What You Need To Know

Where to Go

Cruisers University will be held at The Graduate Hotel of Annapolis.  The Graduate Hotel is located at 126 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.  It is located a short walk from the fall boat show grounds through historic downtown.



When to Arrive

Registration and breakfast are from 7:15 am to 8:15 am

Where to Stay

The Graduate Hotel of Annapolis is offering a room block discount for the participants of Cruisers University. The dates for the discounted rooms start on Sunday night, October 10th and go through Sunday morning, October 17th.  You may also call The Graduate Hotel to book directly at 1-844-888-GRAD, when you call please reference Cruisers University and the Group Codes CUBO11 (October 10-13th) and CUS1014 (October 14-17th).

Click on the link to reserve the hotel rooms on-line:     

Cruiser’s University-Fall 2021 (10/10-10/13)

Cruiser’s University-Fall 2021 (10/14-10/17)

Where to Park

Daily parking is available for non-hotel guests at the The Graduate Hotel of Annapolis, 126 West Street. The cost is $8 for self-parking and $12 for valet parking. Enter the parking by West Street at the hotel entrance.

Other Options:

UBER/LYFT:  destination is 126 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Where to Park in Downtown Annapolis

What to Wear

Dress for the fall weather to walk around town and the show grounds. Over the past few years, Fall Cruisers University has experienced torrential rain, freezing cold temperatures as well as a mini heatwave. A sweater if the AC is cooler than you like in the classrooms. Be comfortable, and wear good shoes for walking.

A few other details

In the middle of September, your Cruisers University credentials will be mailed to you so please make sure you provide a current mailing address to tara@annapolisboatshows.com.  The Cruisers University credential is your name tag for classes but it is also your multi-day ticket to both the US Powerboat Show, October 6-9th, and the US Sailboat Show, October 13-17th.

If you registered as a couple and you want to add an additional email address to your account, please again send the information to tara@annapolisboatshows.com.  

Again this fall, we will offer electronic instructor handouts in 2 forms:  A Dropbox Link for you to review all handouts prior to your arrival in Annapolis as well as a USB thumbdrive on your first day of classes.  It is suggested by the instructors for you to print off any outlines or notes prior to classes, it is not required but it will make your understanding of the class material a little easier.

Daily Schedule

7:15am-8:15am Registration and Breakfast in the Atrium of The Graduate Hotel

8:15am-11:30am Class

11:30am-12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm-3:45pm  Class

            4:00pm-4:30pm  Informational Sessions with AMG Insurance

5:30pm – ?  Evening Social Event (Monday-Friday)       

Social Events 

  • Wine & Sign – enjoy a glass of wine and talk to the instructors regarding their various published books, how about a nice autograph copy for your shelf
  • Steel Drums with Jim Zima – a little island music while you get to know your fellow cruisers
  • A Cruisers University Alumni Panel – ask questions from past students regarding their cruising life, there will be couples who have experienced the Bluewater aspect, couples who experienced a near disaster at sea, as well as a couple who has enjoyed the ICW for a season or two
  • 3rd Annual Rum Mixology Show Down – the President of the Annapolis Boatshows will go head to head with a 5 star Mixologist to see who serves the best sundowner on the east coast
  • TBD

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 410-517-9979 or by email to tara@annapolisboatshows.com.



Annapolis, Maryland

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