We have mentioned previously that Apostleship of the Sea is an Apostleship of the Catholic Church that screens priests for cruise lines in order to be certain that they are truly Roman Catholic priests and that they are in good standing. There are also staffing agencies that provide this service, and our concern in the past has been that they may not be as thorough in checking out the priest as to his background and his standing with his Bishop or Provincial.
We recently had an email from a staffing company, Compass Speakers and Entertainment Inc. They stated that they provide priests to the following cruise lines on the following itineraries:
Azamara (Easter, Christmas)
Celebrity (Easter, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Holy Land, Christmas)
Crystal (all cruises..space available….so check with them in advance)
Cunard (QM2 all sailings; QE and QV Easter and Christmas only
Silversea (Easter, Christmas)
They went on to point out that their screening process is at least as thorough as that of Apostleship of the Sea, if not more so.
Bottom line: we feel that you can trust that the priests on these specific cruises are legitimate Roman Catholic priests in good standing.
We encourage priests to consider these cruises as well.