- 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.
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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.
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