Written by on Wednesday August 19, 2015
While destination weddings remain popular, we wonder how many people consider reaching that destination by cruise ship. Or better yet, how many choose the cruise ship as the destination? We believe there are various advantages to spending your special day onboard, from visiting exotic locations, finding a manageable budget and assistance in planning the big day! Most cruise lines offer exclusive packages to both small and larger groups, meaning you can put together the perfect guest list and enjoy the day with your closest friends and family.
Prices vary across different cruise lines, as do the features they offer but if you are thinking of saying ‘I do’ at sea, you may want to consider some of the following cruise lines.
As one of our top picks, Princess Cruises has it all! Their “Tie the Knot” packages, available on all ships, offers a coordination service for weddings on board, harbour-side and ashore. These packages include the ceremony, bridal bouquet, wedding cake, champagne and keepsakes amongst other features to guarantee you have a perfect day.
Most ships also have dedicated wedding chapels to accommodate those who wish to tie the knot at sea, where ceremonies can be streamed live to family and friends at home!
Aside from wedding packages, Princess Cruises also now offer a Honeymoon Wishes Registry, providing friends and family with the opportunity to gift honeymooners with beverages, spa treatments and photographs, amongst other on board services.
Celebrity Cruises offer on board ceremonies for not only weddings but also, vow renewals, on almost all of their ships. However, what makes this cruise line unique is their attention to detail in the lead up to your big day as they provide bridesmaid tea parties and cigar and cognacs parties for the groom and best man beforehand.
In terms of wedding coordinating, Celebrity Cruises offer entertainment, flowers, invitations, photography and receptions amongst other added features, all customised to your taste.
Carnival Cruise Line
Offering more affordable prices, Carnival Cruise Lines are particularly appealing to younger couples. While you may be on a slightly lower budget, Carnival still provide a full service, sure to make your day very special. Their shipboard wedding package includes VIP check-in for you and your guests, a wedding coordinator, a bridal bouquet, wedding cake, photography and keepsakes of your special day, amongst other perks. The bride and groom are also treated to sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries in their stateroom on the night of the wedding. Carnival also offer destination wedding packages to various exotic locations.
If you’re looking for something slightly more upscale, this is the cruise line for you! While the packages are somewhat more expensive, this is compensated by the various features available. Crystal Cruises offer both on board and in port weddings at a wide range of exotic destinations. Unlike other cruise lines, Crystal Cruises can also offer specific decoration themes; a modern black and white wedding, beach-theme, tea-party themed or traditional white.
With all this in mind, why not choose to have your wedding on a cruise, and book it through CruiseKings. Our Cruise Experts are here to advise you on all of these things, ensuring you are best placed to have the most perfect holiday and choose the right cruise for your needs - Call now on: 0800 197 8050.