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14-Night Black Sea CME AWAY® Cruise

On Board Azamara Journey

Palliative CareSurgery

Sailing September 29th, 2021 - October 13th, 2021

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Nicola Macpherson

Dr. Nicola Macpherson


Palliative Care

About The Speaker

Dr. Nicola Macpherson has been travelling and lecturing with Sea Courses since 2008. She completed Medical School in Ottawa in 1985 followed by a rotating internship at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. Until 1989, she was a medical officer in the Canadian Forces at the National Defense Medical Centre in Ottawa. She finished her anaesthesia residency at UBC and became a Fellow of the Royal College in 1992. She worked for 12 years as an anaesthesiologist in Prince George and Maple Ridge, BC, including a brief stint in the Australian Outback. She returned to training as an R6 in Palliative Medicine in 2004-05. Since then, she has practiced full-time palliative medicine, initially throughout the Fraser Health Authority in BC. In 2014, realizing how hard it was to find locum coverage for palliative physicians in practice, she decided to become a locum in Regina, Calgary and in Fraser Health, so that colleagues can take much needed time off to recharge. She currently has faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine at UBC, and in Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at UBC, as well as Family Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She developed and helped present three palliative workshops in Ghana (West Africa) in 2013 and 2015.

Dr. Jon Just

Dr. Jon Just


General Surgery

About The Speaker

Dr. Jon Just is a general surgeon in Kamloops, BC with a broad based surgical practice with an interest in endocrine surgery. He has been an associate clinical professor for the University of Alberta, as well as the University of British Columbia, involved in training surgical residents from both universities, as well as Family Medicine residents and medical students from UBC. He enjoys international surgery and has been on over thirty volunteer surgical trips in various sites throughout the world.


CME Topics

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 18 Mainpro+ credits.

Palliative Care for the Generalist & Updates on Surgery for the Family Physician

Dr. Just
  • Approach to Head & Neck Masses
  • Incidentalomas!
  • Benign Breast Disease and Imaging
  • Premalignant and Malignant Breast Disease
  • Colorectal Issues Part 1 – Benign
  • Colorectal Issues Part 2 - Screening and Malignant Disease
  • Abdominal Pain - Who Should I Worry About?
  • Thyroid Lumps
  • Skin Spots
Dr. Macpherson
  • Spotting Palliative Patients in the Wild
  • Nausea, Vomiting and Constipation at End of Life - The Triple Threat to QOL at EOL
  • The Jedi Approach to Opioid Prescribing
  • Managing Respiratory Symptoms in Advanced Disease
  • “When is Enough, Enough?” and “Enough is Enough!”
  • Delirium at End of Life – “Everyman’s Psychosis”
  • Approaches to Withdrawal of Treatment and Requests for Hastened Death
  • Final Weeks, Days and Hours
  • Topical Lotions and Potions

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 $1295
Specialist $1295
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1095
Conference Tuition Book Before December 29th, 2020 Book After December 29th, 2020
FP $1145 $1295
Specialist $1145 $1295
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $945 $1095

Venue Information

Dividing Southeastern Europe from Asia Minor, the Black Sea is more than just a body of water—it’s a keeper of secrets. Rumored to be the home of everything from the lost city of Atlantis to the location of Noah’s Ark, one thing’s for certain: Your Azamara Journey® here will be one for the history books. The adventure begins in Athens, the Cradle of Civilization, before heading to Ephesus, Turkey. Once the second largest city in the Roman Europe, the ancient attractions here are truly spectacular, including the Library of Celsus, the Odeon, and the marble-made Arcadian Street. Then it’s a day of scenic cruising, as we sail through the Bosporus Strait to the resort town of Varna, Bulgaria. Discover Romanian folklore and great wines in Constanta, and visit the famous Opera and Ballet Theater and Potemkin Stairs in Odessa. Pamper yourself during an at-sea day, and enjoy late-night stays in the seaside playgrounds of Sochi, Batumi, and Trabzon, which also happens to be a fascinating stop on the historical Silk Road. Next it’s another day at sea and a cruise through the Bosporus Strait. Follow it up with a late-night stay in Kavala, where historic sites like the Castle of Kavala and the ruins of Philippi await. Finally, it’s on to the charming island of Skiathos (and its more than 60 beaches), before returning to Athens.


