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December 20, 2017 - January 23, 2018

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The 2017 Holiday and Panama Passage Bridge Cruise

Charleston to Los Angeles

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Crystal's first-ever round-trip voyage out of Charleston, S.C., 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. 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. Then on to the beautifully preserved architectural treasures of Charleston and the engineering marvel of a Panama Canal transit; this is a sun-kissed voyage of unparalleled eco-adventures and iconic Mexican Riviera resort towns. Between the elegant Serenity, the complete bridge program, and Roberta and Arnold Salob's merriment, you'll have the cruise of a lifetime!

You can also embark this cruise on December 21 in Ft. Lauderdale; call us for details

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 20

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

December 21

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 22

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 23

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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

Cruising the East Coast of USA

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

December 20 - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Embark PM

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.

December 21 - Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 22 - Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

December 23 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

9 AM to 6 PM

The dramatic sandstone fortress of El Morro, begun by the Spanish in 1540, was built to guard the harbor against Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. Stroll the breezy boulevards of Old San Juan, lined with five centuries of palaces and great homes, as well as outdoor cafés where you can sample the island's famous coffee and seafood delicacies.

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 - Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

8 AM to 6 PM

Like grains of sand that collect to make a blissful stretch of beach, Virgin Gorda boasts an assortment of gems that make it a top vacation destination. First is its relative non-commercialism. Though located amid popular “saints” such as St. Thomas, St. Martin and St. Barts, Virgin Gorda has managed to keep a low profile, with its eight square miles home to only a smattering of villas and a few resorts. Second are its ties to two famous people: Christopher Columbus, who named the island for its resemblance to a reclining woman with an ample belly, and business mogul Richard Branson, who owns his own private island offshore. Third, and most obvious, is Virgin Gorda’s Caribbean setting. Turquoise waters ideal for snorkeling and swimming are, of course, plentiful. More unusual are the Baths, an area of enormous boulders and rock formations that create remarkable scenery and wonderful grottoes for clambering and investigating.

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. 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.

January 03 - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

January 04 - Charleston, South Carolina

Depart 4 PM

January 05 - Cruising the East Coast of USA

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.

FARES

New Reduced 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: $1,965

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $3,500 and Early Payment Discount (good until 6/16/17).

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)
$ 12,495 ( $17,272)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 13,065 ( $18,008)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 13,952 ( $19,164)
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 15,420 ( $22,956)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 15,702 ( $23,351)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 16,049 ( $23,834)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 16,687 ( $24,726)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 16,814 ( $24,906)
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 17,067 ( $27,310)
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 17,180 ( $27,480)
PH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 25,136 ( $46,547)
PS (11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 34,817