Retreat mid-winter to experience rainforest canopies, tropical sunsets and a crossing of the Panama Canal aboard Le Champlain.

This Journey combines a "get away from it all" sentiment with our 21st-century fascination with high technology to fulfill the needs of each side of your personality. Join your fellow Princetonians for this voyage through the historic Panama Canal and to the rich rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama during the best time of year.

After one night in San Jose, board the privately-chartered, Le Champlain for a seven-night cruise. On this comprehensive itinerary, visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites along with Panama's ancient San Blas Islands, where the Guna inhabitants live much as they did centuries ago. Explore Panama and Costa Rica's world-renowned national parks — rainforests, islands and archipelagos that foster one of the most pristine ecosystems on our planet. And cap off the experience with a daylight transit of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel that has now been capturing the imagination for over one hundred years. Optional extensions to Costa Rica's cloud forest and volcanoes and Panama City will be available.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from partnering organizations.

About our Study Leader

Bonnie Bassler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Squibb Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. The research in her laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication. This process is called quorum sensing. Bassler's research is paving the way to the development of novel therapies for combating bacteria by disrupting quorum-sensing-mediated communication. 

Bassler is a passionate advocate for diversity in the sciences and she is actively involved in and committed to educating lay people in science. Dr. Bassler was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2002. She was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2002 and made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. She was the 2006 recipient of the American Society for Microbiology's Eli Lilly Investigator Award for fundamental contributions to microbiological research. In 2008, Bassler received Princeton University’s President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2016, she was also elected to the National Academy of Medicine. She was a member of the National Science Board for six years and was nominated to that position by President Barack Obama. The Board oversees the NSF and prioritizes the nation's research and educational activities in science, math and engineering. 

On this journey Bassler will discuss the making of medicine from Costa Rica's rain forest to your local pharmacy.  

Trip Details

  • Dates: February 2-10, 2019
  • Cost: from $5,515 per person double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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