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December 21, 2017 - January 05, 2018

The 2017 Holiday Bridge Cruise: Fort Lauderdale Roundtrip

15 Days

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Crystal's round-trip voyage out of Fort Lauderdale is wrapped in all the warmth and sunshine of the islands. Crystalline waters of every shade of blue, pristine beaches and the charming personalities of welcoming Caribbean isles...the perfect gift to yourself. Between the elegant Serenity, the complete bridge program, and Roberta and Arnold Salob's merriment, you'll have the cruise of a lifetime! Give yourself a gift of the Holiday Bridge Cruise on the Crystal Serenity...Celebrate the beauty of the season as new discoveries are revealed each day. Let's party!

PS: You can also choose to do this cruise starting and ending in Charleston, SC - December 20 to January 3, 2018.

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

December 21

Fort Lauderdale, FL

December 22

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 23

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 24

Antigua/St. John's, West Indies

December 25

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 26

Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

December 27

St. Lucia/Castries, West Indies

December 28

Martinique/Fort-de-France, French West Indies

December 29

St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies

December 30

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 31

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

January 01

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

January 02

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

January 03

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

January 04

Charleston, South Carolina

January 05

Fort Lauderdale, FL

December 21 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Embark 6 PM

December 22 - Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 23 - Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 24 - Antigua/St. John's, West Indies

10 AM to 6 PM

Antigua's sunny climate and easy-going Caribbean ways are alluring attractions for visitors. It boasts 365 superb white beaches and is home to a beautiful National Park that stretches for ten square miles. Found within this park are the famous English Harbor and Nelson's Dockyard. Horatio Nelson was posted here early in his career and the harbor was the headquarters for the British fleet during the 18th century. Although Antigua achieved its independence in 1981, it continues to bear the unmistakable imprint of centuries of British rule.

December 25 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 26 - Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

8 AM to 6 PM

Just off the coast of Venezuela sit the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, birthplace of steel pan and calypso music, chutney and limbo. The island country is raising the bar for what it means to venture to a tropical destination, offering what seems to be just the right combination of things to do and opportunities to do nothing at all, if you so desire. If the “doing” part of that equation is your speed, then take the ferry that runs between Tobago’s Scarborough and Trinidad’s Port of Spain to see the larger island’s Emperor Valley Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Asa Wright Nature Center and impressive colonial houses, known as the Magnificent Seven. Just off the shores of Tobago lies Buccoo Reef, a natural wonder viewable by glass-bottom boat, and up on a hill with magnificent, coastal views is Fort King George, a vestige of the islands’ colonial past.

December 27 - St. Lucia/Castries, West Indies

8 AM to 6 PM

Quaint bays, lush landscapes and delightful strains of the Creole language are part of the magic that emanates from St. Lucia. From a volatile settlement that endured numerous changes of ownership, this idyllic Windward Island has developed into a land rich with life and culture. Birthplace of Josephine, the Empress of France and wife of Napoleon, French heritage is evident throughout the island. However, now that it is an independent country within the British Commonwealth, St. Lucia also possesses an English charisma. Look for its charming buildings and vehicles, driven on the left-hand side of the road in true British style!

December 28 - Martinique/Fort-de-France, French West Indies

8 AM to 5 PM

Martinique's well-deserved nickname is "Ile des Fleurs." The French name is so pleasing, but it was actually the native Arawak Indians who first knew the island for its lovely flowers. Here, towering mountains and verdant rainforests meet banana plantations and pineapple fields. At first sight, Christopher Columbus praised the island as the "best, most fertile and most charming land in the world." However, verdant mountains do not come without a price. The former capital, Saint Pierre, was destroyed by a violent eruption of the infamous Mount Pelée in 1902. Ironically, the only survivor was a prisoner who was being held in a subterranean jail cell. Ceded to France in 1815, Martinique has remained French under the status of an Overseas Department. A miniature part of France in the Caribbean, Martinique provides a plentitude of charm and ambiance as well as a high standard of living.

December 29 - St. Barts/Gustavia, French West Indies

8 AM to 12 Midnight

St. Barts forms part of the French Overseas Region of Guadeloupe. Descendants of settlers from Brittany and Normandy operate its tiny inns, shops and restaurants. This charming, slow-paced island attracts tourists year-round to its shores. The graceful meadows surrounded by low stone fences, spectacular beaches, the small volcanic mountains and the quaint Creole-style villages are just several of the alluring aspects of this tranquil island.

December 30 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

December 31 - Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

January 01 - Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

January 02 - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Arrive 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 03 - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

January 04 - Charleston, South Carolina

Depart 4 PM

January 05 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Disembark AM

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

St. Lucia

Rainforest Aeriel Tram & Scenic St. Lucia

December 27

From the pier, enjoy a journey of about 30 minutes, winding through small, rural communities and lush tropical vegetation on your way to the Rainforest Sky Ride Park, a 1,250-acre reserve. On arrival, you will be welcomed by an expertly trained nature guide. After a short introductory video explaining the origins of the Rainforest Aerial Tram and some details of the day’s events, you will begin boarding the individual gondolas.

