7-Night Baja Peninsula & Sea Of Cortez Cruise


Itinerary

  Day Date Port of Call Arrival* Departure* Activity
  Sat Apr 12, 2025 San Diego, California - 3:00 PM Embark
  Sun Apr 13, 2025 At Sea - -  
  Mon Apr 14, 2025 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 12:00 PM 6:00 PM Tendered
  Tue Apr 15, 2025 Pichilingue (La Paz), Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Docked
  Wed Apr 16, 2025 Loreto, Mexico 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Tendered
  Thu Apr 17, 2025 At Sea - -  
  Fri Apr 18, 2025 At Sea - -  
  Sat Apr 19, 2025 San Diego, California 7:00 AM - Disembark
  *Embark/Departure/Disembark times subject to change.

San Diego, California

Easygoing San Diego embodies the Southern California surfer town fantasy, with its more than 300 days of sun, mild year-round temperatures and accessible, sporty pastimes and tourist attractions. Cruise to San Diego and hike the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to get a glimpse of whale migrations, go sailing in the bay and, of course, surf the famous swells of Del Mar, Oceanside and La Jolla (among many other superb spots). Cruise from San Diego and explore the sixth-largest city in the United States. Discover San Diego’s distinctive neighborhoods on a San Diego shore excursion. Visit Old Town, North Park, Point Loma and Coronado are all within a few miles of the port, while the bustling Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy are within walking distance.

And while there are lots of things to do for everyone on a San Diego Cruise—from visiting the country’s largest urban park to taking in the famous horse-racing season in Del Mar to riding the charming Old Town Trolley—definitely don’t pass up the chance to investigate San Diego’s quickly growing reputation as a culinary destination. Its inventive new restaurants and huge craft-brewing industry are something to be explored.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Los Cabos—or the Capes—sits at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, a narrow strip of land whose varied geography makes for plenty of interesting and unusual activities. You can ride a camel, or enjoy more predictable pursuits including fishing, golfing and whale-watching. On your Cabo cruise you can visit picture-perfect El Arco, an arch that may look familiar thanks to its cameo on postcards and advertisements. North of the capes, you can drop by the famed Hotel California. And if you've worked up an appetite on your Cabo cruise, you won't be disappointed: Los Cabos offers plenty to enjoy at the table as well, with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and, of course, seafood being the mainstays here. Regardless, Holland America Line makes sure that Cabo cruises have plenty of new and traditional things for guests to experience.

Pichilingue (La Paz), Mexico

The port of Pichilingue sits just over 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of La Paz, a city of 215,000 on the Baja California Peninsula. The name La Paz translates as 'peace,' but it is possible that the Spaniards chose that with some sense of irony. The first Spanish conquistadores landed here in 1535, yet it took them nearly 200 years to build the first settlement due to resistance from the indigenous people in the area. Modern La Paz, however, certainly lives up to its name. The capital of Baja California Sur is a friendly, vibrant city nestled into a calm bay along the Sea of Cortez. The palm-lined malecón stretches along the waterfront, perfect for a stroll or bike ride, and the bustling city center boasts broad boulevards where you can shop the wares of artisans at local markets. Whale-watching and fishing expeditions depart from the harbor, or you can choose to go sea kayaking around nearby islands. The Regional Museum of Anthropology and History provides an introduction to the Baja Peninsula, from the prehistoric indigenous cultures who lived here to the state’s role in the Mexican Revolution. The new Whale Museum, opened in 2016, explains the differences between the six whale species that migrate to Mexico’s Pacific Coast every winter.

Loreto, Mexico

Peaceful seaside Loreto dates to 1697, when it became the first colonial settlement on the Baja Peninsula and the capital of the Spanish colony of the Californias. These days, the town has spread beyond its colonial origins, but it retains beautiful relics from the past, especially of the Dominican, Franciscan and Jesuit orders, all of which were active here. These include the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto, which stands at the beginning of the famous Camino Real connecting the Spanish missions in both Baja and Alta California. Loreto, tucked between the rugged Sierra de la Giganta range and the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez, is also blessed with spectacular natural scenery. Just offshore, a string of islands beckon divers, snorkelers and sea kayakers with secluded coves, dramatic rock formations and crystal-clear waters that are protected within Loreto Bay National Marine Park. And a day trip into the mountains offers the opportunity to see cave paintings from pre-colonial indigenous groups, some of which are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a paddling adventure offshore or a trek into the mountains, take a stroll along the malecón, Loreto’s waterfront boardwalk, where you can have a drink or a plate of fish tacos overlooking the water.

