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8-Night Eastern Caribbean New Year’s Cruise

On Board Celebrity Reflection

Domestic ViolenceForensic DentistryPediatrics

Sailing December 29th, 2023 - January 6th, 2024

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Sandra Seigel

Dr. Sandra Seigel



About The Speaker

Dr. Seigel graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in 1986. She completed her paediatric residency at McMaster University and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. Dr. Seigel has had a consulting paediatric practice in Dundas since 1990 seeing a large range of general paediatric issues including a large number of children with behavioural/learning and mental health difficulties. Since 1995, she have been the paediatrician in the SIS (Special Immunology Services) Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences taking care of HIV positive children and adolescents as well as infants of HIV positive mothers. Dr. Seigel was a member of the CAAP (Child Advocacy and Assessment Program) team from 1998-2020 assessing infants and children being assessed for possible child maltreatment. She also supervised paediatric residents in the Refuge clinic in Hamilton which sees children who are new immigrants or refugees after their arrival to Canada. Dr. Seigel was deputy chief in the Division of General Paediatrics at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton from 2006-2019. She continues to be a staff paediatrician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare working in the level 2 B nursery. St Joseph’s sees a large number of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)/ Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) and in addition to caring for those infants in hospital, she is one of the paediatricians who continues to follow them in our NAS?NOWS follow up clinic. Dr. Seigel was the recipient of the 2020 Sister Joan O’Sullivan award from St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton and the recipient of the 2021 Medical Staff Association Humanitarian Award from Hamilton Health Sciences.

Dr. Frank Stechey

Dr. Frank Stechey



About The Speaker

Dr. Frank Stechey, a general dentist in Hamilton, Ontario; a Treatment Coordinator and Restorative Instructor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry and George Brown College; Past President of the Hamilton Academy of Dentistry plus Ontario’s provincial dental regulatory body, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO). With interests in both ‘forensic’ & ‘sports’ dentistry for over 40 years, he has dealt with cases of product liability, victim (child, spousal, domestic violence, senior, human trafficking) abuse, mass disaster training & response, homicides & various aspects of victim identification. Of 256 forensic dentists who volunteered & responded in New York City at the World Trade Center (9/11) disaster, Dr. Stechey was the first of only 10 “foreign” dentists (and only Canadian) invited to join New York City’s dental identification team. He help establish a medical-dental clinic at Hamilton’s Children’s Aid Society, dealing with abused children under 16 years of age and was its first Dental Director. He is a qualified Court expert witness and recognized as a Fellow in eight dental & professional organizations including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Academy of Dentistry International, Pierre Fauchard Academy & the International College of Dentists.

CME Topics

Paediatrics, Forensic Dentistry and Domestic Violence

CME AWAY® by Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a 8-night CME program in the Caribbean. Dr. Frank Stechey is clinical restorative instructor at Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry & George Brown College. He is a forensic dental consultant & speaker at Hamilton’s McMaster University’s Children’s Hospital Dr. Sandra Seigel is a pediatrician practicing in Dundas, Ontario. She is a associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a staff Pediatrician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, both in Hamilton. They have developed an educational program that will be of interest to family physicians, specialists, and allied health professionals. Their programs are evidence based with interactivity and attendee participation strongly encouraged. Dr. Stechey’s presentations will include Human Trafficking , Dentistry’s Role in Child Abuse Recognition, Domestic Violence and Medical/Dental Record Keeping Dr. Seigel’s presentations will include Children with ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Children Born Premature, Effect of Cannabis on Infants and Approach to Infants Born after Limited Prenatal Care Drs. Stechey and Seigel are looking forward to welcoming you on this Cruise.