With gondolas carrying eight guests and one guide, the tram runs along 6,200 feet of cable suspended up to 125 feet above the ground. On the outbound leg of the 60-minute trip, gondolas travel through the lower, intermediate levels of the rainforest. On the return, the excitement builds as you soar through the upper levels of this unique ecosystem.

You will have the opportunity to access the canopy with a pulley system that requires minimum physical effort, using a system that has minimal impact on the natural beauty of the rainforest. An optional guided, 15- to 20-minute nature walk on a fern loop trail takes you along the luxuriant forest floor in a circular route, offering an immersion into your tropical surroundings.

After this fascinating experience, you will embark on a scenic drive to the northern tip of the island. Your journey will take you through the popular resort of Rodney Bay and the Rodney Bay Marina, which boosts the island’s yacht tourism. Continue through the old fishing village of Gros Islet, where the first priests of the island settled in 1749.

Your travels next take you to the Pigeon Point National Landmark. Here, you can admire the views across the Atlantic and the mountainous interior, including the three distinctive peaks of Mt Gimie. You will then pass through Cap Estate, known as the Beverly Hills of St. Lucia and dotted with some of the island’s finest homes.

Pause for a photo stop at Sea Breeze Heights before continuing to the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club to enjoy a refreshment.

Before you know it, it will be time to return to the pier and your Crystal ship.

It is recommended guests wear a hat, sunscreen, lightweight clothing and jacket, as well as flat, comfortable shoes. Guests may also wish to bring binoculars, insect repellant and a camera. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

Excursion Code:

STL-E

Highlights:

Discover St. Lucia from above and below the treetops on today’s memorable adventure. Bird’s-eye views from a forest gondola offer a new perspective on the tropical flora and fauna, while insights into the island’s history and culture are afforded with a scenic island survey.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Activity Type:

Entertainment Historical sites / UNESCO National Park / Natural Wonder Sightseeing

Duration:

Approximately 4 hours

Price:

$179

Availability:

Limited

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda by Land & Sea

December 30

Seated on a forward-facing bench seat of your open-sided safari bus, travel to The Top of The Baths, the restaurant and bar named for its location overlooking The Baths, the island’s famed beach with enormous granite boulders creating shallow pools and mysterious grottoes.

Stop to admire views of the natural rock formations, palm-lined sands and crystalline waters before heading to the Savannah Bay viewpoint. Your safari bus will next ascend the winding road to Gorda Peak, where you will pause to appreciate panoramas of Gorda Sound and the surrounding islands. From here, descend the mountain and make your way to the historical monument at Copper Mine Point, first mined by Spanish settlers in the 16th century.

At Gun Creek, a twin-engine motorboat awaits to treat you to another perspective on the natural wonders of Virgin Gorda. As you are cruising through Gorda Sound and past The Baths, Mosquito Island and the Dog Islands, enjoy a refreshing fruit or rum punch. The sight of your Crystal ship at anchor is a particularly memorable highlight of your land-and-sea discovery.

Your excursion drawing to a close, return to shore at the tender marina.

Although the sights visited are manual wheelchair accessible, guests must be able to embark and disembark the safari bus and boat with little to no assistance. All manual wheelchairs must be collapsible and be easily stored onboard the safari bus and boat. Also, due to extremely limited storage space for wheelchairs, please contact the Shore Excursions Desk to ensure accommodation. Land transportation is by open-sided safari bus without air conditioning. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as 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 may vary. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing 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:

VIJ - B

Highlights:

Enjoy two perspectives on a singularly beautiful island as you board an open-sided safari bus and a motorboat for views of Savannah Bay, Gorda Sound and the ruins of the copper mines. Yet another highlight is a look at The Baths, the famous stretch of sand strewn with massive, granite boulders.

Activity Level:

Moderate Adventure

Walking Type:

Moderate

Duration:

Approximately 3 hours

Price:

$69

Availability:

Limited

Charleston

Historic Charleston by Carriage

January 02

Near the pier area, board your mule-drawn carriage for a leisurely ride through some of the alleys and narrow streets that twist their way through this colorful city.

Your knowledgeable guide will relate 300 years of history as you pass 18th- and 19th-century homes and buildings. The scent of tea olive from some of the nearby gardens will envelop you as you view elaborate porticos and doorways which lead into some of the most elegant residences of the area.

This brief, yet enjoyable experience will provide the perfect introduction to historic Charleston.

It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

Excursion Code:

CHS-A

Highlights:

Enjoy the clip-clop clatter of your carriage as you are pulled along the narrow streets of Charleston, passing highlights of this traditional city.

Activity Level:

Soft Adventure

Walking Type:

Very Little

Duration:

Approximately 1 hour

Price:

$79

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: $662

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $1,500

Call us for air fares.

Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 7,600 ( $10,335)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 7,765 ( $10,545)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 8,030 ( $10,890)
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 8,460 ( $12,445)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 8,460 ( $12,445)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 8,460 ( $12,445)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 8,995 ( $13,195)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 8,995 ( $13,195)
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 9,210 ( $14,565)
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 9,210 ( $14,565)
PH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 13,500 ( $24,750)
PS (11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 18,590