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Upcoming Trips

February 17–25, 2017

 

Few experiences can match one of the world’s most dramatic voyages, a cruise from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic through one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, the ingenious Panama Canal. We invite you to join CWRU alumni, family and friends for this voyage of a lifetime featuring a narrated daytime passage through the historic Panama Canal and to the unspoiled rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama during the best time of year. We will visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites along with Panama’s ancient San Blas Islands where the Guna Indians live much as they did centuries ago. Experience one of our planet’s most pristine ecosystems in the rainforests, islands, and archipelagos of Panama’s and Costa Rica’s protected national parks. Enjoy a specially arranged, exclusive visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Punta Culebra Nature Center with a Smithsonian guide for an up-close look at the terrestrial and marine conditions that sustain the stunning diversity of life here.


Our journey features the privately chartered, Five Star M.V. Star Pride, renovated and relaunched in 2014 and just refurbished in 2016. The small ship features 106 suites, allowing the boat to dock in small ports.

 

For more information or to register, please contact Michelle Miller at mlm231@case.edu or 216.368.8745.

Itinerary:

Optional Costa Rica Pre-Program Option

Day 1:              Depart the US/Arrive San José, Costa Rica

Day 2:              San José/Puerto Caldera/Embark M.V. Star Pride

Day 3:              Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 4:              Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Day 5:              Isla Coiba, Panama

Day 6:              Panama City

Day 7:              Panama City/Panama Canal Transit/Colón

Day 8:              San Blas Islands

Day 9:              Colón/Disembark Ship/Agua Clara Visitor Center/Panama City/Return to the US

 

Optional Panama Post-Program Option

San José, Costa Rica

In the heart of the fertile Valle Central, San José, Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city, possesses an eclectic mix of museums, landscaped parks, lively cafes and art galleries in an interesting fusion of architectural styles including Spanish Colonial, Moorish and Modernist.

Its National Theater is a regal Baroque edifice modeled on Milan’s La Scala, with marble staircases, gilded statues and red velvet carpeting, while the National Museum exhibits impressive pre-Columbian Central American artifacts, stonework, gold jewelry and statuettes.

 

Manuel Antonio National Park

Experience an unparalleled diversity of wildlife in this lush tropical paradise, a captivating combination of rainforests, beaches and coral reefs, home to more than 100 species of mammals, almost 200 species of birds and various reptiles and amphibians. During a guided morning walk through this “Living Eden”, expert naturalists will help you spot colorful toucans, screeching howler monkeys, camouflaged iguanas, squirrel monkeys and rare and endangered species such as the scarlet macaw and quetzal, all of which are protected by law in this natural haven.

 

Curú National Wildlife Refuge

Unlike traditional nature reserves, Curú Wildlife Refuge is a unique blend of sustainable agriculture, forest management and wildlife protection, encompassing five distinctive untouched habitats – including mangrove swamps and both dry and moist forests – making it the ideal place to see the intricacies of co-dependent ecosystems. Enjoy a guided walk in the morning, the best time of the day to observe an abundance of wildlife including spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, whit-tail deer, iguanas and more than 230 species of birds, including the scarlet macaw.

 

Coiba National Park, Panama

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection has emerges as a rich laboratory for studying coral, mammals and plants.  In addition to 69 species of fish, humpback, sperm and Cuvier’s beaked whales and orca are know to migrate through the marine park’s perimeter.

Isla Cobia, the largest island in Central America, is a host of terrestrial wonders – untouched rainforest, rugged headlands, pristine white-sand beaches and mangrove thickets – the perfect environment for the evolution of new and endemic subspecies and for the preservation and protection of endangered species. Enjoy opportunities to snorkel and swim in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí or enjoy a guided nature walk though this tranquil and pristine, lesser-traveled paradise.

 

Panama City

Central America’s most attractive capital city was founded in 1519 by Spanish explorers and rebuilt in the late 17th century.  In the UNESCO World Heritage designated “old quarter” of Casco Antiguo, discover a charming neighborhood with cobblestone streets, a stunning 16th century cathedral and many historic architectural edifices that remain intact.

At the end of the scenic Amador Causeway, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s fascinating Punta Culebra Nature Center is an open-air museum focused on marine science and conservation.  Here, accompanied by Director Matthew Larsen, enjoy a specially arranged, Smithsonian staff-guided visit and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean side of the Panama Canal.

