(Closed) Elope on a cruise?

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Aw I love cruises! That sounds so romantic 🙂 If you’re cruising outside of the US, just make sure that everything will be good with your marriage license (or get officially married while you’re still in port). I believe if you get married outside of the US (even if its on a cruise), the marriage license process is a bit more complicated.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re thinking about doing a cruise wedding too.  For the same reasons as RhubarbPie said, we’d be getting married in port (NYC) before the ship leaves so we don’t have any problems with getting more copies of a marriage license in the future.  That way, we can have nonsailing guests come on the ship and see the ceremony too.

Check out the Honeymoons & Weddings section at cruisecritic.com for some great advice.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I just got engaged on a cruise last weekend 🙂 We have tossing around the idea of a cruise wedding too 🙂

There was a couple on board my engagement cruise who were getting married. From what I understand, you’re not actually allowed to be married at sea. You have to be married while in a port, so that country’s laws will apply. Also, contrary to popular belief, I don’t think it’s the captain that actually marries you. The cruise line should be able to recommend an officiant though for each port.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’ve been looking at some of the packages that they offer.  While I like the idea, I think that they are way overpriced for what you get.  The absolute cheapest package I’ve seen is close to $1000 and most don’t even include the license which will run you another $200-500.  I like the idea, but feel like I could do more with that kind of money.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@smiles4jo:  Some lines do allow you to get married at sea by the captain.  I believe Princess is one of them.  It kind of depends on where the ship is registered.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

To echo the PP’s, just make sure that all of the legal requirments are met. To be married in port on many of the cruiselines you need to get everything booked sixish months before you sail because they are a) limited in the number of shipboard weddings and b) some jurisdictions have a lot of legal hurdles. I don’t know where your cruise is going, but I know there is a multi-day waiting period on the Bahamas and many of the other small island nations. I think St. Thomas is one of the only ones without a waiting period. There is a Honeymoon and Wedding forum on Cruise Critic with loads of information on all of the different lines and locations.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Sugaree:  This is a really affordable wedding alternative for those of us who want a wedding without having to deal with the complicaitons of a resort Destination Wedding wedding. Our wedding for 50 guests including the reception, planner, DOC, cake, flowers, and the license is costing a little over $2,000 compared to the $15,000 base price that venues charge.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

we got engaged on a cruise, & considered getting married on a cruise.  We decided against the cruise as it would have cost more for the guests to get to a destination adn then a cruise but we loved our cruise sooooo much.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Mrs.Darling:  I guess I should have elaborated.  I totally get the appeal of a cruise wedding if you are having guests, but if we get married on a cruise ship it will just be the two of us.  Basically what it comes down to is that we want our honeymoon to be just us.  If we are on a boat with 50 guests then it defeats the purpose of a honeymoon (in our eyes).  None of the packages that I’ve seen for just the bride and groom are what I consider a good deal.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wantted to do this… we still kick around the idea even though it’s too late now and we’d lose all the money we have in deposits but this was our dream. If you want to do it… don’t talk yourself out of it because we did talk ourselves out of it and now we wish we could just get married on the cruise.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My Fiance and I JUIST decided to do this. We were planning a BIG wedding at the National Aquarium  and decided that this whole thing is taking away from our lives and happiness as a couple. So we decided to take a 12 day cruise around Europe, beginning in Venice and ending in Barcelona with Princess Cruise lines. It will be just us two and we will get married at sea because it cost so much more and is more hassel to get married in Italy. I expect it to be a really private moment (almost like getting married in Vegas just more romantic and less cliche’.) I’m gonna wear a pretty simple A-line wedding gown, walk down the aisle with a veil and all and then we’ll have a private candlelit dinner in Florence. :o)

 

If getting married on a cruise ship is waht you want to do, then I say go for it. We also didn’t want a bunch of family on our “honeymoon” so this wedding will be just for us and then we’ll have a vow renewal at the aquarium next year for all of the family. Also talk to the cruiseline and see if they will be willing to work out a deal for your two.

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