CE Cruise to Alaska
August 4 – 11, 2017
14 hours of CE in Dermatology
Registration has closed.
7-Night Alaska Celebrity Cruise.
Day 1 – Seattle, Washington
Day 2 – At Sea (CE Course Day)
Day 3 – Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 4 – Tracy Arm & Juneau, Alaska
Day 5 – Skagway, Alaska & Inside Passage
Day 6 – At Sea (CE Course Day)
Day 7 – Victoria, British Columbia (CE Course Day)
Day 8 – Seattle, Washington
Dr. Craig Griffin
Dr. Craig Griffin is a graduate of Cornell University and completed his residency at UC Davis in 1980. Dr. Griffin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), has served on the Board of Directors and examination committee for the ACVD and was the President of the ACVD in 1999/2000. He also served as president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and of the WVC 74th Annual Conference. Dr. Griffin is the founder and co-owner of Animal Dermatology Clinic.
Dr. Griffin is a frequent lecturer and clinical instructor of veterinary dermatology in this country and abroad. He has published many articles and books on small animal skin disease, including co-author of Muller and Kirks Small Animal Dermatology 5th -7th editions and co-editor of Current Veterinary Dermatology, The Science and Art of Therapy. Dr. Griffin received the ACVD Award for Excellence for outstanding contributions in veterinary dermatology in 2001-2014.
CE Cruise Information
Participants who take part in the WVC CE portion of the cruise will receive 14 CE Hours. Courses will take place at sea, and will not conflict with docking and experiencing different ports. You will be traveling on the Celebrity Solstice.
Veranda Stateroom $2,342.41 (WVC block sold out)
Your Private Sanctuary
Enjoy both indoor and outdoor spaces with a Veranda Stateroom. Relax in the spacious sitting area or step outside to linger over morning coffee or marvel at evening sunsets.
Interior Stateroom $1,592.41* (WVC block sold out)
Your Home Away from Home
Thoughtfully-designed and well-appointed staterooms with ample living space, sofa and sitting area, interactive TV.
*Drink package is not included with the Interior Stateroom package.
Friday, August 4
Cruise departs Seattle, WA at 4:00p (arrival required by 3:00p). Explore the ship and have dinner on your own. WVC Welcome Reception 7:30–8:30p. Evening entertainment commences at 9:00p.
Saturday, August 5
Education sessions with Dr. Craig Griffin 8:30a–12:00p and 2:00–4:00p. Optional scavenger hunt (tbc).
Sunday, August 6
Morning arrival in Ketchikan; a day to explore and departure at 4:00p.
Monday, August 7
Tracy Arm viewing in the morning and arrival into Juneau; departure from Juneau at 10:00p.
Tuesday, August 8
Early arrival in Skagway; Inside Passage viewing and cocktail reception with WVC (tbc).
Wednesday, August 9
Education sessions with Dr. Craig Griffin 8:30a–12:00p and 2:00–4:00p.
Thursday, August 10
Education sessions with Dr. Craig Griffin 9:00a–12:00p. Arrive in Victoria at 5:30p and depart 11:59p.
Friday, August 11
Early arrival into Seattle, WA.
Seated breakfast is available daily from 7:30a.
Buffet breakfast is available daily from 6:00a.
Lunch is available daily from 12:00p.
Group dining at 6:00p and dinner buffet is also available.
Entertainment nightly 7:00–9:00p.
Sunrise is approximately 5:00a and Sunset is 8:50p.
Maximize your dermatology knowledge for immediate impact in your practice.
This dermatology continuing education course will feature advanced problem solving with high audience involvement that will discuss case studies and treatment modalities. With towering mountains and massive glacial fields as your classroom backdrop, the renowned Dr. Craig Griffin will impart invaluable insights that will immediately impact your practice. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to join in as Dr. Griffin shares his perspective on dermatology with a focus on beyond the basics for the general practitioner.
- Progressive techniques to relieve the Pruritic dog using Apoquel®, Atopica®.
- Targeting the advancing science behind Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic.
- Diagnose the Pruritic cat as their own species instead as puppies.
- Acquire allergen-specific immunotherapy procedures.
- Comprehend the pros and cons of oral and subcutaneous treatment
- Understand the role of diet plans
- Learn what’s new with infectious and ectoparasitic skin diseases
- Discover the reemergence of antiquated antibiotics.
