Relaxing on the on beach

A TPA update while sailing the Caribbean!

12 Hours of Optometric CE

January 8 – 15, 2011

  • Lecture Deadline Extended to Oct. 15; Quorum has been reached and there's room for more!

  • Even Lower Cruise Pricing!


Group photo from CE on the Sea 2009The School of Optometry is pleased to announce its 3rd CE on the Sea continuing education cruise! Join us on one of Celebrity Cruise Lines newest ships, the Eclipse from January 8th – 15th, 2011 for a week of sun, fun, relaxation and learning. The adventure begins in Miami. We then sail the Caribbean to ports in the Cayman Islands, Mexico and Honduras before returning to Miami.

Escape the post-holiday blahs! Combine learning and leisure while sailing the Caribbean with your colleagues, classmates and friends! Update your TPA knowledge with this 12-hour evidence and case-based program highlighting the latest developments in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Lectures are held on the days we are at sea, leaving days in port completely free to enjoy the many shore excursions, or the shopping, or just relax on the ship or on shore.

The UW faculty and staff members who will accompany you look forward to welcoming you and to enjoying our time together in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Time to break out that wild floral shirt and leave winter behind! Join us.


Celebrity Cruises, Designed for youYou are invited to peruse the Celebrity Cruises Package Details (link no longer available); N.B. The Celebrity site prices are for the cruise only; The prices on our cruise registration page are for air & cruise. The cruise is the 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Eclipse from 08-Jan-2011 to 15-Jan-2011.

On the cruise line's web site, you will find:

  • Itinerary, Ports & Cities, & Excursion Details
    • N.B. Excursion fees are not included in pricing
  • Celebrity Eclipse Ship & Deck Plans
    • For stateroom descriptions, visit the deck plans and enter room numbers in the “Find Your Stateroom” box
  • Celebrity Cruises - Onboard Experience
  • Celebrity Cruises - Before Your Cruise

Ports of call

Map of cruise routeYou are also encouraged to “Google” the ports of call as well as check out the various.

From the Celebrity Cruises web site:

Port of departure: Miami, Florida Jan 08 | Jan 15

From the chic elite of South Beach to the sparkling beaches and nightlife that never sleeps, if you're looking for excitement, Miami is sure to deliver. It's also a city rich in heritage and diversity, so if your pace is a little more relaxed, you'll have lots of options to choose from.

George Town, Grand Cayman Jan 10

Once a hot spot and hideout for some of the most notorious pirates ever, Grand Cayman now hosts a much more refined clientele. Stingray City, named as one of the most rewarding experiences in the undersea world by National Geographic, allows swimmers to mingle with stingrays. Soft white-sand beaches and sensational duty-free shopping abound on this island of treasures.

Cozumel, Mexico Jan 11

Cozumel has been called the gem of the Mexican Caribbean. The island is located approximately twelve miles off the southern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, just across from Playa del Carmen. The waters and coral reefs off Cozumel are world-renowned as a diving destination.

Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico Jan 12

In this port city just to the south of Cancun and Cozumel, you'll find a variety of shore excursions available that can take you to the interior of Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, ancient forts and villages, or storybook lagoons and beaches for aquatic recreation.

Roatán, Honduras Jan 13

Roatán is the largest of the Bay Islands, located approximately thirty-five miles north of Honduras. It has become one of the premier diving destinations in all the world. Numerous wrecks, a fringing coral reef and bountiful marine life are the primary attractions. That's not to say things are not fantastic on shore. Roatán is also blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in all of creation.


  • There will also be a cocktail party, time TBA.
Date Port/City Activity Arrive Depart
Saturday, January 8 Miami, Florida Departure   4:30 pm
Sunday, January 9 At Sea Lectures 8:00 am 12:00 pm
Lectures 2:00 pm 4:00 pm
Monday, January 10 George Town, Grand Cayman Tendered 7:00 am 4:00 pm
Tuesday, January 11 Cozumel, Mexico Docked 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 12 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico Docked 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 13 Roatán, Honduras Docked 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Friday, January 14 At Sea Lectures 8:00 am 12:00 pm
Lectures 2:00 pm 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 15 Miami, Florida Arrival 7:00 am  

Ship Detail

Celbrity Cruise ship EclipseWe are sailing aboard the Celebrity Eclipse, a new cruise liner (2010). The Celebrity Eclipse is the third ship in Celebrity's Solstice class, joining the beautiful and celestial Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Equinox.

Stateroom categories and pricing are described on the cruise registration page. Cruises has general information about cruising (Planning Your First Cruise, How to Choose a Cabin ...) and some information about the Celebrity Solstice and a profile of Celebrity Cruises.


School of fishPlease note: You will register and pay independently for the lectures and for the cruise.

Full COPE approval pending. Approved by the Ordre des optometristes du Quebec for 12 UFC in Ocular Health under the A Category.

Guaranteed pricing for cruise and airfare has been arranged exclusively through VIP Travel and will be available until August 30th, after which time the block reservation will be released and pricing will no longer be guaranteed.

Quorum has been reached and there's room for more! Lecture deadline has been extended to Oct. 15!

  • Register for Lectures
  • Register for cruise

Lecture contact

Elizabeth Reidt
Professional Services Coordinator
School of Optometry
University of Waterloo
Waterloo ON  N2L 3G1
519-888-4567 Ext. 33177
fax 519-725-0784

Cruise contact

Ms. Fran VIP TravelMcKay
VIP Travel
285 Weber St. N.
Waterloo ON  N2J 3H8
Toll Free 1-800-561-1282
Direct Line 519-747-1282

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