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Carnival Offers Service and Cultural Exchange Cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines is concerned about its new “Fathom” cruise ship that merges a cruise ship with social service and cultural exchange in nations such as Cuba and Dominican Republic. The cruise line has seen a lack of interest and is seeking to forge partnerships with churches and schools in order to make the Fathom ship profitable.
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  • Short Term Missions? Sometimes short term mission trips can take away work from local laborers and lead to attachment problems for children being served. Are there ways to mitigate this?
  • Missions or Cruise Ship? Should churches seek to partner with a luxury cruise line in order to serve others?
  • Healthy Missions: Mission trips often thrive when there are longer term relationships developed over time, could this opportunity support that or hurt that approach?
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