Frequently Asked Questions
What cruise line/ship will the conference be held?
The conference will be held on the Carnival Magic. You can learn more about the ship here:
Why attend a conference on a cruise ship?
There are many reasons for this including affordability, meeting space, different ports of call in which to conduct field activities, all food and lodging are included, entertainment is included, and what better place to discuss marine conservation than on the water!
How much does it cost to attend the conference?
It will cost attendees both the conference fee of $169 and the chosen cabin fare to attend the conference. An example would be $169 for the conference fee, a cabin request of a quad inside cabin at $550 per person would result in a total cost of $719. If a balcony cabin quad occupancy was requested then the $169 for the conference fee and $750 per person for the cabin berth would result in a cost of $916.
How does the cost compare to a land based national conference?
A recent land based national scientific conference was roughly $150 for a student attendee and $250 for professionals plus four nights in a hotel at $109 per night plus tax for a total of $475. If you include meals at an average of $32 per day the total cost of the conference would be approximately $757. Also, you may need a rental car if you didn't drive to the conference.
You can see by this example a cruise conference provides more for your money than a traditional land based conference. Additionally, on a cruise conference you will receive numerous benefits such as three ports of call in three different countries, free room service, free coffee, tea, milk and juice, all meals included, lodging included, entertainment, on board activities etc...
Can I receive credit for this conference / will my school pay for it?
This varies so check with your advisor at your school for details.
Are the field activities in all the ports of call included?
No. The field activities are optional and you may participate in all of them, just one or two or none at all.
It's all up to you!
What specific field activities will be available?
We are currently still working on all the field activities and will post a list on this page when they become finalized. Some activities we are working on are interactions with southern stingrays, green sea turtles and scuba diving.
Can my family members, friends, significant others come with me?
Absolutely! They may come and book a cabin that fits their needs. Attendees can choose to stay with their families or with other conference attendees.
Can I room with my friends?
YES! Simply have all the people that want to room together note that on their registration form.
If I come alone who will I be paired up with in a cabin?
You will be paired up with other conference attendees of the same gender in a cabin either double or quad occupancy.
I am coming with my spouse or significant other, do we still have to stay in a cabin with people of the same gender?
No. You may share a cabin at your request.
What is double or quad occupancy?
This means two people to a cabin for double occupancy and four people to a cabin for quad occupancy.
Can we have three people in a room?
Absolutely! Just email us for up to date pricing.
Do I need a passport?
U.S. citizens taking a "closed-loop" cruises (sailings that both originate and terminate in the same U.S. port) are not required to have a passport, but will need proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driver's license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo ID. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship and if 16 and over a photo ID is also required.
We strongly suggest all attendees have a passport if you are planning on visiting any of the ports of call.
What is the drinking age for the cruise?
21 on the ship. Most ports of call the drinking age is 18.