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13-Night Halifax to Fort Lauderdale CME AWAY® Cruise

On Board Silversea Silver Cloud

Family MedicineSexual HealthTransgender Health

Sailing September 19th, 2023 - October 2nd, 2023

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Rick Ward

Dr. Rick Ward


Family Medicine

About The Speaker

Rick is a community-based Family Physician practicing in a large interdisciplinary medical home in NW Calgary. Dr. Ward is Clinical Associate Professor in the Cummings School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and has special clinical interest in Chronic Disease Management, Mental Health and team based Primary Care. He has a leadership position with Alberta Health Services – Medical Director, Primary Care for the Calgary Zone. Rick has been active in Continuing Medical Education development for over 2 decades- nationally and internationally.

Dr. Ted Jablonski

Dr. Ted Jablonski


Transgender Health & Sexual Medicine

About The Speaker

Dr. Ted Jablonski is an award winning family physician based in Calgary, Alberta. Ted is a sought-after speaker, trainer, media spokesperson and educator with many conference, radio, television, video credits and published articles. Jablonski has been consulting in sexual and transgender medicine for Southern Alberta for almost two decades. He continues to hold a number of primary care leadership roles as well as being Associate Director, Student Advising and Wellness at Cumming School of Medicine. He was awarded Outstanding Family Physician of the Year by the University of Calgary Dept. of Family Medicine in 2015. Ted successfully ran, cycled and spoke across Canada in 2010 to raise awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the stigma of mental illness. “dr j” continues to moonlight as a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, is a published author and passionate emerging playwright. He is the creator and host of Writing DOC Retreats for Canadian physicians serious about writing.

CME Topics

Pearls for General Medicine, Sexual Health & Transgender Medicine

  TOPICS Dr. Ted Jablonski
  • Transforming your practice: The Basics of Transgender Medicine
  • It’s All About the Hormones: A review of Medical Transition
  • Give & Take: The evolving World of Transgender Surgery
  • What’s UP and COMING—Men’s Sexual Health Update
  • Masculine Medicine—Putting the T Back in Testosterone
  • Getting interested and aroused—Women’s Sexual Health Update
  • Fanning the Flame—HRT and Menopause
  Dr. Rick Ward
  • Primary Care Lipid Challenges—a case-based approach
  • Diabetes update—so many patients, so many choices!
  • Eating Disorders—a non-specialist approach to common eating disorders
  • Interdisciplinary Care/Interdisciplinary Conflict
  • “To sleep, perchance to dream”
  • Talk therapy demystified
  • Adult ADHD
  • “To err is human. To forgive, divine”

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 1st, 1970 Book After January 1st, 1970
FP $1245 $1395
Specialist $1245 $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1045 $1195

Venue Information

Follow the ghosts of the coast south on this expedition cruise from Halifax to Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy seeing the autumnal pyrotechnics of New England – Bar Harbor, Portland, Cape Cod and Rhode Island. A day in New York is plenty of time to bite the Big Apple. A sea day brings you to Maryland and Virginia’s splendid ocean fronts, that showcase the two states’ proud maritime history to perfection. Your final port, Charleston, is a fairy tale blast from the past.


Additional Noteworthy Features

Silversea Cruises

Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites that include butler service, and most include private verandas. Our intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore. And for those who yearn to explore the new and unknown, Silversea Expeditions can transport you to the further most boundaries of the planet. Enjoy the ease, convenience and value of an all-inclusive cruise fare that includes almost all of your discretionary onboard expenses. With Silversea cruises you enjoy free-flowing premium wines and spirits, delicious gourmet cuisine, in-suite dining, full butler service for every suite and of course all gratuities. Savour the peace of mind of knowing that there is no salient price-tag at the end of a wonderful night of entertainment. Which is also complimentary, by the way. Whether you long to mingle in the Med, swim with the turtles of the Galapagos or embrace the glaciers of Alaska, there is something special about knowing that this cruising is all inclusive.


Silversea cruises have been voted the best luxury cruise line, so it is no surprise that our suites offer one of the highest space-per-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodations. All of our suites feature ocean views, and most with a private teak veranda. Regardless of the ship or suite, all guests will be pampered by the personalised services of an attentive butler, sailing in style aboard the best luxury cruise line.


