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Enrichment Voyage: Origins & Empires
~ An Exploration of Central and South America and Transit of the Panama Canal on the Semester at Sea ship

December 8, 2012 to January 2, 2013
U.Va. Faculty: Julian Bond, Professor of History Emeritus

Price: Starting at $2,799 Based on Cabin Selection
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Overview

Join U.Va. alumni, parents and friends to explore ten diverse ports of call in Central and South America, and discover the rich history of the area from ancient to colonial times. As you travel to both familiar and off-the-beaten-path destinations, you might climb Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan city high in the Andes, or venture to UNESCO World Heritage sites. In addition to adventurous in-port excursions, the Origins & Empires Enrichment Voyage offers abundant learning opportunities aboard our world-class vessel, the MV Explorer.

Origins & EmpiresEnrichment Voyage begins in Nassau, Bahamas and travels to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; the Panama Canal; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Callao, Peru; Manta, Ecuador; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and disembarks in San Diego, California.

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Program Highlights

In-port Field Programs allow participants to go ashore for on-the-ground discovery and exploration; they also help bring about onboard Enrichment Sessions and Workshops to life. A wide range of Field Programs is offered on each voyage. Options range from the adventurous (zip lining, white water rafting, and hiking) to the relaxing (beach visit), and encompass city and museum tours and visits to wildlife sanctuaries and horticultural conservatories. Service and humanitarian opportunities are available for participants interested in giving back through voluntourism.

On days at sea enjoy our signature programs:

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Accommodations

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Meals

All meals and snacks are included. Enjoy casual, full-service, open seating dining in the Aqua Marine Dining Room or buffet-style service in the Garden Lounge. Both facilities are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals feature a multi-course menu with international flair.

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Faculty

Julian Bond, Professor of History Emeritus

From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) through his Chairmanship of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace as well as an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited. Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change since he was an undergraduate student leading sit-in demonstrations at Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1960. Time Magazine named Bond as one of America’s top 200 leaders in 1984, he received the Legislative Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association “In Recognition of Outstanding Service to Cities.” He received the 1985 Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. He received the 1999 James Weldon Johnson Award and a Good Guy Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus in 2000. In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award and the Eugene V. Debs Award. Bond’s teaching experience includes being a Pappas Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Professor at Drexel University, Harvard University, and Williams College. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Professor Emeritus of the University of Virginia Department of History.

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Itinerary

Enrichment Voyage: Origins & Empires

Day 1 -- December 8, 2012
Embark in Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau is the capital, largest city and the commercial center of the Bahamas. Historically, Nassau is considered the historical stronghold of pirates, having been a pirate haven around 1713 for pirate chieftains such as the infamous Blackbeard. Now, the city serves as a key tourist destination, boasting world class resorts, old world and colonial architecture, white sandy beaches, and brilliant turquoise waters. Culturally, the Bahamas embody rich musical traditions reflecting both the impact of history on the islands and homegrown, distinctively national characters.

Day 2 -- December 9, 2012
At Sea
A variety of talks and enrichment sessions will be presented among an array of scheduled shipboard activities for everyone.

Day 3 -- December 10, 2012
Montego Bay, Jamaica
The third most populous English-speaking country in North America behind the United States and Canada, Jamaica is a tropical island in the Caribbean Sea located just south of Cuba and west of Haiti. Jamaica's mountainous terrain makes it an ideal location for coffee growing in the Blue Mountains. The island also features cavernous caves, impressive hill views, and picturesque waterfalls. Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Ríos is one of the most famous waterfalls on the island and is open for visitors who wish to hike up its cascading face.

Day 4 -- December 11, 2012
At Sea
A variety of talks and enrichment sessions will be presented among an array of scheduled shipboard activities for everyone.

Day 5 -- December 12, 2012
Cartagena, Colombia
Once known as the epicenter for drug trafficking and violence, Colombia has made incredible strides to reverse the presence of political corruption and lawlessness associated with the 1970-1980s era of the Colombian drug trade. Today, Colombia is widely visited by tourists from all countries. Located in the northern region of South America, Colombia contains ecological regions in the Amazon rainforest, Caribbean and Pacific shorelines, Andean highlands, and tropical grasslands. It is classified as the most megadiverse country per square kilometer in the world.

Day 6 -- December 13, 2012
Colon, Panama
Delve into the colonial history of this Central American state that struggled for independence from Spain and later Colombia. Known to most as the home as the Panama Canal, Panama has introduced plans to build a wider canal to allow the transit of even larger vessels through this economic artery and engineering marvel. Beyond the Canal Zone, connect with the Emberá people of Chagres, who welcome visitors to their community in the jungle and teach them about a way of life that has remained unchanged for generations. Or, tour the tropical forests throughout the country that are home to playful monkeys and colorful birds.

Day 7 -- December 14, 2012
Transit Panama Canal

Day 8 -- December 15, 2012
At Sea
A variety of talks and enrichment sessions will be presented among an array of scheduled shipboard activities for everyone.

Day 9 -- December 16, 2012
At Sea
Relax at sea as you gear up for the biodiversity of Ecuador! A variety of talks and enrichment sessions will be presented among an array of scheduled shipboard activities for everyone.

Day 10 -- December 17, 2012
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Ecuador sits on the west coast of South America bordering the Pacific Ocean, Colombia, and Peru. Ecuador is often cited for its diverse species of flora and fauna, such as those existing on the fascinating Galapagos Islands 620 miles west of the mainland and the creatures residing in the rainforests of the Amazon River Basin in the eastern region of the country. Packed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ecuador is recognized for its preservation of Spanish colonial architecture, fusion of cultures in urban design, and endemic populations of endangered animal and plant species.

