(Closed) Cruise weddings – Need advice/suggestions please.

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Fiance and I had the same thoughts when we started planning so we researched Carnival because we always cruise with them. Loyalty is really the only reason we chose them.

 

Anywho, we elected to get married at the embarkation port to give non-cruising guests the option to attend. We decided we needed more than a year to plan so we booked for 2013 as soon as the dates became available. I know with Carnival, the dates tend to be popular and they only do 1-2 weddings per port depending on the ship. Since we booked early we also got an incredibly good deal on the rooms we booked, since our families are also cruising. The wedding package we wanted wasn’t available for our port, so we ended up getting a cheaper package ($2300) and it covers the first 20 guests including us, photographer (not the actual pictures though), open bar, food and cake. If we got over the initial 20, it’s an extra $23.00 a person and kids under 7 are free. Oh, and we can have up to 50 non-sailing guests.

I know all of the major lines (Princess, RCL, Disney, Carnival, NCL) do weddings so you really have your choice of line and ports. All you have to do is google “_____ Cruise Line and weddings” and you should find all the wedding packet info.

If you have questions feel free to PM me. ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I work at a travel agency, my father-in-law is an agent. Call an agent, they will be able to answer ANY question you have. Most agents go through training for each cruise line, they will know everything you need about weddings on-board.

If you decide to go the cruise route, I would go for at least a mid-level cruise line like Celebrity or Princess Cruises, instead of Carnival or Royal Caribbean. MUCH better quality for your buck. Princess was the first line to offer on board weddings, they have been the leader in weddings on board. We always suggest Princess, every couple we have sent have LOVED their expereince! No complaints yet ๐Ÿ™‚ but we have sent couples to Royal Caribbean and Carnival (they wanted to pay the LOWEST price) they hated it, It wasnt at all what they expected.

Good Luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am getting married on a cruise! We chose Carnival because we cruise with them a lot. We are getting married at one of the ports (ST. Thomas USVI) and will have our reception back on the ship after the ceremony. Part of the reason we chose a cruise wedding is because we get to spend a whole week with our family and friends instead of just one day! Its also been my dream to get married on the beach. The cost for the wedding really varies on what you want. You can go super basic, or go all out and add tons of things. If you go to Carnivals website they have a brochure with pricing and everything for the cost.

A great website to go to is cruisecritic.com. They have a whole wedding/honeymoon board with tons of reviews of cruise weddings from Carnival and Royal Carribbean that the brides LOVED the weddings. Be sure to check it out. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Mrs.Darling: $2300 for a wedding is amazing! I’m excited about this option for our wedding now and will be looking into carnival. thanks.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I should also tell you that’s in addition to the cost of the cruise. It’s common sense, but in order to do it, the happy couple has to be booked on the sailing. We’re paying for ten people to cruise, the wedding, our gowns and WDW for the Ring Bearer and Flower Girl and it’s coming in at under 9k. 

 

Here’s the link to CCLWeddings!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Rouquine:That’s why we chose embarkation. We’d thought we’d have the wedding and kick everyone off the ship, but then we decided to cover our parents and siblings since they are traveling over a day to get to the wedding. Our other 30 guests decided it’d be a fun family vacation, so we’re planning a separate honeymoon in New England after the snow thaws.

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