Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney, Carnival, Norwegian, Cunard, Holland America, Crystal, and Regent Seven Seas all advertise cruise weddings. Some are at sea, some aboard ships in port, and some at cruise destinations.
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For a destination wedding, cruise advantages include a coordinator aboard ship; convenience, as locations for ceremony and parties are just a walk away from passenger cabins; the relaxing, entertaining atmosphere of being on a ship; and the added attraction of making a cruise into a honeymoon.
Generally, a cruise ship wedding will be less expensive than a similar affair on land, especially if your guests are paying for their own cruise, which will include their cabin, their meals, and most activities onboard. Cruise ships can arrange dining room tables for groups sitting together and private parties with refreshments, and you can book a specialty restaurant for reasonable prices.
Basic wedding packages on Princess Cruises ships, for instance, begin at $2,285, which includes a coordinator, ceremony with fresh floral arrangements, recorded music, photographer, wedding cake, a bottle of champagne, two Princess champagne flutes and a wedding certificate.
Tip from a wedding planner: If you never have cruised before, and you are planning to invite guests, take a short cruise before booking the wedding so that you know what to expect on a ship.