Are you thinking of reserving a cabin for this cruise? All you need is to put $50 down (which is refundable until March 16th!) to reserve your cabin! Also, this is not limited to just alumni! Invite your adult friends and family too!


We’ve been wanting to do a ministry vacation for a long time. This will be a great time to see God’s beautiful nature, enjoy getting away together and to connect with one another and HAVE FUN!

Who is invited to join us? The Cross Ministry Group is the organizer, so all Men, Women, Couples at the Cross alumni are encouraged to come, but anyone is welcome to join us. We have decided that this is an adult only event.

Date: July 21 st to 28 th , 2019 (See the website below for Ship Departure time on the 21 st )

Departure City: Seattle, WA. (You will need a flight into Seattle – It is highly recommended you arrive in Seattle on Saturday, July 20 th and your flight back will be on Sunday the 28 th out of Seattle. We can organize some kind of get-together for Saturday evening in Seattle and give details about possible hotels, etc.)

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Ship: Norwegian Bliss   This ship is only a year old. It has a lot of great amenities on board – entertainment and fun things to do – even a go cart! Check out the website for details on the ship.

Minimum Cost: $1399 per person plus $246 in taxes = $1645 (double occupancy inside cabin) -- $3,290 for two people in a cabin. There are many more options but they go up from there in price. (Example: what deck you want to be on the ship, type of cabin, etc.) Your air fare to and from Seattle is not included.

This if for an inside cabin. The price goes up if you want to have an outside cabin or a balcony. Note: if you go on line you will notice that there is a lower price (by $100) which is what they call “sail away.” This has limited options for your choice of cabin and it has no add on amenities. You cannot get this price if you want to be a part of the group. 

Group Benefits that you will get with the above quoted price:
Each cabins get an extra amenities + on board credit. Your choice of 2 of the following: Ultimate Beverage package; 250 minute wi-fi package; Group cocktail party; $50 shore excursion credit per stateroom; specialty dining package; complimentary photo package (20 photos per stateroom); onboard credit to use on the ship. You get to choose from these what you want of the amenities.
We will also have access to a room for a daily gathering as a group for a brief devotional, teaching, connection time (whatever we decide to do as a group). These gatherings are optional.

We need at least 5 cabins of 2 per cabin to officially become a “group” and to get the extra benefits. You can have more than 2 per cabin and the 3 rd or 4 th person are $799 plus $245 tax each. If we have cabins of more than 2 per cabin, then the Cruise Line requires that we have 8 cabins before we get the group benefits. I imagine that there would be very few wanting more than 2 per cabin. They are very small!
Excursions: Every Cruise has excursions that are available to take when the ship docks in each port. These cost extra. Each cabin will have an excursion credit that you can apply to the excursion. Look on the link above for the possible excursions for this cruise. Note: If you choose to do the Skagway Railway excursion you will need to have a valid passport.


1.       Our Contact at Norwegian : Corey Rutch will be in charge of taking all reservations. Do not book through the website or through a travel agent if you want to be a part of the group. His direct phone number is:   954-514-4371 (He is on EST) PLEASE call him to reserve your cabin and for any questions. If you want to be a part of the group do not book on line.

2.       Put down a $50 deposit per person (two to a cabin). This money is fully refundable up until March 16th, 2019.  TELL COREY THAT YOU ARE WITH “THE CROSS MINISTRY GROUP.”

3.       Before March 16th you can cancel and get all of your money back. You can also change the person in your cabin (in case your original partner had a change of plans and you need to get another person). After March 23 rd, you cannot make a change of persons in your cabin. For more info on the cancellation date talk with Corey.

4.       There is travel insurance that you can purchase. Please contact Corey for details. 
I’m excited about finally getting to do this! I hope you can start planning today and make your reservation.

Please feel free to email us with any further questions you might have (which Corey could not answer).  Click here to email us.

Alaska here we come!

Bob Hudson
The Cross Ministry Group