Get married on your cruise
What's more romantic than getting married while sailing around the Med, passing by a Norwegian Fjord or catching a glimpse of an Alaskan glacier and tying the knot onboard a luxurious cruise liner?
Having a wedding at sea is not only a romantic notion, but a reality. Your wedding could be taking place alongside the most stunning coastlines of Chile's fjords, beside the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean, Mediterranean or even crossing the Atlantic en route to your honeymoon. You can invite as many (or as few) friends and family as you wish and your wedding cruise can even be part of your honeymoon.
Another reason for having your wedding on a cruise ship is that every part of your special day can take place onboard. The dedicated cruise line wedding specialist will be on hand to make sure every last detail is covered. First of all, you can enjoy the idyllic ceremony in the ship's chapel where the ships Captain will guide you through your vows and legally marry you. Then you can enjoy a drinks reception in one of the lounges or decks onboard, before enjoying a sumptuous feast in the dining room of your choice. First we will find and book the cruise of your dreams, then we will discuss and book your wedding package.
Cruise weddings can also be incredibly good value, especially if your guests are paying for themselves. You can pay as little as £1,100 for the chapel, the flowers, the wedding planner, the ceremony and the official documentation.
Whether its taking over a small, intimate dining venue such as Sabatini's (Princess Cruises), with your closest friends, or taking over half a ship and filling one of the main dining rooms, there will be a ship and a venue to suit your every need. Your biggesst decision will be deciding where in the world to host your cruise wedding.
If you want to share the build-up and occasion with all of your guests then a four or five night mini cruise, Transatlantic cruise or even Caribbean cruise might take your fancy. If the whole family are joining the honeymoon then a 14 night Med sailing from Southampton, or a world cruise sector might be more appropriate.
Your wedding planner will arrange everything for you, they will book the venues for the ceremony and celebratory meal, as well as arranging the flowers. They can also arrange for the ship's patisserie experts to create a divine wedding cake, arrange for the string quartet to play your favourite songs during a champagne reception and organise the gents suit hire onboard if requested. They are there for you to use as much, or a little, as you wish.
So, what's included? This question is a bit like asking, how long is a piece of string? It depends on what you are after. The basic cruise wedding package usually includes the ceremony, official documents, the Captain to perform the ceremony, a wedding planner and the flowers.
Through your wedding planner (depending on the cruise line) you can add every conceivable extra you need. They will organise the suit hire, shirt and suit pressing, amazing floral displays, the cake and even the wedding breakfast. Your meal can be as fairytale or familiar as you wish, with limitations only coming from the ship's individual venues. You can organise pre-wedding meals, pre and post-ceremony drinks receptions and even family shore excursions to suit your needs. The sky's the limit.
The ship's photographers will document the full day for you, the onboard spa and salon staff will pamper and prepare you for the special day and the chefs, bartenders, waiters and musicians will look after the rest. The perfect wedding, all under one roof.
Most cruise lines offer the opportunity to get married onboard, though ships need Bermudan and Maltese registry to perform the ceremony at seas (hence why Cunard's ships now boast Hamilton, as opposed to Southampton beneath their flag).
So what's next? Well all you need to do is get on the phone to one of our cruise experts who will discuss your options and help you find the perfect cruise.