November 17th, 2013 - Angela-304987 said:
I just returned from a cruise to the Bahamas. You're going to have so much fun. Just don't forget to pack natural Ginger supplements, or some other type of seasickness prevention medication. Also, I REALLY wished I had packed Emergen-C, or some other kind of Vitamin C supplement or Zinc supplement, and I really wish I had brought bandaids!
October 2nd, 2013 - Larry-1530 said:
Just found this cruise. I was at NCSC Philly this past weekend, and I'm super charged right now. NCSC is sponsored by CM, and it is the "Super Bowl of Catholic Singles events". 400-500 singles in attendance. Fantastic weekend! Anyway, I was checking to see if CM sponsored a cruise. Slobhan---thanks for all your work to put this together! I can see from the comments that CM is not organizing it.
I am already signed up for the cruise with Ave Maria Trips (the following weekend). I would be interested in a CM cruise in the future if 1) it wasn't during Jan 22 (important day for pro-lifers), and 2) a priest was on board. The AMT cruise this year was like a floating retreat. We had a priest, daily Mass, daily adoration, and plenty of time for fellowship.
August 18th, 2013 - Carole-828165 said:
I just saw an ad in travel section of Florida Catholic of Miami. I am a member of Catholic Match. Today the last day to sign up according to the ad. Is it already closed out? I am interested in getting some information, will need a roomate, and interested in pricing for the balcony cabin. Thank you .
July 19th, 2013 - Siobhan-367630 said:
Sara - were you aboard during Lent? They do carry priests then, and also on all cruises marketed as Holy Land cruises. I got my information directly from Celebrity. Here is their word for word answer on the subject:
Catholic Mass: A Roman Catholic Priest will conduct daily mass during Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day.
Holy Land Voyages: A Roman Catholic Priest will conduct Daily and Sunday Mass during each Holy Land cruise. A Jewish Rabbi or Cantor will conduct Friday evening Shabbat Service during each Holy Land cruise.
July 4th, 2013 - Joe-527927 said:
If there is someone from the Diocese of Miami who is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist attending the cruise you could bring the Blessed Sacrament for use in a Eucharistic Service. That is done fairly often in places like Yosemite that often do not have a priest on duty.
June 20th, 2013 - Siobhan-367630 said:
The lack of a priest on board was addressed previously in the comments on this event. You can scroll down to read that. The only up that I can give is that not a single person has emailed me saying that they would chip in towards an additional fare for a priest. As you know, CM does not plan or have anything to do with these events. They are all posted/driven by members or former members. So, if there are enough current members interested in a future cruise where there is definitely a priest on board, then maybe one of you could start a discussion thread in the appropriate forum and start planning.
June 15th, 2013 - Jaye-338544 said:
I'm surprised this event is being sponsored with the knowledge there will be no Mass. I believe the information that the obligation to attend Mass is automatically dispensed is incorrect because you know in advance no Mass will be available it is avoidable in other words choosing to go on the cruise when you know Mass is not available is freely choosing not to attend Mass. Maybe the group could ask a priest to join them so that Mass would be available to all on board who would like to attend this could be a great witness to the cruise line as well. In the future maybe a cruise line which makes Mass available onboard or on shore would be a better choice for a Catholic Match cruise. I respect the effort involved in coordinating this event I hope you will prayerfully consider how to provide Mass.
April 11th, 2013 - Siobhan-367630 said:
I just spoke with our travel agent and the 123 Go promotion that ends on Monday is NOT likely to be extended or reactivated in the future for this cruise. She is 99% sure it will be gone after Monday. If you are intending to book by Monday and have not emailed me to get the registration forms, please do so today. Right now 10 ladies have signed up for the cruise. I'll be editing the attendance so that you can see which CM members have signed up. Many of those who have signed up are former members though, so I can't display their profiles to you. If you email me, I can get you more information on who has signed up. Please include your Catholic Match member number in all correspondence. Thanks!
March 2nd, 2013 - Maureen-432687 said:
I won a cruise about three years ago. I almost didn't go when i discovered that there would be no Sunday Mass on the ship, and we would not be returning to Miami until Monday morning. I decided to go when I realized that we would be in the Bahamas on Saturday evening. The solution was easy: Go to Saturday night vigil Mass in the Cathedral after spending the day on the beach. It worked out perfectly!
February 19th, 2013 - Siobhan-367630 said:
Cathy - I think that you emailed me. I will be getting back to you very shortly on your questions.
Rebecca - we will have a mix of planned time and free time. Planned time will include dinner, worship time, and first day meet n greet. Also, I am sure that some attendees will choose some of the same excursions. We can also have additional planned time per attendee suggestions. Email me with any that you might have. We do have certain limitations with it being a cruise, but I will do my best to plan for the needs of the registered attendees.
February 18th, 2013 - Siobhan-367630 said:
Bryan, thanks for your comment. I'm not looking for anyone to pay my way. Some CM members who know each other outside of CM decided to go on a cruise and we thought it would be great to invite others along as well. The issue that I see with having people chip in to get a priest so that others *may* decide to go is that there are risks on both sides. There is no guarantee that anyone will actually chip-in the money, and there is no guarantee that if people do chip-in that it will definitely cause other people to sign up. There was a suggestion below that everyone chip-in $50. To cover a single-occupancy for a priest at $50 per, we'd need 42 people to agree to sign up and pay this $50. I am not against the idea or the feelings behind the idea, but in the most practical sense I see it as risky. Now, if 40+ people email me saying that they will definitely sign up and pay the extra $50 - then no problem - we can find a priest to come along.
February 17th, 2013 - Bryan-126638 said:
It takes a week spending time together to make a cruise worth it to me. I have been on weekend retreats land and sea where you spend time and money to go for a weekend which seems to short. So I think it is good to spend a week to pray, talk, and socialize together where we invest more time. If you get a priest you would draw more people that could in turn pay for his way and for Siobhan's way. I know some priests if you change your mind that have been on National TV and written some books that would go if their trips were covered with no other extra charge. This is the perfect way for couples also to meet who also have been emailing. I wish you the best. It is nice to see Catholic Match doing something that could possibly have a National and International draw.
February 16th, 2013 - Siobhan-367630 said:
Yes, the currency is US Dollars. Only one person has expressed to me concerns over not having the ability to attend mass on Sunday. The price is set by Celebrity, not by me, based on our group discount. If the majority of possible attendees were to email me expressing desire to chip extra money to get a priest on board, I would look into it.
February 15th, 2013 - Peter-277409 said:
I presume that the currency quoted is US$ ??
As there is no priest on board, and some people have decided to not travel due to this . . . . . . . why not increase the cost by $50-00 per person, use this as a contribution towards a fare for a priest, and take a priest with you on the cruise?
February 4th, 2013 - Siobhan-367630 said:
Cheryl - while I know that this cruise doesn't work for your schedule, I wanted to respond re double occupancy. We are pairing people up with roommates. We did this for the Holy Land cruise and it's done for other events where hotel is involved and it works out just fine. I went to CM Chicago and had never met my roommate before. So if people are flexible and kind, it can work.