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Cruise Retreat for Priests

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Cruise Retreat for Priests

Finding time to make your annual retreat and take your vacation gets more difficult each year. Why not make a retreat that also feels like a vacation? 

2012 Cruise Retreat Group

Stay tuned for details of our upcoming 2020 Cruise Retreat!

Cruised to the Bahamas from Miami, October 1 - 5, 2018

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates has been conducting Cruise Retreats for Priests since 2007. For 2018, a four-night Bahamas cruise retreat from Miami was planned.

Many priests joined at this retreat at sea aboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas as Fr. Jim Deiters offered "Lectio Divina for Preaching and Presiding: Praying into the Words by which We Live."

Daily Mass, retreat conferences, group prayer and dining are all part of your retreat at sea. The ship's amenities, group interaction and ports of call add to the experience.

4-Night Bahama Cruise, Roundtrip from Miami, Florida, on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas


Monday, October 1, 2018
Depart Miami, Florida at 4:00 PM EDT
Evening - Opening group meet-and-greet, prayer and dinner


Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Arrive Nassau, Bahamas at 8:00 AM. Depart 11:59 PM.

Morning retreat conference and Eucharist
Evening prayer
Group dinner 


Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Arrive Cococay, Bahamas at 7:00 AM. Depart 5:00 PM.

Morning retreat conference and Eucharist
Evening prayer
Group dinner 


Thursday, October 4, 2018
Day at Sea 

Morning retreat conference and Eucharist
Evening retreat conference and prayer
Group dinner


Friday, October 5, 2018
Arrive Miami, Florida at 7:00 AM EDT 

Deiters Fr Jim

Father Jim Deiters, a priest of the Diocese of Belleville, IL, has a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN, and a Master of Divinity from Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.

Ordained in 1991, he has been pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish since 1996. He also serves in the diocese as a consultant to the bishop and is the chair of the diocesan committee for priestly formation.

On a national level, he served for 15 years on the board of NOCERCC, a national organization that works for the ongoing formation of priests. He has produced sacramental articles and videos for Liguori Publications in St. Louis, MO. In his local community, he serves on the board of HSHS St. Elizabeth Hospital in O'Fallon, IL.

Fr. Jim serves as a presenter at various workshops for the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates, teaching courses for newly ordained priests and newly appointed pastors. He has been a member of the IPP Advisory Board since 2011.

Note: The registration deadline for the October 2018 Cruise Retreat for Priests has passed. Check back for information on the 2020 Cruise Retreat.


Pricing Options

Oceanview Balcony Stateroom 

  • Single occupancy:  $1,360

  • Double occupancy:  $930 per person

Included in the Price

  • 4-night cruise on Royal Caribbean's "Mariner of the Seas"

  • Daily Mass and prayer

  • Daily retreat conferences with Father Jim Deiters 

  • 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: $550 per person due with registration

  • Double-occupancy stateroom: $450 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.

  • 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

Registration and deposit to IPP deadline - June 3, 2018 - DEADLINE HAS PASSED

Final Payment due to IPP - July 2, 2018

Cancellation and Travel Insurance

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

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

  • July 24, 2018 - September 1, 2018: $200 penalty per person

  • September 2, 2018 - September 23, 2018: 50% of cruise rate per person

  • September 24, 2018 - October 1, 2018: 100% of cruise rate per person

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


Call (800) 357-8477 to register by phone or contact the Institute by E-mail: