Hotels at Sea

Lisa Spoden, MS. PhD

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.

Ms. 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.