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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Bells of the Cascades Cruise XV: Panamania! With Cathy Moklebust

Holland America's <em> Zuiderdam</em>
Holland America's Zuiderdam
10-Night Panama Canal Cruise Conference
Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

January 06 - 16, 2019

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 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.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Program Purpose / Objectives

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.

Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
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

Sun Jan 06 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
12:00 am 5:00 pm
Mon Jan 07 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
8:00 am 3:00 pm
Tue Jan 08 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Jan 09 Oranjestad, Aruba
1:00 am 11:00 pm
Thu Jan 10 Willemstad, Curacao
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Jan 11 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Jan 12 Panama Canal
5:00 am 12:00 am
Sat Jan 12 Panama Canal
12:00 am 12:00 am
Sat Jan 12 Gatun Lake
9:00 am 10:00 am
Sat Jan 12 Gatun Lake
12:00 am 12:00 am
Sat Jan 12 Panama Canal
12:00 am 12:00 am
Sat Jan 12 Colon, Panama
3:00 am 8:00 pm
Sun Jan 13 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
6:30 am 4:00 pm
Mon Jan 14 *At Sea - Cruising
12:00 am 12:00 am
Tue Jan 15 *At Sea - Cruising
12:00 am 12:00 am
Wed Jan 16 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00 am 12:00 am
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - 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.

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!

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

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

Willemstad, Curacao - An isle of Dutch treats: gabled storybook houses, duty-free Delftware, the famous Curacao orange flavored liqueur

Panama Canal - Cruising

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

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.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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