- Holland America still has a Catholic priest (placed by the Apostleship of the Sea) on all sailings.
- If you're willing to sail over the holidays, Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Azamara have priests onboard (these priests are also placed from the Apostleship of the Sea - no worries of sketchy, not-really-Catholic "priests" - yes, this has happened with other cruise lines).
- You could choose a cruise that has a Catholic theme or special Catholic host. Sometimes Catholic radio stations will host a cruise, as will Catholic authors.
- Along that same line, if you are looking for a luxury cruise, Crystal Cruises advertises "daily Catholic services on most cruises". They usually list the priest's name ahead of time with the notable onboard speakers. He is often a highly esteemed member of the clergy.
- Bring your priest with you! Often groups of church friends will bring along their diocesan priest. If your group is large enough, he can sail for free, providing a much-needed service and a vacation at the same time.
Holland America Prisendam
Catholics considering a cruise often ask about the availability of Mass (Sunday and daily) while on the ship. At one time most cruise lines provided priests for all sailings. Now most cruise lines only provide priests for cruises that sail over Christmas or Easter or cruises that are very lengthy (e.g. "world cruises"). There are still options, however, for Catholics that want Mass available.
Disney World just announced their Fall Homeschool Day - Oct. 9, 2013. It is titled "On With the Show". From their website, "Check out what it takes to be a part of a modern day production at Homeschool Days at Disney's Hollywood Studios".
How does this work? You can purchase special park tickets that allow your student (and a guardian if the child is under 12) to attend the Homeschool Day program. You can combine the homeschool program with other "Disney Youth Education Series - Independent Enrollment Option" programs and cover a couple of different subjects. The programs are very well done and the reduced ticket prices for the entire family are a nice perk.
Is this a good option for your family? The Oct. 9th date is a fairly non-busy time for Disney World. Sept. is even better, so if you really value low crowds, you may want to visit another time. Also, the ticket prices are not nearly as good as in years past (Disney seems to have figured out that some people were enrolling in the programs simply to get the cheap tickets) and as the time period coincides with fall break for many schools, there are probably not going to be any discount offers for the period (for example, most of September is included in a free dining offer). So, enroll in the homeschool days program if the topic really appeals to you, but consider visiting Disney at another time if you'd prefer an excellent value or lower crowds.
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Hi! I am Laura Arender, owner of Maris Stella Travel and Pixiedust Destinations (our Disney-specific website). I am married with 3 little(ish) sweeties (DS 11, DS 8, DD 6). I am at home in Nashville, but I love to help clients all over the US create fabulous, customized vacations.