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    Question Married on a Cruise Ship??? Let us know your experience.

    Has anyone every gotten married on board ship?

    How did you select the cruise line?

    Were you happy with the experience?

    How many guests did you have cruising with you?

    Did you use the ship's videographer?

    What do you think is the best wedding cruise to take? destination? line? ship?

    Cruise Line Fans.com wants to hear all about it. Please share your special day's experiences with us.

    Thanks for reading.

    tim

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    Someone who used to work for my hubby did get married on the Diamond Princess (to someone who worked at Princess HQs in Santa Clarita) in June 2004. Unfortunately my hubby isn't in contact with him, except when their paths crossed. He does know that Dave's wife did kick him out (over a dispute about his returning to service in Iraq one too many times for her) and they divorced. The man thinks his ex, who he lost contact with since then, no longer works for Princess.

    The nice thing about the wedding was that they used her employee discounts to help family friends take the cruise too.
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    Linda and I will be getting married on the Carnival Pride on May 17th.

    We chose that particular cruise for many factors, the chief of which are:

    1: the ability to have the ceremony aboard the ship
    2: location of departure port; my family is in NC and hers is in PA
    3: price!!!!!!

    I will post an update after the cruise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanLowry View Post
    Linda and I will be getting married on the Carnival Pride on May 17th.

    We chose that particular cruise for many factors, the chief of which are:

    1: the ability to have the ceremony aboard the ship
    2: location of departure port; my family is in NC and hers is in PA
    3: price!!!!!!

    I will post an update after the cruise!

    Congratulations!
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    That is really cool.

    I would actually recommend Princess... it is the only line where the Captain can legally marry people. That being said, lol... I am organizing my cousins wedding onboard the NCL Spirit ... the ship wasn't her first choice, but really wanted to sail from Boston.... sooo... I can't wait, it is going to be alot of fun!

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    My sister got married last November, sha had about 40 guest and she use the ship photographer. We did the western caribbean and the wedding was on Cayman Islands.

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    An advantage to getting married on the ship if you can over getting married in one of the ports is that there's always the possibility of not getting into that port. So if friends and family were going to meet you there, and your ship can't dock there, you may be disappointed. (happened to one couple on one of our cruises who were going to meet their invitees in Kona...unfortunately, we couldn't tender into Kona).

    If you are getting married in port, but not meeting people, then you won't have that problem. Just have a Plan B.
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    this is a bit lengthy...

    Quote Originally Posted by timwilloughby View Post
    Has anyone every gotten married on board ship?

    How did you select the cruise line?

    Were you happy with the experience?

    How many guests did you have cruising with you?

    Did you use the ship's videographer?

    What do you think is the best wedding cruise to take? destination? line? ship?

    Cruise Line Fans.com wants to hear all about it. Please share your special day's experiences with us.

    Thanks for reading.

    tim

    Hello!


    • Well I was aboard the Carnival Valor on May 20, 2007 (7 day eastern carribbean)


    • Our ceremony took place at 2pm while still in the port of Miami


    • The reception was in the disco with 2 hour open bar and heavy hot and cold hors d'oeuvres


    • We had 27 guests for the wedding/reception but only 18 stayed sailed with us


    • I grew up cruising Carnival, so it meant more to me to use them


    • I did use the ship's videographer our guy was great and he even followed us on a group tour in St. Thomas...nice memory keeper for the whole group. The photographer on the other hand was a hassle and the major upset of the event!
    • A cruise wedding is very budget friendly compared to the other elaborate options today, plus very fun and a unique opportunity
    • I think the cruise line you should pick is based on preferences as a traveler and of course your budget and age group as well


    as far as the details, I booked the cabin block and picked the cruise date about 10 months out. I would recommend that if you want a specific ship, room and date to book at least a year or so out.

    We did not have the best welcoming weather in Miami on that day...monsoon would be the best way to describe it...so boarding the ship got delayed. However, they did let me and all my guests (sailing and non sailing) enter the terminal at 9am as we were the very first to board the ship when it did get clearance! We ended up getting on the ship around 10:30am. My ceremony was pushed back from 1:20 to 2:00pm. Me and my girls got ready in my room and the men got ready in my parents room. My room was decorated in Honeymoon decor and had tons of gifts and champagne from family. The time flew by and before I knew my girls had gone down to rehearse and I was alone in my room awaiting the wedding coordinator to come get me.

    The ceremony was lovely. It was in the Capitol Room which was on deck 4, near the cigar bar. It was set up like a chapel. Very lovely. I provided my own flowers and rose petals for the floor. We wrote our own vows and turned them in a month prior to the sailing...ceremoney lasted about 20 mins because of unity candle, poem reading and vows. The reception was in the disco. Very cool. They put our names on the TV's in the disco! The cake was 3 tiered, pretty and tasty. (They served the remaining cake at our last dinner on the cruise with a song and champagne toast!) I had a first dance and then danced with my daddy. The dj then played our requested songs the remaining time! It was so much fun...the two hours flew by...kissed the non-sailing guests good bye then we were off to the boat drill. I was lucky because I didnt have to wear my life jacket...we really didnt have to go, but I wanted to pictures. Then a week of celebrating with my friends and family then we flew to Mexico for a week by ourselves!!!

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    I never got any such opportunity to attain any such marrage but i read a lot in news papers .So it would be quite exciting to witness one such wedding on ship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabicamail View Post
    I never got any such opportunity to attain any such marrage but i read a lot in news papers .So it would be quite exciting to witness one such wedding on ship.
    I would guess you would have to be one of the guests. I know that the wedding chapels on Princess ships are not large. Probably any room used would be restricted to those on the guest list. I'm not sure about outside ceremonies, but I would imagine any area would be cordoned off.
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