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17-Night Australia & New Zealand CME AWAY™ Cruise

Onboard the Silver Muse


Sailing February 2nd, 2021 - February 19th, 2021

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Jack Kolenda, FRCS

Dr. Jack Kolenda, FRCS



About The Speaker

Dr. Jack Kolenda knew he wanted to be a surgeon from an early age. He began his undergraduate degree in 1989 and pursued a baccalaureate in molecular biology. During his studies, he was awarded a stipend to research molecular genetics under the directorship of Dr. Clare Hasenkamf and Dr. Dan Riggs, associate professors in Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto. Upon completing his second year of undergraduate studies, he was accepted in to medical school, surpassing the admission requirements for the competitive Doctor of Medicine program. He continued to advance his learning and simultaneously maintain his impressive academic standing by actively involving himself in further research. Click here to read more about Dr. Kolenda!

Dr. Bob Issenman

Dr. Bob Issenman


About The Speaker

Robert (Bob) Issenman is a Professor of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He was educated at McGill, Harvard and McMaster.  He was Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at McMaster Children’s Hospital for 35 years and Acting Chief of the Pediatric Emergency Department for 2 years. He is Past President of the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Healthy Generations Foundation. He is the author of  two medical books in addition to two collections of short stories. Current interests include nutrition and environmental health.

CME Topics

Dr. Bob Issenman
  • GERD, Gastroparesis, Rumination and Related Disorders
  • IBS – IBS/CHO Intolerance/ Post Infectious IBS/ Minor Parasites/FODMAP Diet
  • IBD – New Biologic and Nutritional Approaches to IBD
  • Emergency Medicine – Walk-In ER Techniques
  • Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, FPIES and Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis and Malabsorption Syndromes
  • The Environmental History and Pediatric GI Issues
  • Real Life Dietary Counselling
  • Migraine/ Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and Cannabinoid Hyperemesis
Dr. Kolenda
  • Dysphagia: let’s chew on it
  • Globus: Is it always anxiety
  • Neck Mass: let’s dissect the possible sources
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux: how far does it get?
  • Burning mouth syndrome: let’s burn through the facts
  • Botox: It’s not just for making you look pretty!
  • Post Nasal Drip: Your treatment paradigm so I don’t have to see it!
  • Thyroid nodules: You found one and what’s next
  • Eustachian tube Dysfunction: Let’s decompress the facts

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 April 29th, 2020Book After April 29th, 2020
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other$945$1095

Venue Information

Abdominal Pain, Celiac Disease, Pediatric GI, Emergency Medicine, Dysphagia, Post Nasal Drip and Thyroid Nodules and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

CME AWAY™ by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a 17- Day CME program on a cruise to Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Jack Kolenda (ENT) and Dr. Robert Issenman (Pediatric Gastroenterologist) are both from Ontario and are noted experts in their fields. They 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.
Dr. Kolenda will discuss many aspects of head and neck conditions such as dysphagia, neck masses including thyroid nodules, laryngoesophogeal reflux, burning mouth syndrome and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Dr. Issenman will concentrate on various aspects of gastroenterology and emergency medicine including hyperemesis, Gastroesophageal Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Chronic Pancreatitis and Walk-In Emergency Techniques.
Dr. Kolenda and Dr. Issenman look forward to seeing you on this CME AWAY™ cruise.

Additional Noteworthy Features

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 surrounding 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. Enjoy the ease, convenience and value of an all-inclusive cruise fare that includes almost all of your discretionary onboard expenses. Make this elegant, intimate ship your home away from home as you discover this spectacular region.


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.

Enriching Experiences

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.

Inclusive Amenities for All Guests

  • Select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks
  • Butler service for all suites
  • Complimentary room service
  • Gratuities
  • Open-seating dining options
  • Enrichment lectures