When dining aboard Silversea ships, gastronomic excellence is a given, thanks to our partnership with the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux. Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea’s luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues. No matter where you dine, there will be great diversity and freshness in your selections. Dine amid sparkling crystal, silver and sweeping ocean views in our main dining room. Join friends or find a table for two, and enjoy Continental or regional specialities impeccably presented and graciously served. The Restaurant is an open-seating dining room, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables. You are free to arrive at your leisure and dine with whomever you choose. For a more casual dining experience, enjoy a meal at the Grill for soft breezes and ocean views, especially as the sun goes down. Cruise guests can gather at the outdoor bar and talk about the day’s events. Complimentary room service is also available for all guests.


Imagine exploring the history and culture of captivating destinations before you ever step foot off your ship. Our knowledgeable team of onboard Destination Consultants is delighted to share their regional expertise to Silversea guests, with informal discussions throughout your voyage and commentaries from the bridge. Elevating your cruise travel adventure to more stimulating heights. Gain an insider’s perspective on your voyage’s destinations. From where to shop, to top-rated eateries, and the area’s must-see sights. Ensuring you will journey ashore like a true native. While on your luxury cruise, embark on a personal journey of wellness to complement your global adventures. Work out in the well-equipped Fitness Centre, take a class in circuit training or Pilates in the aerobics room, and let the sauna and steam rooms work their magic to soothe every muscle. Silversea offers seminars ranging from aromatherapy and nutrition to how to burn fat. A holistic approach to wellness fully integrates exercise, fitness and spa therapies with health lectures and nutritious dining to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even while away from home.

The Ship

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her four dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has one of the highest crew to guest and space to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 20 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations.
  • Select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks
  • Butler service for all suites
  • Complimentary room service
  • Gratuities
  • Open-seating dining options
  • Complimentary WIFI

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
September 19th Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 20th Halifax, Nova Scotia 17:00
September 21st Bar Harbor, Maine 11:00 20:00 08:00—10:30
September 22nd Portland, Maine 6:30 AM 13:00 14:00 - 16:00
Cape Cod Canal Transit (Canal Transit, Massachusetts) 22:00 23:59
September 23rd Newport, Rhode Island 06:30 19:30
September 24th New York, New York 08:00 23:00
September 25th At Sea 08:00 - 12:00
September 26th Baltimore, Maryland 06:30 19:00
September 27th Norfolk, Virginia 07:30 20:00
September 28th At Sea 08:00 —12:00
September 29th Charleston, South Carolina 06:30 23:00
September 30th At Sea 6:30 08:00 - 12:15
October 1st Fort Lauderdale, Florida 06:30
October 2nd Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Detailed Port Descriptions

Day 1,2 | Halifax, Nova Scotia

A city that thrives on a diet of music, outdoor events and ocean-faring history, Nova Scotia's capital - and Atlantic Canada's largest conurbation - oozes salt-licked charm. The star-shaped fortress of Halifax Citadel sits above the city, while down below, Halifax revolves around its bustling harbour. Here, jet-skis skid across the water and heritage ships jaunt out to scenic offshore islands. Music carries on the waterfront's breeze as summer’s events play out, while a hefty population of pubs and restaurants provides all the space required for sitting back and relaxing. The shorefront boardwalk invites you on a gentle stroll along the waves, wandering back through Halifax's history. The Canadian Museum of Immigration waits at Pier 21 and was the doorway to a country of opportunity for so many - with over a million immigrants taking their first footsteps into Canada here. The pier's wooden boards are dotted with cafes, craft shops and artist studios. Sail deeper into seafaring heritage at the maritime museum. As the closest city to the sinking of the Titanic, recovered victims were transported to - and many were buried - in Halifax. The story, and items from the doomed vessel, are displayed in the museum's collection. Peggy's Cove lighthouse is nearby, and this immaculate little lighthouse is one of Canada's favourite, watching out stoically over the Atlantic's waves. With rich pickings available from its coastal location, the fruits of the sea are served up in the fryers of Halifax's varied restaurants - try seared scallops and juicy mussels. Round off any meal with a buttery blueberry grunt dessert – delicious when served up warm with a dollop of melting vanilla ice cream.

