Retreat at Sea 2023 Documents

AUTUMN Sept. 23–30, 2023



OceanReady Instructions.  Very important; please read.  Then, download the Princess Cruises MedallionClass app to your cell phone.

Princess Cruises Steps to Become Green Lane Ready PDFAdditional step-by-step directions in preparation for a quick and smooth check-in at the port.  You may skip Step 3 as final payment will already have been made.  For Step 4, this is for those of you who wish to make dining reservations other than with our group at 5:40 p.m. in our standing-reservation.  You may join us at any time; you don't need to make a reservation.  Lastly, disregard in Step 8 where it indicates you need to provide proof of vaccination, proof of negative test, and masks.  THOSE ARE NOT REQUIRED!  That form has not been updated since 9/21.

NOTE:  If you use the web version (in the Cruise Personalizer) of the MedallionClass app, you will be able to complete most all the information required, EXCEPT taking a security photo; you will need to do that at the pier when you check in.

→ Princess Cruises 2-minute video on the MedallionClass app

Princess Cruises' Cruise PersonalizerAdd flights & transfers, book shore excursions, shop activities and services, access the Web Version of the MedallionClass app, etc.

Princess Cruises Arrival and Departure PDFStep-by-step directions for selecting arrival and departure times

Princess Cruises Dine My WayStep-by-step directions for making onboard specialty restaurant dinner reservations (for additional cost). NOTE: This is optional. You may dine with our group in a reserved section of the Dining Room each evening for no additional cost (we will be assigned a reservation time closer to sailing).

FAQs: Onboard ExperienceAnswers most all questions you may have and many you didn't think to ask.

Emerald Princess.  Check out your stateroom location, and learn about the ship.

Travel Documentation Requirements PDFPrincess Cruises details documents you must have to travel.

Military Personnel Benefits Request form PDF. Active, retired and honorably discharged personnel receive $100 onboard spending credit!

Princess Vacation Protection descriptionThe standard coverage (8% of the base cruise fare) is included in your travel bundle (optional: you may upgrade to the Platinum coverage at 12% of the base cruise fare). NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Princess Vacation Protection is no longer offered to residents of NY. You are welcome, and ENCOURAGED, to purchase other travel insurance, such as Travel Guard or Allianz.

Tips on What to Pack for a Cruise and Dress CodeSelf-explanatory.

Princess Cruises Passage ContractThe legal stuff.

Cruise Port Parking InformationBrooklyn Terminal.  For those of you driving directly to the port.
Overnight Rate - $45.00 USD per night (effective April 1, 2023)

Port Address
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Pier 12
Brooklyn, NY 11231

For GPS Use Only
72 Bowne Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Distances and Taxi Information
From/To: LaGuardia Airport/Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Distance/Time: 18-20 miles / 1 hour, 15 minutes
Taxi Fare: $35-$40*

From/To: John F. Kennedy Airport/Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Distance/Time: 20 miles / 1 hour, 30 minutes
Taxi Fare: $40*

From/To: Newark Airport/Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Distance/Time: 18-20 miles / 1 hour, 30 minutes-2 hours
Taxi Fare: $55* (meter plus surcharge)

LGA (La Guardia) is the recommended airport.

*Please note: prices listed above are approximate, in local currency, and subject to change.


GENERAL information

Apply for or renew a U.S. passport.

For those who wish to fly in to NY one day prior to embarkation day, following are HOTELS NEAR THE NEW YORK AIRPORTS (in order of recommendation by Princess Cruises).  You may still use the Princess Cruises airport transfer to the ship by returning to the airport on embarkation day.

Click here to see hotels in the area of LGA (La Guardia Airport).

Click here to see hotels in the area of JFK (John F. Kennedy International Airport).

Click here to see hotels in the area of EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport).

Using Cell Phones at Sea:  **CAUTION**, be sure to place your cell phones on "airplane mode" while onboard the ship, or you may return home to a big surprise on your next bill.  If you are logged in to the Princess MedallionNet WiFi, you may use it for onboard texting, and checking emails and videos (but not for phone calls and outside texting. Check with your cell phone service provider for details on costs).  The cost for WiFi is $105.00 for the week.  If you would like this package, you may purchase it through the MedallionClass app (click on "MedallionNet).  Or, it is included if you purchased the Princess Plus or Premium Beverage Packages.


