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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. Attending Mass while on a cruise may be a challenge….or not, depending upon the particular cruise itinerary.

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.

1. Ocean cruises: Cruises on Holland America with priest on boardNot 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.

Check out Select International for cruises with Catholic priest and daily Mass.




Barge cruises an easy way to travel3. 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.

These are converted barges that now rival luxury hotels….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


Why use a travel agent?


What to know about discounts


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


Best travel insurance for cruises




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