary. Traffic conditions may affect the duration of this excursion. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

ACA - C

Highlights:

An introduction to the main sights of Acapulco is yours to enjoy with this excursion via air-conditioned motor coach. What will surely be a highlight of your outing is a stop at exclusive Elcano Diamante Beach Club, where you will release baby turtles and watch them start a new life in the sea.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 4 hours

Price:

$79

Availability:

Limited

Cabo San Lucas

Land’s End Cruise & Panoramic Views

January 20

From the tender pier, board a comfortable, touring boat for the 40-minute cruise across the bay and along the rocky peninsula coastline. Sip a complimentary beverage as you gaze at the famed Los Arcos, a dramatic natural rock monument that arches starkly out of the sea.

On your return, travel through the main town to one of the area’s most renowned restaruants, located on dramatic cliffs that overlook the main bay.

Here, you may enjoy a refreshing beer, soda or coffee. While relaxing in this perfect setting, absorb the spectacular view of Land’s End and your ship, anchored serenely in the distance.

Afterward, re-board your motor coach and return to the tender landing pier.

It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Although it is not anticipated that you will get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

CBO - A

Highlights:

On this short introduction to Cabo San Lucas, enjoy cruising clear waters on a spacious catamaran and journeying to a rugged clifftop for a beautiful overview by motor coach.

Activity Level:

Soft Adventure

Walking Type:

Little

Duration:

Approximately 2½ hours

Price:

$69

Availability:

Limited

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Port Charge: $1,380

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $2,000.

Call us for air fares.

Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Guests can embark on January 5 in Ft. Lauderdale. Call for fares

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 7,160 ( $ 9,310)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 7,650 ( $ 9,945)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 8,400 ( $10,920)
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 9,650 ( $13,510)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 9,970 ( $13,960)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 10,365 ( $14,510)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 10,565 ( $14,790)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 10,710 ( $14,995)
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 10,790 ( $16,185)
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 10,915 ( $16,370)
PH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 15,755 ( $27,570)
PS (11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 21,775