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Wedding Cruises – Three Cruise Lines for the Seafaring Bride and Groom

Wedding cruises have become extremely popular over the past few years. Over the past few years, I have seen weddings on every cruise my family and I have been on. On the most recent Royal Caribbean cruise we took, I saw easily a dozen weddings, so I decided to do a little research. After all what could be more fun than a cruise wedding?


Wedding Cruises – Romance on the High Seas

People are getting out and saying their “I do’s” on the open sea more and more. I get it. It’s extremely romantic and quite unique. It’s also practical. I mean, you’ve got your wedding and your honeymoon all in one. The best part is that there are no shortage of packages for people who want to tie the knot at sea. Many cruise lines offer wedding packages which vary in price and intricacy, so there’s something to fit every budget. Let’s take a look.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises offers three options for wedding cruises. Each one is unique unto itself and still very much a seafaring adventure.

  • Let the Captain Tie Your Seafaring Knot: Wedding ceremony performed in the Chapel or Library by the ship’s captain. One dozen rose bouquet. Boutonniere. 9″ single layer wedding cake. Bottle of sparkling wine. Two Princess logo champagne flutes. Keepsake wedding certificate.
  • For Couples with Non-Sailing Guests: Wedding ceremony performed in the Chapel or Library by a local Officiant before departure. 1/2 dozen rose bouquet. Boutonniere. 9″ single layer wedding cake. Bottle of sparkling wine. Keepsake wedding certificate.
  • A Different Kind of Beach Wedding: Wedding cruises don’t have to take place on the ship. Princess Cruises offers a beach wedding option featuring beach, garden, or glacier ceremony, depending on the cruise, performed by a local Officiate. Destination vows. Bridal bouquet. Boutonniere. Specialty cake for 2. Bottle of sparkling wine. Keepsake wedding certificate.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruises offers both weddings and vow renewal options. Couples can choose from shipboard or destination weddings from one of the most popular cruise lines in the world.

  • Shipboard Wedding: For those couples who want the true feel that comes with wedding cruises. The package includes a pre-cruise wedding planner and priority check in assistance to ensure couples start off on the right foot. Couples will also receive a private wedding venue, wedding music, ceremony decor, 2 tiered wedding cake, photography (sold separately), sparkling wine, honeymoon dinners, and chocolate covered strawberries for the couple.
  • Destination Wedding: This option features all of the wedding perks featured above, but is held on an excursion destination of the couple’s choice.
  • Vow Renewal: Wedding cruises are also for vow renewal. Couples can renew their vows and commitment to one another on a beautiful cruise! Because this option features two different packages, I provided a link to the Carnival site to make it easier on you.

Royal Caribbean

At first glance, you might think that Royal Caribbean doesn’t have as much to offer in wedding cruises. You’d be incorrect, though. In fact, Royal Caribbean might actually have the most to offer in wedding cruises. In fact, they have so many options, they encourage couples to contact Royal Caribbean wedding planners to go over the many options. Options that include: entertainment, flowers, receptions, spa services, photography, and more.


Wedding Cruises are the Ultimate in Romance

I have to say, I wish wedding cruises had been a thing back when my husband and I got married. We both love to go on cruises, and I know it would have been an amazing experience. Luckily, couples today CAN enjoy this incredibly romantic way of saying “I do”. The wedding cruises offered by these cruise lines are second to none and well worth a look for couples who are mulling over the idea of saying “I do” at sea.

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  • robin Rue

    My sister in law did this a few years ago. My hubby and I couldn’t afford it at the time, so we didn’t go, but I heard it was a lot of fun.

  • Alli Smith

    My daughter got married on a large yacht (seated 150) this past May and it was awesome. Guests still talk about how much fun the wedding was. It cruised around the harbor of Charleston and the scenery was beautiful. A cruise wedding would be fun too.

  • Katie Kinsley

    I’ve been on one cruise before and didn’t like it enough to even think about attending or having my own wedding aboard one. I find that the cabins are too cramped to even want to sit in the room with my husband – I feel it would take all the romance out!

  • Michelle

    I think a cruise wedding would be absolutely beautiful and fun as well. I am going to recommend this to my daughter who is thinking of getting married next year.

  • Lisa Favre

    My husband and I are really on the fence about cruises. Sometimes we think about it and other times we decide to go on another trip. Gotta show this article to him, maybe it’ll help us re-evaluate!

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    Me and my family love cruises. We have an amazing time every time! It would be so romantic to have a wedding celebrated on board a cruise but I think that would be pricey. If practically would prevail, I would rather use the money on something else, like a down payment for a new house.

  • Pam

    If I did a cruise wedding, I would probably do one of the Carnival excursion ceremonies. It’s like a honeymoon and a wedding in one.

  • Mimi Green

    I heard about cruises all of the time. With all of that chatter I’ve never heard about folks getting married. This sounds like a great bang for your buck and your guest.

  • Sue Reddel

    I had no idea that there were so many options for wedding cruises. Seems like there’s one for just about any style you’d like. I’m sure it would be a memorable experience.

  • Joseph

    I attended one cruise wedding in NYC! The bad weather and rain was also a guest also. The couple ended up getting married inside instead of on the deck. But for the most part, it still turn out to be a lovely wedding ceremony.