- Delve into problem ears and chronic otitis
This once-in-a-lifetime course offering 14 CE hours in dermatology is not to be missed. Course attendance is scheduled as shown below during “At Sea” days leaving you plenty of time to take in the wonders of Alaska during this 7 Night cruise adventure.
Day 2 – 8:30a – 12:00p; 2:00p – 4:00p
Day 6 – 8:30a – 12:00p; 2:00p – 4:00p
Day 7 – 9:00a – 12:00p
Canyon Ranch SpaClub®
Relax and rejuvenate in a serene spa at sea. Experience the unique services of Canyon Ranch in a breathtaking setting—aboard Celebrity’s modern luxury ships. Enhance your vacation with a complete wellness and lifestyle program that increases resilience, restores serenity, and helps you feel rejuvenated.
Try a bold collection of both familiar and unknown wines from around the world in this inviting wine bar. Sommeliers will offer further insight into the fine art of wine selection.
There’s absolutely nothing like it. A freshly manicured lawn on the highest deck of Celebrity Solstice. This is The Lawn Club. Enjoy casual outdoor activities in a decidedly Country Club atmosphere, and let the grass between your toes take you places no cruise has gone before.
Sky Observation Lounge
A quiet refuge by day for gazing over the sea with a cocktail at hand. At night, the space comes to life with live music and dancing. In addition, special interactive theme parties include Live@Sky—music and dances of the 40s with a modern twist—and Motown, featuring funky soul with a live band, singers and dancers.
The Hot Glass Show
Don’t just appreciate art, experience it. Witness the incredible, gorgeous art of glassblowing with intimate live demonstrations. Watch and learn from professional glassblowers in this popular, one-of-a-kind exhibition from the renowned Corning Museum of Glass.
Silk Harvest Restaurant
A subtle taste of Far East delicacies meant to share. As the first Asian restaurant in the Celebrity fleet, Silk Harvest takes you on a journey to the Far East, offering authentic Asian hospitality perfectly paired with a contemporary blend of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Here you enjoy family-style dining in a warm and friendly setting.
A grand stage for dining. The Main Restaurant is the centerpiece of an immersive and enriching range of culinary experiences. Celebrity Cruises presents an unparalleled wealth of choices every evening. Working literally around the clock, the galleys delight in creating artfully presented dishes, every delicate micro-green garnish perfectly in place.
See Alaska from a whole new perspective with Celebrity Shore Excursions geared to your interests. Love nature? Looking for adventure? Something family-friendly? Or want to see things from a local’s perspective? Click the link below to review the list of possibilities, additional fees will apply. WVC guests will experience limited group sizes, enjoy priority departure in port and if tours are delayed, the ship will even wait for you.
You will enjoy a wide variety of beverages throughout your entire cruise vacation. The classic package is included in your WVC CE Cruise package see FAQs for details.
A Dining Package is included in your WVC CE Experience, but if you are looking for unique specialty restaurants, you can enjoy great savings when you purchase a Specialty Dining Package. Awaken your inner foodie on a culinary journey at Qsine®. Experience impeccable service and world-class cuisine at Murano. Savor the bold flavors of our Italian steakhouse, Tuscan Grille. And enjoy interactive, open-air grilling with ocean views at the Lawn Club Grill. Selection varies by ship.
Available to book pre-cruise through the Celebrity Cruise Planner.
Light up the night with Lady Luck by your side in Celebrity’s world-class casinos. With a sophisticated ambiance and captivating sights and sounds, our casinos offer exhilaration for experienced high rollers as well as those trying their luck for the first time. Celebrity Solstice offers unique combinations of the hottest slots and table games in sophisticated, Vegas-style settings. You’re sure to find a game you’ll enjoy.
Professional photographers on board capture all of the special moments of your cruise—embarkation, in the dining room, at the pool, on formal night, and more. Your photos and portraits will be ready to view in the Photo Gallery the following day. You can get professional prints, personalized PhotoBooks, “Get the Picture” digital images on CD, and the Voyage in Review DVD with ship highlights, from ports of call to behind-the-scenes footage. There is no sitting fee or obligation to purchase.
Just because you’re in the middle of the ocean doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected to family and friends on land. Internet access is available all hours a day until debarkation is completed, and there are five different packages for you to choose from. You can simply pay by the minute or go all the way to unlimited Internet access for your entire cruise. Share your vacation photos and memories with family and friends as they are happening.
Aboard every ship, Celebrity’s European-inspired piazza and elegant galleria hold riches of chic sophistication. Marble walkways lead you to modern boutiques and fine jewelry stores, where you’ll discover prestigious watch brands, stunning fashions, exquisite gems, cosmetics, fragrances and more.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
WVC has secured a discounted room rate at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Room rates start at $209 and are available for August 11th. The pre-cruise room block is sold out.
Please use the following link to book your post-cruise room:
https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1612290286&key=1EC591F0 – August 11th only.
Or call 888-627-7056 and ask for the POST WVC Destination CE Cruise Room Block. The deadline for this rate is July 6, 2017.
Shuttles fill up quickly during this season. WVC urges you to book your transportation early if using a shuttle service. Celebrity Cruises departs from Pier 91.
Celebrity Cruises offers round trip transfers for $54.00 per person. The last Celebrity airport shuttle departs at 12:30p.
Taxi service is also available for approximately $46.00 each way.
Parking is available at 2001 W Garfield St, Seattle, WA 98119. The current rate is $21.31 plus tax per day up to 7 days. Receive a $1 per day discount if you prepay online.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
Terms of Registration
WVC requires at least one occupant from each stateroom to be registered for the CE course.
Terms of Payment
WVC Destination CE Course fees must be paid in full by mail or fax (702-739-6420) at the time of enrollment. Should you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to Western Veterinary Conference and mail check and registration form to P.O. Box 50755, Henderson, NV 89016.
Cancellation by WVC
WVC reserves the right to cancel courses at any time due to inadequate enrollment. Every effort will be made to notify participants as early as possible of a course cancellation. A full refund of the course registration fee will be issued to the participant in a timely manner. All fees and charges paid to Expedia® cruiseshipcenters® are the sole responsibility of the participant.
Cancellation by Registrant
Any participant wishing to cancel their registration for the Destination CE course must make the request in writing by email, fax, or mail by July 6, 2017. A $250.00 cancellation fee will be applied. Course cancellations after July 6, 2017 are nonrefundable.
Participants must cancel the cruise portion through Expedia® cruiseshipcenters® separately.
WVC may release your contact information to sponsoring companies. As an attendee, your image may be captured and used for future promotional purposes.
Who can register?
The CE portion of the cruise is for veterinarians only.
Graduate Veterinarians: Graduate veterinarians are welcome to register, regardless of their licensure status, employment status, or school of graduation.
How many CE hours are offered?
14 hours of continuing education are offered.
Will there be a CE Certificate? How will I receive it?
Yes. The CE Certificate will be emailed to you after the cruise and can be found in your WVC account.
Will I need to bring my passport?
We strongly encourage all passengers to travel with a passport that is valid for at least six months after August 11, 2017. U.S. Citizens who do not have a valid passport must provide the following proof of citizenship: Original certified birth certificate (w/raised seal) from the state/province of their birth together with a current and valid government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license. U.S. citizens may also present a U.S. Passport Card. Neither oral nor written declarations of citizenship will be accepted.
What is included in my cruise fare?
The Veranda Stateroom package includes:
Meals (Specialty Dining Package is available for purchase ask for details.)
Classic Beverage Package – Throughout your cruise, you may enjoy beer up to $6 per serving, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs and frozen drinks up to $8 per serving, and wine-by-the-glass up to $9 per serving. Plus, you’ll receive a 15% discount on all wines, including Celebrity’s prized Reserve Wine list and Rare Wine list, by the bottle.
Gratuities and taxes.
Drink package is not included with Interior staterooms. Enquire with the booking agent for options.
Is the cruise fare per person?
The Veranda stateroom fare is per person based on double occupancy and includes drink and meal packages, gratuities and taxes.
Travel to and from Seattle is not included in fare.
Interior stateroom fare does not include the drink package.
Single room supplement is available, enquire with the booking agent.
What travel options are available from the airport to the ship terminal?
Celebrity Cruises offers round trip transfers for $54.00 per person or taxi service is available for approximately $46.00 each way. The last Celebrity airport shuttle departs at 12:30p.