Retreat at Sea Winter 2024

 

THEME: "The Holy Spirit — Forgotten and Misunderstood"

Regal Princess – Seven-day Western Caribbean; Feb. 4–11, 2024

  

Round trip from Galveston, Texas
with three sea days and three port-of-call days in Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Roatán, Honduras

(Itinerary and other details, including prices, are subject to change.)

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(We will call you to obtain payment details.)

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**There are no requirements for masks, jabs or pre-cruise testing.**

Fares START AT $1,235 per person*, based on double occupancy (and current Princess Cruises promotion; may be reduced for Texas residents), and include all these bundled perks:

  • Seven-day Western Caribbean cruise on the Regal Princess (including all meals, snacks and coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade, and juice with breakfast. Optional beverage packages available — see below)
  • Government taxes, fees and port expenses
  • Princess vacation protection insurance (covers COVID). NOTE: Princess Cruises has ceased offering Princess vacation protection to residents of New York state.  As an alternative, they are offering the "At Ease Program" (see the retreat resources page for more details). Alternatively, you are welcome to purchase other travel insurance, such as Travel Guard or Allianz
  • Crew appreciation (aka prepaid onboard gratuities)
  • Princess Cruises round-trip airport transfers between Houston IAH and the pier on embarkation and disembarkation days ONLY (Houston HOU may be added later)
  • Welcome reception
  • Exclusive presentations by Dr. Jules Gomes, Bradley Eli, and special guest presenter, Y.G. Nyghtstorm
  • Daily Rosary, morning prayer, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Novus Ordo and TLM alternating), Eucharistic exposition and benediction (TBD)
  • Sacrament of confession
  • Spiritual direction
  • Communal dinner in our assigned section of the dining room
  • Q&A sessions
  • Minimum $25 per stateroom onboard spending credit (our group amenity)
  • Online link to the set of all conferences post-cruise (Premium subscription required)
  • Retreat at Sea 2024 customized tote bag, notebook and pen, name badge holder and lanyard

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Our retreat leaders

Bradley Eli, B.S., M.Div., M.Th.

Brad is Church Militant's senior producer. Raised in the great outdoors of Montana, Brad is at home with horses, camping and farm life.

He put his Petroleum Engineering degree to work in Alaska's oil field while enjoying Alaska's rugged outdoors. Catholic from birth, Brad then began devoting more time to reading the Bible, praying the Rosary and attending daily Mass.

At 26, Brad left his occupation in Alaska to follow a religious vocation with a third order Franciscan community in Connecticut. After receiving two master's degrees in theology, Brad taught high school math, science and religion in addition to helping run Catholic summer camps.

After 22 years, the third order community ended, so Brad began working as a writer and producer for St. Michael's Media. Three years later he married a devout Catholic, and God has blessed the couple with two sons.

After attending dozens of retreats over the years and having given many presentations on a variety of religious topics to people of all ages and walks of life, Brad is looking forward to helping transform your life by being a part of this 10th annual Retreat at Sea.

 

Jules Gomes, B.A., B.D., M.Th., Ph.D. (Cantab)

Dr. Jules Gomes is Church Militant's Rome correspondent. He is a biblical scholar, journalist and international speaker who earned his doctorate in the Old Testament from the University of Cambridge. The author of five books and academic articles, Jules has led retreats and seminars for clergy and laity in Britain, France, Israel, Italy, India, and the Isle of Man, and has spoken at international conferences with Tucker Carlson and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Dr. Gomes lectured in biblical studies, homiletics and Islam at Catholic and Protestant seminaries and universities and was canon theologian and artistic director at Liverpool Cathedral. He enjoys dovetailing art and classical music with Scripture and theology.

Jules graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature and completed two post-graduate degrees in theology with a specialization in biblical studies before completing his doctorate. He lives in Rome with his wife — a former lecturer in American literature and a radio producer — and a clowder (a bunch of cats)!

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NOTE: We are offering a Church Militant pre-cruise hotel package at a hotel near IAH, as well as a private group shore excursion in Roatan. Information will be provided upon booking. 

WE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AT THE LOWEST AVAILABLE PROMOTIONAL FARE PRINCESS CRUISES OFFERS AT THE TIME OF YOUR BOOKING.

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  1. Princess Cruises: FULL PAYMENT

  2. St. Michael's Media: $300 per person; included in fare quotes, charged separately

Princess Plus Package is optional for an additional $60 per person per day.

  • Plus beverage package (drinks up to $15 each, including specialty coffees, smoothies, bottled water, and 25% off bottled wine)
  • MedallionClass® wi-fi (one device per guest)
  • Crew appreciation (aka special services; value $16 per day)
  • NEW premium desserts (two per day)
  • NEW fitness classes (two per cruise)
  • NEW unlimited juice bar
  • Complimentary Medallion home delivery
  • Two casual dining meals per voyage, value $29.98
  • OceanNow delivery service activation: value $14.99
  • Express Green Lane embarkation

Princess Premier Package is optional for an additional $80 per person per day.

