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Apostleship promotes cruise chaplains

Apostleship of the Sea organises awareness day at Westminster Cathedral to promote its cruise chaplaincy programme

By on Thursday, 7 October 2010

Cruise chaplains from the Apostleship of the Sea enjoyed an awareness day

Cruise chaplains from the Apostleship of the Sea enjoyed an awareness day

On Wednesday September 22, at Westminster Cathedral, the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) organised an awareness day to promote its cruise chaplaincy programme.

Seven priests who will be undertaking cruise chaplaincy over Christmas on P&O cruise ships met to discuss the benefits of their work and the possible difficulties they will experience at sea, especially over the Christmas period, which can be very lonely for seafarers away from family and loved ones.

For cruise chaplains, the focus of their work is centred on the crew of these ships, who are away from home for up to nine months, working long hours seven days a week. Often the crew are glad to have an independent ear to share their concerns and pray and celebrate the sacraments. Chaplains also celebrate Mass for passengers and lend a friendly ear to all who sail.

In 2009 AoS provided 174 days of cruise chaplaincy free of charge. Its hope is to expand this over the next few years. Neil Oliver, P&O cruise director, was himself present and described the research done surrounding the needs of cruise ship crew, and the benefit P&O finds from having a chaplain on board for both passengers and crew. This supports the need for Apostleship of the Sea to continue to provide cruise chaplains and to further extend its outreach.

There has been a continual growth in the number of people in Britain opting for cruises. In 2009 the figure was more than 1.5 million, and these numbers are expected to continue to grow despite recession.

The Apostleship of the Sea, AoS, is a registered charity and an agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, and Scotland. It is wholly reliant on voluntary donations to continue its work.

Ninety per cent of world trade is carried by ship, and some 100,000 seafarers visit British ports each year. They are commonly away from home for nine to 12 months at a time, suffering loneliness, depression and even exploitation. They also have to work in gruelling and often dangerous conditions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tristan-Hemmes/100000467258190 Tristan Hemmes

    It's the kind of charity I love the most.

  • MICHAEL A. WILCOX

    It was my unfortunate experience as a cruise passenger on QUEEN MARY 2, recently, to have been denied a Priest and daily mass by the ship line, and notified of same after we left port…there was a “new policy” put in place “a month before”….I spoke discreetly, to some crew members about the importance of practicing ones Faith, aboard, the especially long voyages.

    In sharing with them, about my experience, the crew members who would dare talk about this, they expressed the first shock at the way, my wife and myself were treated, and personal regret of the loss of this special situation, on board, to have a chaplain onboard.

    Here is that “new policy”…

    Will I be able to attend religious services?Although we do not have a chapel aboard any of our ships, the Captain or Staff Captain will hold an Ecumenical Service each Sunday. This usually takes place in one of the theatres on board. For religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas, we also have a Chaplain on each of our ships and services are held accordingly.However, it is also a common occurrence for passengers of the same faith to organise their own services on board, if the numbers are great enough, and the times and location for any such services are then advertised in the ship’s daily newspaper.There are occasions when a priest may be travelling as a passenger on board who may offer their services. This would be an independent arrangement therefore cannot be confirmed in advance. Such services if and when available, will be advertised in the daily paper.
    http://www.cunard.com/FAQs/On-Board/ 

    FUNNY THING IS, on August 10, 2012, this policy was…

    P&O Princess Cruises International Limited operates as a subsidiary of Carnival plc….WHICH ALSO OWNS CUNARD LINE…and the Queen Mary 2.

    http://www.carnivalukgroup.com/ 

    WHY THE HYPOCRISY OF A “DOUBLE STANDARD”, FOR DIFFERENT CRUISE LINES, OWNED BY THE SAME plc COMPANY ?

    Maybe MICKEY ARISON can tell us WHY he is policy with CUNARD/ QUEEN MARY 2 IS DIFFERENT ?

    @Micky ArisonALSO….CONTACT PETER SHANKS, PRES. & DIR. OF CUNARD…
    peter.shanks@carnivalukgroup.com

    LYN DE ROSE, VP CUSTOMER RELATIONS, CUNARD LINE 

    lrose@princesscruise.com PHONE ( 661 ) 753-1876

    JOHANNA ROTH, MANAGER CUSTOMER RELATIONS, CUNARD LINE 

    jroth@princesscruises.com

    Phone (661) 753-1876 

  • MICHAEL A. WILCOX

    Here is a copy of the “new policy” for the QUEEN MARY 2…that is, as it was posted online,
    AUGUST 10, 2012…

    Cunard’s problem with it, was, they also had the “old policy”, online AT THE SAME TIME !

  • michaelaw1

    Here is how the QUEEN MARY 2 and CUNARD, shuffled us OFF our August 3, 2012, transatlantic cruise to Scandinavia AFTER 7 DAYS, INTO WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE A 25 DAY CRUISE ! 

    WHY DOES CARNIVAL UK/ plc have a “problem” with people of Faith ?

  • michaelaw1

    HERE IS HOW CARNIVAL UK/ plc “HANDLES” PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PRACTICE THEIR FAITH !

    REMEMBER IF YOU WANT TO STAY ON BOARD AND FINISH THE CRUISE YOU PAID FOR…”YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY DISCUSSION OF IT PUBLICALLY FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.” !