Church-based Theme Cruises Thriving (part 3)

| August 11, 2008

Now you can have "church" even while on a cruise -- faith-based cruising offers a way to solidify the congregation by cruising together on the high seas.

Inspiration Cruises and Tours Inspiration Cruises and Tours offers a wide range of opportunities for Christian travel. They run both land tours and cruises, and some of their upcoming offerings include:

  • Holy Land Tour with Calvary Chapel San Jose's Dan and Mike McClure -- February 16 to 26.
  • Turning Point Ministries Caribbean cruise with Dr. David Jeremiah on Holland America's newest ship, the ms Eurodam on January 3 to 10.
  • Gaithers Homecoming Caribbean cruise onboard Holland America's Westerdam on February 22 to March 1. Gaithers Homecoming cruises are extremely popular and are held several times a year.
  • The Heritage Singers Christian Music Cruise to the Caribbean on the Crown Princess, March 22 to 29.
  • Precept Ministries cruise to Canada/New England with highly popular Christian authors and speakers Kay and Jack Arthur onboard Holland America's Maasdam, this September 13 through 20.
  • Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center's Empress of the North Riverboat cruise on October 25 to November 1 of this year.

Other Types of Religious Cruises While this article has focused on Christian cruising, there are plenty of alternative spiritual cruises as well. Just as with secular organizations, religious and spiritual groups of all types enjoy getting away with others who share their beliefs and values. These cruises are designed to educate and entertain, by bringing along popular leaders and entertainers, as well as providing ample opportunities for networking. Sometimes these cruises even raise money for worthwhile causes through donations. For example, as part of their group amenities program, Holland America Line will donate a certain amount of money per group cabin booked toward the chartering company's designated charitable cause. This cause can be anything from a local church to a national ministry effort.

Cruising with a Purpose is the catch phrase applied to religious cruising today. For most people who have been on cruises with their church or some of the national religious organizations, it's just a great way to fellowship with other believers, enjoy some good solid teaching and preaching, and listen to some great spiritual music. And, in the final analysis, isn't that what cruising is all about? Having a great time with the people you love being with?

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