7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Itinerary

  Day Date Port of Call Arrival* Departure* Activity
  Sun Mar 31, 2024 Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida - 4:30 PM Embark
  Mon Apr 1, 2024 Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas 7:00 AM 4:00 PM  
  Tue Apr 2, 2024 At Sea - -  
  Wed Apr 3, 2024 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 12:30 PM 8:00 PM  
  Thu Apr 4, 2024 Philipsburg, St. Maarten 8:00 AM 6:00 PM  
  Fri Apr 5, 2024 At Sea - -  
  Sat Apr 6, 2024 At Sea - -  
  Sun Apr 7, 2024 Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida 6:00 AM   Disembark
  *Embark/Departure/Disembark times subject to change.

Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida

As the home of Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral is the launching point for all-out adventure in Central Florida. Its beaches offer a mix of family-friendly shores and secluded swaths of sand. And with Orlando’s theme park sprawl only an hour away, you can easily mingle with your favorite characters. Beyond the parks lie equally amusing gems packed with Old Florida character. Kayak past manatees in the Banana River Lagoon and zip line above alligators at Brevard Zoo. Discover notable art museums and Park Avenue’s ritzy charm. Orlando cruises give you access to trace the region’s roots at the Orange County Regional History Museum.

Lift off into interstellar exploration at the Kennedy Space Center. Among interactive Mission Zones you’ll see the Saturn V rocket and the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis. Go behind the gates to discover historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities, plus marvel at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Connect with Florida’s natural side while riding waves at Cocoa Beach or basking in seclusion at Canaveral National Seashore. Don’t miss a kayak trip through glowing bioluminescent waters, or an airboat ride through wetlands. Cruise to Orlando-Port Canaveral and swim in rejuvenating freshwater springs - or tee off at one of Orlando’s 150 golf courses. Orlando is known as a land of amusements - and for good reason. The city is home to six unique theme parks, each with their own distinct thrills, including Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure. Or you can venture beyond the Big Six to Gatorland’s swampy terrain, or hit one of the many epic waterparks around town.

The Cove at Port Canaveral is home to plenty of waterfront restaurants serving up fresh fish tacos and mahi-mahi sandwiches. Orlando has its fair share of celebrity chef-led, farm-to-table spots - and character meals are popular at the theme park resorts. And the Mills 50 District north of downtown Orlando is famous for its Vietnamese fare. The shops in Historic Cocoa Village sell local handmade art and tropical décor. Souvenir shopping in Orlando is best at Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk and along International Drive. Stop by the family-owned Orange Blossom Indian River Citrus for Florida-grown oranges, grapefruits and other fruits during your Orlando cruise.

CocoCay, Bahamas

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in The Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own Overwater Cabana.

This is a drench a minute thrill-a-thon for every adventurer. From giggle-worthy tides to shriek-inducing slides towering high into the clouds. Bounce, climb and swing your way through the obstacles in Adventure Pool. Get swept up by the biggest Wave Pool in the Caribbean. Or if you’re up for a true rush, take on the tallest waterslide in North America - Daredevil’s Peak℠. Whatever your thrill threshold, you’ll find firsts to test your bravery at Thrill Waterpark®.

This is no mirage, you’ve found it - the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Make your way through the different coves of Oasis Lagoon®, each with a vibe all its own. Splash right in at the kid-friendly sloping entry. Take your first sip of a cold Coco Loco at the swim-up bar before lounging on one of three swim-up islands. Or treat yourself to total relaxation in the privacy of your own cabana, complete with attendant service. Oasis Lagoon® is the perfect place to cool down with a cold one or your favorite tropical cocktail. You don’t even need to leave the water - this Caribbean-cool retreat is home to a swim-up bar with 23 seats, so there’s room enough for the whole squad. Float on over, grab a spot, and raise a glass to a day well spent. Or take your Coco Loco to go and enjoy it on one of the lagoon’s swim-up islands. If your ideal beach day involves kicking back and enjoying the sunshine, you’ve come to the right spot. Oasis Lagoon® is all about unwinding any way you like. Rest and recharge poolside or stay submerged on one of the many in-water loungers that run the perimeter of the lagoon. And if you want a little private slice of paradise all your own, there are plenty of cabanas that come with dedicated attendant service for an additional cost.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbors; blue waters peppered with sailboats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for post-card perfect brags. Just outside the lively port town, you’ll find ribbons of powdery sand beaches dotted with hammocks. Cruise to St. Thomas and explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. And when it’s time to fuel up, you’ll find plenty of beachside bars serving conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties. St. Thomas may technically be part of the U.S., but with its colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the ever-present sound of steel drums, you’ll feel a world away.

