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CE on the Sea 2019 FAQs
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When is CE on the Sea 2019?
April 14 to 21, 2019

What is the Itinerary?
Sunday, April 14 Leave for Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya & Cozumel, Mexico 4:00 PM
Monday, April 15 CE on the Sea 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, April 16 CE on the Sea 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday, April 17 Roatan, Honduras
8 AM – 5 PM
Thursday, April 18 Costa Maya, Mexico 8 AM – 5 PM
Friday, April 19 Cozumel, Mexico 7 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, April 20 CE on the Sea 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, April 21 Arrive in Galveston 7 AM

How do I sign up for CE on the Sea?

There are two steps. You can do either one first.

  1. Register for the CE program at the CE on the Sea event page.
  2. Schedule a Travel Appointment with GC Travel using their online calendar.

  3. Contact our Cruise Team at GC Travel,, to reserve your stateroom.

The CE Program

How many presentations / units of CE are available?
There are 2 tracks of presentations on each CE day, with 6 presentations per track each day, for a total of 30 presentations.  Because the tracks are running simultaneously, each attendee can only attend 15 presentations.  All of the presentations are RACE approved for Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians are RACE approved.  

What topics will be in the CE program?
The program will cover a wide variety of topics. Technicians & Veterinarians who are experts in Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Nursing, Pharmacology, Pain Management, Anesthesia, Dermatology, and Behavior will be giving presentations.
For more information about our speakers visit our CE on the Sea 2019 Speakers page.

When are the CE Sessions?
CE sessions will be during the day on Monday, April 15; Tuesday, April 16; and Saturday, April  20 when we are cruising between Galveston and Mexico. This will leave your evenings free for fun with your family and friends.

You will also have three entire days free while we are in port - Tuesday in Roatan, Honduras; Wednesday in  Costa Maya, Mexico and Thursday in Cozumel, Mexico!

Who may attend CE on the Sea?
CE on the Sea is open to registered & non-registered veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, veterinary assistants, all veterinary support staff, and even veterinarians!

How many people will be attending CE on the Sea?
We have space for a maximum of 300 participants in the CE program. This does not include friends or family members who will not be attending the CE sessions.

When should I register for the CE program?
Register as soon as you can, since there are only 300 spaces available.  Registration closes December 17, 2018.

The CE program fee is $250 for early registration between September 2, 2016 - February 1, 2017. The program fee will increase to $320 on February 2, 2017.  

Can I make payments for the CE fee?
No, full payment is required at the time of registration.

What does the CE fee cover?
The CE fee covers only the CE sessions on Monday, April 15; Tuesday, April 16; and Saturday, April  20.  Cruise fares & other travel expenses are separate and should be arranged through our Cruise Team at GC Travel.

How can I earn a rebate for referring friends / co-workers?
You can earn a $50 rebate for referring three (3) friends / co-workers who register and pay for this CE event.

  • The referring member must be registered for this CE event before March 30, 2015.  Members being referred can register at any time.
  • You may not by referred by someone that you have referred for this event.
  • Speakers are eligible for rebate payment(s) when they refer three (3) friends / co-workers.  However, you may not refer a speaker as one of your friends / co-workers.
  • Maximum rebate $100 per member.
  • Members receiving a rebate through another program, please refer to program details for referral eligibility.
  • Rebate payments will be made within 30 days of the end of the cruise.

I have a hospital / school / affiliate membership. Can I attend this event?
Yes, you can. However, registration is available only for individual & student members of If you only have a hospital, school or affiliate membership, please create an individual membership for yourself as well, then register for this event.

If I have to cancel my trip, are the fare refundable?
The CE fee is non-refundable unless the program is cancelled by VetTechLife, but you can transfer it to another person by contacting us at If the program is canceled by VetTechLife your CE fee will be refunded (less a $20 non-refundable processing fee).


The Cruise

Can I book the cruise with any travel agent?
VetTechLife has a contract with Royal Caribbean for the cruise and conference.  The awesome team at GC Travel is our representative for this contract.  For VetTechLife to meet its contractual agreement with Royal Caribbean, all attendees need to book their cruise staterooms through GC Travel.

