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Cruise Information for Catholics

Cruises are hugely popular, and since most things are included, they provide a lot of “bang for the buck”.  And, of course, many of those going on cruises are practicing Catholics.

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?


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


Choosing the right cruise for you


Traveling with children (permission may be required)


Getting married on a cruise


 Comparing Cruise lines


Why use a travel agent?


What to know about discounts


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




Best travel insurance for cruises


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



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