Consulting services to the cruise line industry, event production, GR & Partial/Full Ship Charters

Lisa Spoden, MS. PhD


Tareq Salahi

Founder &

Chairman of the Board

Lisa Spoden is President and CEO of Hotels at Sea® and Medical Care at Sea™.  Her strategic planning and program development expertise is coupled with practical management know-how having previously worked in planning, marketing, operations and business development for a cross-section of service organizations.  She has many years of hands-on experience in hospitality having chaired numerous major fundraisers and galas.

Dr. Spoden is published in the Who’s Who of Executive Professionals.  She was named a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Paul Patton in 2000.  She also received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the College of St. Benedict in 2013.

Members of the Hotels at Sea® team are Travel/Tourism experts including Conde Nast Traveler certified, Regent Luxury Cruise Expert, SilverSea Specialist, Norwegian Specialist Gold Shield Certified, Royal Caribbean Expert Plus, Celebrity Cruise lines Five Star Academy Certified and awarded by MPI for Program of the Year. 

Dr. Spoden also serves on many boards including the College of St. Benedict, Shenandoah University, SNVC, Newcomers and Women’s Club, Capital City Ball, We Will Survive Cancer, and the Aurora Foundation.  Spoden is also a member of the Wharton School of Business Club - DC Chapter and the American Society of Association Executives. 

About Hotels at Sea®:   Hotels at Sea® provides worldwide consulting services to cruise lines, cruise line event productions, government relations support, security/threat analysis consulting, lobbying/legislative support on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, DMCs & entertainment support and is a global cruise line charter company.   We are the top cruise line consulting firm in the world certified and awarded as expert travel partners at the highest levels, by the world's leading cruise lines offering internal & external support either undercover or in a fully cooperative manner.  Our worldwide partnership with SEALOC allows cruise ships the opportunity for the best in Ocean prepared Ultra 4K Sea Televisions & Satellite equipment that withstands the elements of sea salt and fully waterproof.  Hotels at Sea augments major sporting and other special events worldwide, especially where there is a lack of hotel space; docking our cruise ships at the events full time. We work in cooperation with other DMCs,  hosting governments,  CVBs & Tourism Authorities of the host country.   This is ideal for event sponsors, companies associated with events, large groups or enthusiast organizations involved in any major events to include but not limited to our expertise with the Olympics, Super Bowl, America’s Cup, World Cup, Corporate meetings & Conventions.  Hotels at Sea & Connoisseur Traveler are THE choice for safety, comfort and value.    Connoisseur Traveler is open by invitation only serving Groups & Luxury suite guests.