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Re-positioning Cruises with a Catholic priest on board

Many of our readers like to go on cruises….they pack a lot of bang for the buck and are certainly popular.  One way to get an even better bargain is to take a re-positioning cruise.  When a cruise line wants to move a ship from one area to another (for example, from Alaska to the Caribbean) it does not want to sail an empty ship.  So it offers bargain rates to help fill up the ship for these one-way journeys.  

There are a couple of drawbacks and some benefits. One of the drawbacks is that they are usually more than 7 days, so you need to have more time.  The other is that you generally have more sea days and fewer port calls.  

On the other hand, you get all the usual entertainment and dining options as on any other cruise at what is often a bargain price.  And those sea days can mean more time to relax and unwind.

The opportunity to attend Mass while on your cruise is an added bonus.
The opportunity to attend Mass while on your cruise is an added bonus.

And, there are two cruise lines that promise a Catholic priest on board all re-positioning cruises.  You can attend Mass daily if you choose, and have the opportunity for Confession as well.

One is Holland America….and they have a priest on all of their cruises not just the re-positioning cruises.  The other is Royal Caribbean, which offers a Catholic priest on all of their re-positioning cruises.  

The benefits of a Catholic priest on board mean that the crew can attend Mass, go to Confession, etc. Something they are often unable to do for months at a time.
The benefits of a Catholic priest on board mean that the crew can attend Mass, go to Confession, etc. Something they are often unable to do for months at a time.

And, it is a great service to the crew members, who often spends months at sea with no opportunity for Mass or Confession.    Many of these crew members come from predominantly Catholic countries such as the Philippines and by your encouraging the cruise line to have a priest on board you are truly helping in the New Evangelization.

Here are just two examples that we found for 2015.  There are bound to be many more.  

Not sure why my spell-checker doesn’t like re-positioning…darn computers.  But then where would we be without them?  Happy sailing!

Photos courtesy Apostleship of the Sea

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