Measles-free, Scientology's cruise ship holds its annual 'Maiden Voyage' celebration - 2019-07-01
Sure, go ahead and laugh, you doubters. It's true that in May Scientology's cruise ship the Freewinds was a world-wide laughingstock when it was quarantined for a measles case and overnight became the symbol of our dumb era of anti-vaxx panic. And subsequently (and perhaps because of it?) the annual June "Maiden Voyage" week celebrating the anniversary of the ship's 1988 rechristening was pared down a bit from previous years.
But whatever odds were stacked against it, Maiden Voyage 2019 ended up being a totally amazing super-colossal big fat success, and we know that because the Church of Scientology's official press release says so.
"A weeklong religious retreat at sea, the cruise is a celebration of the highest levels of Scientology, when the most advanced Scientologists from across the globe gather for a midyear review of accomplishments and subsequently set their course for future expansion toward creating a better world," the church assures us.