The Ship: ms Zaandam
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Designed to carry fewer guests while offering greater space, Zaandam is elegant and comfortable. Her décor is inspired by music and features musical instruments including signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones and a Baroque-style pipe organ. While on board, rejuvenate with a spa treatment in the serene Greenhouse Spa & Salon®, indulge in a tantalizing meal at a fine dining restaurant or play a friendly game of pickleball at sea.

Signature features of ms Zaandam include:

World Stage: The largest theater on board is home to a variety of performances day and night. An exclusive EXC® Talk lecture series features captivating regional stories told by local experts and narrated by your Cruise & Travel Director. In the evenings, Step One Dance Company, vocal sensation Cantaré, BBC Earth in Concert, and more take the stage.

Casino Action: Your Holland America Line ship’s Casino offers a wide array of gaming options. Whether you prefer slot machines or want to try your hand at blackjack or poker, dealers and staff are available to provide complimentary instruction — and Holland America offers many engaging tournament options. The Casino is only open at sea.

Pickleball at Sea: Play the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. with Holland America Line, the exclusive cruise line partner of the Professional Pickleball Association. All our cruise ships feature pickleball courts with amazing top-deck views. The equipment and courts are available for a match anytime, so long as the weather allows. Frequent pickler? Join a pickleball tournament at sea and put your dink shot to the test. Hesitant amateur? Learn the basics at complimentary beginner’s lessons, starting in spring 2023. Commemorative starter kits will soon be available in our retail shops — purchase as gifts for avid players or as souvenirs, so that you can always look back on your pickleball cruise memories.

Kids Club: Holland America Line's youth activities program, Kids Club, offers an array of entertaining events for kids and teens ages 3-17, supervised by a full-time, professionally trained staff. They'll have an opportunity to join other kids their age for arts and crafts, sports, video game competitions, scavenger hunts, challenging team games, and themed parties.

The Dining Room: For an elegant breakfast, leisurely lunch or unforgettable multi-course dinner, The Dining Room is your destination. For dinner, choose from classics such as Boneless Lamb Loin en Croute, Rosemary Roasted Chicken, as well as regionally inspired cuisine and artfully prepared vegetarian dishes.

* Pinnacle Grill: Pinnacle Grill is the ultimate steakhouse at sea, where an exceptional menu and impeccable service make for one of the finest meals you’ll ever have. The refined menu features a selection of 28-day wet-aged USDA Prime steaks — meticulously chosen to guarantee the finest quality — as well as classic steakhouse dishes and innovative recipes. Every dish is exquisitely prepared, beautifully plated, and complemented by a vast collection of award-winning wines. Here, your meal is an event unto itself, a celebration of fine dining and a triumph of flavor.

* Canaletto: In Italy, there’s nothing more important than coming together to celebrate the joy of great food. This is the inspiration for this onboard Italian restaurant, Canaletto. Enjoy amazing Italian classics like braised chicken cacciatore al forno, branzino ai ferri or garlic shrimp ravioli. And for dessert: tiramisù, cannoli alla Siciliana, gelato, and more. Including pasta made fresh daily. Buon Appetito!

Lido Market: Explore a world of intriguing culinary possibilities in the Lido Market. Steps from the Lido pool, this modern marketplace includes a curated selection of delicious options that you can grab on the go or have made to order: Breadboard, with freshly baked breads and pastries; Wild Harvest, offering a bountiful selection of hearty salads; Homestead, serving up comfort classics; Distant Lands, featuring global cuisine; Sweet Spot, for ice cream creations and desserts; Roasting Pan, hand-carved meats, fish and other hearty entrees; Perk, freshly brewed beverages, and chilled juices; Quench, premium coffee, beer, wine, and soda available for purchase; Rise, savory quiches, croissants and sandwiches, and more.

