Cunard will soon offer same-sex weddings at sea. The cruise line’s new policy comes in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage in Bermuda, where Cunard’s ships are registered.
Cunard will become one of the first British cruise lines to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies at sea. The cruise line has offered weddings on its ships for the past five years, with over 250 couples tying the knot aboard one of the line’s ships.
Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America, stated, “Cunard has brought people together through travel for over 175 years, and we’re proud to mark another milestone in our company’s history as we welcome our first gay marriage booking and many other marriages to come.”
LGBT couples can marry aboard one of Cunard’s iconic Queens.
Same-sex weddings will be offered on all three of Cunard’s three ships: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Victoria. Ceremonies will be performed by the ship’s Captain, with the marriage license issued by Bermuda. (In instances when the Captain is unavailable, the Deputy Captain will fill in.)
Same-sex couples can now purchase a Cunard Wedding at Sea package, which includes:
- A romantic ceremony at sea
- Wedding ceremony venue with floral arrangements
- Traditional wedding music
- Services of the on-board Wedding Coordinator
- Professional photography
- 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
- Wedding outfit pressing service
Our Take: This is wonderful news! We hope Cunard will release photos of some of the first same-sex weddings at sea. If you plan on taking advantage of this change, we’d love to hear about your ceremony and see pix!
More info at: PR Newswire