Don’t wait any longer to experience the Panama Canal. This short, roundtrip cruise from Ft. Lauderdale brings you first to the three bright, sunny Caribbean islands Half Moon Cay, Aruba, and Curacao. You’ll then spend an entire day cruising the Panama Canal, marveling at the wondrous workings of the massive Gatun Locks and Gatun Lake. A stop in beautiful and diverse Costa Rica rounds out your trip.


  Day Date Port Arrive Depart
  Wed Feb 15 Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Embark
4:00 PM
  Thu Feb 16 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 AM
2:30 PM
  Fri Feb 17 At Sea
  Sat Feb 18 Oranjestad, Aruba
1:00 PM
11:00 PM
  Sun Feb 19
Willemstad, Curacao
8:00 AM
4:00 PM
  Mon Feb 20
At Sea
  Tue Feb 21 Enter Panama Canal, Cristobal
5:00 AM
5:00 AM
  Tue Feb 21 Cruising Panama Canal and Gatun Lake
  Tue Feb 21 Gatun Lake, Panama
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
  Tue Feb 21 Cruising Gatun Lake and Panama Canal
  Tue Feb 21 Exit Panama Canal, Cristobal
1:00 PM
1:00 PM
  Tue Feb 21 Colon, Panama
3:00 PM
8:00 PM
  Wed Feb 22 Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
6:30 AM
4:00 PM
  Thu Feb 23 At Sea
  Fri Feb 24 At Sea
  Sat Feb 25 Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Disembark
7:00 AM

Wednesday, February 15 - Board ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

If you arrive early, there are lots of fun things to do in this tropical city. Go fishing, take one of many sightseeing cruises (harbor, ocean, or wetlands), visit the Everglades, view some gators, tour a museum, scuba dive on a wreck, tour a butterfly farm, ride a roller coaster, shop upscale or flea market. Fort Lauderdale is an entire destination in itself.

Thursday, February 16 - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Half Moon Cay allows you to enjoy your fantasy of a secluded Caribbean Island. Miles of white sand beach, crystal clear water for awesome snorkeling, Hobie cats, and kayaks are yours for exploring. Enjoy a beach party lunch, great island music, horseback riding, parasailing, deep sea or “flats” fishing, and scuba diving. It’s all here on your private island!

Friday, February 17 - At Sea

Saturday, February 18 - Oranjestad, Aruba

Colorful floating markets, wondrous coral reefs, and landscapes dotted with curiously bent divi-divi trees await on this, the “A” of the Netherlands Antilles famous ABC islands (Bonaire and Curaçao round out the trio). Possible shore excursions are Natural Wonders of Aruba, Spanish Lagoon Kayak Adventure, and Jolly Pirates Sail, Snorkel, and Swim.

Sunday, February 19 - Willemstad, Curacao

Amsterdam-like canals, gabled Dutch colonial buildings, and an exotic floating market. This bustling duty-free port has it all. Plus the world-famous Curaçao Liqueur Distillery and an intriguing coral reef teeming with parrot fish and queen angelfish. Possible shore excursions are Spanish Water Snorkel Expedition, Curaçao See and Sea Tour, Highlights of Curaçao with Folkloric Show, Animal Encounters Dive or Snorkel, Willemstad Trolley Train, and Curacao Dolphin Swim.

Monday, February 20 - At Sea

Tuesday, February 21 - Scenic Cruising Panama Canal and Gatun Lake - Colon, Panama

Nearly every hard-won mile carved through the jungle here carries a story of rivers dammed, gigantic lakes dug, of malaria, misery, and miraculous powers of will. Construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken.

Although the concept of a canal near Panama dates back to the early 16th century, the first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership. After this attempt failed and saw 20,000 workers die, the project of building a canal was attempted and completed by the United States in Panama in the early 1900s, with the canal opening in 1914.

The building of the 48 mile canal was plagued by problems, including disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. As many as 27,500 workers are estimated to have died during construction of the canal. Since opening, the canal has been enormously successful, and continues to be a key conduit for international shipping.

Each year more than 14,000 ships pass through the canal, carrying more than 203 million tons of cargo. You will also see Gatun Lake. At 23.5 miles long, this lake is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world and is essential to controlling the water level for the locks in the Panama Canal. It will take nearly 52 million gallons of fresh water from Gatun Lake to float your Holland America ship through the locks. Colon lies on the stunning Caribbean coast of Panama, where unparalleled beaches and lush tropical scenery are superb. In nearby Portobello, discover the ruins of Spanish forts, watch the colorful yachts sailing in the bay, or hunt for treasures in the local markets. Travel to the Gatun Locks for a bird’s eye view of the immense ships passing through the Panama Canal.

Wednesday, February 22 - Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica

From Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast go in search of iridescent blue morpho butterflies, sloths, turtle nesting grounds, and wise old shamans. Explore the capital city of San Jose, where museums beckon and markets burst with luscious local treats - mangoes, bananas, pineapples, and papayas.

Thursday, February 23 - At Sea

Friday, February 24 - At Sea

Saturday, February 25 - Disembark in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Depart as scheduled or stay and enjoy this charming city!

