P&O Cruises has become the first British cruise line to be able to conduct same-sex weddings at sea.
The first ceremony will be held in the Caribbean in January 2018 and follows a recent Supreme Court ruling enabling same-sex marriages in Bermuda, where all the ships in the P&O fleet (except Britannia) are registered.
The first wedding will be held on Azura in the Caribbean in January 2018, performed by the ship’s Captain with the marriage license being issued by Bermuda.
P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, said: “I am delighted that following this much-anticipated change in the legalities we are now the first British cruise line to be able to arrange same-sex weddings on board. Weddings at sea are very romantic and getting married by the Captain in the middle of the ocean is an unforgettable experience.”
Same sex couples can now purchase a P&O Cruises Weddings at Sea package, which costs from £1,200 and includes:
♦ A romantic ceremony at sea conducted by the Captain or deputy Captain
♦ Wedding ceremony venue with floral arrangements
♦ Traditional wedding music
♦ Services of the on-board Wedding Coordinator
♦ Attendance of a professional photographer at the ceremony
♦ Commemorative wedding certificate
♦ An official copy of the marriage certificate
♦ The cost of the license fees
♦ A bottle of Champagne in the cabin on arrival
♦ Champagne for a toast after the ceremony
♦ Invitations and thank you notes
♦ An additional 5kg luggage allowance for the couple if travelling on a P&O Cruises fly/cruise holiday
♦ Wedding outfit pressing service
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