The new Biodiversity Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry of Guggenheim fame, showcases the ecological significance of Panama’s exotic flora and fauna.

 

San Blas Islands

Located on the Caribbean side of Panama, the sun-drenched San Blas Islands are an extraordinary testament to Panama’s commitment to the indigenous Guna Indians, also known as the Kuna, and their centuries-old language, customs and culture. Villagers life in typical thatched roof huts, barter or trade in fish and agricultural products and paddle dugout canoes, their main mode of transportation.  Guna women continue to hand stitch traditional colorful molas (reverse applique panels) and wear winis long strings of tiny beads wrapped around their forearms and legs in striking geometric patterns.  The clear turquoise waters of pristine Golfo de San Blas, populated with vibrant, untouched coral reefs and rich marine life, offer splendid opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.

 

Panama Canal Expansion Agua Clara Visitor Center

A multibillion dollar feat to boost the Panama Canal’s capacity broke ground in 2007.  At the hilltop Agua Clara Visitor Center outside Colón, enjoy panoramic views of the new, longer and wider locks and the impressive Gatún Lake, the 166-square-mile artificial body of water created a century ago to feed the canal.

 

Pre-Program Option: Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests and Volcanoes

Experience a medley of Costa Rica’s diverse biospheres, where a 9000-foot-tall volcano cradles a steamy, emerald green lagoon deep within a mile wide crater and misty cloud forests shelter a dazzling array of flora and fauna.  Explore the distinctive layers of the lush Arenal rainforest along a series of suspended and fixed bridges.  Enjoy a soothing soak in secluded geothermal hot springs.  Tour historic San José, an organic chocolate workshop and an award-winning coffee estate.  Accommodations are for two nights in the ideally located Hotel Royal Corin and one night in the hacienda style Costa Rica Marriott Hotel in San José.

 

Post-Program Option: Dynamic Panama – The Renaissance of a City

The perfect complement to Panama’s man-made wonder and the “crossroads of the Americas” is an exploration of old and new Panama.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Panama Viejo to see the ruins of the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the American continents and enjoy an architectural tour featuring modern Panama City.

Cruise on the Gatún River through the rainforest to encounter Panama’s indigenous Embera people.  Sample cerviche, a delicious traditional Latin American fresh seafood dish.  Accommodations for two nights are in the centrally located deluxe Bristol Panama Hotel.

 

Included Features

San José, Costa Rica

  • One night in the hacienda-style Costa Rica Marriott Hotel, San José
  • American Breakfast
  • Tour of San José, including the National theater and National Museum with lunch
  • Scenic transfer from San José to Puerto Caldera

On board the exclusively chartered, all-suite small ship M.V. Star Pride

  • Seven-night cruise from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to Colón, Panama, featuring a daytime Panama Canal transit and ports of call at Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú Wildlife Refuge , Costa Rica; and Isla Coiba, Panama and the San Blas Islands, Panama.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell receptions.
  • All meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner – featuring international cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Complimentary house wine is served with dinner; all nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise
  • Expert onboard naturalist guides to lead small group excursions
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers and naturalists on included excursions and transfers and to hotel and ship personal are included

 

Cruise Pricing: per person, based on double occupancy

Suite Category

Suite Description

Early Booking Price

Regular Price

7

One picture window, Deck 4, forward, (limited availability)

$4,795

$5,795

6

One picture window, Deck 4, forward, (limited availability)

$5,495

$6,4,95

5

One picture window, Deck 4, midhsip

$6,295

$7,295

4

One picture window, Deck 5 forward, (limited availability), and midship

$6,595

$7,595

3

One picture window, Deck 6 forward, (limited availability), and midship

$6,995

$7,995

2

French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing) Deck 5 midship

$7,595

$8,595

1

French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing) Deck 6 midship

$8,095

$9,095

Classic Suite II

Large suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, two obstructed-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 6 midship, limited availability

$8,595

$9,595

Classic Suite I

Larger suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, full wall of front-view picture windows and living/dining room. Deck 5 forward, limited availability

$8,995

$9,995

Owner’s Suite

Larger suite with French-style glass doors and private furnished veranda, full wall of front-view picture windows additional powder room and a larger living/dining room. Deck 5 forward, limited availability

$9,395

$10,395

Single Category 5

One picture window, Deck 4, midhsip

$10,595

$11,595

Single Category 4

One picture window, Deck 5 forward, (limited availability), and midship

$10,995

$11,995

Single Category 2

 

French-style private balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door and wooden railing) Deck 5 midship

$14,195

$15,195

 

May 8-18, 2017

 

Trip Leader: Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, CWRU‌

 

Travel through time and explore Israel’s ancient past, seeing both Jewish and Christian origins. Then, enjoy the vibrant contemporary Israeli arts scene.

