Experience the best cruising has to offer onboard the beautiful Celebrity Solstice. Visit ports across Australia including Sydney, Newcastle, Airlie Beach, The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island, and Brisbane.


  Day Date Port Arrive Depart
Jan 14
Sydney, Australia - Embark 6:45 PM
Jan 15
Newcastle, Australia 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Jan 16
At Sea
Jan 17
At Sea
Jan 18
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Jan 19
Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Australia 9:00 AM 8:00 PM
Jan 20
Port Douglas, Australia 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Jan 21
Willis Island(Cruising), Aus
Jan 22
At Sea
Jan 23
Brisbane, Australia 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
Jan 24
At Sea
Jan 25
Sydney, Australia - Disembark 6:30 AM

Tuesday, January 14 – Sydney, Australia – Embark

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers just about anything—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways, or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower.

Wednesday, January 15 – Newcastle, Australia – Day Open

Newcastle is a lively modern city rich with maritime history. A world-famous surfing destination, Merewether Beach is not to be missed. In town, discover trendy bars, award-winning restaurants and a lively arts culture. Hop on the Newcastle Coastal Explorer, a bus tour. Shop the posh boutiques of Darby Street or stop into a cafe for a quick refreshment. Thrill-seekers can enjoy skydiving, ziplining, or dune-buggy excursions.

Thursday January 16 – At Sea

Saturday, January 18 – Airlie Beach, Australia – Day Open

Airlie Beach is popular for sailing and yachting among the calm waters of the Whitsunday Islands. This is a great departure point for The Great Barrier Reef, the largest living thing on the planet and hosts thousands of species including fish, corals, dolphins, and whales.
Back on land, you’ll find charming seaside markets and galleries with friendly artisans, handcrafted jewelry, paintings, photography, and tropical beachwear—perfect for a leisurely browse.

Sunday, January 19 – Cairns, Australia – Day Open

Explore the rainforest by cable car and scenic railway, soaring above treetops, peering into gorges, and observing jungle waterfalls. Join a whitewater rafting adventure in Barron Gorge National Park.
Stop at a rainforest village to see kangaroos, birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Hold a koala in your arms and feed a wallaby. Watch traditional Aboriginal dancers perform and artisans create their pottery, paintings, glass works, jewelry, and fabrics. Shop for the perfect souvenir among these wonderful offerings.

Monday, January 20 – Port Douglas, Australia – Day Open

The bustling seaside village of Port Douglas will be your hub to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a full day of marine adventure with opportunities to swim, snorkel, dive or view the reef from an underwater observatory.

Tuesday, January 21 – Cruising Willis Island – Day Open

Escape civilization and discover a tiny island—just 1,600 feet long and 490 feet wide—where the only inhabitants are meteorologists manning a weather monitoring station. From the ship’s deck watch seabirds in flight such as boobies, wedge-tailed shearwaters and sooty terns. Nearby coral reefs dot the shore and turtles meander in their nesting grounds.

Wednesday, January 22 – At Sea

Thursday January 23 – Brisbane, Australia – Day Open

Find a thriving art scene, sandy beaches, lively nightlife, and multiple wildlife sanctuaries in Brisbane. Start with scenic city views from Mount Coot-tha, west of downtown, then go for a swim at South Bank Parklands, a sparkling, man-made, inner-city beach overlooking the Brisbane River. Meet Australia’s best-known natives, the koalas and kangaroos, at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Shop for the latest designer goods along Edward Street, where you’ll find Hermès, Oroton, Georg Jensen, Paspaley, Chanel, and Australia’s largest Cartier store.

Friday, January 24 – At Sea

Saturday, January 25 – Sydney, Australia – Disembark

The Celebrity Solstice®

shipCelebrity Solstice® is one of the more decorated ships at sea, so it’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts.” Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass Show? The first cruise line to have 5 women, also known as “the Leading Ladies” redesign and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Our passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. Celebrity Solstice also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers. If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice.

Signature features include:

Cellar Masters: Immerse yourself in the culture of wine within the inviting atmosphere of Cellar Masters, a wine bar. Cellar Masters offers you the opportunity to try a bold collection of both familiar and unknown wines from around the world. To help you explore these wines, it features the state-of-the-art Enomatic® wine-by-the-glass dispensing system. With a simple swipe of your SeaPass card, it will pour your choice directly from the bottle in a 1-ounce, 2.5-ounce or 5-ounce portion. Sommeliers will guide you in the use of the Enomatic® system and offer further insight into the fine art of wine selection, an integral part of an epicurean lifestyle. Then, you’ll be ready to begin your travels through the world of wine.

Main Restaurant: A grand stage for dining. The Main Restaurant is the centerpiece of an impressive and enriching range of culinary experiences. It presents an unparalleled wealth of choices every evening. Working literally around the clock, the galleys delight in sending out artfully presented dishes, every delicate micro-green garnish perfectly in place.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub®: Relax and rejuvenate in our serene spa at sea. Experience the unique services of Canyon Ranch in a breathtaking setting—aboard Celebrity’s modern luxury ships. Enhance your vacation with a complete wellness and lifestyle program that increases resilience, restores serenity, and helps you feel rejuvenated.

