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Arecibo_MessageTransmission of the Arecibo message to star cluster M13 in 1974 marked the remodeling of the telescope we’ll be visiting (see below). The 73 row by 23 column message depicts: the numbers one through 10; the atomic numbers of the elements hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus (the components of DNA); the formulas for the sugars and bases in the nucleotides of DNA; the number of nucleotides in DNA, and a graphic of the double helix structure of DNA; a graphic figure of a human, the dimension (physical height) of an average man, and the human population of Earth; a graphic of Earth’s solar system; and, a graphic of the Arecibo radio telescope and the the physical diameter of the transmitting antenna dish. For a full explanation of this data, visit the Wikipedia page dedicated to this graphic.


Get an insiders’ tour of this iconic facility, and absorb an in-depth look at the unique contributions derived from Arecibo research and development.

Join us as we wind through the rainforest-blanketed karst terrain of Northern Puerto Rico. We’ll get a sense of the massive physical scope of the Arecibo radio telescope. We’ll boldly go where ordinary visitors are not permitted. NAIC scientists will update us about the radio astronomy, planetary radar discoveries, and climatology research at the observatory. From the monitoring of near-earth objects to cosmology, astrophysics, and global warming research, you’ll gain insight into the vital activities at Arecibo. (Optional eight-hour tour price: $175. Includes transportation, entrance fees, and a private luncheon at the Arecibo Observatory.)



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Cruise prices vary from $799 for an Inside Stateroom to $2,999 for a Full Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change.) For those attending our PROGRAM, there is a $1,375 fee. Government taxes, cruiseline fees, and port charges are $76.71 per person. Gratuities are $11 per person per day. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.

For a detailed listing of the cruise itinerary please review our ITINERARY page. Use our PRICING CALCULATOR for a quick price quote!

For questions, please don't hestitate in calling Neil Bauman or Theresa Mazich at (650-787-5665) or emailing

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Saturday, December 5, 2009

»» Ft. Lauderdale Excursion Details »»

GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS — Monday, December 7, 2009

Named for the fez-like, scarlet blossoms of the cactus that grows there, Grand Turk is a pristine place of simple pleasures. Just offshore discover the world's largest coral reef system, teeming with marine life. On shore, dine on conch fritters and set your watch to "island time."

»» Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands Shore Excursion Details »»

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Massive El Morro Fortress guards Old San Juan, while the benevolent Indian spirit Yuquiyu keeps watch over the entire island from the highest peak in the rain forest.

»» San Juan Excursion Details »»

ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I — Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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 Excursion Details »»

HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS — Friday, December 11, 2009

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 »»




Jim Bell, Ph.D.
David D. Blackwell, Ph.D.
Guion S. Bluford, Jr., Ph.D.
Noah Isakov, Ph.D.
Lawrence Krauss, Ph.D.



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


The conference fee is $1,375 and includes all seminars below. Classes only take place when we’re at sea, between 8:30am and 7:30pm.

Astrophysics & Cosmology

small bullet Einstein’s Biggest Blunder —
A Cosmic Mystery Story

small bullet An Atom From Boston

small bullet The Undiscovered Country

Planetary Science & Solar Systems

small bullet Postcards from Mars

small bullet Studying the Solar System in 3-D

small bullet Impact!

small bullet Searching for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

The Space Program

small bullet The Space Shuttle Program

small bullet The International Space Station

small bullet The Future of the Space Program

small bullet An Evening with Shuttle Astronaut Dr. Guion Bluford

Geology & Geothermal Energy

small bullet Intro to Geothermal Energy

small bullet Future of Energy — Geothermal as a Major Player

small bullet Geology and Plate Tectonics of Europe

small bullet Plate Tectonics


small bullet Immune-Mediated Responses: A Double-Edged Sword

small bullet The Many Facets of Allergic Responses

small bullet Monoclonal Antibodies and Cancer Immunotherapy

small bullet Understanding the Roots of Cancer

Lawrence_Krauss_picPlus, a 30-minute Q&A/open forum with the author of The Physics of Star Trek Lawrence Krauss, Ph.D.


Wow! What a cruise! What capable teachers! What good organization! Thank you for putting all of that together. I see the fine hand in Neil Bauman in all of it. Thanks for offering to provide copies of slides and/or tapes of the lectures. What a treasure trove! Again, many thanks.
Robert P. Littlefield, Ph.D.
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Edna and I LOVED [Evolution Emanation]. The speakers and topics were fantastic.
Downey Price, M.D.
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[Evolution Emanation] was a highly intellectually stimulating experience ... such splendid speakers. So appreciative of all that you and Theresa did to make this possible for all of us who attended. Thanks, Neil.
Edna Price
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We have just returned from the Bright Horizons #2 cruise and want to commend you and your staff for putting together an absolutely first rate combination of cruise line, destinations, program and speakers. We were particularly impressed with Max Tegmark, both as a lecturer and as a person. Please convey our gratitude to all the speakers. Thanks again for a perfect cruise. Let us know what else you are planning.
Dick and Elizabeth Santoro
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Bright Horizons #2 cruise and must confess that the content of the cruise and the speakers far exceeded my expectations. Of the 26 excellent lectures, and I didn't miss a single one, I found each one equally as challenging and informative as the next. You and Randal did a magnificent job of attending to every detail and I only heard compliments of the highest order from every guest. I hope to join you on a future event cruise, so please keep me on your email list. Should you schedule another astronomy/cosmology intensive cruise, I will most certainly join you.
Perry Walton
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We have been on three previous cruises, but the package you provided is by far the best. Bright Horizons #2 was a delightfully totally new experience. We were never bored! All the lectures were great and your choice of speakers and subjects is to be praised. At this time we cannot commit to another major excursion, but we can assure you that has moved to the head of our list. Thank you!!!
Larry and Kathlyn Auer
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