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The Meetings & Events at Sea course is offered in conjunction with other industry events. Below, find upcoming course dates and information.


Program Dates


This class is currently available only online.
$299 MPI Members
$399 Non-members


Sunset Education Summit (SES)
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082-3036

August 16, 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

$299 MPI Member Rate
$399 Standard Rate



Check out MPI Foundation scholarships available for this program.

Meetings & Events at Sea Overview

In partnership with the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), MPI presents this program in our Unique Venues series that explores the advantages of hosting events on cruise ships as opposed to traditional venues. This interactive session highlights which types of meetings or events should be conducted onboard as well as provides valuable cost comparisons. In addition to a live or virtual tour of an actual ship, the session provides insight into incentive trips, examines things to consider when hosting your event at sea and walks participants through the meeting planning process to outline what to expect before, during and after your meeting or event at sea.

About Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA’s mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as promote the cruise vacation experience. Members are committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry and are comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and other cruise industry partners, including ports, destinations, ship developers, suppliers, business services and travel operators. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or www.cruiseforward.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on Facebook and Twitter pages.


Times are changing, and cruise ships are not just for incentive travel anymore. This Meetings & Events at Sea course is designed for those who plan meetings for a variety of clients including corporate, healthcare, association, etc. It is a perfect fit for anyone looking for a competitive edge in an environment of meeting attendees seeking alternatives to the typical venues. This program demonstrates that meetings and events of any type and size can be hosted on an appropriate cruise ship for a fresh, cost-effective venue option.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the advantages of cruising
  2. Compare meetings and events at sea to traditional venues
  3. Explain the planning process for a meeting or event at sea
  4. Describe what to expect before, during, and after your meeting or event at sea

At the completion of the 4 hour course, students receive an electronic certificate of completion as well as 4 CMP-IS clock hours.

This course does not have a test and there is not pass/fail. The focus is on education of current meeting and event options at sea.

Course Requirements

Registration and payment is required prior to attending this course. Once you select the session you would like to attend, you can register.


The Meetings & Events program is taught by professionals and faculty members with extensive experience in cruise ship venues, meetings and events.