Cruise With Confidence

Azamara understands things can change. With Azamara’s Cruise with Confidence Policy, you have up to 48 hours prior to your departure date to receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit that can be used towards any Azamara Club Cruises sailing through September 30, 2022. Valid only for Azamara Club Cruises fares paid. Does not include monies paid for Airfare, Insurance or CME AWAY® tuition.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Azamara Club Cruises

What makes Azamara cruises different from the rest? It’s our focus on Destination Immersion® experiences, which lets you stay longer and experience more on every one of our voyages. This means you get to explore everything from nightlife in Stockholm and morning walks in the French Riviera to all-day adventures in Costa Rica’s rain forests. Because life isn’t on a 9 to 5 schedule, and neither are Azamara voyages. You’ll also experience incredibly scenic waterways and prime docking locations—two great advantages of our boutique-style, award-winning ships. Here, you’ll find people who are genuinely friendly and happy to make you feel welcomed. And with a maximum of 702 guests, staff and crew can quickly learn your name, tastes, and preferences, too. Plus, you’ll enjoy lots of inclusive amenities that will leave money in your wallet and put a smile on your face. We’re the voyage for those who love travel.


When you book a cruise stateroom, you'll love the polished style and stellar service in your own private retreat. You'll appreciate the finer touches included, but it takes more than a beautiful room to elevate a voyage from "good" to "great." With Azamara®, you'll discover just how much professional service and a friendly attitude can add to your enjoyment.


Azamara offers a choice of 5 distinctive dining options, as well as 24-hour room service and a quality café. Whether you’re a fan of adventurous cuisine or classic cooking, you'll love the quality reflected in the fresh ingredients, careful preparation, and variety of menu choices. Discoveries Dining, the main restaurant presents elegant yet lively dining with a renewed décor befitting the culinary heart of our ships. Reservations are not required, and you have the choice of being seated at a table for two or as part of a larger group of fellow guests. There are two specialty restaurants Aqualina and Prime C. Aqualina exhibits contemporary, inventive Italian cuisine and features some of Italy’s most famous dishes. Prime C, offers a marvelous evening at this classic wood-paneled steakhouse with stunning views and lush autumn décor. Windows Café is primary spot for casual dining with indoor and outdoor tables. Enjoy an intimate breakfast, lunch, or dinner for two or a lively meal for six with the flexible seating options. The Patio serves as a casual “pool grill” during the day and becomes transformed into a more sophisticated dining experience in the evening. The self serve Frozen yogurt station is a staple of the Patio and is available all day. Mosaic Café is the on board coffee corner where You'll find all your favorite coffee drinks and you can order them just the way you like as well as light snacks. Lastly is the delicious Room Service served 24 hours a day. Lunch and dinner room service features a menu of hearty soups, fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, pizzas and desserts.


  • While Vacation is a time to explore it is also a time to relax. The Discoveries Lounge is located just outside Azamara’s main restaurant and this congenial bar is a favorite gathering place for pre- and post-dinner conversation and drinks. Bar service includes a full selection of fine wines, mixed drinks, and premium spirits. Enjoy live performances of professional full-stage musicals, classical soloists, bands and other forms of entertainment in a cabaret nightclub with a full bar and cozy tables. Each cruise has as many as three distinctly different shows while on board. Dance late into the night as the live band kicks in after dinner. Wearing white is optional, but encouraged. The Casino will keep you entertained with blackjack, roulette, slot machines, and three-card poker games. Group and individual gaming lessons are offered at no charge and a great way to learn gaming strategy! For Sports fan, the Spirits bar adjacent to the Casino features a flat-screen TV. and full bar, making it a very pleasant place to keep up with your favorite teams.
On Board Activities
  • Treat yourself to health, beauty, and restorative treatments in the all new Sanctum Spa. With a focus on wellness and vigor, the relaxing spa can provide you an oceanfront massage, a quick manicure teeth whitening, barber services, or even a healing acupuncture treatment. The well-equipped Fitness Center filled with lifecycles, treadmills, stair-steppers and weights will help you maintain your body despite the delicious dining on board. There are complimentary group classes like sunset yoga on the deck, Pilates, cycling, core workouts, and nutrition classes. You also have the option of working with certified personal trainers who will help you develop a customized workout plan and lead you through individualized instruction. The beautiful library on board is known as the Drawing Room. The library is one of the quiet jewels of Azamara, a peaceful and beautifully appointed space for reading or relaxing after dinner. Browse the collection and feel free to borrow the library books or simply relax in the tranquil atmosphere. For on board shopping You’ll find a tasteful collection of merchandise and beautiful jewelry and watches in four on board stores. The daily news will outline specials and one-time offers that make shopping even more fun. The Photo Stop has camera supplies that can be purchased and displays photos available of the previous day’s events, taken by the ship’s roving photographer.
Inclusive Amenities for All Guests
  • Selected standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

The Ship

A luxurious boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Journey® is a mid-sized ship with a deck plan that’s intimate but never crowded, and offers everything modern voyagers are looking for—plus some unexpected extras. Re-imagined staterooms include modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. Plus the ship features a large number of staterooms and suites with verandas, perfect for starting your day with fresh sea air and stunning views. Across the fleet, our authentic service goes beyond the expectations of even the most well-traveled cruisers. Friendly and approachable, our staff are attentive, and happy to offer everything from poolside service to recommendations for your on-shore exploration. After all, we love sailing the world just as much as you do! Add to all of that world-class dining optionsspa experiences to relax and refresh, and all-new entertainment offerings, you’ve got an on board experience that’s matched only by the immersive cultural encounters we’ve got in store on shore.