GC Travel has arranged special discounted fares with Royal Caribbean specifically for VetTechLife CE on the Sea 2019. These are a special package deal including gratuities, taxes and processing fees.

Attendees may book their flights and hotel rooms on their own or through any travel agent they wish.

To honor our agreement with Royal Caribbean, CE attendees must book their cruise with GC Travel agents at Thank you for your cooperation.

If I book the cruise, am I guaranteed a spot in the CE program?
No, you must register for the CE program separately. We have space for a maximum of 300 participants.

I want to attend, but I don't have a roommate - do I have to pay for a private room?
No, if you book your cruise, but have not selected a roommate, and don't want to pay for a private room, you have two options.

  1. Our Cruise Team will select another attendee to be your roommate.
  2. You can contact other attendees through our CE on the Sea 2019 Roommate Finder discussion board and select your own roommate. When you have agreed to room with another attendee, contact the Cruise Team with this information.

What ship / cruise line will we be on?
We will be cruising with Royal Caribbean on Liberty of the Seas. Click on the ship name for more information on this incredible ship.

How much are the staterooms on Liberty of the Seas?
Our wonderful Cruise Team at GC Travel has negotiated fabulous fares specifically for our attendees! These fares are only available by booking with our Cruise Team.

Be sure to ask our travel team about interest-free payment plan options.

​​For cruise options and pricing, please schedule a phone appointment
with ​​GC Travel via their online calendar at

What does the Stateroom fare cover?
​The stateroom fare includes your stateroom, gratuities, taxes, port fees and processing fee." Please note that Royal Caribbean does not include these fees in their advertised fares, but will add them when you check out. Our Cruise Team includes them up front so you know exactly what you will be paying for your adventure.

Travel Insurance is not included. We strongly recommend that you obtain Travel Insurance to cover the unexpected, including illness, event cancellation, missed connections, etc.

Air travel, hotel, and transport to and from the ship are additional, but our Cruise Team at GC Travel can help you find best prices available.

Can I bring children / other family members / friends on the cruise?
YES! Non-veterinary spouses, partners, children, and friends are welcome to join us and will have full access to all cruise amenities other than the CE Program. Our wonderful Cruise Team will help arrange all of your needs, whether it is bringing children, selecting a room, or just asking what you can expect on board.

Will Internet service be available on board?
Yes, for an additional charge.

Contact our Cruise Team at GC Travel, for more information.

If I have to cancel my trip, are the fees refundable?
Part of the cruise fare might be refundable (less a non-refundable processing fee), but this will vary based on the contract you selected and the date by which you cancel. Please discuss this with our travel team, GC Travel, for specifics when you book your cruise.

Do I need a passport?
United States citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S.) will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship (such as a government-issued birth certificate) and a laminated government issued picture ID (such as a driver's license) that shows their name and date of birth. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship, and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required.

Although a passport is not required, we strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel). Having a passport will enable you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event you miss the scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if you need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.

Citizens of countries other than the United States will need a passport.

For more information, go to Royal Caribbean's Passport Requirement page.


Contact us:
If you were unable to find an answer to your question(s), please contact us at

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When do I pay for my cruise?
Payment Amount Due Date
1st deposit $100 at the time of booking
2nd deposit $100 June 30, 2015
3rd deposit $190 November 9, 2015
Final payment balance due January 20, 2019
If you prefer, our Cruise Team is also offering a no-interest monthly payment plan.
Category Cost
Superior Ocean View Balcony
Deluxe Ocean View Balcony
Ocean View
Virtual Balcony Interior
These rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
Single accommodations are 200% of the cost listed.

*These special discounted prices were arranged with Royal Caribbean by our wonderful GC Travel Cruise Team for CE attendees who booked before June 18, 2017.

For the latest pricing,
Schedule a Travel Appointment with GC Travel

using their online calendar.

Reservations will be granted on first-come, first-served basis.
Get your deposit in ASAP to reserve the stateroom of your choice.


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