 

For more information contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.

May 20–June 2, 2017

 

Trip Leaders: Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology; Outreach Director, Institute for the Science of Origins and Michael Ryan, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

 

Travelers begin their journey in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where you will participate in hands-on analysis of Gobi Desert dinosaur fossils at the Paleontology and Geology Department Laboratories. Then, you head to Hongoryn Els where you will spend the night in a ger (yurt) camp. Participants will survey for fossils in the Nemegt Valley and Khermen Tsav. Other highlights include visits to Alag Teg, Tugrugiin Shiree, the painted limestone cliff of Tsagaan Suvarga and the Flaming Cliffs where the world’s first nest of dinosaur eggs was discovered.

 

For more information contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.

June 26-July 5, 2017

 

Trip Leader: Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Travelers will explore Jewish Poland’s long, rich history and culture, along with its tragic loss and surprising cultural revival.

 

For more information contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.

July 12-19, 2017

 

Trip Leader: Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology; Outreach Director, Institute for the Science of Origins

 

Travelers cruise through the archipelago with unparalleled access to endemic species. You will be guided by an expert naturalist through the wonders of the national park, whale sanctuary and marine reserve.

 

For more information contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.

August 6-20, 2017

 

Trip Leaders: Glenn Starkmann, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, CWRU; Director, ISOPatricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology, CWRU; Outreach Director, ISO

 

Explore lands of fire and ice with renowned scientists, Glenn Starkman and Patricia Princehouse, August 6 – 20, 2017 while on board the majestic Holland America Line’s Koningsdam. Join Case Western Reserve University and The Institute for the Science of Origins on an unforgettable cruise adventure roundtrip Amsterdam. Sail the fjord-carved coasts of the north Atlantic and discuss the big questions in a community of inquiring minds.

 

Aboard ship, get the latest thinking on the origins of the universe, and of life; evolution; particle physics; and gravitational waves. In port, sample the refinement and ruggedness of Edinburgh and the atmospheric beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Visit the meeting of tectonic plates, spectacular waterfalls and geothermal delights in Iceland’s countryside and chat with friendly Icelanders. Absorb Art Nouveau and medieval architecture and venture into Norway’s fjords.

 

Deepen your awareness of the work of the Institute for the Science of Origins at CWRU. Download the full details. Book now! 

 

For more information contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.

 

Reserve your spot today.  REGISTER > 

 

For complete trip details, download the ISO Cruise Brochure (PDF)

Trip One: January 19–23, 2018 or Trip Two: January 26–30, 2018 

Optional G.o.T. Extension: January 23–26, 2018

 

Trip Leader: Glenn Starkman, Distinguished University Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Director, Institute for the Science of Origins; Director, Center for Educational Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics

 

‌Escape to exotic Iceland. From steamy hot springs to world-class spas, magnificent malls to art museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and explore. Travelers will explore the culture of Reykjavik, the Great Geysir, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and icecaps. The combination of remarkable natural features with art museums, theaters, an opera house, and a symphony orchestra offers a rejuvenating experience for all tastes and interests.

January 21-28, 2018

 

Trip Leader: Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, CWRU‌

  

Discover the fascinating history of these two Caribbean islands and how Spanish-Portuguese Jews found refuge from persecution during the Inquisition, founded settlements and helped the locals pave the way for what were to become independent countries.

 

For more information contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.

June 2018

 

Trip Leaders: Alan Rocke, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor Emeritus of History, CWRU and Annie Pecastaings, Lecturer, Department of English, CWRU

 

Travelers take a gourmet tour of Burgundy and Alsace with the experts. This exploration will compare and contrast the two regions’ foods, wines and historic sites.

 

For more information contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.