Thinking about a destination wedding? There’s a way to do it that’s fun, romantic, affordable and low-stress: marry your sweetheart on a cruise.
Cruising is already a carefree vacation, and it makes weddings carefree, too. Lots of cruise lines offer planning services and package pricing for weddings (and for symbolic ceremonies and vow renewals, too). Just step on board for a seamless wedding-to-honeymoon experience.
Here’s a look at wedding services offered by some popular cruise lines:
The captains of Celebrity Cruises’ ships can officiate legal and symbolic ceremonies: anything from an intimate shipboard ceremony for just the two of you to a shoreside ceremony with guests. You can also choose from a variety of add-ons, such as a welcome reception, a cigar-and-whiskey party or champagne and strawberries in your suite on your wedding night. Special feature: a fun “trash-the-dress”-style photo shoot.
Disney Cruise Lines’ “Fairy Tale Weddings" are especially suited to small, family-oriented ceremonies. You’ll enjoy the services of a wedding coordinator, and the ceremony will include fresh flowers, live music, a champagne toast and an elegant cake. The wedding couple even receives a $100 onboard stateroom credit and a romantic dinner in the ship’s adults-only alternative restaurant. Special feature: dress steaming to ensure the bride will look fresh and creaseless.
MSC Cruises ships that are based in North America offer a choice of onboard or shoreside wedding packages. Each provides a pre-cruise consultation, a wedding coordinator, a nondenominational officiant, music, a bridal bouquet and matching boutonniere, cake for two, a bottle of sparkling wine and photography. Shoreside weddings are available in a variety of Caribbean destinations; you can also marry on embarkation day in Miami or New York, which means more guests can celebrate with you before you sail away. Special feature: wedding photos on a dazzling crystal-studded staircase.
All of Princess Cruises’ ships offer "Tie the Knot" packages. You’ll have a wedding coordinator and lovely amenities, from music and flowers to cake and champagne. Do you want to be married by the captain, have rose petals scattered around you, hold a private reception for your guests, or be married on shore? Princess will work with you. Special feature: most Princess ships have dedicated wedding chapels.
For more married-at-sea ideas and options, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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