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P&O Cruise to become first British cruise line to offer same-sex weddings at sea

P&O Cruises has made history recently after becoming the first British cruise line to offer same sex weddings at sea. The first wedding ceremony will take place on the island of Azura in the Caribbean in January, 2018, after a Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriages are now legal in Bermuda, where the majority of P&O’s ships are registered. The wedding next year will be conducted by the ship’s captain.

P&O Cruise to become first British cruise line to offer same-sex weddings at sea

P&O Cruises is celebrating making history after it becomes the first British cruise line to offer same sex weddings at sea. The cruise company announced that it will conduct its first wedding early next year in the Caribbean.

The news comes after a Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriages in Bermuda in the Caribbean would now be legal. All of P&O’s cruise ships, except for the Britannia vessel, are registered in Bermuda.

The first same-sex wedding will take place in January 2018 on the Caribbean island of Azura, and it will be carried out by the ship’s captain. The marriage licence will be issues by Bermuda.

Paul Ludlow, the Senior Vice President for P&O Cruises, commented:

“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 on board.

“Weddings at sea are very romantic and getting married by the captain in the middle of the ocean is an unforgettable experience.”

P&O Cruises is owned by the Carnival Corporation, and the company’s two other brands Princess and Cunard will also conduct weddings at sea for same-sex couples, following the recent changes to law in Bermuda. Cunard will begin offering same sex weddings from November next year.

Carnival Corporation said that same-sex commitment ceremonies are not new to Princess Cruises, and it looks forward to now hosting same-sex marriages aboard its vessels. The Princess cruise brand revealed that it is working on range of services and amenities that will meet the needs of same-sex couple ceremonies. Same-sex couples will now be able to get married on all three of Cunard’s ships, all of P&O’s except for Britannia, and all 13 ships under the Princess brand.

This is great news for loved-up couples from all over the world who want to get married in a tropical destination. Bermuda is one of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean, and Carnival offers a wide range of cruises that visit this island nation.

The current Cunard and P&O Weddings at Sea packages include a range of services and amenities to help make the day as special as possible. These include a romantic ceremony at sea conducted by the captain or deputy captain, a wedding venue with flowers, traditional wedding music, an onboard wedding planner, a professional photographer for the ceremony, a commemorative wedding certificate, an official copy of the marriage certificate, licence fees, a bottle of Champagne in the cabin on arrival, a Champagne toast after the ceremony, Invitations and thank you notes, and a wedding outfit pressing service.

Bermuda is a British overseas territory, located in the North Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States. The island is famous for its stunning unique pink sand beaches and cobalt ocean waters where holidaymakers can enjoy a variety of fun activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling. Tourists can go horseback riding, play tennis and golf, or enjoy the warm turquoise sea while kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, parasailing, fishing and water-skiing. 

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