  • Premier beverage package (drinks up to $20 each, including champagne by the glass, specialty coffees, smoothies, bottled water, and 25% off bottled wine)
  • MedallionClass® wi-fi (up to four devices per guest)
  • Crew appreciation (aka special services; value $16 per day)
  • Unlimited juice bar
  • Premium desserts (unlimited)
  • Fitness classes (unlimited)
  • Photo package (unlimited digital + three prints)
  • Chance to win Princess Prizes
  • Two specialty dining meals per voyage
  • Casual dining meals (unlimited)
  • OceanNow delivery service activation, value $14.99
  • Room service delivery, value $5 per delivery
  • Reserved theater seating (for production shows only)
  • Complimentary Medallion home delivery, plus accessory
  • Express Green Lane embarkation

Dining

It begins in a little village or a big city or a tropical island. Our chefs travel from their homes to our ships, bringing family recipes and enthusiasm along with them. They create dishes served by crew members who love to tell stories of their own about where they're from and where they've been. They love to hear your stories too, because food brings people together, especially here.

Activities

Enjoy the views, exercise, read, socialize with fellow retreatants, check your emails on your personal devices or at the internet cafe, or just relax and enjoy time for prayer between our complete schedule of functions. Click here to learn more about cruise activities.

Kids, teens and family: Unique and immersive travel experiences, including more time in more ports, Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ shore excursions, and award-winning onboard programs have earned Princess the distinction of "best cruise line for multi-generational family travel" in the Porthole Cruise Magazine 2018 Readers' Choice Awards.

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Reserve Collection mini-suite from $2,095 per person; mini-suite from $1,645 per person

Add an element of luxury to your stay Choose a luxurious mini-suite with a balcony that is substantially larger than a balcony stateroom and receive a complimentary "welcome" glass of bubbly. Mini-suites include a separate sitting area with sofa bed and two flat-panel televisions. For families or groups needing a little extra space, mini-suites offer an appealing and affordable option. Reserve collection: a premium stateroom category featuring our best-located mini-suite staterooms, as well as the great amenities found in all mini-suites — plus premier dining benefits and luxurious perks. Each night, enjoy reserve dining, an exclusive dining area featuring expedited seating with no wait, additional menu options, dedicated wait staff and tableside preparations. Other amenities include priority embarkation and disembarkation, a complimentary one-time wine setup and so much more!

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Premium Deluxe balcony stateroom, unobstructed view from $1,585; deluxe balcony stateroom, unobstructed $1,420

Spectacular views from your room. Choose this enhanced version of a balcony stateroom with more space and a comfortable sofa bed. Enjoy a larger balcony with more room to view the beautiful scenery as you sail from destination to destination and take in the ocean breeze for a wonderful and romantic evening or morning. This stateroom also includes some of the amenities offered in a mini-suite stateroom.

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Standard balcony stateroom, unobstructed view from $1,420 per person

Front row seat for beautiful scenery. This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony and gives you more space than a standard stateroom. Enjoy your own private outdoor space with a table, two chairs and a relaxing view of the inspiring scenery surrounding you — whether a beautiful sunset over the ocean or a new city to explore. It's also perfect to enjoy cocktails before dinner or a leisurely breakfast.

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Interior stateroom: from $1,235 per person

Our most affordable option. These staterooms are the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Our most affordable option, featuring two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, closet and bathroom with shower.

**There are no requirements for masks, jabs or pre-cruise testing.**

Click here now to reserve your spot!

** $25 per stateroom onboard spending credit is an amenity for our group (other onboard spending credit may be available based on current Princess Cruises promotions).  

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If you have additional questions, email Carmen@VeritasCruises.com or call (248) 829-5078 (M–F, 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. PT) or VeronicaVance@ChurchMilitant.com.


*All quoted rates include per-person cruise fare based on double occupancy (with all meals on board); government taxes, fees and port expenses; Princess vacation protection insurance; crew appreciation (aka gratuities); roundtrip airport transfers between IAH and Galveston cruise port; and conference fees ($300 charged separately by St. Michael's Media but included in the quoted fares — cancellation fee per the schedule). Air travel, if necessary, is on your own and can be booked through Princess Cruises' EZ Air program. The fares are competitive, and payment is not due until cruise final payment.

Features offered by Princess Cruises:

  • Princess Cruises generously offers a $100 onboard spending credit for active, retired or honorably discharged veterans. Click here for the Military Benefits Request Form and details.

  • Reduced fare and other benefits for past passengers (Captain's Circle members). Note: Current promotions are often lower than the Captain's Circle membership fares.

  • Princess EZair® is quick, easy and a worry-free way to book air, featuring new lower prices and the flexibility to change your flight up until 45 days prior to departure with no change fee.† Princess EZair offers real-time, competitively priced flights that complement your cruise itinerary. It also offers late-arrival protection — something not offered by other major air booking websites. (Click here to learn more.)

 

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CONFERENCE CANCELLATION FEE SCHEDULE

Date of booking–Nov. 7, 2023: $50 per person ($250 per person refund)

Nov. 8–Dec. 9, 2023: $100 per person ($200 per person refund)

Dec. 10–Jan. 13, 2024: $150 per person ($150 per person refund)

Jan. 14–Jan. 25, 2024: $225 per person ($75 per person refund)

Jan. 26–Feb. 7, 2024: $300 per person (no refund)

 

CRUISE CANCELLATION FEE SCHEDULE