All Aboaardd Wedding!

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Which cruise line is the best for weddings?
    Royal Caribbean Cruise Line : (1 votes)
    20 %
    Norwegian Cruise Line : (1 votes)
    20 %
    Carnival Cruise Line : (1 votes)
    20 %
    Princess Cruise Line : (1 votes)
    20 %
    Other.... : (1 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Keketastic:  We had a cruise ship wedding! It was lots of fun 🙂 We went with Carnival as they seemed to have the most affordable packages, and because we wanted a short cruise to encourage more people to go with us – We ended up doing a 3 day weekend cruise to Bahamas out of Miami. I don’t know if I would say that Carnival was ‘the best’, but it did meet our purposes nicely. Some of the other cruise lines did not have shorter length cruises. 

    We got married in port on a Friday prior to departure in Miami, as we had a few guests that wanted to attend the wedding but couldn’t go on the cruise for various reasons. 

     

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  emstar168.
    Post # 4
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    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Keketastic:  No, they provide a non-denominational officiant/notary public to do the ceremony. Though I wish the captain could have done it – that would have been a great photo op 🙂

    I don’t know if you know about this forum, but I found it really helpful to go through and read everyone’s reviews about their cruise weddings/planning, etc. 

    http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?s=7a5d63d305915717bf819249d67845fe&f=31

    Post # 5
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    37 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    In a past life (lol) I was married also on a Carnival ship! It was so much fun, and I would definitely recommend it to others. If you have any questions, I am glad to help! 🙂

    Post # 6
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    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I went to one as a guest and I have to say, I didn’t care for it. We opted not to stay for the actual cruise but still had to pay for flights and hotels — which we were happy to do, regardless of venue. We had to arrive 4 hours (!!!) before the ceremony to do all the security screening, wait in lots of lines, wait in a massive waiting room with like 4 other weddings, wait wait wait. We had breakfast before we left but the shuttle from the hotel took amost an hour with all the stops (the alternative wasa to drink and drive and pay $55 for parking).

    Once we got on board we had like 2 hours left to kill but we couldn’t buy anything like a drink or a snack because the ship only took their on board card, not credit or cash. There wasn’t really anything to do so we just kind of sat there and watched people having drinks 🙁

    The ceremony itself was lovely but very rushed since they had to get like 3 other weddings in before they set sail, and the reception was even more rushed– only 90 minutes, again they have a very short time after CBP allows them to begin boarding and when they have to kick off all the non-cruisers. So 90 minutes for speeches, cake cutting, like 4 songs of dancing, and hors d’ovures. They at least had open bar but with so little food, it wasn’t great. We were happy to see our friends get married and share their day but it seriously sucked as a guest.  I felt really bad for the bride’s sisters who came from overseas and didn’t stay for the cruise.

    Post # 7
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    1298 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Keketastic:  

    Horseradish:  does bring up a lot of good points esp for non-sailing guests. It’s true that everyone has to arrive pretty early to go through security (10 AM if I recall correctly), then had to wait in the port waiting room for the previous cruise to disembark before our group could board the ship.

    As for transportation, my mom was able to negotiate with the hotel where we had our room block to include a shuttle van transportation to the port for our guests – they had one or two large vans and made a couple trips to get everyone there. The hotel was pretty close to the port so that helped. 

    We were then able to board the ship around 11:30- 12 – since we had a 1 PM ceremony time we paid a little extra for the non-sailing guests to be able to eat at the lido deck with the rest of the sailing guests. I didn’t want anyone hungry as it was going to be about 1:30 or later before the reception started.

    Ceremony was pretty short, around 20 minutes max. We opted for the ‘luncheon’ reception (pretty much since my parents are pretty traditional and felt that we should serve a ‘sit down’ meal). It was nice but we did not have any dancing consequently.

    Post # 9
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    27 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2002

    I used to be a travel agent.  Many cruise lines (i have personally dealt with NCL, RCCL, and Princess in this matter) have entire bridal departments dedicated to planning shipboard and dockside weddings.  If everyone isn’t going on the cruise, a dockside ceremony before departure is often an option.  Do a little digging on each of their websites and you will find the contact info for bridal.  Congratulations and have fun!

    Post # 10
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    27 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2002

    Also, I voted for NCL because when I helped several clients arrange weddings with them, they were very responsive and did most of the work for us.  I felt like the customer was left a little more on her own with the others, but that was just my experience.

    Post # 11
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    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’d vote for Celebrity but that’s because I’m biased!  We’re getting married at sea by the captain on our first at-sea day (Celebrity Reflection).  So far everything has been easy to plan. Over the phone with the wedding department/coordinator has been great.  We had our choice between early or late afternoon (chose late) and in the ship’s library or the sky observation lounge (havent decided yet).  Invoicing was easy too and we were allowed to spilt our payments but still reserve our date.

    We love Celebrity for that spa/resort feel. We ended up booking an aquaspa cabin with a great price through USAA. We were even able to offer USAA prices to all of our guests even if they were non-military so that was helpful!

    If you have any questions about Celebrity let me know.  We’re less than 6 months to our wedding but I’ve done a lot of research.

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