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
September 29th Piraeus (Athens), Greece 5:00 PM
September 30th Mykonos, Greece 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
October 1st Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
October 2nd Bosporus Strait 8:00 AM—12:30 PM; 1:30 PM—4:30 PM
October 3rd Burgas, Bulgaria 8:00 AM 8:00 PM
October 4th Varna, Bulgaria 8:00 AM 9:00 PM
October 5th Constana, Romania 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
October 6th Odessa, Ukraine 9:00 AM 8:00 AM—9:00 AM
October 7th Odessa, Ukraine 6:00 PM
October 8th At Sea 8:00 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 PM—4:00 PM
October 9th Istanbul, Turkey 8:00 AM
October 10th Istanbul, Turkey 8:00 PM
October 11th Canakkale (Kepez), Turkey 7:30 AM 3:00 PM 2:30 PM—5:45 PM
October 12th Piraeus (Athens), Greece 1:00 PM
October 13th Piraeus (Athens), Greece DEBARK

Detailed Port Descriptions

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Start your journey in Piraeus with an archaeological walk past landmarks like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora, and of course, the Acropolis. Afterwards, head to the Central Market for a feast of fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, olives, and Grecian cheese. Finally, check out a local taverna where you can rub elbows with the locals well into the wee hours of the night.

Mykonos, Greece

Picture perfect is the best way to describe Mykonos. Idyllic in every way, from the brilliant blue water in its harbor to the rows of 16th-century Venetian windmills, Mykonos is a postcard come to life! Spend your days strolling delightful cobblestone streets and visiting artisan craft shops. And when the sun goes down, discover why locals refer to this hedonistic city as the Ibiza of Greece!

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

Kusadasi has many charms, but let’s talk Turkey: The star attraction is Ephesus. Once the second largest city in the Roman Empire, its marble-made Arcadian Street stretches from the 24,000-capacity Great Theatre (where St. Paul used to preach) to the harbor. Nearby sites include the Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, and House of Virgin Mary, where Mary is supposed to have spent her last days.

Bosporus Strait

A natural, strategic waterway, the Bosporus Strait connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and thence through the Aegean to the Mediterranean. As such it is the only sea link between the eastern European countries of the Black Sea and the rest of the world.

Burgas, Bulgaria

The beautiful port city of Burgas, Bulgaria, sits perched along the coastline of the Black Sea, with impressive roots that stretch deep into the past. You’ll find lots of archaeological sites and museums to explore and the charming town center is lively and walkable. Iconic landmarks, gorgeous churches, and delicious food. A crossroads of continents and time.

Varna, Bulgaria

Varna is a port city and seaside resort on Bulgaria's Black Sea, next to the coastal resorts of Golden Sands, St. Konstantin and Albena. It's famous for the "Gold of Varna," 6,000-year-old Thracian jewelry discovered in a necropolis, which is displayed inside the Archaeological Museum, along with Greek, Roman and Ottoman antiquities. A bar-lined waterfront promenade fronts 19th-century Primorski Park.

Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country's capital and commercial center. Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III (“The Impaler”) once ruled.

Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa is a port city on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. It’s known for its beaches and 19th-century architecture, including the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater. The monumental Potemkin Stairs, immortalized in "The Battleship Potemkin," lead down to the waterfront with its Vorontsov Lighthouse. Running parallel to the water, the grand Primorsky Boulevard is a popular promenade lined with mansions and monuments.

Istanbul, Turkey

East meets West in the storied city where Europe and Asia meet. Start in Sultanahmet Square and you can easily explore the intricate architecture of Topkapi Palace, the cathedral-turned-mosque-turned-museum of Hagia Sofia, and the brilliant blues of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Sample kebaps, mezes and more at the city’s endless restaurants and taverns where you’re sure to meet friendly locals and be caught up in their infectious love of life.

Kepez, Turkey

Kepez is a small seaside town, but real treasures can be found when you explore further beyond the shore. The ancient city of Troy was once just a myth, but archaeological excavations have brought this fabled locale to life. Also within reach of port is the Gallipoli Peninsula, where an ill-fated WWI campaign devastated Allied forces. In Assos, the Temple of Athena sits perched on an acropolis with sweeping sea views.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

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