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<em>Amadeus Diamond</em>
Amadeus Diamond
7-Night Paris, Normandy and the River Seine Cruise
Round-trip Paris, France

May 19 - 26, 2021
12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
12 ACPE Credits
12.0 ADA CERP Credits
12.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

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.

Robert T. Brodell, MD , FAAD

Robert T. Brodell, MD , FAAD
Professor and Chair
Department of Dermatology
Department of Pathology
University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Instructor in Dermatology
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Robert T. Brodell, MD is tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He worked with a dedicated team of faculty to found the Department of Dermatology and establish a residency training program in dermatology in 2012. It currently boasts 11 resident physicians; fellowship trainees in dermatopathology and Mohs Surgery; 10 faculty; 5 nurse practitioners; and, sees patients in 5 offices. All of this was designed to improve the access to dermatologic care in a state that has half the number of dermatologists per capita average in the United States.

Dr. Bob is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College ('75) and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry ('79) . Following two years of internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, he completed his dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. He is a master mason (1974).

For 27 years, Dr Bob was the director of Skin Pathology Services, Inc and served in a solo clinical practice of dermatology in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. He worked in the building where he and his wife, Linda P. Brodell, MD (Ophthalmology), lived and raised 5 children. During this time he served as chair of the Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Dermatology section where he was elected to the master teacher guild. He also served as Chair of the Midwest Congress of Dermatological Societies (1995-1999).

Known for his passion for teaching, Dr Bob has performed 1,750 lectures and directed 45 symposia at local, regional, and national venues. He has 389 publications, 41 poster presentations, and has written two books: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Warts: An Evidence Based Approach (2003) and Tips and Tricks in Procedural Dermatology (2019). He has reviewed articles for 32 journals and served on the editorial board of 3 journals. Dr Bob is Editor-in-chief of Practice Update: Dermatology (Elsevier) a weekly digital abstracting service (2013-present) He has participated in 42 multi-center clinical trials. An avid mentor, over 100 of his medical students are now dermatologists.

Dr. Bob served as President of the Ohio Dermatological Association (2002) ; member of the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) (2003-12) and served as the ABD President (2011-12); and, the Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education (1998–2001). He is a member of the American Dermatological Association (2007), an organization of national leaders in dermatology and serves as its secretary-treasurer (2017-present). He served on the Board of Directors, American Academy of Dermatology (2012-16); Board of Directors of the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society (2017-19); and, the dermatology Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) (2012-19).

An avid supporter of the American Cancer Society (ACS), he has been an ACS Relay For Life volunteer since 1992; served as President and Chief Medical Officer, Ohio Division, Inc. American

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Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics under development
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

Wed May 19 Paris, France
- 8:00 pm
Thu May 20 Conflans
1:30 am 5:00 pm
Fri May 21 Rouen
8:00 am 5:30 pm
Sat May 22 Le Havre, France
3:30 am -
Sun May 23 Le Havre, France
- 9:00 am
Sun May 23 Caudebec -En-Caux
3:00 pm 10:00 pm
Mon May 24 Les Andelys
8:00 am 9:00 am
Mon May 24 Vernon
11:30 am 1:30 pm
Tue May 25 Paris, France
3:00 am -
Wed May 26 Paris, France
- -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Paris, France -

This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Stay Paris   Departure at 8pm

Conflans -

Arrive in Conflans, at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine. Visit the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise, an inspiration to many of the famous Impressionist masters, including Cezanne, Pissarro and Daubigny. The most famous of these artists is Vincent van Gogh, whose final resting place is located here. Visit Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh lived in a very simple and small room only lit by sky light. Inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings, Van Gogh painted close to 80 canvases here, which come alive in the winding streets of the village.

Stay Conflans  1.30am - 5pm
Excursions  Excursion to Auvers-sur-Oise :

There are only a few places more touching than this haven of peace, just 35 minutes outside of Paris. Most famous for being the resting place of Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, the small village idyll was home to many painters in the 1800s. Relive with your guide the final moments of the life of the artist by following the pictorial and mortuary trail of van Gogh. Be moved by his tragic fate as you climb the path leading to his grave. Experience a multimedia journey into the Château d’Auvers which traces the lives of the great masters who left their mark in the town’s history: Daubigny, Pissarro, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh etc. The commentaries will immerse you for 65 minutes in the ambiance of 19th Century Parisian life, with more than 500 paintings set to motion, special, visual and sound effects, popular music and songs of the time.