Itinerary & Schedule

DatePort / LocationArrival TimeDeparture TimeNotes / CME Details
February 2ndAuckland, New Zealand7:00 PM
February 3rdTauranga (Bay Of Plenty), New Zealand8:00 AM7:00 PM
February 4thAt Sea8:00 AM—12:30 PM
February 5thWellington, New Zealand8:00 AM11:00 PM
February 6thPicton, New Zealand8:00 AM6:00 PM
February 7thKaikoura, New Zealand8:00 AM11:00 PM
February 8thAkaroa, New Zealand8:00 AM6:00 PM
February 9thDunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand8:00 AM6:00 PM
February 10thStewart Island, New Zealand8:00 AM6:00 PM
February 11thDoubtful Sound / Milford Sound
February 12thAt Sea8:00 AM—12:00 PM
February 13thAt Sea8:00 AM—12:00 PM
February 14thHobart (Tasmania), Australia6:00 AM7:00 PM
February 15thAt Sea8:00 AM—12:00 PM
February 16thMelbourne, Australia8:00 AM10:00 PM
February 17thAt Sea8:00 AM—10:15 AM
February 18thEden, Australia8:00 AM3:00 PM
February 19thSydney, Australia7:00 AM

Detailed Port Descriptions

Auckland, New Zealand

Blending beachy recreation with all the delights of a modern, diverse and thoroughly multicultural city, Auckland sits on the lucid blue-green waters of New Zealand’s north island. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, its two harbours will tempt you with waterfront walks, and the chance to breathe fresh sea air deep into your lungs while absorbing spectacular views of Auckland’s grand harbour bridge’s span. Take in the true scale of Auckland’s magnificent cityscape by ascending 192 metres to the Sky Tower, and looking out over the city’s gleaming silver towers, which reflect on the abundant waters below. Views over the bay and adjacent islands await, and you can share elegant cocktails at this dizzying height, above the mingling yachts of Viaduct Harbour. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the area at Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki.

Tauranga (Bay Of Plenty), New Zealand

Tauranga is New Zealand’s sunny capital – with wide sweeping beaches and surfers curling across cresting waves. Climb to the top for spectacular views of the natural harbour, or take winding coastal footpaths to explore the unfolding scenery. An entry point to the vast indent of the Bay of Plenty, the volcanic peak of Mount Maunganui is a fittingly dramatic welcome. Brooding, geothermal energy creates spectacular natural attractions across this region, while plunging waterfalls, and fascinating Maori culture ensures that the Bay of Plenty has a lot to offer visitors. Said to receive New Zealand’s highest amount of sunshine, the hanging kiwi, citrus fruit and avocados add an exotic touch to the area’s landscape - especially around Te Puke. Vibrant teal and orange colours await at the stunning geothermal area of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, where mud pools bubble and steam rises from the earth.

Wellington, New Zealand

Sprawling around a hook-shaped peninsula, Wellington is a vibrant and energetic seaside capital. A compact, well-stocked city of buzzing bars and chatting cafes, New Zealand's capital is a bright and breezy place with an infectious, easy-going atmosphere. Known as the creative hub of the South Pacific, there are shows to see, art installations to enjoy, and rich flavours to savour here. The sounds of rare and beautiful birdlife fill the hills around the city, and the bush of the green belt provides easy-to-access sanctuary, strolls and cycle rides. The Botanical Gardens break up the buildings, even more, while an iconic, cherry-red cable car rumbles up Wellington's slope to the city's best viewpoint, looking out over the city's scenic harbour from above. Zealandia has provided an urban home for rare and endangered birdlife, bringing many species back from the brink.

Picton, New Zealand

The gateway to New Zealand’s South Island waits just across the Cook Strait from Wellington. Pretty Picton is a beautiful harbour town, lying on the cusp of the mighty scenery of the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park, and providing an attractive link between New Zealand’s two main islands. The journey into the scenic Queen Charlotte Sound is a vista that only New Zealand can provide, as you sail through crumpled green peaks and folding hills, towards Picton’s little flotillas of yachts and endearing waterfront appeal. You could easily spend days here browsing art studios and galleries, nursing freshly ground coffees, and watching the undulations of the bay’s waters from Picton’s waterfront eateries. Or enjoying the coastal location and sea views while wandering Picton Memorial Park, among palm trees, bright flowers and benches that sit before sweeping views of the Sound.

Akaroa, New Zealand

Sheep graze almost to the water's edge in the many small bays indenting the coastline of Banks Peninsula, the nub that juts into the Pacific east of Christchurch. On the southern side of the peninsula, in a harbor created when th e crater wall of an extinct volcano collapsed into the sea, nestles the fishing village of Akaroa (Māori for "long harbor"). The port is a favorite day trip for Christchurch residents on Sunday drive, and on weekends.