Day 3 | Bar Harbor, Maine

One of the first spots in the USA to see the first slivers of honey-coloured light each morning, Bar Harbor was the escape of choice for the elite and artistic during the 19th century. They flocked here to indulge in cool, salty sea breezes and sweeping coastal scenery, and left behind a scattering of elaborate, soft-hued mansions in their wakes. Nowadays, many of these ornate structures have discovered a new lease of life, transforming into quirky cute shops and restaurants, and helping downtown to hum with its effortless, easygoing charm. Get to know Bar Harbor with a wander along Shore Path, taking the looping stroll out along the bay, and spotting the Porcupine Islands emerging from the Atlantic’s waves. But why would you just look at those cresting waves, when you can kayak between them, or sail with colossal humpback whales throwing their weight around? Bar Harbor is all about getting tactile with the amazing nature on your doorstep, and whether it’s biking, rock climbing or sailing, there’s an activity for every inclination here. The 27 miles of Park Loop Road will be the guiding path for your explorations of Acadia National Park, leading you to crumbling oceanside cliffs, evergreen mountains and perched lighthouses. Hike to your heart’s content, visiting sites like the explosive Thunder Hole, where the Atlantic rages, smashes and booms against rocks. You can also see the multi-coloured beaks of puffins flashing in the sun. Afterwards, refuel with an unforgettable, New England–style lobster roll, as you toast the day’s exploits and adventures with ice-cold, Maine craft beers.

Day 4 | Portland, Maine

Lighthouses, lobsters and long stretches of beach epitomise Portland. And while that still rings true, Portland is changing. So today, along with the bearded fishermen who have spent their lives at sea, expect a fair smattering of bearded hipsters, who inject their lives into the city. Portland is a place that delivers, whatever time of year. Summer and you’ll be enjoying some of those famous beaches and winter will have you cosying up around fires in log cabins. Spring is when the glorious forests come back to life but autumn is when Portland’s literal true colours shine through. The east coast’s famous fall foliage is everywhere, and for anyone lucky enough to be visiting the region around this time of year it would be a crime not to enjoy pyrotechnical displays of Mother Nature’s finest work. But there is much more to this maritime city than trees – although that is enough for many. Victorian architecture, a thriving, arts scene from crafts to clothing and world famous cuisine (Portland has the most restaurants per capita, second only to San Francisco), have put Portland on the map. The city was founded in 1632 and quickly prospered through shipbuilding and export. The extension of the Canada Trunk Railway to the city gave Portland a heady status as being 100 miles closer to Europe than any other US port, and it became a boom town. A key destination on the freedom trail that helped African Americans escape slavery in the South, the town has retained its tolerant ambience and laid back feel.  

Day 4 | Cape Cod Canal Transit (Canal Transit, Massachusetts)

Because Silversea’s ships are so small, this Cape Cod Canal Transit is a rare must for any travel savvy guest. With two fixed bridges over the canal, clearance is a problem for bigger ships but Silversea’s small size ships allow them to glide through as if they were a passenger yacht. The surrounding scenic spectacle is something truly to behold. With the crowds gone and the weather turning cooler and the leaves turning colour, the compelling charm of the canal is legendary. Watch for migrating birds, such as the rare Roseate tern or the more common tree and barn swallow, and be on the lookout for year round residents such as the Great Blue Heron and the Red-tailed hawk. As the cape is surrounded by a hybrid of temperate sub-tropical waters and polar ice floes, marine mammal spotters will rejoice as they vie to spot some of the huge variety of wildlife that lives in the canal – from the humble river otter to the majestic — and endangered —North American Right Whale.

Day 5 | Newport, Rhode Island

A prime slice of New England coastline, Newport serves up colonial splendour, striking seascapes, and some of the freshest seafood around. One of America’s most historic cities, drop in on the oldest library in the country, visit an incredible fortress city, and wander beside spectacular summer houses. With wild beaches, wineries, breweries and festivals for every season, Newport has lost none of its enticing allure. The fresh, ocean air of Newport was much sought after during the Gilded Age, as the rich and powerful made their mark, building grand and stately mansions overlooking the waves. These magnificent houses - and landscaped gardens - add whitewash grandeur to the beautiful stretch of coastline. Take the 3.5-mile coastal walk, out across rugged cliffs with birds calling out, and wildflowers dotting the path. Be warned that the walk does become a little more difficult as it progresses. Stroll the coast, and sit to watch surfers catching Atlantic rollers, or take the twists and turns of Newport's incredible ocean drive, to soak in the wonderful views by road. Laced with underground tunnels, Fort Adams is Newport’s sprawling complex military fortress. Surrounded by Fort Adams State Park, you can enjoy the relaxed surroundings, absorbing scenic views of the harbour and Narragansett Bay. Unpack a picknick on the grass, as the swells of music carry on the sea breeze - especially during the annual folk and jazz festivals. Or try great Newport seafood in the bustling eateries of repurposed wharves - serving up Rhode Island specials like steamed lobster and clams.

