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What It’s Like to Be a First-Timer on a Smiles at Sea Dental Conference Cruise

Curious about what it’s like to attend a Smiles at Sea dental conference cruise for the first time? Well, you’re in for a treat! Combining professional development and networking with a fabulous vacation, our dental CE cruises offer a truly unforgettable experience. Here’s what you need to know to prepare and make the most of your first adventure with us.

Staying Informed

First things first, you’ll want to make sure you’re receiving all our event details and real-time updates after you purchase your ticket. Keep an eye on your email inbox and add our email addresses to your contact list to ensure they don’t end up in your spam folder. We regularly send out important information leading up to the cruise, so staying in the loop is crucial.

Booking Essentials

Don’t forget to book your pre-cruise hotel! Not only do we usually have pre-cruise events at the hotel, but arriving a day early can also help you avoid travel stress and start your cruise on a relaxed note. The event page on our website will have a link to the hotel with a discounted room block – book early, before the spots run out. 

Apps to Download

One of the emails you’ll receive leading up to the event will include a link to download an app for the event. It’ll be packed with lots of useful features like the daily schedule of events and classes, and a way to keep in touch with fellow attendees. You’ll also want to make sure you download the app for the cruise line, giving you access to a detailed map of the whole ship as well as booking excursions and checking in.

Checking In Early

Checking in to the cruise as early as possible ensures a smooth start to your trip. You’ll have more time to explore the ship, settle into your cabin, and get familiar with the layout before the activities begin. You can check in to the cruise online or on the cruise line’s app. It’s also a good idea to arrive at the port nice and early to help make boarding a breeze. Depending on the event check-in for the conference may be held both at the hotel the day before as well as immediately upon boarding the ship – your pre-event emails will provide you with all the details for your specific event.

Financial Planning for Your Cruise

We understand that budgeting for a cruise can be challenging, which is why we offer flexible payment plans. Having your payment plan figured out ahead of time will free you up to focus on enjoying your trip without financial worries.

Navigating the Conference Alone

If you’re attending alone, don’t worry! Our events are designed to be inclusive and friendly. It’s super easy to make friends at our conferences. From the exciting CE courses to the networking events and social mixers, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet fellow dental professionals and forge lasting connections.

Ports-of-Call Excursions and Activities

You can pre-book your excursions online through the cruise’s website or app, or once you’re onboard. Whether you’re interested in diving into local culture or seeking adventure, there’s something for everyone. Alternatively, you can join groups of fellow attendees and enjoy local tours together. Exploring in groups not only enhances the fun but also ensures safety. Sharing experiences with new friends can make your trip even more memorable.

Packing Tips for Your Dental CE Cruise

Make sure to bring your government-issued ID, as it’s essential for boarding the cruise ship. A passport is recommended, and may even be required (with 6 months of validity beyond the dates of the cruise) depending on the ports of call, so be sure to check. Additionally, pack a sweater or small blanket as the classrooms can get chilly. And of course, don’t forget sun protection like a sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Since we’ll be sailing through beautiful sunny locales, swimwear and cover-ups are a must for poolside relaxation and beach excursions.

What to Expect Onboard

Our conferences are packed with engaging seminars and ample free time to enjoy the cruise. The classrooms are well-equipped, and you’ll have access to top-notch speakers and cutting-edge information. When you’re not attending CE sessions or our super fun social events, you can take advantage of the ship’s amenities. From pools and spas to diverse dining options, there’s plenty to do to relax and unwind. Balancing professional development with leisure activities makes for a holistic and enjoyable experience, and that’s what Smiles at Sea is all about.

Making the Most of Your Experience

Active participation in workshops and networking events can significantly enhance your experience. Engage with speakers and fellow attendees to get the most out of your time onboard. Additionally, finding the right balance between conference activities and leisure time is key. Attend the sessions that interest you, but also take time to explore the ship and enjoy the beautiful destinations we visit. Remember, this isn’t just a learning opportunity, it’s also a vacation!

Anchoring Your Next Adventure

Recap of the top tips for first-time attendees:

  • Keep an eye on your email for updates and add our email addresses to your contact list.
  • Book your pre-cruise hotel and download the cruise line’s app.
  • Check in early to the cruise and take advantage of our payment plans.
  • Don’t worry if you’re attending alone—it’s easy to make friends!
  • Pre-book excursions or join group tours, and don’t forget to pack your essentials like your passport, sweater, sun protection, and swimwear.


Combining professional development with a fun and relaxing cruise vacation is what makes Smiles at Sea unique. We can’t wait to welcome you aboard and set sail for an enriching and unforgettable experience. See you on the open seas!

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