Hi @KT_Hime: – Mr TTR and I are cruisers, and we love it… an awesome way to have a vacation !!
We recently had our Honeymoon on a cruise (Celebrity… the sister cruise line to Royal Caribbean)
As we are an Encore Couple, I did some research into getting married on the ship for our Elopement / Destination Wedding (just the 2 of us)
Here is what I found out thru my research…
Getting married on a cruise ship is very very expensive !! And includes virtually NOTHING outside of the ceremony (often in the $ 2000 to $ 3000 range for a 15 minute ceremony)
On some cruises the Captain marries you… on others it will be another Sr Officer
Even if you are booked for the Captain, it is possible that he may not show up (busy with ship matters), and they’ll send someone else
Remember when you cruise, that you’ve paid for all your meals etc (and there is food onboard available 24/7) if you have any food (or booze) after the Wedding it will fall under catering, and the prices are high.
Other Cruise Wedding alternatives, will talk about making arrangements for you to marry on a specific islands. Again costs are high (you can do it on your own for a lot less money… at least half price. Check each Island’s Tourism Website’s on info how)
BUT if for some reason the ship misses the Port of Call where your Wedding is scheduled to happen you’ll lose out entirely… (read the fine print) and end up on a cruise without a Wedding (because it it very difficult then to arrange a Wedding in a different Port of Call… as this is something you have to work out well in advance because of the Country’s Marriage License Requirements etc)
Hence you could arrive home, still unmarried
All this stuff is in the “fine print” of their Wedding Contract… and on their respective Websites
(there are stories on Cruise Critic about Weddings that didn’t happen as planned… and Brides who were sorely disappointed, lost money… or both)
🙁 *very sad face*
After doing all our extensive research, Mr TTR and I just decided to get married on land BEFORE our Cruise, and have the Cruise as our Honeymoon (less hassles).
And in our case, getting married inFloridawas super easy (one of the easiest states in theUSAto get married in)… and not an expensive place to marry at all.
If you are having family join you…Florida offers lots of great alternatives for any size Wedding… Big / Small… Formal / Casual… Beach / Inland… Resort / Church etc.
This is my best advice…
If you need more info you can post here again, or send me a PM (personal message) on WBee.
Hope this helps,