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10-Night Italy, Croatia & Montenegro CME AWAY™ Cruise

Onboard the Celebrity Edge

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Sailing July 16th, 2021 - July 26th, 2021

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Philip Baer

Dr. Philip Baer

Specialty:

Rheumatology

About The Speaker

Dr. Philip Baer is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, where he was the class gold medallist. Dr. Baer has practiced as a clinical rheumatologist in Toronto for over 25 years. He is Chair of the Section of Rheumatology of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA). He has received the GTA Community Rheumatologist of the Year, the OMA Section Service Award, the ORA Rheumatologist-of-the-Year, and the CRA Practice Reflection Silver Award.

Dr. Erica Weinberg

Dr. Erica Weinberg

Specialty:

Palliative Care & Pain Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Weinberg is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Prior to medical studies, she earned a BSc, MSc, and MPhil in Chemistry from Queen’s University and the University of Sussex. Dr. Weinberg is a general practitioner having practiced palliative care and pain management in Toronto for over 20 years. Erica is an active participant in Continuing Medical Education.

Dr. Joel Bordman

Dr. Joel Bordman

Specialty:

Chronic Pain & Addiction

About The Speaker

Dr. Bordman graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1985. He has achieved credentials in both addiction and pain from international societies. He is a mentor to other doctors as part of The College of Family Physicians of Ontario’s “Medical Mentorship in pain and addiction” program (MMAP). He has experience in Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Family Practice and Long Term Care. His main interest is in treating Opioid Addiction and assessing Chronic Pain treatment in the complex patient.

CME Topics

Dr. Baer
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Lab testing in rheumatology
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Rheum Potpourri
  • Fibromyalgia
Dr. Bordman
  • Differential diagnosis of opioid use disorder
  • Medically assisted treatment in opioid use disorder
  • Urine drug testing
  • Cannabinoid Talk
  • Other addictions in society
  • The opioid crisis – part 1 – how we got here
  • The opioid crisis – part 2- possible solutions
Dr. Weinberg
  • Interesting cases in pain and addiction

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 TuitionBook Before October 14th, 2020Book After October 14th, 2020
FP$1145$1295
Specialist$1145$1295
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other$945$1095

Venue Information

GOUT, RA, FIBROMYALGIA, LUPUS, RAYNAUDS, CANNABINOIDS, OPIOID USE DISORDER AND OTHER ADDICTIONS

CME AWAY™ by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a 10- Day CME program on a cruise to Italy, Croatia and Montenegro. Dr. Philip Baer, Dr. Erica Weinberg and Dr. Joel Bordman are all from Ontario and are veteran Sea Courses speakers. They have worked together on many CME programs in the past and have developed a CME program specific for this event. This program will be interactive with many opportunities to ask questions. The topics will be of interest to both family physicians, specialists and allied health professionals.

Drs. Baer and Weinberg will discuss many aspects of rheumatological and painful conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Lupus, and Polymyalgia Rheumatica.

Dr. Bordman will concentrate on various addictions such as alcohol and opioid abuse as well as the use of Cannabinoids in Medical Practice. He will also discuss methods to detect substance abuse such as the use of urine drug testing.

Drs. Baer, Weinberg and Bordman look forward to seeing you on this CME AWAY™ cruise.

Additional Noteworthy Features

All staterooms include:

