While cruise lines offer myriad wedding
package options, the common denominator is usually a beach-side
marriage ceremony. Looking to sniff out more nonconformist
nuptials, TravelWeekly.com asked travel agents to name the most
unique and exciting ways to get hitched that cruise lines proffer.
Patricola, owner of Travel by Carmen in Dumont, N.J., suggested
being married at sea by a Princess Cruises captain. Princess is the
only cruise line that can marry couples at sea, because their ships
are flagged in Bermuda.
The lines onboard
wedding chapels feature a Wedding Cam that carries the ceremony
live on the Internet so that a couples friends and family back home
can view the event online.
with Sheri Richer of The Cruise Shop in Naperville, Ill., suggested
another, icier option from Royal Caribbean
Take an Alaska
cruise and while in port, take a helicopter to the top of a
glacier, said Richer, referring to the lines shore-side,
glacier-top marriage option in Juneau, Alaska, which starts from
and counterintuitively, Royal Caribbean offers a rain forest-garden
wedding option in Juneau, as well.
second-marriage set, Chuck Maidia, president of All Seasons Travel
in Jacksonville, Fla., suggested Disney Cruise Line ships, with
cabins that can connect four to five people, are the places to tie
the knot -- especially if kids are coming along.
parents can stay together at first, and then -- after a wedding
ceremony on Disneys private island paradise, Castaway Cay -- the
newlyweds can honeymoon in one room while their kids bunk together
in the other.
This is a very
symbolic joining of the two families, Maidia said.
senior vice president of sales, marketing and public relations for
Ensemble Travel Group in New York, said that retailers specializing
in active vacations can arrange unusual weddings at sea coordinated
to clients interests -- including underwater weddings for scuba
divers and, for the more daring, a midair ceremony while parachute
Clergy or judge
included, Shore added.
seemed to be that if clients want to tie the knot on a cruise, they
should do something they wouldnt do at home.
But then there
are travel agents who suggest not getting married on a cruise at
I suggest brides
get married at home and enjoy a honeymoon to the destination of
their choice, said Jeanine Flaugher, owner of Flowers Travel in
Belleville, Ill. Getting married in some crazy way at some crazy
place is not always a winner. And its forever.
reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].