January 29, 2002
If your profession has continuing education requirements, Holland America’s offering a chance to combine vacation with business with its “University at Sea Program.” Even better, a significant chunk of your trip might prove to be tax-deductable (check with your accountant, of course). This year, Holland America’s offering 35 professionally-oriented University at Sea courses, most of which are aimed at physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other health care providers. Among the accredited course offerings include anesthesiology, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, family practice, pediatrics, pain management, dermatology and women's health. Others offer updates in dentistry, chiropractic, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. The cruise line is broadening its itineraries this year beyond the traditional week-long Caribbean cruises. There will be two 10-day Panama Canal Cruises, a 7-day New England/Canada voyage, and even a couple of Alaska sailings. Participants should, of course, plan to pay a course fee on top of the cruise fee; costs range from $299 - $695 -- and also to spend somewhere between 12 - 19 hours, while onboard, in a classroom.