Post # 1
My FI and I and some close family and friends will be cruising with Carnival next May and getting off in Key West and getting married.
Have any of you bees used Carnival to plan a destination wedding?
I have made a million phone calls but would love to hear from someone that has been through/is going through this process too!
Post # 3
Have not. Just bumping the thread for you 🙂
However, I did go on carnival Cruise for our honeymoon, and we went to Key West, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. All the places were lovely. The people in Key West are very friendly, and there is a lot to do there although when we went it was so humid I thought I was going to die, lol. And we didn’t have enough time for the beach so we just explored.
Carnival was great to cruise with. All of their boat problems aside, their staff is absolutely amazing, and we quickly got to know our cabin staff and restaurant staff. It was a wonderful experience.
Post # 4
This will be our 4th cruise with Carnival- we love them!
But now we are using the wedding department and other ascepts of Carnival that we’ve never touched and I’d love to pick someones brain that has
Post # 5
We got married on the Carnival Pride in January and would do it all over again. What kind of questions do you have?
Post # 6
Fantastic! Did you have a shipboard or shore wedding?
We are doing a shore wedding but are curious about how involved the cruise wedding coordinator is?
They also said you can’t have a professional photographer with you. I explained my friend is a photographer and without telling them.. she could do our pictures and give us all edited pictures for so cheap. They told me about their photo packages and they just seem a little pricy plus we want all the pictures. I just don’t know what they would do when she pulls out her nice camera and starts taking pictures too.
Post # 7
We were initially supposed to have an embarkation wedding (before the ship leaves), but opted to get married while the ship was at-sea. We had to get legally married before we left anyway, so it worked out better for us.
Our original coordinators for the embarkation wedding would have little to know contact with us until a week before our wedding, at which point they would tell us where the wedding would be and give us other pertinent details. We ended up meeting our actual shipboard coordinator the day before our wedding and she was able to get everything arranged for us.
We did a ship tour before our wedding and the couple being married that day brought their own photographer and he was promptly SHUT DOWN. Per the contract we signed with CCL, they had the right to shut down our wedding should our guests not comply. They deem a professional to be someone who infringes of the ability of the ship’s photographer to get photos and/or someone using professional equipment (lenses, tripods, flash boxes, etc). There are other brides who have been able to sign some kind of waiver releasing the CCL photog and/or brought their own photographer with no problem.
We used CCL’s Dreams Photographer and ended up purchasing $800 worth of images that included a canvas and CD with full rights (we own the images and their copyrights). We did release two images for them to use for promotional purposes, so they own the copyright to those and we just have print rights.
I PMed you a link to my full wedding review and our pictures.