Dr. Stechey

  • Dentistry’s: History, Scope & Role in Recognition of Abuse, Trauma, Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking on victims of all ages
  • Health Care Professionals (HCPs) – Laws, Acts & Mandates
  • Combined HCP, Faculty, Regulator & Community “TEAM” required to address Abuse / Trauma / Trafficking - Types / Signs / Symptoms
  • Medical / Dental Recordkeeping & History Scanning
  • A Community Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Approach is Critical
  • Personal Cases: Child Abuse, Warrant, Lessons & 4 Important Screening Questions

Dr. Seigel

  • Approach to Infants Born after Limited Prenatal Care
  • Transitions of Care for Children with Chronic Medical Conditions from Pediatric to Adult care
  • Care and Follow up of Infants and Children Born Prematurely
  • Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children with ADHD
  • Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Effects of cannabis on infants exposed in utero or via breastmilk

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 March 29th, 2023 Book After March 29th, 2023
FP $1245 $1395
Specialist $1245 $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1045 $1195

Venue Information

Additional Noteworthy Features

Refurbished in 2023! On Celebrity Reflection® enjoy endless ocean views, catch some sun, and play your favorite outdoor games on a ½ acre of real grass at The Lawn Club. Then, cap off the outdoor fun with delicious grilling specialties at Lawn Club Grill. You can also take your palate to new heights with exciting culinary experiences by our Global Culinary Ambassador, Chef Daniel Boulud. Shop in luxury boutiques. And, invigorate your senses at The Spa. From unforgettable spaces to world-class amenities, and distinct features, you’ll rest and recharge the moment you step aboard.

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
December 29th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 3:30pm
December 30th At Sea 8:00am-12:30pm
December 31st San Juan, Puerto Rico 4:30pm 11:00pm
January 1st Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 10:30am 6:00pm
January 2nd Phillipsburg, St. Maarten 8:00am 6:00pm
January 3rd Tortola, B.V.I. 7:00am 3:00pm
January 4th Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic 11:30am 6:30pm 8:00am-10:00am
January 5th At Sea 8:00am-12:15pm
January 6th Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00am

Detailed Port Descriptions

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

During your cruise to Fort Lauderdale, head out to the Everglades and enjoy Flamingo Gardens, home to pink flamingos, snarling alligators, black bears, and Florida panthers—plus exotic trees, butterfly gardens, and native flowers. You'll find great shopping on Fort Lauderdale cruises. Look for high fashion at Galleria Fort Lauderdale, north of the port and blocks from the ocean. Head west to Sawgrass Mills for 350 designer outlets, specialty shops, and eateries. Spend a relaxing day in downtown Hollywood, south of the port, for quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and events in the park. Discover Floribbean cuisine, a fusion of old Florida favorites with new Caribbean influences. Local seafood includes lobster, grouper, mahi-mahi, pompano, snapper, tuna, and stone crabs.

 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the largest islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Discover the classic signs of a vacationer’s paradise on one of our many cruises to Puerto Rico: gorgeous landscape with lush green mountains, underground caves, balmy waters, white-sandy beaches, delicious rum drinks and so much more. Spend an afternoon snorkeling during your cruise to Puerto Rico and discover the beautiful marine life of the Caribbean Sea while swimming among the fish, coral communities, mangrove forests, and seagrass beds. Or take an evening sail around Old San Juan for amazing views of the 500-year-old walled city as the sun casts gorgeous light on the turquoise waters. Old San Juan is one of the first cities to be established in the New World. Explore the historical forts that were built to protect the island during Spanish occupation. Navigate through the tunnels, dungeons, and barrack of San Cristobal, San Felipe del Morro, San Juan de las Cruz, and the city walls. Stroll the blue-toned cobblestone streets and uncover various UNESCO sites, museums, historic churches, restaurants and much more along the way. Take a tour of the Bacardi headquarters and learn about the process of rum making from barrel to bottle. Get a glimpse into the history of the world’s most awarded rum and sample the final product while you’re at it. Visit Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico for the most gorgeous fine art collections on the island, including paintings, sculptures, and carvings as far back as the 17th century. From roadside stalls serving up delicious local snacks like alcapurrias to the finest restaurants with the freshest seafood on menus, enjoy the fusion of Spanish, Taíno, African, and US influences and flavors of San Juan’s rich culinary traditions. Cruise to San Juan and discover an island with a fascinating history that is one of the most stunning examples of colonial life in the Western world.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie is the enchanting capital of St. Thomas that has attracted pirates and sailors the world over for centuries. The island enjoys a fascinating fusion of Danish, French, Spaniard, West African and Carib influences. There’s so much to discover on a cruise to St. Thomas. For a nice overview of the island’s history head to Fort Christian Museum. Built as a military fort by the Dutch in 1680, this historic landmark features exhibits chronicling the history of the Virgin Islands from the Stone Age to the present, as well as natural history collections, and an art gallery. Experience the beauty of St. Thomas beaches with a wonderful picnic on Magens Bay beach or snorkel in the turquoise Caribbean Sea where you’ll come up close to corals, sponges, and schools of colorful tropical fish. Authentic island dishes like savory curries with roti, the freshest seafood, and delicious drinks made with the finest local rums are readily available on restaurant menus. And, while the beaches and ocean are beautiful, there is one thing that really sets St. Thomas apart - shopping. This island is the most commercial of all the U.S. Virgin Islands. Browse through the shop-lined streets of the capital city and shop for duty-free trinkets and bargains on everything from liquor to imported china and crystal.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

