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CANADA / NEW ENGLAND • MAY 29th – JUNE 5th, 2010

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Private tour of the MIT campus and luncheon/tour at the MIT Museum

(June 5, 11am–3pm)

Max Tegmark, Ph.D. Professor of Physics at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research at MIT, along with some of his MIT associates, will direct our private “insiders” tour of the MIT campus and research facilities.

After our campus tour we’ll break for lunch in the MIT Museum. We’ll then continue with our private tour—inside the museum. [from Wikipedia:] MIT Museum, founded in 1971, is the museum of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It hosts collections of holography, artificial intelligence, robotics and history of MIT. Its holography collection of 1800 pieces is the largest in the world, though not all of it is exhibited. (This tour is optional and costs $95 per person. Lunch and a one-way transfer from pier to MIT are included.)



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Cruise prices vary from $999 for an Inside Stateroom to $3,599 for a Full Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change.) For those attending our PROGRAM, there is a $1,275 fee. Government taxes, cruiseline fees, and port charges are $105 per person. Gratuities are $11 per person per day. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.

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MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC — Saturday, May 29, 2010

Part French, part English, totally intriguing. Come early or stay a few extra days after your Holland America cruise. Among Montréal’s enticements: the cobblestone streets of the lamp-lit Old City, heavenly Notre-Dame Basilica, endless festivals and street fairs in Place Jacques-Cartier. Sample shore excursion; Province City Tour of Old & New Montréal.

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QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC — Sunday, May 30, 2010

The very name Québec conjures up images of easy living, historical riches, world heritage treasures, and incomparable tourist appeal. Québec City is as unique as they come. It is on Money Magazine’s list of North America’s top ten tourist destinations, a distinction the publication attributes above all to the French experience, the rendezvous with history the city offers, and the extraordinary beauty of its setting.

Québec City's topology is one-of-a-kind. The city stretches out from the shores of the St. Lawrence, one of the largest rivers in the world. It extends north as far as the foothills of the Laurentians, the oldest mountain range on Earth, and east as far as Montmorency Falls (which are higher than Niagara Falls).

In December 1985, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the historic district of Old Québec City to its prestigious World Heritage List. Québec City became the only city north of Mexico to receive this honor, one it shares with such age-old cities as Tunis, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Rome, Florence, Cracow, and Warsaw.

Photos, from the top: Place Royale, birthplace of the first French colony in America; The only fortified city north of Mexico City; and Château Frontenac overlooks the historic district of Old Québec. Copyright Ville de Québec.

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Prince Edward Island may be Canada’s smallest province, but it’s big on history and attractions. It is here that the famous Conference of 1864 was held, which resulted in the creation of the Canadian confederacy. Learn all about it on a walking tour of Charlottetown, the provincial capital. Or cast your vote for shopping, a lobster luncheon at Dalvay-by-the-Sea or a tour of the picturesque farm that inspired Anne of Green Gables. Sample shore excursions: Biking on the Confederation Trail; A Day in Dalvay-by-the-Sea; Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables.

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SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA — Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A hundred thousand Gaelic welcomes await you in Nova Scotia, Latin for “New Scotland.” There are highland villages to visit, the scenic Cabot Trail to explore, golden inland seas to sail and the Fortress of Louisbourg to inspect — where every barn, barracks and pipe and drum corps appears just as it did when King Louis’ troops occupied the site in 1744. Sample shore excursions: The Bras d’Or Lakes Grand Tour; Fortress of Louisbourg; Black Gold — Cape Breton Mine Experience.

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HALIFAX, CANADA — Thursday, June 3, 2010

For ocean scenery at its best, nothing rivals Nova Scotia’s south shore. Here find craggy coastlines, fabled Peggy’s Cove, and the striking German village of Lunenburg, so meticulously restored it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back in Halifax the ramparts of the Citadel and a museum commemorating the Titanic await your inspection. Sample shore excursions: Peggy’s Cove & Lobster Lunch; Soldier for-a-Day Interactive Tour; Titanic Tour: The Halifax Connection.

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BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Friday, June 4, 2010

Once the exclusive summer resort of America’s fabulously wealthy, today Bar Harbor is an artists’ enclave and gateway to the rich natural beauty of Acadia National Park, much of which was donated by the Rockefeller family. Watch for white-tail deer and other wildlife and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. Attend an authentic “Downeast” lobster bake. Sample shore excursions: Acadia National Park & Carriage Ride; Coastal Sea Kayaking; The Ultimate Island Experience — A Private Luncheon at Frenchman’s Bay.

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»» Wikipedia (Hiking, Paddling, Nature Watching, Shopping, etc.) »»

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Saturday, June 5, 2010

There is no better way to get a sense of the Revolutionary struggle that changed our nation’s destiny than with a stroll along Boston’s Freedom Trail. Along the way: Paul Revere House, Old North Church, the Old State House and Faneuil Hall, gathering place of the early revolutionaries. Farther afield: Lexington Green, where the minutemen and redcoats first skirmished, and bewitching Salem. Sample shore excursions: Freedom Trail Walking Tour; Lexington & Concord with Harvard Yard; Historic Salem & Seafaring Marblehead.

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Kathleen Howell, Ph.D.
Paul Rozin, Ph.D.
David Sadava, Ph.D.
Max Tegmark, Ph.D.
NY Times Science Podcast
      interview with Dr. Tegmark  


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


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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The conference fee is $1,275 and includes all seminars below. Classes only take place when we’re at sea, between 8:30am and 7:30pm.

Astrophysics & Cosmology

  • A Brief History of Our Universe
  • The Mysterious Dark Side of Cosmology: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  • How Did It All Begin — Or Did It? How Will It All End?
  • Questions, I’ve Got Questions: Black Holes Edition
  • Parallel Universes
  • Cosmology and the Meaning of Life


  • Astrodynamics: Natural Orbits from Epicycles to Chaos
  • Mission Design: Exploring the Solar System
  • Solar Sailing
  • What is the Interplanetary Superhighway?

Genetics: The DNA of Life

  • The personal genome and human individuality
  • Genetics and the transformation of medicine
  • Cloning of plants and animals, and the potential of stem cells
  • Genetics, farming, and food

The Psychology of Food

  • Obesity and Unhealthy Food Choices in Cultural Perspective: Some French-American Comparisons
  • The Emotion of Disgust: From Toilet to Terrorism
  • Lay Thinking About Risks: Hunter-Gatherer Thinking in The 21st Century
  • Psychological, Cultural and Biological Perspectives on Some Foods: Water, Spices, Meat and Chocolate

Canada: An Introduction

Canada: a huge, scenic country with a small population of polite, peaceful people, some of whom speak French. Is that it? Join David Sadava, one of our lecturers who is a dual Canadian and U.S. citizen and who has worked in the Canadian government, for some fascinating insights on the foreign (yes, it really is foreign) country we are visiting. He will field your questions about how Canada is governed (yes, they have a Queen), how Canadians have met the challenge posed by a bicultural society (English- and French-speakers try to get along), and how Canada differs from its neighbor to the south (a Canadian politician once compared it to sleeping with an elephant).

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