Services
  • Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Twice daily service (makeup and turndown)
  • Daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets
Dining
  • 24 hour complimentary room service
Amenities
  • Robe
  • Complimentary tote bag
  • Custom blended bath products (shampoo, conditioner and lotion), shower cap, cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Water/wine glasses
  • Celebrity eXhale™ bedding featuring custom premium mattresses, plush duvets and pillows, and 100% cotton linens
  • Hair dryer
Stateroom Features
  • Private mini-bar*
  • Interactive Samsung flat-screen TV to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies*
  • Private safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220AC outlet
For modern adventurers, travel isn’t a spectator sport. It’s about being fully immersed in new destinations and cultures without sacrificing comfort and style. Celebrity Cruises knows this. After all, we set the standard for modern luxury travel. And now we’ve made the destination experience even more immersive, starting right on board. From its unique outward-facing design to the industry-first Magic Carpet that reaches heights of 13 stories above sea level, Celebrity Edge breaks from traditional ship design. Here, 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.Revolutionary in its vision, the Resort Deck is encompassed by an outward-facing asymmetrical pool deck with a poolside gallery full of over sized art installations, two-story martini hot tubs, and high-ceilinged private cabanas that overlook the ocean. There’s also the Rooftop Garden, an urban playscape where you can catch a movie, have a picnic, or dance among the stars. Fly high in the sky on the Magic Carpet, cantilevered over the ocean and connecting you to destinations in a new immersive way. Find an intimate space at the reimagined, adults-only Solarium. Or go for a run on the jogging track that spans two decks and winds up, down, and around the Rooftop Garden and terraced pool deck.The Magic Carpet is designed with comfortable seating, a full bar, and space for live music performances, so it truly is a destination itself on Celebrity Edge. But depending on the positioning, its mood and function changes—providing exciting new venues, incredible visual perspectives, and a distinct experience on every deck it visits.At the center of this space (but not the center of attention) is a 25-yard lap pool, the largest in our fleet, featuring in-pool loungers. Positioned magnificently above the Pool Bar is an oversized and ever-changing mirror installation. Along with unique tree sculptures that add an air of whimsy, it’s part of a remarkable poolside gallery that sets this space apart from any other at sea. Another attention-grabbing addition to the pool deck—and another first for Celebrity—are two striking, two-story martini hot tubs, that take unwinding at sea to new heights. Just off the pool deck are the outward-facing, private cabanas. Spacious (165 square feet) and airy (more than 18 feet high), these luxurious coves invite you to climb in and get lost in the plush seating and incredible views of the sea. At night, ambient lighting turns the cabanas into intimate spaces perfect for enjoying cocktails and the moonlight glimmering off the ocean.On Celebrity Edge, the Rooftop Garden is full of unexpected pleasures day and night. Find a cozy chair, sink in, and get lost in a good book. Sip a refreshing cocktail as you gaze out over the open ocean. Satisfy your cravings with gourmet burgers, brisket, and BBQ at the Rooftop Garden Grill. Drift away to the rhythm of live musical performances coming down to you from treetop sculptures. Get caught up in a friendly game of giant chess with fellow vacationers. Catch a movie at A Taste of Film for an interactive fusion of food and film. Dance the night away as a live band plays your favorite songs. Or just lie back on a comfy lounger and gaze up at the sea of stars above you as you glide over the sea below. Your imagination is your guide in this fantastic garden escape designed to awaken the inner child in all of us.

Itinerary & Schedule

DatePort / LocationArrival TimeDeparture TimeNotes / CME Details
July 16thRome (Civitavecchia), Italy5:00 PM
July 17thAt Sea8:00 am - 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
July 18thCorfu, Greece7:00 AM4:00 PM4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
July 19thSplit, Croatia9:00 AM6:00 PM
July 20thTrieste, Italy7:00 AM11:59 PM
July 21stKoper, Slovenia7:00 AM4:00 PM4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
July 22ndDubrovnik, Croatia10:00 AM7:00 PM8:00 am - 10:00 am
July 23rdKotor, Montenegro8:00 AM5:00 PM
July 24thAt Sea8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
July 25thNaples, Italy7:00 AM6:30 PM
July 26thRome (Civitavecchia), Italy5:00 AM

Detailed Port Descriptions

Rome, Italy

Civitavecchia was settled in 108 A.D. by the Emperor Trajan and has since served faithfully as a gateway to Rome, the capital of Italy. Once the center of the Ancient World from which emperors ruled over nearly all of western civilization, Rome is still a cultural mecca. Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious iconography. There’s an enormous wealth of culture and history to discover on a cruise to Rome. Visit the ancient halls of the 50,000-seat Colosseum, gaze upon the ceilings of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, and stroll the Capitoline Museum. Roman culinary prowess is well respected and beloved the world over. Experience authentic pizza, hearty bowls of fresh pasta, excellent cheeses, wines, seafood, and delightful desserts like tiramisu and gelato at family-run trattorias that have been preparing these traditional dishes for centuries. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas making your way to narrow side streets where you’re sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs. 

Corfu, Greece

According to myth, Poseidon honeymooned on this picturesque Greek island—and it's easy to see why. Its breathtaking natural landscape and long history as an artistic and cultural hub make Corfu one of the most cosmopolitan and captivating of the Greek Isles. Wander through the cobblestoned streets of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or soak up some sun on one of the island's many beaches. 

