Weddings at sea boost cruise holidays
There can be more to a cruise holiday than simply seeing the sights; Azamara Cruises and Celebrity Cruises are now offering couples the chance to get married at sea.
Celebrity Cruises has offered vow renewals at sea and in-port weddings for a number of years, but following the re-registration of seven of its cruise ships in Malta where Azamara Cruises two ships are also now registered is now able to offer legal marriages at sea performed by the ships captain.
"While many of our guests come onboard seeking a once-in-a-lifetime wedding or vow renewal location, and weve been happy to provide them with in-port weddings led by a local official, their number-one request is for captains to perform the ceremony. Now, were able to fulfill that wish, while sailing the open waters of the world, says Azamara Cruises and Celebrity Cruises Vice President of Hotel Operations, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
Couples will be able to choose from a variety of packages for their wedding at sea, with basic packages for weddings performed by the captain starting at $2,500. Azamara and Celebrity Cruises advise booking well in advance to allow time for licenses and other legal documents to be processed.
P&O Cruises has been offering weddings at sea on five of its cruise ships since April 2006 and this novel way of tieing the know is gradually becoming more popular. In the first year 184 couples got married at sea, but by April this year P&O says more than 250 couples will have been hitched at sea. US based cruise company Princess Cruises also offers weddings at sea.
Written by: Nick Purdom
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