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Cruise with a Mission - Newsletter

December 3, 2014

Online Check-in Reminder


The deadline for online check-in is December 10. After this date you will be required to check in at the port, which may cause a delay in your boarding process.

Please have your travel documents (passport, air travel and emergency contact info.) available for check-in.

Check In Online

Contact and Arrival


If you need to contact us before the ship sets sail, please feel free to call 269-409-1045. You may also e-mail us through December 13.

After you arrive at the port and check in, look for the Cruise with a Mission welcome table inside. We will provide you additional information on where to go from there.

Packing List


It's time to start thinking about packing for our trip. View our packing list for suggested items.

Full Packing List

Onboard Dress Code: For regular meals, Holland America requires shirt and shoes. Jeans or shorts are not allowed in the formal dining room at any time.  There are two “formal nights” in the formal dining room and are usually our at-sea days (Tuesday and Saturday).  Gentleman must wear a jacket and tie to be admitted; ladies generally wear formal dresses or pants suits. Please note, walking through the carpeted hallways or dining areas in only a bathing suit is strongly discouraged (bring covering).

Service Projects


Most of our service projects have now been selected. Note that plans do change from time to time based on local needs, changes in the cruise line's schedule, or unforseen circumstances.  Transportation is provided to/from all sites, unless otherwise noted. Lunch is provided during all projects.

Pre-trip Service Project Registration

In an effort to allow for easier transportation arrangements, we ask that you choose your projects before December 10.  When space is full, we will need to place you in a different project; we appreciate your flexibility. Projects will be confirmed at our welcome social Sunday, Dec. 14, on-board.

Jamaica Service Project Summary | Current Weather

  • Mt. Edgecombe Church (20 people max)
    Prep and pour sidewalk
  • St. Ann's Bay High and Prep. School - Retaining Wall (25 people max)
    Remove and rebuild a retaining wall behind the school
  • St. Ann's Bay High and Prep. School - Anti-bullying/Conflict Res. (5 people max)
    Aristede Dukes, Pastor Ritchie Pruehs share with the older kids about how to deal with conflict and anti-bullying resources
  • St. Ann's Bay High and Prep. School - Children's Ministries (10 people max)
  • Exchange Community Church - Health Fair (20 people max)
    Those attending the health fair have already been selected.

Grand Cayman Service Project Summary | Current Weather

  • Bonaventure Boys’ Home (10 people max)
    Painting, decorating for Christmas party, pulling weeds, work in greenhouse, other yard work.
    Lunch and transportation to/from project provided.
  • Health Fair in Town (20 people max)
    Those attending the health fair have already been selected.
  • Non-profit Day Care / Thrift Shop (15 people max)
    Help child-care workers at day care, sorting and organizing in the thrift shop, participate in Christmas party. Volunteers here will switch back and forth between the daycare and thrift shop. May need to walk to return to ship (roughly 5-10 min.)
  • Cayman Adventist Academy (5 people max)
    Anti-bullying seminar with Aristede Dukes
  • Humane Society (12 people max)
    Clean cages, walk dogs (60), etc.
  • Francis Bodden Girls Home (12 people max)
    Paint 20 inside doors white, paint front outside wall, if time allows, tidy/organize a utility cupboard, fold sheets and put everything back in order.

Costa Maya, Mexico Project Summary | Current Weather

We are currently working on an option for Mexico. We will have additional information on-board the ship.