There are three ways to get married on a cruise. If you dream of saying i do surrounded by open water first check with your cruise line some are not legally permitted to officiate while sailing.
Celebrity cruises is another big player in this market and in 2017 it became the first cruise line to offer legal same sex weddings at sea.
How to get married at sea. Nearly every cruise line that does offer weddings has a variety of packages that include everything from flowers to photography to three tiered wedding cakes. Also if you re getting married at sea by a ship s captain your wedding ceremony can t be held on embarkation day or night and will need to take place between 10 00 a m. Happy couples who choose the at sea option can get married in the ship s chapel or any other onboard venue of their choice.
In order for a captain of a ship to perform a marriage at sea he must also be a judge a justice of the peace a minister or an officially recognized officiant such as a notary public. Packages start at around 1 100 for the ceremony coordinator flowers cake champagne and photographer. On the vessel while the ship is docked.
Add in the cruise for two and the total cost of your wedding could be as little as 5 000 including your pre wedding cruise and honeymoon. Japanese ships allow captains to perform a marriage ceremony at sea but only if the couple has valid japanese passports. In order for the ship s staff to be able to properly perform their duties.
If you want to get married at sea by the ship s captain there are cruise lines that offer the service maltese registered celebrity cruises and azamara club cruises for example. Getting married at sea can actually work out cheaper than marrying on land too even with the cruise to take into account. To get married at sea on a celebrity cruises ship you ll need to obtain a maltese wedding license beforehand.
Captains on princess cruises and cunard can also marry couples at sea as their ships are registered in bermuda. By the captain while the ship is at sea the ship has to be in international waters 12 miles from land.