The Ship: ms Zuiderdam

The first ship in Holland America’s Vista-class series, the ms Zuiderdam embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system. Suspended in a three-story atrium, a Waterford Crystal Seahorse sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout this elegant ship. Other notable pieces include a painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture icon, Andy Warhol, medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright, cast aluminum elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building, and a massive floral painting by Charles Ben. You will also discover a large collection of antiques and centuries-old paintings throughout the ship.


Signature features of the ms Zuiderdam include:

The Digital Workshop: Guests will be able to show and tell their vacation memories, learning how to share all their digital memories through email, blogging and social networking so friends and family can see where they’ve been cruising even before they return home.

The Culinary Arts Center: State-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests.

Greenhouse Spa & Salon: Features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.

Vista Dining Room: Features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options

Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Double R Ranch Beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated “Excellent” by Wine Spectator as well as distinctive Bvlgari® china, Riedel® stemware and Frette® linens.

Canaletto Restaurant: Named for a famous 18th-century Venetian artist, Canaletto is your destination onboard for an intimate Italian dinner. The evening begins with the chef’s selection of antipasti with a taste of the delicious fare and personal, polished service to follow.

Lido Restaurant: Offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.

Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times: A comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet, and check email or simply read the morning paper.

Vista Show Lounge: Features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.

Crow’s Nest: Offers sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.

Club HAL®: A dedicated youth facility with activities for kids ages 3 through 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.

The Loft: Designed exclusively for teens 13 to 17 to have fun, socialize, and hang out with people their own age.

Pinnacle Suites

Bedroom with 1 king bed, oversize whirlpool bath, shower, and shower stall. Living room, dining room, dressing room, private Verandah with whirlpool, pantry, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, microwave, refrigerator, guest toilet, private stereo system, DVD player, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Neptune Suites

2 lower beds convertible to 1 king bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower, and shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, private Verandah, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, DVD player, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Signature Suites

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, whirlpool bath, shower and shower stall, sitting area, verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 372–384 sq. ft. including verandah.

Verandah Staterooms

2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 212–359 sq. ft. including verandah.

Ocean View Staterooms

Available in both large and standard, includes 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, and shower. Approximately 174–180 sq. ft.

Interior Staterooms

Available in both large and standard, includes 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed and shower. Approximately 151–233 sq. ft.

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 $500 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 specialty or are impacted by it.


Presentations are designed to facilitate the physician, nurse specialist, and other providers maintaining skills of the same kind to review and update knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas vital to the practicing professional:

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

Provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner


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 Anesthesia: Perioperative Care
10-Day Panama Canal, Sunfarer Cruise
February 15-25, 2017

Wednesday, February 15 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

  1700 Ship Sails

Thursday, February 16 - Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - Day Open


Friday, February 17 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0855 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0900 Sugammadex: My Favorite Doughnut L.Pelinka  
  1000 The NOAC Reversal Agents: A Dream Come True? L.Pelinka  
  1100 Drug-Related Errors and How to Avoid Them L.Pelinka  
  1200 Lunch Break
  1315 Modern Fasting Guidelines R.Lenhardt  
  1415 Airway Evaluation R.Lenhardt  
  1515 Perioperative Arrhythmias: How to Recognize Them R.Lenhardt  
  1615 Adjourn

Saturday, February 18 - Oranjestad, Aruba - Afternoon Open

  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 Fluid Management in Trauma: New Trends L.Pelinka  
  1200 Adjourn

Sunday, February 19 - Willemstad, Curacao - Day Open


Monday, February 20 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0900 Perioperative Management of Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome R.Lenhardt  
  1000 Anesthesia for the Morbidly Obese Patient R.Lenhardt  
  1100 Hyperthermia and Anesthesia R.Lenhardt  
  1200 Lunch Break
  1315 Prevention and Treatment of Perioperative Hypothermia R.Lenhardt  
  1415 Regional Anesthesia: Let's Look Behind the Scenes L.Pelinka  
  1515 Case Reports: Issues With the Elderly L.Pelinka  
  1615 Adjourn

Tuesday, February 21 - Cruising the Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, Cristobal, Colon, Panama - Day Open


Wednesday, February 22 - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Day Open


Thursday, February 23 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0900 Is There a Medical Professional Aboard This Aircraft? L.Pelinka  
  1000 Case Discussions: Challenges at 35,000 ft. L.Pelinka  
  1100 Pain Management by the Anesthesia Provider and the Intensivist L.Pelinka  
  1200 Lunch Break
  1315 Anesthesia for Robotic Surgery R.Lenhardt  
  1415 MRI and Anesthesia R.Lenhardt  
  1515 A Case of Malignant Hyperthermia R.Lenhardt  
  1615 Adjourn

Friday February 24 - At Sea

  0845 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0900 Consideration About Thoracic Aortic Disease R.Lenhardt  
  1000 Bronchoscopy R.Lenhardt  
  1100 Murphy's Law: Minimizing the Risk of Anesthesia L.Pelinka  
  1200 Adjourn

24 CME

24 Class A CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†


Saturday, February 25 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Disembark - Departure as scheduled.


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

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


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 AANA for 20 Class A CEC; AANA Code #1033366; Expiration Date 2/24/17.

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: 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 Murphy, MD, MSN Education, Austin, Texas, and 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 December 17, 2016 and January 16, 2017. No refund after January 16, 2017; 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 Kilmer: Phone number: (858) 456-7887 - Email:


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.