“Aye, aye, I do” – Cruise Weddings Hottest Ceremonies Afloat

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This recent New York Times article talks about the growing popularity of cruise weddings. More and more couples are getting married at sea – the number has increased a whopping 60% in the last decade, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.

Here are price ranges associated with weddings aboard two major
cruise lines:

  • Carnival: $1,195 – $1,795
  • Norwegian: $1,850 – $2,450

Couples look to cruises to save money, yet also themselves to hold a form of “destination” wedding for their guests that can be much less expensive than traditional destination weddings. The cruise offers an extended vacation of sorts – which can be a mixed bag, even with friends and
loved ones.


Couples considering a cruise wedding need to think very hard about this last point. Though it’s possible to lose someone on many large cruise ships these days, newlyweds also need to be comfortable with the possibility of running into Uncle Phil and Aunt Margaret on the way to couples massage at the spa. Travel agents recommend booking a room on a different deck from the rest of the guests and planning some private shore excursions to ensure some honeymoon time alone.

Getting married in foreign ports can also be tricky with regard to marriage licenses, so it may be best to go to City Hall and get officially hitched before you set off on the open sea (most ceremonies are performed in port anyway).

Sounds like a cruise wedding could be a lot of fun, and you won’t have to break the bank to do it!

Has anyone been on a cruise wedding?

Would you consider having your wedding aboard ship?

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