The Lawn Club: There’s absolutely nothing like it. A freshly manicured lawn on the highest deck of Celebrity Solstice. This is The Lawn Club. Enjoy casual outdoor activities in a decidedly Country Club atmosphere, and let the grass between your toes take you places no cruise has gone before.

Sky Observation Lounge: A quiet refuge by day for gazing over the sea with a cocktail at hand. At night, the space comes to life with live music and dancing. In addition, special interactive theme parties include Live@Sky—music and dances of the 40s with a modern twist—and Motown, featuring funky soul with a live band, singers and dancers.

Silk Harvest Restaurant: A subtle taste of Far East delicacies meant to share. As the first Asian restaurant in the Celebrity fleet, Silk Harvest takes you on a journey to the Far East, offering authentic Asian hospitality perfectly paired with a contemporary blend of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Here you enjoy family-style dining in a warm and friendly setting.

The Hot Glass Show: Don’t just appreciate art, experience it. Witness the incredible, gorgeous art of glassblowing with intimate live demonstrations. Watch and learn from professional glassblowers in this popular, one-of-a-kind exhibition from the renowned Corning Museum of Glass.


Veranda Stateroom


Spacious staterooms located throughout the ship, each with its own private veranda.

Oceanview Stateroom


Window staterooms with a sitting area where you can kick back and relax after a day that has been as busy or easy as you want.

Inside Stateroom


Staterooms with ample living space, including a sitting area and a flat screen TV.

Photos and renderings of guestrooms are representative of the general design and view of the rooms.
The exact layout and view in any of the guestroom photos are not guaranteed.

We have a block of cabins for seminar participants.
Once this block is sold, cabins are on availability only and may be at a higher rate.
Cruises sell out early

Travel Arrangements

To receive these discounted cruise fares you must book your cruise through NWAS. We have all of the information regarding the cruise and seminar and can make your cruise reservations.


Reservations will be secured and cabins assigned upon receipt of passenger deposit of $900 per cabin. Final payment as instructed by our travel agent. Due to the number of details needed to complete cruise cabin booking accurately, a cabin will not be booked for you until you have spoken with one of our cruise agents via phone or via direct email correspondence. Please contact our office at 1-800-222-6927 or 1-509-547-7065 to complete your cruise reservation.

Discounted Fares

We have been able to negotiate a GREAT DISCOUNT for you on this luxurious cruise! See reservation form for details. ALWAYS CALL US BEFORE BOOKING ANYWHERE ELSE: (800) 222-6927


This course is designed for physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the anesthesia specialty or are impacted by it.


The practitioner of anesthesiology must possess the scientific background for clinical practice; maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of not only the specialty, but also of all additional related disciplines which may impact it; maintain an up-to-the-minute armamentarium of knowledge and skills for the selection and use of complex equipment, pharmacological agents, and procedures necessary for the provision of quality patient care; manage self and colleagues to function toward common goals in the clinical setting, the clinical and educational institutions, and the community in which the practice resides; serve as an expert in matters involving health care delivery; serve as an informed manager of clinical and educational services provided, including the acquisition and distribution of resources necessary in meeting professional goals; and provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner. Presentations are designed to facilitate the healthcare provider in reviewing, updating, and/or expanding knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas vital to the practicing professional.


At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

Apply the pertinent physical and behavioral sciences - to include but not be limited to advanced anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and social sciences - as they impact and are affected by the planning, delivery, and monitoring of anesthesia and related services inherent in the anesthesia professions.

Explain the selection, dosing considerations with methods of administration, safe use, and contraindications and precautions of presented pharmacological agents through the understanding of their physico-chemical properties, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, updated uses, and more recently developed additional, related, and similar drugs.

Outline comprehensive management plans for the group of patients discussed, whether related in age, physical status, cultural background, invasive procedure, anesthetic or analgesic requirements, clinical setting, adverse reactions, and/or goals of care.

Apply the principles of safety and asepsis in the performance of anesthetic procedures and administrations, equipment use, and other applications encountered during the provision of anesthesia and analgesia whether in the surgical unit, the labor and delivery suite, the pain management clinic, or other more remote location of anesthetizing services.

Incorporate the appropriate recommendations and/or requirements of pertinent external organizations, institutions, and professional groups - recognized as serving as the authority for and/or holding the responsibility to compile and approve such tenets - in the provision of anesthesia and related services, whether medical, legal, philosophical, ethical, or health care management standards.

Apply the new techniques in the clinical setting of the participant.

