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October 11 - 25, 2019

Costa Rica & The Panama Canal

Caldera to New Orleans

The Six-Star Crystal Symphony

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Experience the tropics with a twist on this unique itinerary combining the historical treasures of Cartagena, the southern charm of New Orleans, a crossing of the Panama Canal and the eco-wonders of Costa Rica, including a maiden call to Golfito.

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

October 11

Caldera, Costa Rica

October 12

Quepos, Costa Rica

October 13

Golfito, Costa Rica

October 14

Cruising the Coast of Central America

October 15

Panama City, Panama

October 16

Transit the Panama Canal

October 17

Cartagena, Colombia

October 18

Cruising the Coast of Central America

October 19

Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

October 20

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

October 21

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

October 22

Cozumel, Mexico

October 23

Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

October 24

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

October 25

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

October 11 - Caldera, Costa Rica

Depart 6 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.

October 12 - Quepos, Costa Rica

7 AM to 7 PM

A bustling town gridded by colorful streets typical of Costa Rica, Quepos is the adventurer's practical stop for sleepovers, supplies and sundries for expeditions over fish-rich seas and jungle-clad mountains. Most travelers head to the wildlife haven of Manuel Antonio National Park, established in 1972 and located just a few miles from town. While the park is not the country's largest (indeed, it is Costa Rica's second-smallest), it is one of the most biodiverse, with 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds within its rugged borders. You might trek along the park's well-marked trails to spot several species of sloths, iguanas, snakes and bats and wield your binoculars to view toucans, woodpeckers, tanagers and parakeets. An ocean of possibilities awaits you offshore, where you can go dolphin watching, sport fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Dip into a tavern in town to rub elbows with the locals, some of the friendliest creatures you are likely to encounter.

October 13 - Golfito, Costa Rica

7 AM to 6 PM

Golfito, meaning "Little Gulf," was once a major port for southern Costa Rica's banana industry. The United Fruit Company planted its headquarters here in the 1930s, but the 1980s saw a slip in the markets, labor disputes and banana blight, sending the banana business out of the region and the economy into a tumble. Today, the town is endeavoring to produce another type of bounty: tourism. Sport fishing, great sweeps of nature, including the Golfito Wildlife Refuge and some of the highest storied rainforests in Central America, and a duty-free zone are helping to grow Golfito's appeal. The Golfito of old and new, natural and commercial, are on display at the remains of the old United Fruit Company housing, botanical gardens, jungle-clad hillsides and dizzying choices at the Zona Americana, where souvenirs can be had for a bargain.

October 14 - Cruising the Coast of Central America

October 15 - Panama City, Panama

7 AM to 11:59 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.

October 16 - 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.

October 17 - Cartagena, Colombia

12 PM 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.

October 18 - Cruising the Coast of Central America

October 19 - Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

7 AM to 6 PM

Puerto Limón, located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, boasts a rich combination of sights, sounds and smells. Once ashore, embrace these elements as they surround you, filling your senses with the essence of this delightful port city. The growth of the coffee market prompted the Costa Rican government to search for an Atlantic port to facilitate shipping coffee to Europe and beyond. In 1871, the port of Limón was established and what was once a migrant fishermen's village of five huts grew into an important center of commerce. With the introduction of a rail service the following year between San José and the Atlantic coast, Limón became a thriving railroad and banana town.

October 20 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

October 21 - Cruising the Caribbean Sea

October 22 - Cozumel, Mexico

7 AM to 7 PM

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.

October 23 - Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

October 24 - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Arrive 11 AM

Sitting astride the great Mississippi River, rising ever so slightly from the first high ground above its mouth, the city of New Orleans commands the river-borne bounty of the vast North American interior. Both the Indian traders who originally occupied the area and the European explorers who came later quickly recognized its obvious commercial and strategic value. The invention of the cotton gin, the arrival of the steamboat and the rapid expansion of the United States combined to place New Orleans at the center of a regional economic boom.

October 25 - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Disembark AM

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: $630

* Fares include the Book Now Savings and the Early Payment Discount.

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)
E2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Extremely Limited View)
$ 4,875 ( $ 7,313)
E1 (7,8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Limited View)
$ 5,260 ( $ 7,893)
D (5)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 5,684 ( $ 8,526)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 6,533 ( $ 9,804)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 6,732 ( $10,096)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 7,001 ( $10,501)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 7,108 ( $10,657)
A3 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 7,244 ( $10,866)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 7,425 ( $11,135)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 7,503 ( $11,256)
SH, PH (9, 10)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 11,100 ( $19,427)
SS, PS (10)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 14,986