Important Information 

Conference space is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited so sign up today! 

A deposit of $250 is required to secure your berth in a cabin and must be received upon registration unless you are booked under a sale fare. This payment can be made using a credit card or check.  Checks may be mailed to: 426 Village Dr. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 and credit card payments may be made by calling CMERA at 843-246-0750. 

The remaining balance of your cruise fare must be paid in full prior to October 1, 2019.

Contact Information-  Email          Phone # 843-246-0750

* The conference fee covers admission into all presentations given during the conference, priority space on any optional field activities, any film screenings, conference t-shirts, badges and entry into any conference specific breakfast meetings and/or cocktail parties.

 The conference fee is paid to the Moore Center for Marine Conservation, a non profit, and this fee is tax deductible.

** Guests accompanying a conference attendee will not be admitted to any functions relating to the conference but are free to enjoy all the cruise has to offer including our negotiated group rates on cabins and may book their shore excursions with CMERA. 

All requests for quad bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. Attendees will then receive a form to complete stating that once they register and pay a deposit for a quad room they will not be able to change to a double occupancy cabin at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cruise line/ship will the conference be held?

​The conference will be held on the Carnival Magic.  ​

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 $650 per person would result in a total cost of $819. 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 for students and $857 for professionals. 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 four ports of call in four 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 come with me?

Absolutely! Family members 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 for the cruise and 18 in most ports

Conference/Cruise Registration Form 

Sat 1/4/2020 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Sun 1/5/2020 - Conference at Sea      Mon 1/6/2020 - Free Day at Sea

Tue 1/7/2020 - St. Maarten                     
Wed 1/8/2020 - St. Kitts                      Thurs 1/9/ 2020 - San Juan

Fri 1/10/2020 - Grand Turk                   
Sat 1/11/2020 - Conference at Sea      Sun 1/12/2020 - Ft. Lauderdale Disembark

Credit card payments can be called in to 843-246-0750. We also accept checks.

Please mail checks to 426 Village Dr. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689



The theme for the 2019

Marine Conservation Conference is

Please visit for more information !

Cruising for Conservation is an international marine conservation conference

bringing together professors, scientists, students and the general public.

The goal of the conference is to increase awareness and foster positive change

regarding the many conservation challenges facing marine life and marine ecosystems globally.

Professors and scientists will give presentations on various topics regarding marine conservation while on-board the ship. Selected graduate students may also present to the conference attendees on pre- approved subjects. 

​Poster presentations opportunities will be available for both graduates and undergraduates.

During ports of call marine biologist, professors, and scientists will be leading optional field activities designed to observe and interact with local marine life and ecosystems.

Who should attend:  

Anyone interested in marine conservation and especially undergraduate college students, recent college graduates, graduate students, professional scientists, professors, and non-scientist adults with a passion for our marine world and conservation.

Since this conference takes place aboard a cruise ship, you can travel with your family and friends even if they do not want to attend the conference. Carnival has a wonderful kids camp for your little ones, and if you are traveling with teenagers or other adults who do not wish to attend the conference, there are numerous fun activities for them to do aboard the ship while you are in conference sessions. Plus, everyone will get to enjoy the amazing ports-of-call !

How to attend the conference/cruise: 

Conference/Cruise Registration - Please register for the conference/cruise using the registration form below. Everyone going on the cruise whether they are attending the conference or just accompanying a conference attendee needs to fill out this form so your cabin can be booked with the cruise line.  A deposit of $250 per person to secure your cabin is required upon registration. However, if Carnival is running any type of sale that you may qualify for, including reduced deposits and on-board credit, please let us know and we can secure that offer for you! You can either include your credit card information on the registration form or call 843-246-0750 to pay with a credit card over the phone.  

Conference Attendees - To attend the conference a conference fee of $169 will be due prior to October 1, 2019 and can be paid using a credit card, PayPal or check. Only people attending the conference need to pay the conference registration fee and only conference attendees will be admitted during all presentations and will have priority for all scientist led shore excursions. Conference attendees are not required to give any presentations, but may request to do so on the registration form.


We have Inside Cabins starting at $600pp for a double occupancy cabin, Ocean View Cabins starting at $700pp double occupancy and B
alcony Cabins starting at $900 pp

Quad cabins (four people to a cabin) start at $500pp.   Please call for up to date pricing.​

Email or call 843-246-0750.

Pricing may change based on availability !

January 4-12, 2020 

Sails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

8 Night Eastern Caribbean Itinerary