Retreat at Sea 2023 Documents

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PRINCESS CRUISES information

You may now print your TRAVEL SUMMARY and complete the CHECK-IN PROCESS by clicking here to access the CRUISE PERSONALIZERThe Travel Summary is just that; it will summarize ALL elements of your cruise reservation (not the Church Militant Retreat details).  Please print and bring it with you!  Note:  Baggage Tags will be available to PRINT on or after November 30, 2022.

→ Princess Cruises Ocean Ready pre-cruise checklist PDFStep-by-step directions!

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.

Princess Cruises 2-minute video on the MedallionApp

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. NOTE: For those participating in the Church Militant Hotel Package, select arrival time of 12:30 p.m.

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 the Michelangelo Dining Room each evening at no additional cost.

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

Ruby Princess Deck Plan.  Check out your stateroom location, Club Fusion (our welcome reception venue), Botticelli Dining Room (our daily meeting venue), Michelangelo Dining Room (our assigned dining room), etc.

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 description. The standard coverage is included in your travel bundle.

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

Princess Cruises Passage Contract. The legal stuff.

Galveston Cruise Port Parking information. For those of you driving directly to the port.

 

GENERAL information

Apply for or renew a U.S. passport.

 

RETREAT AT SEA information

Pre-cruise Hotel/Transfer Package: overnight in Houston (at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport; Saturday, Feb. 11); Mass Sunday morning; and coach bus transfer, including driver and dock porters' gratuities (who handle your luggage), to Galveston (Sunday, Feb. 12; depart at 11 a.m.). 

⇒  ALMOST SOLD OUT!  A very limited number of rooms are left in our group block.  Contact Carmen@VeritasCruises.com to inquire about availability.

⇒ DoubleTree at IAH Parking information. For those of you participating in the St. Michael's Media | Church Militant pre-cruise Hotel Package and who are driving, this site offers a discounted parking rate. (The hotel charges $8/day + tax.)

♦  The Retreat at Sea (Draft) SCHEDULE(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).

♦  CHAPEL PRAYER & CHRISTIAN PRAYER BOOKS BUNDLE.  As you may have noted from our Schedule (see above), 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.)  

♦  Church Militant is offering a limited supply of 2023 wall calendars with the theme of our Retreat at Sea!  (Well, very similar...the calendar theme is "The Life of Our Lord"; our Retreat theme is actually "The Life of Christ").  CLICK HERE to be directed to the Church Militant store.

 

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 2022 | Plus What Will Cost EXTRA! (16 minutes)

≈ YouTube video: Ruby Princess Full Ship Tour (13 minutes)

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

Travel accessoriesClear, vinyl luggage tag holders. You will print onto regular paper your boarding pass 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.