Bells of the Cascades Panama Canal Cruise Conference, Round-trip Fort Lauderdale, FL : January 6 - 16, 2019
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Bells of the Cascades Cruise XV:
Panamania!
With Cathy Moklebust


10-Night Panama Canal Cruise Conference
Round-trip Fort Lauderdale, FL
January 6 - 16, 2019

This conference has already sailed, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the boat! Click here to see our complete schedule of upcoming programs.

Holland America Line's Lovely Zuiderdam
Holland America's Zuiderdam

Open to ringing friends and friends and family of cruisers who are not ringers. Our non-ringing friends are invited to participate in the sail-away party, listen to rehearsals, attend the showcase concerts, and we even have a beginners class designed for those who have come with friends andhave never rung, but want to try their hand at it in a very low-key environment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Target Audience
Ringing friends, non-ringing friends and family
Guest Clinician

Cathy Moklebust

Cathy Moklebust has developed and directed handbell programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood. She is a nationally known clinician and festival conductor and one of today's most popular handbell music composers, with approximately 250 compositions and arrangements in print. Cathy is an active percussionist and her music has been described as having a uniquely delightful sense of melodic and rhythmic interaction. She has been commissioned to write music for festivals and other events, as well as for many individual handbell ensembles.

Cathy earned both her B.A. (Music/Percussion, 1982) and M.Ed. (Teacher Education/Music, 1988) at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD. She was encouraged in composition by her music theory professors, and studied instrumental conducting extensively.

She is an active percussionist, and has performed as principal or section percussionist with several professional and community bands and orchestras throughout the upper Midwest. Cathy has played in, conducted, and coached church and community handbell ensembles in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Since 1989, she has worked in the music retail and publishing industry; currently she and her husband David operate Moklebust Music Services, a music preparation service.

Activities Planned

During the days that we are "At Sea" there will be ringing activities, including massed ringing with our guest clinician and classes. There is usually time to help people with bass techniques, treble techniques, special techniques, solo and ensemble ringing or other topics cruisers find interesting. When bell activities are not scheduled, the bells are available for rehearsing, practicing ensembles (formed by those interested on the first day), and more.

The final day at sea, handbell cruisers will present the pieces they have learned. The showcase is open to the ship's passengers, but space is usually limited. Bells of the Cascades will also play a concert at some point during the cruise that is open to all.

People coming on the cruise with us do not need to bring their handbells. We supply all of the bells, music (no need to prepare in advance) and other equipment.

The only things you need to bring are yourself, your luggage, an easel (split-back) binder and gloves in your choice of color.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Jan 06 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- 5:00 pm
Mon Jan 07 Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Tue Jan 08 *At Sea - Cruising
Ringing Bells with Cathy Moklebust
- -
Wed Jan 09 Oranjestad, Aruba
1:00 pm 11:00 pm
Thu Jan 10 Willemstad, Curacao
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Jan 11 *At Sea - Cruising
Ringing Bells with Cathy Moklebust
- -
Sat Jan 12 Enter Panama Canal Cristobal
5:00 am 5:00 am
Sat Jan 12 Cruising Panama Canal and Gatun Lake
- -
Sat Jan 12 Gatun Lake, Panama
9:00 am 10:00 am
Sat Jan 12 Cruising Gatun Lake and Panama Canal
- -
Sat Jan 12 Exit Panama Canal Cristobal
1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Sat Jan 12 Colon, Panama
3:00 pm 8:00 pm
Sun Jan 13 Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica
6:30 am 4:00 pm
Mon Jan 14 *At Sea - Cruising
Ringing Bells with Cathy Moklebust
- -
Tue Jan 15 *At Sea - Cruising
Ringing Bells with Cathy Moklebust
- -
Wed Jan 16 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Ports of Call
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Embark and Debark) - 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 adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.
Colon, Panama - Set at the Caribbean end of the Canal, Colon is your portal to the massive Gatun Locks; and a visit to the Gatun Yacht Club for a rare experience - swim in the Canal.
Gatun Lake - Formed by an earthen dam, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world at 23.5 miles long.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - When was the last time you whiled away the day on a private Caribbean island? Here's your chance. The island is ours; the day is yours to sun, swim, and sail. Enjoy!
Oranjestad, Aruba - 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
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Surrounded by nearly half of all the animal species on earth and 8,000 species of plants, marvel as you tour tropical flower farms or ride a Mawamba boat through the jungle canals. Or choose to stroll through the markets bursting with color in San Jose
Willemstad, Curacao - An isle of Dutch treats: gabled storybook houses, duty-free Delftware, the famous Curacao orange flavored liqueur

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Zuiderdam

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Cruise Pricing
COMPETITIVE PRICING PROMISE: While we are not a 'cruise discounter,' we will match any price offered to the general public directly by the cruise line at the time of booking.

