Cruise Information for Catholics

Cruises are hugely popular, and since most things are included, they provide a lot of “bang for the buck”.

There are three different types of cruises that are popular today: ocean cruises, river cruises & barge hotel cruises. Each one offers its own special atmosphere and rewards. In addition, we have some useful links here to help you plan your cruise.

1. Ocean cruises: Not only exotic ports of call but lots of on-board activities. Some cruises will have a priest on board; in fact, Holland America has a priest on board every cruise.

​There are some ocean cruises organized by Catholic groups with a priest along as well as Catholic speakers. These are often advertised on Catholic radio or TV as well as Catholic newspapers and church bulletins.

2. River cruises: Much smaller ships designed for river cruising, maybe 50-100 people on board, dock in the heart of town, shore excursions included most days, limited on-board entertainment. A rapidly growing segment of the cruise industry.

3. Barge Hotel Cruises: Smaller yet, these floating hotels travel canals and rivers with anywhere from 6-21 people on board. Great for slowing down. Usually all-inclusive with lots of time on shore. Definitely not what you think of as a barge!

 

Helpful Tips for Catholic Cruisers:

 

Will there be a Catholic priest on your cruise?

 

Choosing the right cruise for you

 

Traveling with children (permission may be required)

 

Getting married on a cruise

 

 Comparing Cruise lines

 

What to know about discounts

 

Re-positioning cruises: a great way to save money.

 

Want to attend Mass before or after your cruise? Check this out

 

Here is an interesting port guide…not necessarily Catholic, but great information.

 

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