Wedding and honeymoon cruises have indeed gained popularity in recent years, and there are several reasons why couples are choosing this unique and romantic option for their special celebrations:
- Convenience and Simplicity: Wedding and honeymoon cruises offer couples a convenient and simplified planning process. Cruise lines often have dedicated wedding coordinators who assist with all the details, from organizing the ceremony and reception to arranging accommodations and onboard activities. Couples can rely on the expertise and experience of the cruise line to handle many aspects of their wedding and honeymoon, making the entire process smoother and less stressful.
- All-Inclusive Packages: Cruise lines provide all-inclusive wedding and honeymoon packages, which can be cost-effective and efficient. These packages often include essentials like ceremony venues, flowers, decorations, wedding cakes, photography services, music, and even the services of an officiant. By opting for a package, couples can have most of their wedding and honeymoon needs taken care of in one convenient arrangement, eliminating the need to coordinate with multiple vendors.
- Beautiful and Diverse Destinations: Wedding and honeymoon cruises offer the opportunity to celebrate in stunning and diverse locations. Couples can exchange vows onboard the ship, on a beautiful beach during a port of call, or at a scenic destination like a private island. Cruise itineraries often feature breathtaking destinations, allowing couples to combine their wedding or honeymoon with exploration and adventure in multiple locations.
- Romantic and Intimate Atmosphere: Cruise ships provide a romantic and intimate setting for weddings and honeymoons. Couples can enjoy breathtaking ocean views, luxurious accommodations, and romantic amenities like couples' spas, candlelit dinners, and private balconies. The onboard ambiance sets the stage for a truly memorable and intimate celebration of love.
- Variety of Onboard Activities and Entertainment: Cruise ships offer a wide range of activities and entertainment options for wedding and honeymoon couples. From spa treatments and fitness facilities to live performances, casinos, themed parties, and romantic sunset cruises, there is something to suit every couple's preferences. The abundance of choices ensures that couples can tailor their experience to create unforgettable moments throughout their wedding or honeymoon cruise.
- Flexibility and Customization: Wedding and honeymoon cruises allow for flexibility and customization. Couples can choose from various wedding ceremony styles, reception venues, and dining options to reflect their personal tastes and preferences. Whether they desire an elegant formal affair or a casual beach wedding, cruise lines often provide options to accommodate different styles and budgets.
- Seamless Transition to Honeymoon: One of the advantages of a wedding cruise is the seamless transition from wedding to honeymoon. After the wedding ceremony, couples can immediately begin their honeymoon without the need for additional travel or logistics. They can relax and enjoy their honeymoon from the moment they step onboard, with the cruise ship serving as their floating paradise.
- Built-in Entertainment and Excursions: Cruise ships offer a multitude of entertainment options and shore excursions, ensuring that couples have plenty of activities and experiences to enhance their honeymoon. From adventurous water sports and exploring cultural landmarks to indulging in gourmet dining and couples' spa treatments, there is an array of choices available to create lasting memories.
With the convenience, all-inclusive packages, stunning destinations, romantic atmosphere, customization options, and seamless transition from wedding to honeymoon, it's no wonder that wedding and honeymoon cruises have gained popularity. They provide couples with a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate their love while enjoying the beauty of the sea and exploring exciting destinations together.
Weddings in Port (on the Ship or Ashore)
A wedding in port, whether officiated on the ship or ashore, can be a wonderful way to celebrate your special day. You can keep it small, with just the two of you, a wedding officiant and witnesses supplied by the cruise line. Or, you can invite friends and family to sail along with you or meet up with them at the site of the wedding.
Having a wedding in port requires a great deal of planning, so many couples opt to have the ceremony on board the ship before embarkation. Depending on which package you purchase and the policies of the cruise line, there may be restrictions on how many guests can attend, especially for guests who are not sailing with you.
Typically, the wedding will be held inside, either in the chapel, the ship's library, a reception room or in one of the onboard entertainment areas. For couples who plan to wed on the day of embarkation, we recommend arriving a day before departure.
Regardless of your ceremony location, here are some important issues to consider:
Licenses: You and your future spouse are responsible for obtaining a marriage license, for a fee, from your wedding destination. You also will need to be familiar with the regulations for marrying in that destination. Some places require that you apply for a license in person, while others allow you to submit an application remotely. Often the cruise line’s wedding coordinator can assist you in obtaining your license.
Attendees: The wedding package you purchase through the cruise line will determine the number of guests you can invite to your ceremony and reception. Guests who are paying passengers on the cruise will be allowed to participate in your wedding. Non-sailing guests are generally permitted to come aboard for weddings and receptions, but you will likely have to provide the cruise line with an accurate list of guests, including legal names, birthdays and/or state-issued identification numbers. Your guests will be asked to show proper identification upon boarding.
The strictness of these regulations varies by cruise line and port. In some ports, particularly foreign ports, you may not be allowed to bring non-sailing guests on board at all. Sailing and non-sailing guests count toward the maximum allowed number of guests for the wedding package you purchase.