A number of cruise lines have announced that they will offer same-sex marriages following a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriages in Bermuda.
P&O Cruises and Cunard Line are now taking bookings for same sex-marriages at sea on board their Bermuda-registered cruise ships. Princess Cruises has also revealed that it is currently developing a range of services and amenities to meet the needs of same-sex couple ceremonies and will be releasing full details shortly.
Seven of the eight ships in the P&O Cruises fleet, with the exception of the flagship Britannia, are registered in Bermuda. Cunard Line’s three ships are also registered in Bermuda. The 13 ships in the Princess Cruises fleet are also registered in Bermuda.
The ceremonies will be performance by the ship’s Captain or Deputy Captain, with marriage licenses issued by Bermuda.
P&O Cruises first same-sex ceremony is due to take place on board Azura in January 2018. The cruise line’s Weddings at Sea packages start from £1,200.
Paul Ludlow, Senior Vice President, P&O Cruises, said: "I am delighted that following this much anticipated change in the legalities we are now the first British cruise line to be able to arrange same sex weddings onboard. Weddings at sea are very romantic and getting married by the Captain (or deputy captain) in the middle of the ocean is an unforgettable experience."
Cunard Line’s Weddings at Sea packages start from $2,800 on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria and $3,400 on board the one-of-a-kind flagship ocean liner, Queen Mary 2.
Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President, Cunard Line, said: "This is very welcome news for us and I am delighted that we have become one of the first British cruise lines to take a booking for a same-sex wedding. We look forward to welcoming this couple and many other couples too."