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For some people having a place of worship is an important aspect of their day to day life, and this comes to the decision on which cruise or cruise line to go on. If you are on a land based holiday you could perhaps find a suitable place of worship, but at sea that is a little more difficult.
On some cruises there may be a non-denominational services offered by the ship, no services, a full Sunday singsong or even if in some circumstances a cleric is travelling they may offer to conduct suitable services on-board.
Hopefully, this guide will give you a starting point and remember when on ship check the daily program which will have the timings and information for the services available.

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Cruise LineSunday ServiceOther Religious Holidays
Azamara Club Cruises Yes Interdenominational services are held. During certain religious holidays, clergy maybe on-board to perform services.
Carnival Cruises Religious services will only be offered onboard if there are clergy sailing and wish to volunteer their services during their most holy days of Christmas, Easter, Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. No Sunday Service.
Celebrity Cruises No Services During certain religious holidays, clergy maybe on-board to perform services.
Costa Cruises All Costa ships have a Chapel where Catholic religious services are held.
Cruise & Maritime Inter-denominational No special services
Crystal Inter-denominational Jewish and Protestant services are available during major holidays, and Catholic services are offered on most cruises.
Cunard Ecumenical Service by the Captain or Staff Captain There will be Chaplain on each ship and services will be held accordingly. A Rabbi is on board for the four main Jewish festivals (Yom Kippur, Jewish New Year etc).
Disney No services During certain religious holidays, clergy maybe on-board to perform services.
Fred Olsen Christian service with prayers and readings During Christmas cruises, Easter cruises and World cruises there will be a Chaplain on board who will lead multi-denominational services
Holland America Line

Mass is held daily

Sabbath Eve is held each week

Inter-denominational serice on Sunday

A Rabbi is on board for High Holiday services

Inter-denominational service is conducted on appropriate religious holidays

Hurtigruten No Services No services, but subject to availabiliy if ship in port on Christmas eve, passengers and crew can visit local church and join service
MSC No Services No Serivces
NCL There is a small chapel on most ships No services
Oceania Non-denominational Non-denominational services at Easter and Christmas
P&O Cruises Ecumenical Service by the Captain or Staff Captain There will be Chaplain on each ship and services will be held accordingly. A Rabbi is on board for the four main Jewish festivals (Yom Kippur, Jewish New Year etc).
Princess Cruises Inter-denominational Guest Catholic and Jewish clergy onboard for Easter Sunday, Christmas, Passover and Yom Kippur. Catholic clergy will perform both Catholic and Protestant services when onboard.
Regent Non-denominational when possible
Royal Caribbean No Services During certain religious holidays, clergy maybe on-board to perform services.
Seabourn Non-denominational Christian services on most Sundays During cruises that coincide with certain religious holiday, ecumenical clergy will be aboard to conduct services.
Seadream No Services
Silversea Non-denominational

Catholic, Protestant and/or Jewish clergy will be onboard during

select holidays, when possible.

Star Clipper No Serivces
Thomson Mixed-faith Sunday Services available on most religious holidays
Windstar No Serivces

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