Day 6 | New York, New York

So good they named it twice, New York, is a cultural powerhouse like no other. Liberally scattered with familiar landmarks, world-leading museums, and with an atmosphere and infectious energy found nowhere else, any visit to this one-of-a-kind cinematic city is a frantic, fascinating feast for the senses. Where New York leads, others follow and this city is a proud trailblazer. On the cusp of trends, but with plenty of traditions, New York is a world to itself, and endless opportunities and experiences await between its audacious skyscrapers. Whether it's cycling through the leafy oasis of Central Park, rising to the iconic cityscape views atop the Empire State Building or walking to Brooklyn's hipster appeal across the Brooklyn Bridge's chained expanse, New York City feels at once familiar and fantastical. Leading museums and galleries like the MET, the Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art add cultural intrigue matched by few others, while the flashing lights of Broadway mark the pinnacle of careers and provide world-class entertainment. Also scarred by tragedy, New York City responded to its darkest day with thoughtful memorials of loss, and by boldly reaching higher - the glassy new One World Trade Center building is the northern hemisphere's tallest skyscraper. Drop in on Wall Street's excesses, before sailing out from the financial district's reaching towers to the waves below Lady Liberty's gaze. At night the city lights up with shows, and roof-top restaurants serve up innovative dishes above the glowing, buzzing streets below.

Day 7 | At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 8 | Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore celebrated its bicentennial in 1997. This event came in the wake of a restoration and revitalization program of the once-dormant waterfront area. It transformed this sector of the city into a bustling tourist attraction, with shopping centers, restaurants and the acclaimed National Aquarium. At the same time, the city became a model for urban redevelopment across the country. Beyond the Inner Harbor, historic neighborhoods such as Federal Hill, Mount Vernon and Fells Point boast splendid architecture, ranging from Colonial row houses to massive brownstones. Many attractions are a short walk or ride from the Inner Harbor. The city is steeped in history. Some of it is reflected in the star-shaped Fort McHenry, famous for its role in the national anthem. It was here, on September 14, 1814 that Francis Scott Key saw the Star-Spangled Banner "by the dawn's early light". Babe Ruth, Edgar Allen Poe and H. L. Mencken are as synonymous with Baltimore as the Orioles and Ravens, both of which feature their own impressive stadiums. Visitors will find no lack of attractions. Alone the number of museums is mindbogling. As the birthplace of American railroading, the B&O Railroad Museum houses America's most complete collection of locomotives and railroad artifacts. Outside of the city, day trips allow for visiting the nation's capital or historic Annapolis with its collection of 18th- and 19th-century buildings and more than 50 pre-Revolutionary structures. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at Dundalk Marine Terminal, about a 20-minute drive from the city, subject to traffic conditions. Taxis generally have to be called to the port. Shopping The most convenient shopping area is around the Inner Harbor. Harborplace comprises two glass-enclosed shopping malls with more than 100 specialty shops. You can find an eclectic selection of local interest items and art, clothing and jewelry. The Rouse Company's multilevel Gallery offers additional shopping opportunities. First-rate antiques can be found in the shops along Antique Row. At Fells Point, restored old homes house antiques shops, art galleries and boutiques. Most stores are open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The local currency is the U.S. dollar. Cuisine The specialty is Chesapeake seafood and great steaks. Crab cakes, clams and mussels can be found on many menus. In recent years, ethnic food restaurants have also become very popular. Other Sites Baltimore Museum of Art the Baltimore Museum of Art, houses a permanent collection of over 130,000 objects from ancient mosaics to contemporary art. The famous Cone Collection includes paintings and sculptures by Rodin, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin and other post-Impressionists. Don't miss the new modern art wing featuring a room of Andy Warhol art. National Aquarium One of Baltimore's major attractions is located at the Inner Harbor. The amazing complex is home to more than 5,000 species of marine life, including sharks, dolphins, beluga whales and puffins. Escalators take visitors to the various levels and to the rooftop "rain forest." Please Note: Due to the Aquarium's popularity, you may find a queue at the ticket windows. Basilica of the Assumption The church was built in 1812 and is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States. Pope John Paul II visited this national shrine during a trip to Baltimore in October 1995. American Visionary Art Museum Housed in a former whiskey distillery near Federal Hill, the museum showcases the works of self-trained and self-taught artists. Revolving exhibits include paintings, sculpture, reliefs, drawings, photographs and a host of other objects that illustrate "new frontiers" in art. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office on board.

