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Wedding and Honeymoon Cruises

From Caribbean fun and sun or European charm to the natural splendors of Alaska or Hawaii, a cruise provides picturesque destinations to celebrate your love, while enjoying all the amenities, entertainment venues, and pampering the ship and crew has to offer. Not to mention, a cruise provides significant value, with accommodations, food and entertainment included in one price.


Whether you want a simple wedding or an all out bash with friends and family, each cruise line offers their own onboard packages, with plenty of optional add-ons to heighten the experience. Most cruise lines supply a coordinator to handle all the details such as the ceremony, menu, cake, flowers, and music, and a professional photographer is usually included to capture the moments. Some even include or help secure a wedding license, depending on where the marriage takes place. Guidelines regarding who can conduct the ceremony and where it can take place vary by cruise line and it is important to plan far enough in advance to arrange for paperwork and licensing.


The bride and groom must be paying passengers; however, depending on the cruise line, wedding guests not on the voyage are usually allowed to come onboard for a few hours to participate in the wedding festivities prior to the ship’s departure.


If you’d rather wed shore side, nearly all lines offer weddings in some of the world’s most beautiful and unique locations. Disney offers ceremonies on their own private island, Castaway Cay; Royal Caribbean’s "Explorer Weddings” provide the opportunity to wed in such places as a European castle, in a rainforest, or on FlowRider (their onboard surf simulator); or exchange vows on an uninhabited South Pacific island with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. In most cases, if the port is on the itinerary, a shore side wedding can be arranged.


Since you’re already on a vacation, combining a wedding and honeymoon into one package provides a smooth transition from the wedding event to celebrating your honeymoon the rest of the trip. Honeymoon packages, depending on cruise line and package selected, could include a combination of romantic touches such as breakfast in bed, a bottle of champagne, gourmet chocolates, a dinner for two, and a personalized memento.


To start planning your celebration, whether it’s your wedding, honeymoon, or both, contact your local Cruise Holidays expert.