St. Thomas is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Ditch the crowds for some prime snorkeling at Sapphire Beach. And of course, no visit is complete without a stop at Magen’s Bay, named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic.

Just off Main Street, visit the St. Thomas Synagogue and Frederick Lutheran Church, each the second oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Stop by Blackbeard’s Castle, built in 1679, and see the world’s largest collection of life-sized pirate statues. Or climb the legendary 99 Steps built by 18th century Danes, using bricks that once served as ship ballast. St. Thomas’s central mountain range offers endless opportunities to snag the ultimate panoramic selfie. Head to Government Hill, Drake’s Seat on Skyline Drive, and Mountain Top, which rises over 1,500 feet above sea level for the most bragworthy views.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

What makes St. Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix ziplining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St. Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls. The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean, Simpson Bay is a great spot for lounging and watching the boats and yachts that dot its picturesque harbor. Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides.

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavors. Cruise to St. Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local cafe. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island. Head to Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St. Maarten, and shop your way down a mile of duty-free stores. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

The Ship: Wonder of the Seas
wonder of the seas

The ship class that redefined cruising just got bolder. The biggest ship in the world, Wonder of the Seas℠ brings even bigger adventures to the award-winning Oasis Class. Like eight unique neighborhoods, including the all-new Suite Neighborhood. A totally redesigned pool deck with more ways to soak up the sun - or shade - than ever before. And the all-new Wonder Playscape℠, an underwater world studded with slides, climbing walls and games, where imaginations can soar.

Wonder what it’s like to dine onboard the biggest ship in the world? Wonder no more - this ship is packed with an abundance of options to please every possible craving. Whether you’re dressing up for date night, taking your taste buds on a world tour, or just looking for a quick and easy meal that delivers on big time quality and flavor.

On Wonder of the Seas it’s less nightlife and more night of your life - from entertainment that sets the bar way high, to bars serving cocktails you’ll have to sip to believe in settings where every moment is memorable.

Signature features of Wonder of the Seasinclude:

WONDERLAND: Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine is all about pushing the culinary envelope. Dishes are designed to tantalize your taste buds and present a visual feast. Find crispy crab cones topped with fluffy avocado mousse, gazpacho served with pepper spheres and bread foam, and dreamy desserts that will take your breath away. Pair your meal with cocktails described as “magical” elixirs crafted to deliver full-sensory experiences.

EL LOCO FRESH®: Give your taste buds something to go wild over. El Loco Fresh® serves up Mexican fare that's insanely delicious. With classic mole sauce and tangy salsa verde topping beef burritos, carnitas and more, it's a fiesta of flavor from south of the border. The craziest thing about it is just how good it is.

HOOKED SEAFOOD℠: If you want to snag a real taste of New England-style seafood, Hooked Seafood is the spot. Find your favorite coastal flavors, like crispy golden Maryland crab cakes, melt-in-your-mouth Maine Lobster rolls or just-shucked oysters and other raw bar favorites. Don’t miss the sweet treats that beg to be savored to feel the taste of summer.

150 CENTRAL PARK: Each dish at 150 Central Park spotlights locally sourced ingredients harvested at the peak of their season. Think palate-pleasing apps, elevated classic entrees, and a range of desserts you should definitely save room for. And if you’re craving a craft cocktail or a glass of wine, you’re guaranteed to find something delicious to toast with on the drink list.

VUE BAR℠: High above the sea, Vue Bar is your brand-new ultimate escape. Sip on your favorite vacation cocktails as you soak up a picture-perfect panorama wherever you look. And when the sun sets, the mosaic canopy comes alive with a kaleidoscope of colors.

AQUATHEATER SHOWS: 137,000 gallons of incredible. Experience the AquaTheater - dancers, divers and acrobats pull off stunts against a backdrop of backlit fountains, big screens and the endless horizon of the sea.

THE LIME AND COCONUT®: The search for your favorite island bar is over. The Lime and Coconut® turns the vacay vibes way, way up with DJs, live music and two bars serving all your favorite poolside cocktails - including the signature Lime & Coconut. And when the sun goes down, this pool bar just might be the hottest spot onboard.

PLAYMAKERS℠ BAR & ARCADE: With a menu of game-day favorites and icy-cold draughts on tap, anything you order at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade is a winner. And while you’re working on a signature Playmakers Burger or the five-scoop Touchdown Sundae, you can catch your home team live on dozens of screens or face off against your friends in the arcade.

