Can you get married on a cruise ship? You sure can: Most big-ship lines offer wedding packages that allow guests to be married either on embarkation day or in a port of call. Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, and Princess Cruises even have legally licensed Captains that can perform this ceremony at sea, if you so choose.
Most cruise lines recommend you start planning your oceangoing wedding at least 1 year in advance, though some will let you do the whole thing in 60 whirlwind days. Although each line puts its own twist on the wedding festivities, most packages offered by the cruise lines include the services of a wedding planner, flower bouquets and boutonnieres, decor for the chosen venue (typically, each ship will have one or more venues to choose from), along with officiants and wedding coordinators, sparkling wine, and dinner in one of the ship’s formal specialty restaurants.
Some lines, like Cunard, really pull out all the stops for the bride and groom, offering pressing services, priority embarkation and disembarkation, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne, and a white-gloved bellman to escort the bride to the wedding venue.
If you love Mickey Mouse, you can tie the knot aboard the classy ships of Disney Cruise Line, or its private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. And because Disney owns the copyright, Disney’s own pianist can play a selection of your Disney favorites as you walk down the aisle, if you so choose.
Have a big wedding party? See our section above about group travel for info on discounts.