Prices below are for the full cruise including meals and evening entertainment

STATEROOMS DETAILS
PRICING
PER PERSON
Pinnacle Suite (PS)-Bedroom with 1 king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah, pantry, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, guest toilet, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 1,159 sq. ft.
  • Use of the Neptune Lounge, exclusively available to guests cruising in a Neptune or Pinnacle Suite, and providing worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge
  • Personal concierge service and One-Touch 24-hour Concierge.
  • Priority boarding for tendered ports of call
  • Special disembarkation service
  • Priority dining and seating requests
  • Complimentary bottled water provided in suite at embarkation
  • Complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise
  • Gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night
  • Cold hors d'oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request
  • Cocktail party with ship's officers
  • Exclusive daily breakfast service
  • High tea service in suite on request

Pinnacle Suite Floor-Plan

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Neptune Suites (SB)– Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, a large sitting area, dressing room, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, no-host mini-bar and walk-in closet. Deluxe Suites include all the Superior Suite amenities, plus complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, complimentary champagne and bottled water provided in suite upon embarkation, premium duvet, oversize bath towels and soft, cotton bathrobes and slippers, gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, hors d'oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, cocktail party with ship officers, priority boarding for tender ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, and exclusive daily breakfast service for suite guests only.

A very special amenity exclusively for guests cruising in a Deluxe Veranda Suite or Penthouse Veranda Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.
488-700 sq. ft. with veranda

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Signature Suite (SS) – Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person. Suites also include a variety of firm, medium and soft pillows, no-host mini-bar for easy entertaining, personalized cruise stationery, over-sized bath towels, one-touch telephone concierge service, fresh flowers, and a complimentary DVD library.
398 sq. ft. with veranda
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OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VA)- Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, no-host mini-bar, floor-to-ceiling windows. Includes all the stateroom amenities, plus signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during you voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerhead, 5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
284-398 sq. ft. with veranda.
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OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VB)- Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, no-host mini-bar, floor-to-ceiling windows. Includes all the stateroom amenities, plus signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during you voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerhead, 5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
284-398 sq. ft. with veranda.
Please call 800-422-0711 for best pricing
OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VC)- Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, no-host mini-bar, floor-to-ceiling windows. Includes all the stateroom amenities, plus signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during you voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerhead, 5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
284-398 sq. ft. with veranda.
Please call 800-422-0711 for best pricing
OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VD)- Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, no-host mini-bar, floor-to-ceiling windows. Includes all the stateroom amenities, plus signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during you voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerhead, 5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
284-398 sq. ft. with veranda.
Please call 800-422-0711 for best pricing
OceanView Stateroom (C) - Picture window, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
185-197 sq. ft.
Please call 800-422-0711 for best pricing

OceanView Stateroom (D) - Picture window, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
185-197 sq. ft.
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Obstructed OceanView Stateroom (G) -Partial sea view , 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
185-197 sq. ft.
Please call 800-422-0711 for best pricing

Inside Stateroom (K)- 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
143-207 sq. ft.
Please call 800-422-0711 for best pricing
Inside Stateroom (L)- 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
143-207 sq. ft.
Please call 800-422-0711 for best pricing
Prices are Per Person based on Double Occupancy .
Price includes the 10-day cruise, all Bells of the Cascades' activities, a hosted cocktail party, meals and entertainment on board the ship, and all taxes and port charges.
Deposit $600 per person
At time of booking, ask your agent about special pricing for 3rd and 4th passengers in a cabin and any promotions that can be applied to add amenities to your cruise.

All prices are subject to availability and may change without notice. Rates do not include airfare. Taxes and government fees are subject to change. The cruise line reserves the right to add a fuel surcharge if needed.

Cancellation Policies vary by cruise line, destination and sailing date.
Please check with one of our cruise consultant for policies applicable to this cruise

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols within the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions . All information is subject to change.
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Although subject to change at any time, the listed prices are generally available up to about 90 days before sailing; at that time they convert to typically higher, market rates.
CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY WILL APPLY: Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance to cover the unexpected.
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Cruiselines may implement a fuel surcharge depending on the price of crude oil.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

TravelSafe.comPlease visit TravelSafe.com for travel insurance information.

Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel insurance is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that "something might come up" that might force you to cancel, travel insurance is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we've seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

If travel insurance is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer.

before you cruise

Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South & Cruise Port



191 South West 19th Court
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Limited Availability


Arrival Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019
Departure Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019

Group Rates:
Room Type Date Single Double
SNK1 - 1 King Bed
No Smoking Suite
1/3/19 - 1/5/19 *$179.00/Night *$179.00/Night
SNQQ-2 Queen Beds
No Smoking Suite
1/3/19 - 1/5/19 *$179.00/Night *$179.00/Night
*Taxes are additional

Standard check-in time is 3:00 pm with a standard check-out time 11:00 am

Relax in the outdoor heated pool and work out in the fitness center. This property also have guest laundry facilities, a business center and a meeting room .

Other amenities include:
  • Free wireless high-speed Internet access
  • Free airport transportation to & from Fort Lauderdale International Airport from 5 am- 12 midnight
  • Free coffee
  • Free weekday newspaper
  • Discount transportation to Port Evergaldes

Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South & Cruise Port the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! If you're leaving early, a Your Suite Success Grab It & Go bag is available for the two hours prior to breakfast.

All guest rooms come with a 39-inch television, coffee maker, hair dryer, desk with ergonomic chair, sofa sleeper, iron and ironing board. Keep your electronic devices charged with the recharge device including AC and USB outlets provided in all guest rooms.

Cancellation: 14 days prior to arrival