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.
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.
River cruises Much smaller ships designed for river cruising, maybe 20-100 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. 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!
Want to attend Mass before or after your cruise? In addition to the cities listed in various countries, there are a few chapels or churches located within or next to cruise ports. We are just starting this list so please give us suggestions if you have any.
Cruises: Advice for Catholic travelers