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Cathy Moklebust

Bells of the Cascades has become known as the “cruising choir” within the world of handbells, having sponsored 14 cruises during our history. (View images from previous handbell cruises.)

Come join Bells of the Cascades on our next cruise!

The 2019 cruise: Panamania! with Cathy Moklebust

A 10-day cruise from Florida to the Panama Canal and back in January 2019.

Follow updates for this cruise by signing up for email updates from Bells of the Cascades and checking “I’m interested in hearing about handbell cruises.”

Who is the clinician for the cruise?

We are thrilled to announce Cathy Mokelbust will join us on Cruise XV to the Panama Canal. Cathy has been a favorite composer of Bells of the Cascades for years. Her unique and delightful sense of melodic and rhythmic interaction makes her a perfect choice for a trip to Panama.

A professional percussion performer and instructor, Cathy has been directing and composing for handbells since 1983. With more than 250 published works, it’s likely you’ve enjoyed Cathy’s music. We hope you’ll enjoy her rhythmic prowess even more as we’re sailing to Panama!

What are the exact dates of Cruise XV?

Until the cruise line releases its schedule for January 2019, we won’t know the exact dates of the cruise. We generally try to sail the first part of the month.

What’s the itinerary?

This 10-day cruise leaves from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with anticipated stops in the Bahamas, Aruba, and Curaçao on the way to the Panama Canal. The ship enters the canal through the northern locks, sails around Gatun Lake, then exits back into the Caribbean Sea with additional stops in Panama and Costa Rica before docking back in Ft. Lauderdale.

During the days at sea, enjoy ringing bells with Cathy Moklebust, making new friends, and — of course — eating.  

On what cruise line will we sail?

We are working with Holland America.

When will you know more details?

The cruise line typically releases its schedule 15–18 months ahead of departure date. We are hoping to finalize details in late summer 2017.

How can I be sure to get more information when it’s available?

Be sure your name is added to our email list and mark “I’m interested in hearing about handbell cruises.”

More questions?

Read our frequently asked questions for details on how our handbell cruises operate. Feel free to contact us at cruise-info@bellsofthecascades.org with any other questions you have!

We hope to see you in 2019!