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Old December 25th, 2001, 01:31 PM
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On cruise ships do they have a priest on board who performs a catholic mass or do cruise lines shy away from this?..Any ifo would be appreciated.
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Old December 25th, 2001, 02:37 PM
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Hi, Frank ...

I'm not Catholic, so don't pay a lot of attention to such things but I can recall several cruises on larger ships (I can't say ALL of them) where there was a Float-A-Priest aboard who offered Mass each day.

I just remember seeing it in the daily newspaper.

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Old December 25th, 2001, 04:05 PM
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Holland-America ALWAYS has a priest on board who says daily Mass. Celebrity has one sometimes. I haven't encountered one on RCCL or Carnival, but I've taken fewer cruises on these lines.
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Old December 25th, 2001, 08:04 PM
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Pam....I like that "Float-a-Priest" ...brought back memories....in Vietnam we called him "sky pilot".
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Old December 26th, 2001, 12:25 AM
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I was on the Ocean Princess in October and they had a Mass Saturday night by a Monseigner and a priest ... never saw anything about a daily Mass. I've heard that priests can travel free but have to provide their own transportation to the ship so it has kind of depended if there were a priest on board. I was on the Splendour of the Seas (RCL) last year and there wasn't a Mass - just a non-denominational gathering on Sunday.
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Old December 26th, 2001, 08:33 AM
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In Carnival materials they do say for holidays they have priest/clergy aboard for religious services.
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Old December 26th, 2001, 10:19 AM
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I'm one of them!
Leaving tomorrow for HAL's Zaandam.

I know HAL usually has a priest on board for daily Mass. I was on Celebrity's Summit after Thanksgiving for same. I know Celebrity wants to take a priest on their cruises, but clergy availability is sometimes difficult.

I'm thinking of going on another cruise in June maybe, and then again next fall.
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Old December 26th, 2001, 10:27 AM
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does it count if you attend two masses the week before so you can miss one on the cruise ?
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Old December 26th, 2001, 11:37 AM
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Traditionally one does not have to Mass at all if travelling. The interesting question is that of going if offered on the "premises"..All the cruises on which I have been that had a priest aboard offered Mass every day, which makes sense since Roman Catholic priests celebrate Mass daily. JP
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