Does the price of the conference include the cruise?

The price of the conference is only for the conference.  The cruise must be purchased separately.

How do I book the cruise?

To attend the conference or participate in conference events, participants, their families, and guests must book their cruise through our travel agent, the CME experts at CME Custom Travel or call our rep Dan Guthner at (469) 314-6959 or email This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Can I book my cruise directly through the cruise line? What if I already have a Travel Agent?

In order to provide the negotiated conference amenities, the cruise lines ask that all Conference participants and their guests book their cruise through CME Custom Travel.

We book our cruises 12-24 months ahead of sailing and negotiate a limited number of group fares and amenities with the cruise lines. These are HUNDREDS of dollars below their posted rates. The group fares are a special incentive for Early Bird registration. They are limited and historically sell out 90-120 days before sailing. These fares are not available through the cruise line or other agents.

In addition to the Early Bird specials, we apply every PROMO and DISCOUNT available (Free-At-Sea, Kids Sail Free, 2nd Passenger half off, Pre-Paid Gratuities, etc.) so you are always assured of getting the lowest available fare when booking through CME Custom Travel.

If someone wants to join me on the cruise do they also have to purchase the conference?

The conference fees are only required for those individuals desiring CME credit.  Anyone can book the cruise without having to pay for the conference.

What happens if I can't go on the cruise?

The cancellation of the cruise and the conference will need to be handled separately.  

For the Cruise Line:

Each cruise line has their own cancellation and refund policies.  We provide information from our negotiated rates when available.  Please review on their websites for the most current information.

For the Live Conference:

Please reference our latest policies in the FAQ section or by selecting this link.