Split, Croatia

Lined with palm trees, this Adriatic seaside town is also a cultural mecca. Within the walls of the Diocletian Palace, you'll discover historical buildings, numerous museums, the National Theatre and a collection of old churches. Culture, beauty, natural wonder – your Split cruise has it all. The mixture of old and new is very pronounced here. Everywhere there are signs and evidence left behind from the city’s previous conquerors namely the Romans and Austro-Hungarians and there is no better place to view them than in Split’s Old City. The Old City is so otherworldly that it’s been dedicated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and you’ll encounter the most imposing Roman ruins left on Earth, including the Diocletian’s Palace which was built facing the harbor in 4 A.D. for the Roman Emperor. This sprawling, expansive structure was built to be an all-in-one fortress/imperial residence/fortified town. The Cathedral of St. Domnius stands as one of the most pristine and preserved examples of ancient Roman architecture in the world. And for a breathtaking, all-encompassing view of Split you won’t soon forget, head to Marajan Hill which is just 10 minutes outside the city. 

Trieste, Italy

The Old World city of Trieste occupies a northeastern Italian crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures on the Adriatic Sea. The reign of the Austrian House of Hapsburg accounts for gastronomy featuring beer, sauerkraut, and strudel. Roman and Byzantine empires ruled here once upon a time. The many cultures can be sampled in cozy coffeehouses and seafood restaurants, as well as breezy plazas, Old World churches, and prolific museums. There's even a high-tech photography museum and an expanding nightlife area. Must-see attractions include Castello di Miramare, the fanciful neo-Gothic home of the hapless Archduke Maximilian of Austria; Risiera di San Sabba, the World War II concentration camp now a national monument; and Civico Museo Sartorio, a villa bursting with art, ceramics, and jewelry. 

Koper, Slovenia

Located in southwest Slovenia on the Adriatic Sea, Koper in a picturesque port town with a compact, medieval center. Against a backdrop of the Alps, the area is enriched with several 15th Century Venetian Gothic palaces, castles and spires. Nearby, the breathtaking Postojna Caves can be toured on foot and by electric train. The recreational area north across Koper Bay is ideal for hiking, horseback riding and cycling. 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Established 1,300 years ago on the far southern tip of the Dalmatian Coast, this city once rivaled Venice in terms of its importance. Take a walking tour to the Dominican Monastery and marvel at the finest collection of Renaissance paintings, including a painting by Titian. Prepare to be riveted when first laying eyes on the old walled city on your cruise to Dubrovnik. This land has had many invaders including the Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Romans, Hungarians, and French, to name a few, and it has resulted in a fiercely independent citizenry with dynamic cultural influences. The views of the   Adriatic from its rooftops are truly awe-inspiring. If beach-going is on the agenda, make sure to wear appropriate footwear as the beaches here tend to be of the pebbly variety. That said, the beautiful emerald green waters and coves make the slight inconvenience more than worthwhile. And, there’s plenty of seafood, specifically mussels and oysters, deliciously prepared in authentic regional styles on offer at restaurants throughout town. 

Kotor, Montenegro

A cruise to Kotor, Montenegro offers up some of the most well-preserved architecture in all the Adriatic coast, with landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Built in 1166, there are frescoes dating back hundreds of years, and much of the gold and silver relief work done by the city's master craftsmen of that time are held for safe keeping within its walls. Tucked at the secluded tip of a tranquil bay and watched over for millennia by the  surrounding mountains, Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. The town’s history dates back before the epic age of Homer, but it’s the medieval wonders in Old Kotor that draw acclaim today. Marbled avenues meander with no apparent order, and, even for locals, it’s quite common to get turned around. The good news is, few places are more fun to get lost in than Kotor. Cruises to Montenegro would not be complete without sampling the local cuisine. Fresh seafood is always on the menu and the “domestic fish thick soup” is a tradition not to be missed.  Old churches, shops, and bars line the avenues, and don’t be surprised to wander upon a charming piazza right out of the blue. Come summer, the lavish yachts of the ultra-rich fill the marina, presenting a striking contrast to the rustic romance and ancient beauty of Kotor. 

Naples, Italy

Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it a fascinating place for you to explore. For all of Rome’s notoriety and reputation, Naples, with its historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has just as many important archeological sites and landmarks.  Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale for a world-class collection of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts. And, if you’d like to venture a little deeper on your Naples cruise, then exploring Naples from below the ground is a must. Start with a trip into the basement of the San Lorenzo Maggiore church where you’ll find a partially excavated Roman market and a little deeper, just below the Roman ruins, you’ll find remnants from the Greeks to discover. And in the region where pizza was first invented, you know the food is going to be incredible. Whether you’re looking for a thin, wood-fired Margherita pie, spaghetti alle vongole or a zeppole dusted with confectioner’s sugar, Naples and her bountiful edible treasures is sure to please. Only 35 miles down the coast, Salerno offers you a rich history, but also boasts a marvelous collection of parks, natural wonders, and unique vantage points to take in the beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two cities. One incredible stretch of Italian coastline.

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