WONDER PLAYSCAPE℠: Wonder Playscape℠, a whole new way to explore and discover an underwater-themed world studded with slides, climbing walls, games and puzzles with endless possibilities for the imagination. Kids go inside the cavern to find an interactive mural of sea creatures that comes to life at their touch, pretend to be a giant with life-size versions of favorite classic games like tic tac toe or solve puzzles together.

ULTIMATE ABYSS℠: Step to the edge of the Ultimate Abyss℠. Peer into the darkness. Listen to the call of the unknown. Are you brave enough to take the plunge on the tallest slide at sea?

SPLASHAWAY BAY℠: The fun comes in gallons. This bigger, better kids aqua park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. And when the drench bucket gets full, everyone gets wet.

FLOWRIDER®: Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

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TARGET AUDIENCE

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.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

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.

OBJECTIVES

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.

Topics in Anesthesia
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
March 31 - April 7, 2024

Sunday, March 31 - Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida - Embark

  1630 Ship Sails (subject to change)
     

Monday, April 1 - Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas - Day Open

     

Tuesday, April 2 - At Sea

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0840 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0845 Anesthesia for Trauma: Part I S.Barker
  0945 Anesthesia for Trauma: Part II S.Barker
  1045 Break
  1100 PTSD, Anesthesia, and the Veterans Mental Health: Part I P.Strube
  1200 PTSD, Anesthesia, and the Veterans Mental Health: Part II P.Strube
  1300 Lunch Break
  1400 New Developments in Oxygen Transport and Monitoring: Part I S.Barker
  1500 New Developments in Oxygen Transport and Monitoring: Part II S.Barker
  1600 DOGMA, Traditions: What Is the Evidence? P.Strube
  1700 Adjourn
     

Wednesday, April 3 - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Day Open

Thursday April 4 - Philipsburg, St Maarten - Day Open

     

Friday April 5 - At Sea

  0835 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0845 Old Drugs for New Tricks: Maximizing Outcomes P.Strube
  0945 Herbals and the Hidden Dangers to Anesthesia P.Strube
  1045 Break
  1100 Flying the Anesthesia Machine: So Easy a Caveman Can Do It? S.Barker
  1200 Clinical Case Discussion: “Fire in O.R. #9!” - Operating Room Fires S.Barker
  1300 Lunch Break
  1400 Operational Security and the Active Shooter in the Operating Room P.Strube
  1500 Tomorrow’s Pharmacology Today and Beyond P.Strube
  1600 How Has Technology Affected Outcomes in Anesthesia? S.Barker
  1700 Adjourn
     

Saturday April 6 - At Sea

  0835 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0845 Capnography: What Good Is It? S.Barker
  0945 Anesthesia for the Elderly S.Barker
  1045 Break
  1100 Opioid Free: Are We Crazy or Bold? P.Strube
  1200 A Different View of Allergies and Sensitivity P.Strube
  1300 Lunch Break
  1400 Dealing With the Disruptive Colleague S.Barker
  1500 Anesthesia Forensics: What Went Wrong? P.Strube
  1600 Adjourn  
     

Sunday, April 7 - Port Canaveral, Florida - Disembark

   

20 CME

20 Class A CE

8 Pharmacology Hours†

 
Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 8/9/23

FACULTY

Steven J. Barker, PhD, MD
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

Peter Strube, DNAP, CRNA, MBA, MSNA, APNP, APRN, LTC (Retired)
Assistant Program Director
Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program
Wichita, Kansas
CEO Trollway Anesthesia and Educational Services
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

ACCREDITATION

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 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 Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1043165; Expiration Date 04/07/2024.

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 20 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS/NWS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), 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).

The AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.

COURSE DIRECTOR

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

SCHEDULE AND FACULTY CHANGES

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.

COURSE CANCELLATION BY PROVIDER

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

COURSE CANCELLATION FEE

$100 January 31, 2024 to March 1, 2024. No refund after March 1, 2024; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS/NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing. No tuition credit or refund will be issued for attendees that are no-shows for the program.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

We value your patronage and have a simple program to reward you. Our Frequent Attendee Points (FAP) program gives you an added bonus for money spent on our seminars, as well as cruise cabins booked through our in-house travel agency, Northwest Worldwide Travel.

You are automatically enrolled in this program with your paid registration. Click here for more information.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel stays for 2023 and beyond will no longer be included in FAP calculations.

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.

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