Duration:   approx. 4.5 hours

Walking grade  : III: The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb several stairs.

Rouen -

This morning we reach Rouen, often called the “Ville musée” (Museum Town). If you enjoy museums, visit one of the many art, history, and antiquities museums scattered through the city. Visit the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. See the “Gros Horloge,” the astronomical clock, and the Parliament of Normandy. Also in Rouen is the “Place du Vieux Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. This afternoon venture down the romantic “Abbey Trail” for a view of countless churches, castles, and abbeys.

Stay Rouen  8am - 5.30pm
Excursions:  Rouen walking tour :

The historical capital of Normandy and a prosperous medieval city, Rouen is known for its many monuments and architectural treasures. The historic city center is a “must-see”. Don’t miss its fascinating heritage with Gothic churches and mansions, restored, half-timbered houses and well-maintained public gardens. We will start the morning with a walking tour, including an inside visit to the magnificent cathedral that inspired Claude Monet, and the modern Church of Joan of Arc with its magnificent 16th-century stained-glass windows. Our local expert will explain the historical legacy of this city, made famous by such figures as the Vikings, the Dukes of Normandy, Joan of Arc, the writers Corneille and Flaubert and the artists Géricault and Monet.

The walking tour will also cover the “Gros Horloge”, the astronomical clock, pride of the Rouennais, and the Parliament of Normandy, one of France’s rare civil constructions in Gothic style in the late Middle Ages. The Church of Saint-Maclou, a striking, flamboyant church dedicated to a Breton saint and known as Malo, is considered one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Rouen. Following this exploration, we encourage you to spend your free time at the “Place du Vieux Marché”, the site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.

Duration : approx. 2 hours

Walking grade: IV: Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

Le Havre, France -

Although the harbor of Le Havre was greatly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and continues to be an important port city in Normandy. Explore the Normandy coastline with a walk along Ètretat’s cliff-top paths for a view of steep chalk rocks with impressive needle-like formations, which have inspired many well-known artists. Nearby, is the city of Honfleur, where the Seine meets the Atlantic. This harbor town is regarded as a jewel on the Côte Fleurie and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Stay Le Havre ;  Arrival at 3.30am
 Excursion to Étretat : 

20 kilometers (twelve and a half miles) north of Le Havre, situated on the coast of Normandy. Étretat is renowned for its coastal scenery, in particular its white cliffs. Both the cliffs and the village are scenic highlights of the region and should not be missed. Join us to feel the magic of this place, full of history and legends. This exceptional natural site will take your breath away. Begin with stunning views of the cliffs and rock formations from the clifftop path. Continue with a guided walking tour of the town.

Historically a fishing village with medieval houses and fishing cottages, Étretat became a popular seaside resort during the 19th century. Its popularity was enhanced by the large number of famous artists and authors who were inspired by Étretat. Monet, Maupassant, Victor Hugo and Flaubert were all lovers of the region around the town. Monet painted several well-known pictures of the coast and cliffs around Étretat. It is an attractive, small town where you will have some leisure time, allowing you to browse through the shops and perhaps purchase some souvenirs. From the pebble beach and the promenade you can enjoy the cliffs on either side once more.

Duration: approx. 4 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

 Excursion to Honfleur : 

Follow your guide and enjoy a stroll through the charming city of Honfleur. This gorgeous maritime city is a town of painters and Impressionism, and possesses that something extra that makes it irresistible. The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin and many others.

Your guide will lead you through its narrow streets, steeped in history, and in the footsteps of sailors, painters, artists and musicians. Stop at the world-famous Vieux Bassin (old port), the Lieutenancy building, from which Samuel de Champlain set out to discover Canada, the Old Salt Stores and St Catherine’s Church, with its unusual architecture and separate bell tower which was built by sailor-carpenters. Today, dozens of galleries and artists’ studios continue to display a wide range of classical and modern paintings. Honfleur is also the perfect place to find local arts and crafts and specialties such as cider, Calvados, caramels and more. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy your time and relax in one of the little cafes.

