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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.

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.

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!

Helpful Tips:

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?  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.

Italy Cruise Ports
Churches near the cruise port of Genoa

U.S.A. Cruise Ports
Catholic chapel in the port of Miami, Florida
Churches near the cruise port of Fort Lauderdale
Churches near the cruise port of Galveston, Texas
Churches near the cruise port of Port Canaveral, Florida

And here is a great port guide (not necessarily Catholic, but great information about many ports).

Cruises: Advice for Catholic travelers

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