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2015 Cruise Retreat - Western Caribbean

Finding time to take a retreat and get in some vacation days is becoming more and more difficult. Why not combine both into a cruise experience with warm, sunny ports of call?  Saint Meinrad's Institute for Priests and Presbyterates has conducted cruise retreats for priests since 2007. Join fellow priests in this unique retreat experience.

October 24-29, 2015
Reflections on the "Sermon on the Mount"
as a Handbook for Pastoral Ministry

Father Eugene Hensell, OSB

2014 Cruise Retreat photo

Photo of participants in the 2014 Cruise Retreat. Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, (front row, left) led the retreat, "Seeking the Horizon: Looking Beyond the Daily in Priestly Life and Ministry."

Princess Cruises: 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise, Roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on the Emerald Princess

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4:00 PM EDT

Fort Lauderdale lies along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the New River, 25 miles north of Miami. Its warm tropical weather attracts many people throughout the year to the city's six miles of beaches. Recreational watersports, fascinating museums, trendy restaurants and entertainment venues are the hallmarks of your departure point city.

Fort Lauderdale

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Day at Sea 

Emerald Princess exterior

Monday, October 26, 2015
Arrive Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 7:00 AM. Depart 4:00 PM.

The island of Grand Cayman contains a number of interesting places to shop and dine. For vacationers fascinated by rare Caribbean sites, Grand Cayman features aspects of unparalleled beauty. Those who visit this British colony will be entranced by the beaches and the numerous interesting locations to tour.

Grand Cayman

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Arrive Cozumel, Mexico 9:00 AM. Depart 6:00 PM.

Surrounded by thick tropical foliage on the island of Cozumel lie ancient Mayan ruins.The Spanish conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of this island while searching for gold. The waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Day at Sea 

Princess Cruise cabin

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Arrive Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00 AM EDT 

fr_eugene_color.jpgFather Eugene Hensell, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. In addition to parish work, campus ministry and college teaching, Father Eugene served from 1982 until 1996, first as vice rector of Saint Meinrad College and then as president-rector of both the College and the School of Theology.

Since 1997, Father Eugene has been engaged in fulltime retreat work, conducting biblical retreats and workshops for priests, religious, and laity throughout the country and in several foreign countries. He brings to this work over 35 years of teaching experience, as well as a strong sense of the Church's pastoral needs.

With his wide contacts among clergy, religious and laity, Father Eugene brings to his students a deep and sympathetic understanding of the challenges facing many facets of life in the contemporary Church.

Father Eugene has been a contributing writer for Weekday and Sunday Homily Hints, a service published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. He regularly contributes book reviews to The Catholic Biblical QuarterlyThe Review of Biblical LiteratureCistercian Studies and other scholarly journals. He also is an associate editor for The American Benedictine Review.

His retreat is titled, "Reflections on 'The Sermon on the Mount' as a Handbook for Pastoral Ministry."

Pricing Options

  • Single-occupancy oceanview cabin - $1,305 per person
  • Double-occupancy oceanview cabin - $1,005 per person

Included in the Price

  • 5-night cruise aboard Princess Cruise's "Emerald Princess
  • Daily Mass
  • Retreat conferences by Father Eugene Hensell, OSB 
  • Most tips

Not Included in the Price

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from pier (shuttle bus, taxi, etc.)
  • Travel/cancellation insurance
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Onboard purchases/charges


  • Single-occupancy stateroom: $600 per person due with registration
  • Double-occupancy stateroom: $500 per person due with registration
  • $100 of deposit is nonrefundable
  • To pay deposit by credit card, call Lea Ann Olinger, IPP administrative coordinator, at (800) 357-8477 (Visa and Mastercard only)
  • To pay deposit by check, mail to:

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
ATTN: Cruise Retreat for Priests
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Reservation and Payment Deadlines

  • Reservation deadline for group rate is June 15, 2015.
  • Only 18 cabins available at group rate.
  • Final payments due August 1, 2015.

Cancellation and Travel Insurance

Prior to final payment, individuals would incur only the $100 nonrefundable deposit.

After final payment, Princess Cruises cancellation fees apply. All penalties listed below include the $100 nonrefundable deposit:

  • Cancellation 74-57 days prior to sailing: $300 penalty per guest
  • Cancellation 56-29 days prior to sailing: 50% of cruise rate per guest
  • Cancellation 28-15 days prior to sailing: 75% of cruise rate per guest
  • Cancellation 14-0 days prior to sailing: 100% of cruise rate per guest

Cancellation insurance is available at an additional charge. For an insurance quote, contact Lea Ann Olinger, IPP administrative coordinator, at (800) 357-8477 or email

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