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  • Locations: Atlantic Ocean, At Sea; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Mahogany Bay, Honduras
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Other Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior Prerequisite: Yes
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Tourism
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Cruise Ship Management

Caribbean, Spring Break 2020

Cruise ship at night

This program is offered every other year. It will next run in Spring Break 2020.

Spend your winter break in the Caribbean learning what goes into the management and operation of a cruise ship. The itinerary varies from year to year, but 2018's program visited The Grand Cayman; Mahogany Bay, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico while traveling on the Carnival Glory cruise ship. On board, you will examine basic cruise operations including sales and booking, food and beverages, hotel operations, security, recreation activities, shore excursions, and personnel management through lectures and presentations by cruise ship staff.

Program Highlights

  • Examine basic cruise operations including sales and booking, food and beverages, hotel operations, security, recreation activities, shore excursions,
    and personnel management.
  • Previous locations have included Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. 


This program is open to all Tourism and Events Majors (TEM) with at least 60 hours of coursework (including TOUR 200, TOUR 220 and TOUR 230). Participants must be at least 21 years of age by the date of departure and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25. Tourism majors from outside of George Mason University who meet similar requirements are eligible with instructor permission.


Students will be registered for one 3-credit course.

Anticipated Course Options*

  • Tourism - TOUR 331: Cruise Ship Management
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Program Dates*

One week cruise in March 2020.

Participants will also attend several mandatory classes before departure.


The itinerary will be finalized by Fall 2019 when the cruise is booked.

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Winter 2018: $3160

Spring Break: TBD

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, double or triple occupancy rooms on the ship, most meals, guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by 17 November, 2019 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by 8 December, 2019. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Refund and Cancellation Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:



GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Opens:

June 2019


Application Deadline:

3 November, 2019


Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

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Name Russell Brayley, PhD
Phone 703-993-4698

Global Education Office
Program Administrator

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Name Alexandra Wallace
Phone 703-993-3082
  Make an appointment

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 10/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.