RETREAT AT SEA information

♦  THE RETREAT AT SEA SCHEDULE. (TBD) Due to the port-intensive itinerary, so that retreatants may be able to spend time in ports and enjoy shore excursions, our daily retreat schedule (rosary, morning prayer, Mass and one presentation by Michael Voris) will be from 8:15 a.m. to approx. 11:30 a.m. each day.  We plan to have an optional Q&A session from 1–2:30 p.m. On Friday, the sea day, Michael will give an additional presentation. We are finalizing details with Princess Cruises; this information is subject to change.

(The retreat schedule may overlap with cruise ship and port activities in which you are interested. This is primarily a retreat; we understand, however, if you would like to take advantage of all the other possibilities on this trip. The presentations will be recorded and a link will be provided to you for viewing after the cruise should you miss any (a Premium subscription to Church Militant is required).  THIS SCHEDULE WILL BE PROVIDED ONBOARD THE SHIP.

♦  CHAPEL PRAYER & CHRISTIAN PRAYER BOOKS BUNDLE.  We will pray the Rosary, morning prayer and have Holy Mass beginning at 9 a.m. daily.  For morning prayer, we will be using the Christian Prayer book (aka breviary) and the CM Chapel Prayer Book, as we do each morning in the St. Michael Chapel here at CM (which is livestreamed, and in which you can participate by simply visiting our website at 8 a.m. & 4:45 p.m. ET M–F.)  If you wish to participate or follow along onboard, our CM store has bundled the 2 books for purchase.  We strongly recommend you order these well in advance of the cruise and bring them with you as we will have only a very limited amount with us.  (You may also purchase each book separately if you want only one.)  


Cruise check-in will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. and embarkation will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m.. 

Advance Check-In is available at 12:00 p.m. for the following Princess guests:

  • Guests with a Priority Boarding Pass (Platinum and Elite Princess Captain's Circle Members and Suite Guests)
  • Guests whose flights arrive prior to 10:00 AM
  • Guests booked on Princess pre-Cruise Cruise Plus hotel packages and/or Princess transfers

♦ DISEMBARKATION INFORMATION – If you have opted to use the airport transfers and provided your flight information before the cruise, you should receive the transfer tickets in your stateroom at the beginning of the cruise (placed near your phone, on the desk). If you are not using airport transfers, you will receive disembarkation / questionnaire information in your stateroom by the second or third day of the cruise.


Fun & Useful Information 

The following are not endorsed by St. Michael's Media, Church Militant or Veritas Cruises. These are simply provided for your information and consideration.

YouTube video: EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Princess Cruises Medallion in 2022 (12 minutes)

YouTube video: Everything Included on Princess Cruises in 2023! (17 minutes)

≈ YouTube videos: Emerald Princess Full Ship Tour

≈ YouTube video:  10 Cruise Ship Main Dining Room Tips (7 minutes)

≈ Travel accessories: Non-surge power strip for cruise ship

Travel accessoriesClear, vinyl luggage tag holders You will print onto regular paper your Luggage Tags through Princess Cruises. You can either fold and tape them onto your luggage handles OR you can use these very useful tag holders. They can also be found on Amazon in small quantities.

Travel accessories: Magnetic hooks These are very useful for hanging wet clothing, lanyards, etc. from the steel/metal ceiling or walls of a stateroom.

Travel accessories:  Ear plugs  Sensitive to sounds while sleeping, especially when traveling?  Consider soft, moldable ear plugs!  They can also be found at your local pharmacy.

Travel accessories:  Lightweight, folding luggage, carry-ons & packing cubes  Other packing cubes can be found here.  Tip:  compression packing cubes save space.

Travel accessories:  Airplane Pockets – Airplane Tray Table Cover | Seat Back Organizer & Storage for Personal Items

Travel accessories:  Casual, multipocket backpack

Travel accessories:  Dressy travel backpacks & totes