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Cruising the Caribbean — Holland America style

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The conference fee is $1,275 and includes all 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.

Keynote (Ira Flatow)

small bullet The Catalysts of Creativity

Surveying the Science Terrain
with Ira Flatow

small bullet Behind the Scenes at
NPR’s Science Friday

small bullet Cutting Edge New Energy Sources

small bullet Why Airplanes Fly: A Modern Myth

Baseball: It’s Not Nuclear Physics.
Or is it?

small bullet When Ash Meets Cowhide: The Physics of Hitting a Home Run

small bullet The Aerodynamics of Excitement: Curveballs, Gyroballs, Towering Popups, and Tape Measure Home Runs

small bullet The Controversy Over Aluminum Bats

small bullet Are Barry Bonds’ Home Run Records Tainted?

Astrophysics & Cosmology

small bullet A Brief History of Our Universe

small bullet The Mysterious Dark Side of Cosmology: Dark Matter and Dark Energy

small bullet How Did It All Begin — Or Did It? How Will It All End?

small bullet Questions, I’ve Got Questions: Black Holes Edition

small bullet Parallel Universes

small bullet Cosmology and the Meaning of Life


small bullet How Do We See the World?

small bullet How Do We Imagine?

small bullet How Do We Learn, Reason, and Make Decisions?

small bullet How Do the Languages We Speak Shape the Way We Think?


small bullet What We’ve Learned from Storm Chasing

small bullet Tornadoes and Severe Thunderstorms: What We’ve Learned From Numerical Simulations

small bullet Radars as Tools of Choice: Better Living Through Radiation

small bullet Forecasting Severe Weather

Understanding Health Messages
Every day we’re all faced with news stories, ads, public service announcements, and medical articles that describe risks to health and what we can do to lower those risks. Many of these messages are incomplete, misleading, and/or exaggerated. As a result, people are often left misinformed and confused — but it doesn’t have to be that way.

small bullet Evaluating Health Messages: Is There Any “There” There

small bullet Refining the Fine Print

small bullet The End, The Means, and The Statistics

small bullet Why You Should Be a Healthy Skeptic

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Sunday, December 7, 2008

»» Ft. Lauderdale Excursion Details »»

HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS — Monday, December 8, 2008

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 butler service, showers and misters; and all manner of watersports and activities, including a children’s aqua park and a buoyed personal watercraft course. Sample shore excursions: Horseback Riding by Land and Sea; Deep-sea or Flats Fishing; Stingray Adventure; AquaTrax Watercraft Adventure.

»» Half Moon Cay Map & General Info. »»

»» Half Moon Cay Excursion Details »»

ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I — Wednesday, December 11, 2008

The lovely, European-influenced port of Charlotte Amalie wins the prize for Caribbean shopping thrills. Cameras, jewelry, watches, perfumes are all here. So are beautiful beaches, undersea gardens and tales of Blackbeard. Sample shore excursions: Sea Trekking Helmet Dive & Coral World; Champagne Catamaran Sail & Snorkel to St. John; St. Thomas Ocean Racing; Ultimate Island Experience.

»» St. Thomas Excursion Details »»

ROSEUA, DOMINICA — Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wonderfully untouched. Take in the thunder of Trafalgar Falls, breathtaking in triplicate; watch for the rare and beautiful Sisserou parrot, found only here. Sample shore excursions: Rain Forest Drive & Emerald Pool; Carib Indian Culture & History; Kayak & Snorkel Safari; Layou Gorge River Tubing.

»» Roseua Shore Excursion Details »»

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO — Saturday, December 13, 2008

Amsterdam-like canals, gabled Dutch colonial buildings, an exotic floating market. This bustling duty-free port has it all. Plus the world-famous Curaçao Liqueur Distillery and an intriguing coral reef teeming with parrotfish and queen angelfish. Sample shore excursions: Curaçao Dolphin Encounter; Curaçao See & Sea Tour; Highlights of Curaçao with Folkloric Show; Canoe Safari; Willemstad Trolley Train.

»» Willemstad Excursion Details »»

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA — Sunday, December 14, 2008

Colorful floating markets, wondrous coral reefs and landscapes dotted with curiously bent divi-divi trees await on this, the “A” of the Netherlands Antilles’ famous ABC islands. (Bonaire and Curacao round out the trio.) Sample shore excursions: Natural Wonders of Aruba; Spanish Lagoon Kayak Adventure’ Jolly Pirates Sail, Snorkel, Swim & Swing.

»» Aruba Excursion Details »»




Cruise prices vary from $1,099 for a Better Inside to $3,999 for a Full 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 the conference, there is a $1,275 fee. Taxes are $70.55 per person. There is a fuel supplement of $9 per person per day for the first and second guests and $4 per person per day for add'l guests in a stateroom. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.

The classes offered are detailed on the SEMINARS page. Classes are only offered when we're at sea. For a detailed listing of the cruise itinerary, along with the class times, please review our ITINERARY page.

Use our PRICING CALCULATOR for a quick price quote! For questions, please don't hestitate in calling 650-787-5665 or emailing


Ira Flatow
      Host, Science Friday

Howard Bluestein, Ph.D.
Lera Boroditsky, Ph.D.
Alan M. Nathan, Ph.D.
Angelica de Oliveira-Costa, Ph.D.
Lisa Schwartz, M.D.
Max Tegmark, Ph.D.
NY Times Science Podcast
      interview with Dr. Tegmark  
Steven Woloshin, M.D.

Speakers have confirmed their intent to participate; however, scheduling conflicts may arise.


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