Day 9 | Norfolk, Virginia

Over a hundred mermaid statues are scattered across Norfolk, a true maritime city, with reams of naval history and a lively downtown area. Tucked between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, there's a scenic waterfront where tall-masted, historic ships float, and colourful bunting flutters in the gentle sea breeze. Immerse yourself in the history of the South’s splendid colonial houses, or visit the fort to learn of Civil War history. Sculptor, Kevin Gallup, created Norfolk’s 130 mermaids - and each is painted and decorated to be unique, by local artists. Enthusiastically adopted as a symbol of Norfolk, they offer an unusual welcome to this city of proud maritime heritage. Bike paths stretch out along the waterfront boardwalk of the Elizabeth River, which is the lifeblood of Norfolk. Heritage ships wait on its waters, and you can climb aboard one of the most impressive, the Battleship Wisconsin. See inside the engine room that powered this mighty vessel – one of the largest ever built in the US. MacArthur Memorial - located on MacArthur Square - celebrates the American general and veteran of many wars, whose tomb lies within. Blossoming with colour, Norfolk Botanical Garden is a haven of birds, butterflies, and flowers. Jump on the tram to ride around the garden. If the southern sun’s shining, you can’t miss out on a Norfolk ice cream – the town claims to be the birthplace of the ice cream cone. With cafes and an ever-growing collection of breweries producing trendy craft beers, taste traditional southern barbecue fare, or tuck into fresh seafood like mussels and lobster.

Day 10 | At Sea

Day 11 | Charleston, South Carolina

Savour a dose of legendarily warm and welcoming southern hospitality - while exploring a fairy-tale-pretty town of antiquated charm and deep-rooted history. The blend of antebellum architecture, cobbled streets and genuine smiles lends Charleston a disarmingly archaic, old-time allure, but there’s a darker side looming here. Intrinsic to the story of the United States, this quiet, peaceful town witnessed the first shots of war, as the nation slipped into its costliest tussle. The cracks of gunfire and booms of cannons rang out at Fort Sumter, sparking the start of the American Civil War. Now a National Monument, sail out to visit the remains of the bombarded fortress where the Union and Confederate States first clashed. Wander between giant, squat canons - and arrive early to assist with the ceremonial hoisting of the now united stars and stripes, high into the morning sky. The McLeod Plantation Historic Site offers a fascinating insight into the foundations of the town’s wealth and beauty – having reaped prominence and prosperity on the backs of the slave labour that toiled in the plantations' lands. Hydrangeas glow in the wonderful sweeping grounds of Middleton Place, where verdant green lawns step down to glass-smooth lakes. Cool off from summer’s humid heat with a wander in the breeze of the Joe Riley Waterfront. The wooden boardwalk lays out views of the elegant span of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and you can even strike it lucky and spot the noses of dolphins emerging from the waters. With so much history alive here in Charleston, uncover the ghosts of the past on a ghoulish night-time tour. Your guide will relay grisly tales, and paint creepy new impressions over the town’s unblemished facade.

Day 12 | At Sea

Day 13, 14 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In Fort Lauderdale, you will find beautiful white-sand beaches, a lively food and shopping scene, and cerulean blue waterways dotted with impressive yachts and sailboats. Want to discover the best of Fort Lauderdale like a local? Go for an early-morning stroll along the Fort Lauderdale Beach promenade and watch the sun rise over the water. Then grab breakfast beachside at one of the many open-air cafes that line the waterfront. If you’re looking for a wilder way to spend the day, set out on an eco-kayak tour through mangrove forests, calm bays, and emerald-green inlets — Fort Lauderdale is home to more than 300 miles of waterways, which has earned it the nickname, “Venice of America.”

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

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