Cruise Chaplaincy

Apostleship of the Sea cruise chaplains provide cruise companies with a spiritual and pastoral service for both passengers and crew.

The emphasis however is on the welfare of the crew who work long and demanding hours, and go for months at a time without the sacraments. 

"For those who work long periods at sea, chaplains provide much needed support in the absence of friends and family.  They can comfort, reassure and offer spiritual guidance to those in need.” ~ Jo Utteridge, former dance captain and production manager on Costa cruise ships.

Apostleship of the Sea provides cruise chaplains to look after the welfare of cruise ship crew

Our chaplains' ministry

The cruise industry is booming, and more Britons are taking cruises. Yet for the staff on board life is not always so glamorous. Crew often work long hours and for relatively little pay. Many go without the sacraments for months at a time. For many crew, the presence of a priest on board brings great comfort.

  • AoS currently has a team of 25 cruise chaplains, mainly deployed at Christmas and Easter. 
  • Aos cruise chaplains are on board for the benefit of passengers and crew but their priority is the crew.
  • Our chaplains are there to offer practical and pastoral support including providing internet access, phone cards, hearing confession, saying Mass and holding communion services and offering prayers. Basically being a good friend to the crew.
  • Using AoS' network of global port chaplains, our cruise chaplains also provide a link to our port chaplains who can then assist should the need arise.

Cruise lines are realising that having a chaplain on board a ship can be of great benefit to both crew and passengers. Cruise chaplaincy is part of AoS’s broader work of supporting seafarers working on merchant and fishing vessels and also their families back home.

Our Cruise Chaplaincy News page gives examples of why our ministry with crew is so vital.

Who we work with

  • Carnival Cruises: P&O and Cunard

For enquiries please contact

To read our latest Cruise Chaplaincy Review then click here to download the pdf document.