Day 11 -- December 18, 2012
At Sea

Days 12-14 -- December 19-December 21, 2012
Callao, Peru
Amazing geological features like the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the lush rainforest of the Amazon River Basin run though Peru, a South American country approximately three times the size of California. Perhaps its best known city, besides the modern capital of Lima, is Cuzco, the former capital of the ancient Inca civilization that ruled this region until Spanish conquest in 1533. Peru's major exports include gold, copper, textiles, and apparel.

Day 15 -- December 22, 2012
At Sea
A variety of talks and enrichment sessions will be presented among an array of scheduled shipboard activities for everyone.

Day 16 -- December 23, 2012
Manta, Ecuador
Ecuador sits on the west coast of South America bordering the Pacific Ocean, Colombia, and Peru. Ecuador is often cited for its diverse species of flora and fauna, such as those existing on the fascinating Galapagos Islands 620 miles west of the mainland and the creatures residing in the rainforests of the Amazon River Basin in the eastern region of the country. Packed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ecuador is recognized for its preservation of Spanish colonial architecture, fusion of cultures in urban design, and endemic populations of endangered animal and plant species.

Day 17 -- December 24, 2012
At Sea

Days 18-19 -- December 25-December 26, 2012
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
The verdant rainforest and ocean community of Costa Rica gives meaning to the expression pura vida, or embracing the goodness of life.  Throughout the mountainous regions of the country are enclaves of economic activity, such as the production of cacao for coffee, or strongholds of tradition, such as in Sarchi where master craftsmen carry on the traditional painting of wooden ox carts. Eco-tourism is a big magnet for travelers who come to experience the protected landscape of Costa Rica. Many visit the country to see the cloud forest atop Poás Volcano crater, raft the Corobicí River, or zip line across rainforest canopy. Sloths, macaws, frogs, and other wildlife are spectators of every outdoor activity.  

Holiday Feast and activities planned.

Day 20 -- December 27, 2012
Corinto, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a perfect example of the convergence of Spanish colonial influence and the thriving biodiversity characteristic of Central America. While here you might trek the Cerro Negro volcano, which formed 160 years ago and holds the title of youngest volcano in Mesoamerica. León, the former colonial capital, is Nicaragua's cultural and artistic stronghold. León University, located here, dates back to the 19th century. It recently opened a botanic garden that features 1,200 plant and 80 bird species.

Day 21 -- December 28, 2012
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Guatemala stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and is home to numerous active volcanoes and thick jungle. Famed for its rich trove of Mayan ruins scattered throughout the country, Guatemala's most famous archaeological site is Tikal. In the southwestern region lies Lake Atitlán, a volcanic lake around which diverse native Mayan populations still live. Antigua, once the capital of the region, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its the Spanish colonial architecture.

Day 22 -- December 29, 2012
At Sea
Enjoy programming aboard ship or just relax and read a book.

Day 23 -- December 30, 2012
At Sea
Enjoy programming aboard ship or just relax and read a book.

Day 24 -- December 31, 2012
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The large neighbor to the south, Mexico is a country both familiar and far away from the United States. Mexico is popular destination for its white-sand beaches and ancient ruins of Mesoamerican civilizations, but also boats a strong artisan trade and thriving tourism infrastructure. Mexico's coasts offer world-class fishing opportunities, as well as picturesque horseback riding trails, and adventurous kayaking and snorkeling spots.

New Year's Celebration

Day 25 -- January 1, 2013
At Sea
Enjoy final Enrichment lectures as we make our way back to the U.S.A. A variety of talks and enrichment sessions will be presented among an array of scheduled shipboard activities for everyone.

Day 26 -- January 2, 2013
Disembark in San Diego, California
Your journey comes to an end in the beautiful state of California. Disembark for your next destination!

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Program Fees

Central America Cruise
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Prices are per person, double occupancy, land/cruise only. Trips on the Semester at Sea ship differ from traditional Cavalier Travels programs in that excursions are not included and are charged based on selection. We are awaiting excursion pricing but they typically range from $40 to $150 depending on the activity.

Inside Cabins: $2,799.00

Outside, non-suite, non-balcony cabins: $2,999.00

Suites: $5,399.00

Balcony Suites: $6,399

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of 150% of the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes: All meals and snacks, voyage fare.

Price does not include: $280 government taxes and fees which must be listed seperately; Airfar;, transportation to and from ports; optional field excursions; alcoholic beverages aboard the ship.  ** Trips on the Semester at Sea ship differ from traditional Cavalier Travels programs in that excursions are not included and are charged based on selection. We are awaiting excursion pricing but they typically range from $40 to $150 depending on the activity.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 90days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card, or check payable to "Institute for Shipboard Education".

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

$280 per person in addition to the program cost. Basic medical emergency insurance is included.

Notice of cancellation must be received in writing in our office at least 91 days prior to sailing. Cancellations received fewer than 90 days prior to sailing date will be handled as follows:

If cancelled within 61 to 90 days prior, 25% of fare is non-refundable.
If cancelled within 31 to 60 days prior, 50% of fare is non-refundable.
If cancelled fewer than 30 days prior (or non-appearance), 100% of the fare is non-refundable.

Thirty days in advance of sailing, the Institute for Shipboard Education will enact a fuel supplement for all participants up to $9 per person per day should the price of light sweet crude oil—according to the NY Mercantile Exchange Index—increase above $85 per barrel.

Field excursion availability is limited; space for Machu Picchu and Galapagos trips will be allocated by date of voyage reservation. Additional fees will apply.

 

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