Duration: approx. 4 hours

Walking grade: IV: Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

Les Andelys - Today, your vessel anchors in the little town of Les Andelys in the shadow of Chateau Gaillard, the one time home to Richard the Lionheart. Relax in town or venture farther afield to nearby Giverny, home to Impressionist Claude Monet, until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings and vivid flora, were inspiration for some of his most famous works. Return to the ship in Vernon for lunch. Round out your Normandy experience with a visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. Originally a small hunting lodge, the palace was extended to its current size by the "Sun King" Louis XIV and is now one of Europe's largest palaces. Onboard, the Captain's Gala Dinner is a wonderful finish to a fantastic day.
Stay Les Andelys :  8am - 9am
Stay Vernon:  11.30am - 13.30pm
 Excursion to Giverny & Monet's House and Garden with picture stop at Château Gaillard :

Step into the past with a short drive to the white stone remains of the English king’s stronghold: Château Gaillard. It was built at the end of the 12th century on a limestone promontory, overlooking the Seine. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the river and surrounding countryside. Completed in one year, Richard Lionheart exclaimed: “How beautiful she is, my one-year-old daughter. What a gaillard (well-fortified) castle.” Behind these walls, Blanche and Marguerite, the adulterous daughters-in-law of Philippe le Bel, king of France, atoned for their sins.

After a short picture stop you continue to Giverny, a village nestled in the heart of the Vexin, and a source of inspiration for one of the foremost Impressionist painters. When Claude Monet glanced out of the window of his train and caught sight of the village of Giverny, he decided then and there that this was where he wanted to live and work. And so he did, from 1883 until his death in 1926. The beautiful surroundings, vividly colored flora and gentle atmosphere of the place became one of the biggest sources of inspiration for his work. Enter the intimate world of this great epicurean. Your guide will share stories of the affection Clemenceau had for his friend, the exchanges and verbal jousts with contemporaries Berthe Morisot, Marie Cassatt and Paul Cézanne. Tour the blue living room, the studio living room, the dining room and kitchen – rooms which reflect the personality of Monet.

Duration: approx. 4 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

 Excursion to Château de Malmaison

West of Paris, surrounded by a beautiful green setting, the Château de Malmaison invites you into the intimate life of Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. The “small” mansion that Josephine purchased in 1797 was just a run-down estate in desperate need of care and devotion when she set her eyes on it while her husband Napoleon was off fighting in Egypt. And that is precisely what Josephine brought to the property, transforming it into a “source of riches for all of France”. Napoleon Bonaparte took there many major decisions for France from 1800 to 1802. Josephine continued to live in the Château of Malmaison even after her divorce and did not cease to develop it until her death, turning the rooms and park into a real gem of the First Empire period.

Your Guide will lead you in the discovery of their daily life during the consulate and First Empire. Discover the music room and the council room shaped like a military tent where receptions, dances and country-style games took place. You will also visit Josephine’s bedroom where she died in 1814, passing through the Marengo room and its weapons that belonged to Napoleon.

Enjoy some free time in Josephine’s cherished gardens. She cultivated a nostalgia for the luxurious island of her childhood. Upon her arrival at the Château de Malmaison, she wanted to replicate the landscape of her native land Martinique with its rich flowers and birds. She called upon Europe’s best gardeners and soon bundles of flowers arrived from all over the continent. Daffodils, hyacinths, camellias and tulips still flourish in her garden. The property achieved enduring fame for its rose garden, where Josephine grew all varieties of roses known at the time.

Duration: approx. 4.5 hours

Walking grade: II: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.

Paris, France - In the early morning, it is once more "Bienvenue" to the French capital. Explore the sights of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the bustling Champs-Élysées. Another interesting area to explore is quirky artists'district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, located on the highest hill in northern Paris. On your last evening, enjoy an illuminated Paris from the ship or the streets, where you can fully see the "City of Lights" in all her glory.

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.
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