Clinical Concerns in Anesthesia 11-Night Great Barrier Reef Cruise January 14–25, 2020

Tuesday, January 14 - Sydney, Australia - Embark

  1830 Ship Sails (subject to change)

Wednesday, January 15 - Newcastle, Australia - Day Open

Thursday January 16 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0900 Traumatic Shock: The Anesthesia Provider's and the Intensivist's Point of View L.Pelinka  
  1000 Treating Traumatic Shock: What's New? L.Pelinka  
  1100 Blast Injuries: Are You Ready? L.Pelinka  
  1200 Lunch Break
  1330 Perioperative Arrhythmia: Part I R.Lenhardt  
  1430 Perioperative Arrhythmia: Part II R.Lenhardt  
  1530 Anesthesia for the Morbidly Obese Patient R.Lenhardt  
  1630 Adjourn

Friday, January 17 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0900 Anesthesia for Robotic Abdominal Surgery R.Lenhardt  
  1000 Multimodal Analgesia R.Lenhardt  
  1100 MRI and Anesthesia R.Lenhardt  
  1200 Lunch Break
  1330 Ketamine, the Comeback Kid L.Pelinka  
  1430 Drug Abuse and Anesthesia: Pitfalls and Possibilities L.Pelinka  
  1530 Problems in the PACU: Is it Serotonin Syndrome? L.Pelinka  
  1630 Adjourn

Saturday, January 18 - Airlie Beach, Australia - Day Open

Sunday, January 19 - Cairns, Australia - Day Open

Monday, January 20 - Port Douglas, Australia - Day Open

Tuesday, January 21 - Cruising Willis Island - Day Open


Wednesday, January 22 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0900 Sugammadex: My Favorite Doughnut L.Pelinka  
  1000 NOAC Reversal Agents: A Dream Come True? L.Pelinka  
  1100 Drug-Related Errors and How to Avoid Them L.Pelinka  
  1200 Lunch Break
  1330 Prevention and Treatment of Perioperative Hypothermia R.Lenhardt  
  1430 Hyperthermia and Anesthesia R.Lenhardt  
  1530 PBLD: A Case of Malignant Hyperthermia R.Lenhardt  
  1630 Adjourn

Thursday January 23 - Brisbane, Australia - Day Open

Friday, January 24 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0900 TIVA R.Lenhardt  
  1000 Sepsis Guidelines R.Lenhardt  
  1100 Management of the Brain Dead Donor R.Lenhardt  
  1200 Lunch Break
  1330 Issues With the Elderly: Case Discussions L.Pelinka  
  1430 Peripheral Nerve Blocks: Let's Look Behind the Scenes L.Pelinka  
  1530 Is There a Medical Professional on Board This Aircraft? L.Pelinka  
  1630 Adjourn

24 CME

24 Class A CE

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Saturday, January 25 - Sydney, Australia - Disembark


Linda E. Pelinka, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and
Critical Care Medicine
University of Vienna and
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of
Experimental and Clinical Traumatology
Vienna, Austria, European Union

Rainer Lenhardt, MD, MBA
Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars. The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Anesthesiology: CME credit will be sent directly to The American Board of Anesthesiology to fulfill the Part 2 requirement for the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®).

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1037337; Expiration Date 1/24/2020.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept CME from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 24 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number 4833), District of Columbia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), Florida Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), Georgia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), and the South Carolina Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480). This program offers 24 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, Northwest Anesthesia Seminars, Pasco, Washington


Factors beyond our control sometimes necessitate changes in the schedule and faculty. If time permits, we will inform all registrants of any changes prior to the program. Changes on site due to local conditions will be announced in class.


$100 between November 15, 2019 and December 15, 2019. No refund after December 15, 2019; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be in writing.


Penalties apply for cancellation of the cruise for any reason. We strongly recommend purchase of the cancellation insurance. Ask us for details. Please be aware that premiums paid for insurance are non-refundable.


We reserve the right to cancel a course for any reason. In such case, a minimum of 60 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS and NWWT will not be responsible for any non-refundable cruise fare, airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur. We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance. Travel at your own risk.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

FAP lets you accumulate points based on dollars spent with NWAS including net cruise, net hotel, and tuition booked through NWAS (but not air). Once you have enough points to cover a full tuition they can be redeemed for tuition (no cash value). A great program to reward you for supporting NWAS! FAP is an especially valuable bonus when you book your cruises through NWAS. Not only do you receive the lowest fare, but you get a 1.5% of net cruise fare credit toward future tuition!. Click here for more information.

Lecture notes will be provided via download in PDF format.

You must sign-in every day you attend to receive credit.

While we strive for accuracy at all times with our published information, we cannot be responsible for typographical and other errors.

Please note that children and non-registered guests are not allowed to attend the lectures. The concierge can provide you with childcare information.

Travel at your own risk.

Airfare available through Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking. Contact Kellee Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - Email: kellee@universaltravel1.com


We recommend that you register early to assure your spot. We reserve the right to close registrations to a course at any time without notice. We may not be able to accommodate onsite registrations.