Stella Maris cruise chaplains provide cruise companies with a spiritual and pastoral service.
Cruise ship crew often work long hours. Many go without the sacraments for months at a time. For many crews, the presence of a priest on board brings great comfort.
Stella Maris has a team of cruise chaplains mainly deployed at Christmas and Easter. They are on board for the benefit of passengers and crew, but their priority is the crew.
Our cruise chaplains offer spiritual and pastoral support including hearing confession, celebrating Mass, and offering prayers. They also provide a link to our network of global port chaplains who can support seafarers further if needed.
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