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Can you get married on a cruise ship?

Can you get married on a cruise ship?

Getting married on a cruise ship is an unforgettable way to cherish your special day. With all the ingredients for a first-class destination wedding. From the luxury venue to the exceptional food. All with a backdrop of the world’s most captivating destinations.

Whether you wish to get married in the amber glow of sunset, on the pristine white sands of the beach or while gliding through the magnificent ocean waters, many cruise lines have a wedding package to offer.

Picture saying “I do” surrounded by the sway of the ocean and the laughter of your loved ones. 

Why Choose a Cruise Ship Wedding?

The allure of a cruise ship wedding lies in its combination of romance, luxury, and adventure. With onboard amenities ranging from gourmet dining to world-class entertainment, a cruise ship offers everything you need for a dream wedding and honeymoon in one.

Many cruise lines offer weddings onboard their cruise ships, these include: Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises.

Legal Considerations

Before you embark on your journey to wedding bliss, it’s essential to understand the legalities involved in getting married on a cruise ship. The requirements can vary depending on factors such as the cruise line, the ship’s location, and your nationality. 

Couples should book their wedding packages in advance to allow time for the processing of marriage licences and legal documents. Cruise lines insist all documentation should be completed and submitted before boarding, this needs to be done at least 90 days prior to embarkation.

In order to make sure your wedding on board or on shore is legally binding, you’ll need to secure a marriage licence first. This should be done with the country in which you wish to be married. 

For example, if you wish to get married while the ship is in the Bahamas, you need to first obtain a marriage licence from that country. To get married in a U.S. port, you only need a marriage licence from that state.

If you decide to tie the knot at sea while sailing in international waters, you will be required to obtain a marriage licence from the country in which the ship is registered.

Thankfully, many cruise lines have a Marriage Licence Coordinator onboard. They can assist you with all the details and paperwork required to have a legal wedding both on board or in the country where you ultimately choose to hold your ceremony.

Same Sex Weddings

While many cruise lines now offer wedding packages that accommodate same-sex couples. It is essential to do thorough research and have communication with the cruise line to ensure a positive and inclusive experience.

It is important to note that policies may vary depending on the cruise line and the laws of the country or region where the ship is registered. While same sex couples can marry in most countries in the world, many countries still do not allow it.

Meaning therefore same sex couples can marry on the ships such as Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises. This due to the ships being registered in Countries where same sex marriage is legal.

Destination Delights

One of the most exciting aspects of a cruise ship wedding is the opportunity to choose from a wide range of stunning destinations. 

Whether you dream of tying the knot on a sun-kissed beach in the Caribbean or amid the breathtaking scenery of Alaska, there’s a cruise itinerary to suit every couple’s taste and style. 

From historic cities to tropical paradises, the world is yours to explore as you embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Tailored Experiences

One of the joys of planning a cruise ship wedding is the ability to customise every aspect of your special day. 

From choosing the perfect ceremony location to selecting floral arrangements and menu options, the possibilities are endless. 

Whether you prefer an intimate ceremony with just a few close friends and family or a grand affair. The experienced wedding planners onboard will work tirelessly to bring your vision to life.

Many cruise lines offer wedding packages which include all of the details you will need for your special day.

For example, *P&O offer a wedding package which includes:

  • Pre-cruise wedding planner
  • On-board wedding planner
  • An elegant, private ceremony venue
  • The captain to conduct your ceremony^
  • Priority check in when embarking in Southampton for the wedding couple
  • One- or two-tier wedding cake
  • Couple’s breakfast in bed the following morning
  • Pre-recorded ceremony music
  • Champagne for toasting
  • Complimentary bridal hair and make-up
  • Bridal bouquet and groom’s buttonhole
  • Dinner for the couple at a speciality restaurant
  • A commemorative certificate signed by the captain
  • Complimentary pressing of the couple’s attire

Guest Experience

Inviting your loved ones to join you for a cruise ship wedding ensures that your special day is truly a celebration to remember. 

Not only will your guests witness your marriage in a breathtaking setting, they’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the amenities onboard.

From gourmet dining experiences to thrilling shore excursions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

There are certain occasions when guests can board a cruise ship and celebrate your wedding with you even if they aren’t passengers.

Non-sailing guests are allowed to attend events onboard, however there are some restrictions. One being, your wedding ceremony and reception have to take place in embarkation ports on sailing day. 

Unforgettable Celebrations

A cruise ship wedding isn’t just a one-day event, it’s a multi-day celebration filled with love, laughter, and adventure. 

From welcome parties to farewell brunches, you’ll have the opportunity to create unforgettable memories. Imagine creating these moments with your family and friends as you sail into your new life together. 

Imagine dancing under the stars, savouring gourmet cuisine, and soaking up the beauty of exotic ports of call.

Professional Support

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but with a cruise ship wedding, you’ll have a dedicated team of wedding planners. These planners and coordinators will be by your side every step of the way. 

From the initial consultation to the day-of coordination, your wedding planners will be there. They’ll handle all the details so you can relax and enjoy your special day without a worry in the world. 

With their attention to detail, you can rest assured that your wedding will be everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Setting Sail into Happily Ever After

Cruise ship weddings offer couples the opportunity to begin their journey into married life in a truly unforgettable way. 

If you’re ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and sail into happily ever after, call us on 02380 658 386 or start your search here. 


*Details correct as of 26/03/2024
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