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Galapagos Islands – October 10-21, 2024

On Board Celebrity Flora

Topics: GynaecologyRheumatology

Departing October 10th, 2024 - October 21st, 2024

The Galapagos Islands are known both for their spectacular volcanic landscapes as well as penguin spotting: over 95% of the Galapagos Penguins live in these islands. Go snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to look for the playful Galápagos Penguin, perched on a rock or zooming underwater. One of the most pristine islands in the world, Fernandina hosts an impressive array of wildlife including sea lions, colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs and the rare endemic Flightless Cormorant. As you travel along the coast, you may find many other creatures that shelter amid the red and white mangroves: eagle rays, marine turtles, Brown Pelicans and resting Cattle Egrets. Kayaking through the turquoise waters here is a true pleasure, inviting a sense of peaceful solitude and an invigorating feeling of connection to nature.

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Faculty & Conference Details

Dr. Gordon McTavish

Dr. Gordon McTavish

Specialty:

Gynecology

About The Speaker

Dr McTavish is the Medical Director and Founding partner of Heartland Fertility in Winnipeg, Mb, Canada. He has extensive experience in Women’s Healthcare and Gynaecological and reproductive surgery. His expertise includes Tubal reanastomosis, laser surgery for endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and uterine anomalies.

Dr McTavish was a Family Physician prior to his Residency , and is Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and completed the Society of Reproductive Surgeons Fellowship in Laparoscopic and Reproductive Surgery in Nashville Tennessee.

His interests are in family, travel, food, and is an avid curler.

Dr. Janet Pope

Dr. Janet Pope

Specialty:

Rheumatology

About The Speaker

Dr. Janet Pope is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Schulich School of Medicine, London.  She is Division Head in Rheumatology at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.  She obtained her MD, and Fellowship in Internal Medicine at UWO and a Fellowship in Rheumatology and Masters of Public Health at Boston University. Janet is passionate about research, teaching, mentoring and excellent clinical care. She has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles. She has received several awards including the Big Kahuna for excellence in teaching and she has been awarded Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

CME Topics

Rheumatology & Gynaecology

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a Continuing Medical Education program during an 11 Night Cruise in the Galapagos Islands from October 10 to 21, 2024 on the Celebrity Flora. Dr. Janet Pope (Ontario) and Dr. Gordon McTavish (Manitoba) have developed an educational program that will be of interest to family physicians, specialists, and allied health professionals. Dr. Pope will present various rheumatological topics that will include the diagnosis and management of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, gout, polymyalgia, and musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. McTavish will discuss various gynecological and reproductive issues including infertility, amenorrhea, polycystic ovary syndrome, IVF, and recurrent pregnancy loss. Drs. Pope and McTavish are looking forward to seeing you in the Galapagos Islands.

Dr. Janet Pope

  • Interpretation of rheumatology lab tests
  • Treating tendonitis and other common MSK problems
  • OA—proven treatment
  • Osteoporosis—what’s new
  • Polymyalgia—you need to know what it is and how to treat it
  • Gout—what to do
  • Put knowledge into action—how to investigate or not

Dr. Gordon McTavish

  • Work up of the Infertile Patient
  • Obesity and Infertility
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Ovulation Induction/Artificial Insemination
  • Pre-Genetic testing
  • Male Factor Infertility
  • Recurring Pregnancy Loss

Cruise, Land, Resort must be booked through CME AWAY®.

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition Price
FP $1395
Specialist $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1195
Conference Tuition Book Before January 7th, 2024 Book After January 7th, 2024
FP $1245 $1395
Specialist $1245 $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1045 $1195
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Galapagos Islands – October 10-21, 2024

On Board Celebrity Flora

Sailing October 10th, 2024 - October 21st, 2024

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Gordon McTavish

Dr. Gordon McTavish

Specialty:

Gynecology

About The Speaker

Dr McTavish is the Medical Director and Founding partner of Heartland Fertility in Winnipeg, Mb, Canada. He has extensive experience in Women’s Healthcare and Gynaecological and reproductive surgery. His expertise includes Tubal reanastomosis, laser surgery for endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and uterine anomalies.

Dr McTavish was a Family Physician prior to his Residency , and is Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and completed the Society of Reproductive Surgeons Fellowship in Laparoscopic and Reproductive Surgery in Nashville Tennessee.

His interests are in family, travel, food, and is an avid curler.

