Marriage at Sea

1-You are limited to a handful of cruise lines, due to legal limitations that are based on the ships country of registry.

2-Only 7 lines perform weddings at sea. Princess, Norwegian, Celebrity, Cunard, Pullmantur, Royal Caribbean & Azamara.

3-Only certain ships on these lines perform “at sea” ceremonies.

4-Will the ships Captain be performing the ceremony? Not always. Most lines hire officiants with a variety of credentials, religious and otherwise, to come on board.

5-If your ship doesn’t offer a sea wedding, an alternative is to have your wedding aboard ship while it is docked in a port. Most lines offer this option. In port, clergy and guests can come aboard for the wedding and after-party, then debark before the ship sails.

6-Another option is to cruise to a destination and have your ceremony at a shore side location.

7-Full wedding planning service and an on board wedding coordinator is available on most ships. Professional services such as photographers, cakes, fresh flowers, beverage services and entertainment are also offered by most lines.

8-Outside services are not permitted. Choose from what your cruise line offers. Arrange for an outside officiant if you wish.

9-If your friends and family are joining you to celebrate, generally parties of 16 or more benefit with a discount.

10-A wedding at sea costs as little as $7,800. Including your honeymoon, it is a lot less than the cost of a traditional one.

11-Contact the relevant government officials or a cruise line wedding coordinator for marriage  license requirements and fees.

 

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