Dive In: Dive-In offers a variety of casual culinary classics, using the highest quality ingredients. Enjoy a burger, grilled to perfection and served on a toasted brioche with our own trade-marked secret sauce. Savor a succulent Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog with golden French fries. Or choose a grilled chicken breast sandwich or juicy portabella mushroom stack. Dive-In is the perfect spot to dine poolside on the best burgers at sea.

Onboard Shopping: Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping in such signature shops as The Vault, Diamonds, and Gemstones by Merabella, which offers the best diamonds at sea, brought to you by Effy.

* additional cost

Verandah Stateroom

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With a verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting area, these comfortable suites are filled with light. They include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a whirlpool bath and shower, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Ocean View Stateroom

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These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed - Holland America's Signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view.

Inside Stateroom

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Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed - Holland America's signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms.

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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 us. We have all of the information regarding the cruise and seminar and can make your cruise reservations.

Reservations

Reservations will be secured and cabins assigned upon receipt of passenger deposit of $700 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

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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.

   

Clinical Concerns in Anesthesia
7-Night Baja Peninsula & Sea Of Cortez Cruise
April 12-19, 2025

Saturday, April 12 - San Diego, California - Embark

  1500 Ship Sails (subject to change)
     

Sunday, April 13 - Cruising the Pacific Ocean

  0815 Registration - Mandatory Sign-In
  0840 Welcome NWAS Staff
  0845 Preanesthetic Assessment: What Do You Really Need? E.Frost
  0945 Long Covid: Will This Be Another Pandemic? E.Frost
  1045 Break
  1100 Methadone: Not Just for Addiction - Now for the OR? L.Clark
  1200 Keeping Up With Ketamine: A Review of New Uses L.Clark
  1300 Lunch Break
  1400 Transgender: What the Anesthetic Provider Should Know E.Frost
  1500 My Name Is Not “Anesthesia”: Improving Communication in the OR E.Frost
  1600 The Ongoing Debate: Crystalloids vs. Colloids - An Update E.Frost
  1700 Adjourn
     

Monday, April 14 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Day Open

 

Tuesday, April 15 - Pichilingue (La Paz), Mexico- Day Open

 

Wednesday, April 16 - Loreto, Mexico – Day Open

     

Thursday, April 17 - At Sea

  0830 Registration - Mandatory Sign-In
  0845 The Management of the Perioperative Patient on Cannabis and Cannabinoids L.Clark
  0945 Suboxone and Naloxone: One Old, One New - A Review of Drugs We Don’t Come in Contact With Every Day L.Clark
  1045 Break
  1100 So the Patient Is Rather Overweight: How Does Obesity Impact Our Anesthetic Management? E.Frost
  1200 How Do We Know Our Drugs Are Safe for Our Patients? E.Frost
  1300 Lunch Break
  1400 The Diabetic Patient: Oral Hypoglycemic Agents and the New Insulins Part I L.Clark
  1500 The Diabetic Patient: Oral Hypoglycemic Agents and the New Insulins Part II L.Clark
  1600 Some Things We Do Anesthesia for Really No Reason, Why Do We Continue to Do This? L.Clark
  1700 Adjourn
     

Friday, April 18 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign-In
  0900 Blocks for the Thorax and Abdomen for Acute Pain Management L.Clark
  1000 Cardiac Arrest Situations in the Perioperative Period L.Clark
  1100 Lipid Emulsions: Guidelines for Local Anesthetic Toxicity and Other Drugs L.Clark
  1200 Lunch Break
  1315 Rarities: Cases You Rarely Encounter That Have Anesthetic Implications E.Frost
  1415 Vaping: For, Against, Undecided E.Frost
  1515 “I Have a Question for You” E.Frost
  1615 Adjourn  
     

Saturday April 19 - San Diego, California – Disembark

   

20 CME

20 Class A CE

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

 
Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 2/14/24

FACULTY

Laura D. Clark, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Chairman of the Institutional Review Board
Director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, Kentucky

Elizabeth Frost, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Icahn Medical Center at Mount Sinai
New York, New York 

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: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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 February 12, 2025 to March 14, 2025. No refund after March 14, 2025; 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.

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.

REGISTER EARLY

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.

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