Dr. Janet Pope

Dr. Janet Pope

Specialty:

Rheumatology

About The Speaker

Dr. Janet Pope is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Schulich School of Medicine, London.  She is Division Head in Rheumatology at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.  She obtained her MD, and Fellowship in Internal Medicine at UWO and a Fellowship in Rheumatology and Masters of Public Health at Boston University. Janet is passionate about research, teaching, mentoring and excellent clinical care. She has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles. She has received several awards including the Big Kahuna for excellence in teaching and she has been awarded Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition
Conference Tuition Book Before January 7th, 2024 Book After January 7th, 2024
FP $1045 $1195
Specialist $1045 $1195
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $845 $995

Venue Information

The Galapagos Islands are known both for their spectacular volcanic landscapes as well as penguin spotting: over 95% of the Galapagos Penguins live in these islands. Go snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to look for the playful Galápagos Penguin, perched on a rock or zooming underwater. One of the most pristine islands in the world, Fernandina hosts an impressive array of wildlife including sea lions, colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs and the rare endemic Flightless Cormorant. As you travel along the coast, you may find many other creatures that shelter amid the red and white mangroves: eagle rays, marine turtles, Brown Pelicans and resting Cattle Egrets. Kayaking through the turquoise waters here is a true pleasure, inviting a sense of peaceful solitude and an invigorating feeling of connection to nature.

Additional Noteworthy Features

For modern travelers, it’s about being fully immersed in new destinations and cultures without sacrificing comfort and style. We set the standard for modern luxury travel and now we’ve made the destination experience even more immersive, starting right on board. Predictability and convention are stripped away, returning luxury sea travel to its very essence: simple, beautiful, imaginative encounters that leave you relaxed, refreshed, and inspired by the world around you.

Luxurious and Upscale on Every Level

We brought together teams of world-class architects, interior designers, stylists, and even landscape artists to create a showcase of the most inspiring spaces at sea, custom designed just for you.

An Escape Within an Escape

More than a room. Exhilarating days of discovering the world deserve an equally wonderful place to recharge. Revel in stylish design. Sink into exquisite bedding. Bask in the breathtaking views. Our array of luxurious accommodations has been artfully created to make your stay warm and welcoming.

On Board World-Class Cuisine

Our menus, crafted by Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, are inspired by, and locally sourced from, the amazing regions we visit. Choose casual or upscale, dining room or alfresco under the stars. With an array of restaurants, bars and lounges, every experience takes you on a journey. And with our open dining, when you dine, and with whom, is entirely up to you.

An Experience Above the Rest

Our crew is as diverse and captivating as the places to which we travel. And each one of them believes that modern luxury means providing service that's intuitive about what would make you happiest before you've even requested it. The chocolate on your pillow each night? That's just the icing on the cake.

Outstanding Service

On a Celebrity vacation, you're not just sailing with our ships—you're sailing with our service. For 25 years that's been our calling card—the main reason why our guests cruise with us year after year. From your suite attendant to our attentive pool butlers, we're always there with a smile and a helping hand. Our outstanding customer service and on board services are intuitive, so you can enjoy your vacation to its fullest." • Knowledgeable, personalized, genuine service • Personal suite attendants • Twice daily makeup and turn down service • Nearly 2:1 guest to crew ratio

Celebrity Flora - All Suite Luxury Mega Yacht

Celebrity Flora is the first ship of its kind to be built especially for the Galápagos Islands. This 100 passenger all-suite mega-yacht features our innovative outward-facing concept—designed to ensure the destination remains the center of attention during your sailing. Inspired by the islands and built with natural materials, the ship merges seamlessly with the surroundings, giving you a feeling of total immersion. To bring you an even more in-depth experience, certified naturalists from the Galápagos National Park are on board to guide the journey. Celebrity Flora offers the most luxurious accommodations in the Galapagos Islands. In fact, every stateroom on board is a suite that includes an unrivaled array of indulgent design features, services, and amenities. Full room automation that lets you control everything with the touch of a button. Premium linens and bathrobes. Personal Suite Attendants. Chocolates and bath products sourced locally from Ecuador. Integrated drinking water filtration systems in every suite. We could go on. Proving you can practice responsible tourism and deliver ultimate luxury at the same time, Celebrity Flora was built with the latest environmental technologies. The dynamic positioning system allows the mega-yacht to remain on station without dropping anchors, protecting the seabed—and the solar panels supplement electricity, reducing emissions. The result is one of the most eco-friendly ships sailing anywhere—just one reason Celebrity Flora was voted “Best Overall Cruise Ship” in 2019.

