S. CARIBBEAN / PANAMA CANAL • DECEMBER 13th – 23rd, 2010
GEMINID METEOR SHOWER
December 13, 2010, 9pm
As we sail away from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we’ll kick off Cosmic Trails
with observation of the Geminids meteor shower. Visit the ms Zuiderdam’s
Sports Deck and chime in with your point of view as to whether the Geminids’
parent body, 3200 Phaeton, is an asteroid, extinct comet, or a mixed
asteroid/comet body. Balmy Bahamian breezes set the pace for a splendid,
medium-speed celestial display. (Picture below ©Wally Pacholka, one of the Cosmic Trails speakers.)
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
December 20, 2010, 11pm
Enjoy an unparallelled view of the lunar eclipse. Dark,
clear skies, far from light sources, give us exceptional conditions for
observing the lunar eclipse. Wrapped in horizon-to-horizon darkness, we’ll
track the stages of the event, observe the lunar surface, estimate
brightness, and observe the Moon’s shifting color(s).
While the full Moon
obviously steals the show, you’ll get a memorable view of the cosmos at sea,
much as early explorers experienced it. Join your fellow astronomy buffs for
this late-night show and the glow of camraderie.
Our trip into the Canal
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FT. LAUDERDALE — Monday, December 13, 2010
There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or venture to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.
HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS — Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Holland America Line’s pristine private island offers everything you need for a day of play in paradise: a two-mile crescent of perfect beach; an interior lagoon; private beachside cabanas with showers, misters, and butlers; watersports and activities, including a children’s aqua park, nature hikes, and a personal watercraft course. In spite of HAL’s use of 2% of this 1,700-acre island, it is so pristine and unspoiled that it has been designated a Wild Bird Reserve by the Bahamian National Trust.
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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA — Thursday, December 16, 2010
A Dutch jewel with a tropical touch. In Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, explore the colorful floating market and Nassaustraat, brimming with quaint shops. Head for the beach where water sports abound: snorkeling, rides on glass bottom boats and submarines. Or venture into the countryside to see the haunts of the huge green parakeet, the unique rock gardens of Casi Bari, the curious divi divi tree, forever bending in the tradewind breezes.
WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO — Wednesday, November 10, 2010
An isle of Dutch treats with the climate of coastal Venezuela? It’s none other than Curacao, with Amsterdam-style gabled storybook houses in the Punda section, duty-free Delftware always on sale, and the famous Curacao orange-flavored liqueur that now also comes in blue (surely a sign of the times!).
PANAMA CANAL AT CRISTÓBAL — Sunday, December 19, 2010
Gatun Lake (where all HAL shore excursions start for this day) is key to supplying the water necessary to operate the locks system. Formed by an earthen dam across the Chagres River to keep the water 85 feet above sea level, the water runs downhill to fill the locks. No pumps, no power other than the force of gravity! Fact: It will take about 52 million gallons of water to float your Holland America ship through the locks. Sample shore excursions: Gatun Locks & Kayak in the Canal; Panama Railway; Portobelo Market Town & the Panama Canal; The Canal Experience.
PUERTO LIMÓN (SAN JOSÉ), COSTA RICA — Monday, November 20, 2010
From Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast go in search of iridescent blue morpho butterflies, sloths, turtle nesting grounds and wise old shamans. Explore the capital city of San Jose, where museums beckon and markets burst with luscious local tastes — mangoes, bananas, pineapples, papayas. Sample shore excursions: Sloth Sanctuary & Canoe Adventure; The Tortuguero Canals; San José Town & Country; Nature Walk at the Shaman’s Land; The Old Banana Route Jungle Train
AN INSIDER’S VIEW
Sunday, December 12, 9:30am to 5pm
Guided by tour specialists, see the giant structures that make up the world’s largest launch facility. Get an up close look at the coastal launch pads that unleashed the power to put people on the moon and send space shuttles to the International Space Station. Discover what it takes to launch the space shuttle from preparation to liftoff. All of this and more are included in our full day of tours and events. Our tour will include:
Price: $225. Includes all of the above plus lunch, dinner, and transportation from the Kennedy Space Center to our hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.
Speakers have confirmed their intent to participate; however, scheduling conflicts may arise.
Cruise prices vary from $999 for an Interior Stateroom to $3,799 for a Deluxe Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change. InSight Cruises will generally match the cruise pricing offered at the Holland America website at the time of booking.) For those attending our SEMINARS, there is a $1,275 fee. Taxes are $244.23 per person. Port Charges and an InSight Cruises service fee are $245. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.
For a detailed listing of the cruise itinerary please review our ITINERARY page.
PROGRAM GUIDE (pdf)
The conference fee is $1,275 and includes all 19 90-minute seminars below. You may take every class — i.e., there will be no overlap as only one class will be going on at any one time. Classes only take place when we’re at sea, between 8:30am and 7:30pm.
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