Christian Cruise Latest News May 2015

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image009Thank you to all those who were part of the recent Easter Christian Cruise to the Azores. It was certainly one of the most successful with passengers commenting on; “Dana`s amazing concerts”; “Tony Vino`s very funny Celebrity Just A Minute”; “Pam Rhodes uplifting Songs of Praise featuring passengers stories and Dads Army`s Frank Williams hilarious evenings.”

A last minute addition was Electric Light Orchestra star David Scott-Morgan with his wife Mandy, who gave us an evening of their million selling hits along with a fascinating Life Stories Interview about work and faith in the world of pop. They also helped us in our Easter worship, as did Dana`s MD Gerry, his son Robert, passenger Bernard and the ships orchestra.

unnamedOver 130 passengers joined us for the first Christian Themed welcome meeting in the Calypso Show lounge, and the main Easter services had over 200 and the Songs of Praise played to a packed theatre of over 300. One passenger who was not on the Themed part of the cruise told me he was an atheist but was enjoying the fantastic atmosphere on board.

Many passengers said that they found Very Rev Andrew McLelland`s daily reflections “…very, very inspiring, and Rev Pam Clark`s Communion Services were really moving.” Rev Andrew organised Easter Morning visits to local churches, always so encouraging to meet local Christians, and it was wonderful to be able to use the beautiful, but tiny chapel on board ship for one of the more intimate services, as it hadn’t been used for some time. Rev Andrew and Rev Pam were also able to meet pastorally to chat and pray in private with individuals. Something I know was very much appreciated for several passengers facing difficult times back home.

At the farewell meeting I said a big thank you to Cruise & Maritime Voyages who had shown their belief and support in hosting the Christian cruise once again, and to the Captain and his crew who had looked after us during our two week adventure together across the waves.

I will be posting more pics on our Gallery Page of the web site, including any that you would like to send me which I will try and squeeze in!

I hope to have news of a further Christian Cruise for 2016 soon.

In the meantime, may you experience the words of this special prayer that we used during our cruise:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.