Included On Board

  • Full room automation
  • Private Veranda
  • In-room drinking water filtration system
  • VIP personalized check-in service and Personal Suite Attendant
  • Welcome bottle of Champagne or Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine
  • All meals, including room service and full in-suite breakfast lunch and dinner service
  • Complimentary mini-bar with beer, soda and water; All beverages including bottled water, wine, beer and spirits, as well as in-suite delivery of coffee, including espresso and cappuccino, and tea service
  • All shore excursions with choice of activity level
  • Laundry service twice per sailing
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access
  • Celebrity Cruises Cashmere Bedding Collection
  • Pillow Menu
  • In-Suite water station
  • Extensive offering of live TV and on demand movies and programming
  • Plush bathrobes and towels
  • Daily delectables delivered to your suite including fresh fruit upon request
  • All gratuities
  • All snorkeling equipment, including masks, snorkels, fins, wet-suits and flotation devices
  • All on board briefings and lectures lead by our expert Naturalists
  • Cooking demonstrations, including tasting
  • Complimentary use of binoculars
  • Complimentary backpack

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / Details
October 10th Quito, Ecuador
October 11th Quito, Ecuador 7:30am-12:30pm
October 12th Quito, Ecuador
October 13th Embarkation: Baltra Island 2:30pm
Daphne Major 5:00pm 6:00pm
October 14th Egas Oort, Santiago Island 7:00am 12:00pm
Rabida Island 3:00pm 7:00pm
October 15th Elizabeth Bay 7:00am 12:00pm
Tagus Cove, Isabela Island 3:00pm 7:00pm
October 16th Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island 7:00am 12:00pm 1 hour TBA
Bartolome Island 1:00pm 7:00pm
October 17th Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island 7:00am 12:00pm 3 hours TBA
North Seymour Island 1:00pm 9:00pm
October 18th Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island 7:00am 12:00pm 1 hour TBA
Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island 3:00pm 6:00pm
October 19th Puerto Aroya, Santa Cruz Island 7:00am 7:00pm
October 20th Baltra Island 7:00am 1:00pm-6:00pm
October 21st Quito, Ecuador

Detailed Port Descriptions

Day 1 | Thursday October 10, 2024 | Quito, Ecuador

Arrive at Quito International Airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel the JW Marriott Quito. The lively capital of Ecuador, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is most famous for its historic centre’s colonial architecture, the most impressive in South America. Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city, it has remained nearly untouched despite a major earthquake. You’ll find many noteworthy historic sites including Santo Domingo, Jesuit College of La Compania, and the monasteries of San Francisco.

Day 2 | Friday, October 11, 2024 | Quito, Ecuador

Attend a morning CME session. The afternoon will include a guided tour of Quito, including a visit to the Equator Line at the Intinan Solar Museum.

Day 3 | Saturday, October 12, 2024 | Quito, Ecuador

Attend morning and afternoon CME sessions.  Evening at leisure to enjoy Quito.

Day 4 | Sunday, October 13, 2024 | Baltra Island, Galapagos

You will be transferred to the Quito, Ecuador airport to board the flight to Baltra, Galapagos, where naturalist guides will be waiting to transfer you to the ship.

Day 4 | Sunday, October 13, 2024 | Daphne Major - Cruising

Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.

Day 5 | Monday, October 14, 2024 | Egas Port, Santiago Island

With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, and blue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful taste of the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds, Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling.

Day 5 | Monday, October 14, 2024 | Rabida Island

A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some sea birds.

Day 6 | Tuesday, October 15, 2024 | Elizabeth Bay

Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. A scenic zodiac ride within this sheltered inlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem.

Day 6 | Tuesday, October 15, 2024 | Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and spectacular Darwin Lake. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found.

Day 7 | Wednesday, October 16, 2024 | Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900’s, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geologic wonderland. We will take advantage of the cool of early morning for a walk to view strange twisting hardened lava flows, collapse craters, and everyone’s favorite, the hornitos or lava ovens. Tall red scoria cones and pioneer plants also dot this unusual and very young landscape.

Day 7 | Wednesday, October 16, 2024 | Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

Day 8 | Thursday, October 17, 2024 | Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word "barges" by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other  shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.

Day 8 | Thursday, October 17, 2024 | North Seymour Island

North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.

Day 9 | Friday, October 18, 2024 | Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island

Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.

Day 9 | Friday, October 18, 2024 | Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

Pitt Point is located on the northeastern tip of San Cristobal Island. After disembarking onto the small greensand beach, you'll hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is well worth the effort.  A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies: red-footed, blue-footed, and Nazca. It’s one of the few places in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together.

Day 10 | Saturday, October 19, 2024 | Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

This is the main population center of the islands, and home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center and walk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Day 11 | Sunday, October 20, 2024 | Baltra Island, Galapagos

During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.

Day 11 | Sunday, October 20, 2024 | Baltra—Quito—DISEMBARKATION

You will be transferred to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 12 | Monday October 21, 2024 | Quito, Ecuador

Your Celebrity Cruises representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast is included.

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