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

The south-easterly coast of New Zealand's wild southern island is a haven for outdoor adventures, with masses of raw scenic beauty and thrilling coastline. Heading the Otago Harbour, Dunedin is a cosmopolitan city of culture and architectural splendour, with a distinctly tartan flare. Settled by the Scots in 1848, the romantically misty valleys and moody landscapes, continue to capture the hearts of visitors to these distant shores. Searing bagpipes echo down the streets in the Edinburgh of the South, which wears its Scottish origins proudly. Gothic revival architecture is scattered liberally, including the magnificent university - with its glorious clocktower - and the city's grand cathedral. Head to the elegant Octagon to see the statue to Robert Burns, whose nephew was a city founder. The railway station is perhaps the pick of this city's many artistic structures.

Stewart Island, New Zealand

Within touching distance of the South Island's southern tip, the majority of New Zealand's third-largest island is handed over to a beautiful sprawl of National Park. Taking its name from the Māori word 'Rakiura' which means ‘land of the glowing skies’ this is an island sanctuary of radiant beauty. Sunsets and sunrise are magical, but it’s the swirling patterns of lights that dance across the heavens above that enchant above all else - as the southern hemisphere’s version of the northern lights dazzles overhead. Slow the pace, on this island of leisurely fishing villages and swirling Maori legend. The majority of Stewart Island has been claimed by dense forests, which conceal wonderful wildlife watching opportunities, and reveal isolated coves and dramatic cliffs. Bring your hiking boots, as with only 15 miles of road, the best way to see the rugged beauty is by crunching along seaside trails.

Hobart (Tasmania), Australia

Mount Wellington's looming, cloud-wisped form is an ever-present sight as you explore booming Hobart, the cosmopolitan capital of Australia's most southerly state. A former British penal colony, nowadays Australia’s second-oldest city is a place to live the free and easy life. Encircled by dramatic cliffs, landscaped gardens and rolling vineyards, Hobart is also well stacked with cultural pursuits including museums, and respected - if controversial - galleries plastering new and old art to their walls. With fresh sea breezes and a fabulous location, Hobart is a creative place, where you can browse the produce of local artisans in Saturday's massive Salamanca Market - which draws visitors from all across Tasmania and beyond. Eat at waterfront restaurants, or rise up Mount Wellington's slopes to appreciate the remoteness of Hobart's location.

Melbourne, Australia

Australia’s metropolitan cultural capital is a refined, contemporary and richly liveable city - which has a blend for every taste. The smells of freshly ground, artisan coffees fill the streets of this hip, youthful city, which is generously sprinkled with fine dining establishments, art galleries, and absorbing museums. With an airy outdoor lifestyle, Melbourne is a vibrant global hub of fashion, fun and festivities. Multicultural and diverse, Victoria’s capital is crisscrossed by narrow alleys and splashed with street art. It’s fair to say Melbourne’s bearded baristas take their coffees seriously. Settle in to sample the unique coffee culture that is an essential part of Melbourne life. Looking for something a little stronger? The city’s rooftop bars come alive with clinking cocktails as the sun sets.

Eden, Australia

Known for the migrating whales that cruise through its waters between May and November, Eden sits in New South Wales’ scenic Twofold Bay. While the whales are now protected and cherished here, the town was initially founded as a whaling centre and has many fascinating stories to tell. Namely, a unique symbiotic relationship with the killer whales. Rewarded with the tongues from freshly caught whales, the orcas would help to round up baleen whales in the bay, making it easy for humans to land them. This mutually beneficial exchange came to be known as The Law of the Tongue. Find out more about it, and the area’s whaling past, at Eden Killer Whale Museum – where you can see the skeleton of the most famous orca accomplice, Old Tom. A yearly whale festival now celebrates the return of the magnificent whales to these waters.

Sydney, Australia

With its glorious harbour, lavish golden beaches and iconic landmarks, Sydney is Australia's showpiece city. Creative and curious, discover the world-class cuisine, indigenous culture, and irresistible beach life that make Sydney one of the world’s most dynamic, exciting destinations. Sydney’s sparkling harbour is the heart of a richly cultural city. Overlooked by the metallic curves of the masterpiece of an Opera House, and that grand arched harbour bridge. Take it all in from the water, and admire the iconic landmarks, which are set before the city’s gleaming skyline backdrop. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the legendary climb up the smooth curve of the bridge – nicknamed the Coathanger - to soak in the shining city’s spread from a unique perspective. Spread out to tan on one of the world’s most famous stretches of sand - Bondi Beach.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

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