In the 17th century, Dutch and French soldiers decided to share this little island, and today it remains happily split between France (Saint Martin, north side) and the Netherlands (Sint Maarten, south side). Cruise to St. Maarten and explore the dozens of alluring beaches that ring the island. At Orient Beach, sunbathers bask and beachcombers stroll on the white sands, while divers and snorkelers explore the sunken shipwrecks and marine life just offshore. You'll really get blown away at Jet Blast Beach (officially Maho Beach), next to the airport. Embrace all the beauty of the island on a tour to the French capital, Marigot, where you can explore the quaint streets and cafés, open-air market, and 18th-century Fort Louis. Take a scenic cruise of Simpson Bay Lagoon, site of luxurious villas and megayachts. More tours show you charming Grand Case and Orient Bay. Both Philipsburg and Marigot are celebrated culinary capitals, and locals do enjoy outdoor cooking. Try the barbecued ribs and chicken. Leading French chefs flock to Marigot, where they give their sophisticated cuisine a Caribbean twist. Shoppers find electronics, rum, cigars, jewelry, and designer brands in the hundreds of duty-free and tax-free stores on Philipsburg’s mile-long Front Street.

Tortola, B.V.I.

Besides being one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, Tortola also has a fascinating cultural and historical side. For a glimpse into the island’s colonial past, visit the Virgin Islands Folk Museum. The restored house was once the family home of shipwright, Joseph Wilfred Penn and features a deep collection of Arawak and Carib pottery and stone tools, as well as plantation artifacts. Hike along the seven available walking trails in Sage Mountain National Park for stunning panoramic views of the island and the surrounding natural habitat. Snorkeling in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and a rum tasting at Callwood Rum Distillery are essential on a cruise to Tortola. Sample the delicious curries, spicy soups, and sumptuous shellfish dishes available in abundance at local restaurants and many snack shacks around the island.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata was inhabited by the Taino people for centuries before Christopher Columbus arrived and founded the city in the early 1500s. By the 20th century, Puerto Plata had emerged as the Dominican Republic’s main tourism hub. You can paddle through a manatee reserve or zipline over treetops. Go for a swim at the awe-inspiring 27 Waterfalls complex. Hike through the lush, protected jungle of El Choco National Park, enjoying the park’s two lagoons. Swim with dolphins at World Ocean, the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world, or grab a kayak and head out on the water at Manatee Reserve. Nature, adventure, history – Puerto Plata has it all.  

Pre-And-Post Trip Information


Western Canada Office

402 West Pender Street, Suite 715

Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1T6

604-684-7327 Or 1-888-647-7327

BC Travel Agent Reg. #3320-2

Eastern Canada Office

110-3425 Harvester Rd

Burlington, Ontario, L7N 3N1

905-845-6631 Or 1-800-268-3273

TICO #3328458