The Ultimate ‘I Do’ Location: Weddings at Sea onboard RCI ships

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“Sweethearts at Sea” has to be the most romantic offering on the ocean at the moment!  Royal Caribbean has been granted permission to perform weddings on their cruise ships whilst at sea in the Bahamas.
The Sweethearts at Sea promotion offers an inclusive celebration package for both weddings and the increasingly popular vow renewals at sea.  It gives couples the opportunity to share these very special moments with their friends and family when they book rooms on the 2013 RCI sailings.

Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein commented on the news, “Thanks to the support of the Bahamas, our guests can now be married during the course of their Royal Caribbean cruise and bask in the romance of the sea as they exchange their vows.” Says Adam Goldstein, RCI’s CEO “Royal Caribbean’s staff and crew will cater the affair with our world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service to help make the day extra special for the couple and their guests.”

The couple will arrange the event with a group of wedding specialists call ‘The Royal Romance’ team.  They will assist with advice on pre-departure legal requirements and preparations for the on board ceremony.  Every last detail will be considered and the wishes of the couple will be worked into a fantastic ceremony to reflect the individual style of the bride and groom.  Once the wedding party are on board, the Royal Romance Co-ordinator will take care of every detail to make sure that special moment is unforgettable.

Weddings will be conducted in a legally recognised manner in accordance with the newly passed Bahamas Marriage Act.  This allows marriages in international waters, meaning “when the ship is outside of the 12 mile limit of the territorial waters of any nation”.  When the wedding takes place, the location of the ship is recorded with the Bahamas Authorities via their Marriage Record Book of the Bahamas.

There are several Royal Romance packages as start points, but all are customised to allow the couple have their special day.  An example would be the Royal Romance at Sea package which includes the required legal ceremony carried out by the ship’s captain, flowers for the bride and groom, recorded and live solo music during the ceremony, a complimentary glass of wine for guests at the ceremony, special meal for the bride and groom, photographs and champagne with strawberries in the bridal stateroom.

If the couple are sharing their wedding with family and friends and they book a minimum of 12 staterooms, the Sweethearts at Sea promotion offers couples a gratis Romance at Sea package if the cruise is 5 nights or longer.  Those wanting more guests and booking 25 or more staterooms can have the Romance at Sea package and a free stateroom upgrade, an hors d’oeuvres reception and provision of a bar.

RCI are now taking bookings for the Romance at Sea and Sweethearts at Sea programmes for cruises from 1st January 2013.

What could be more romantic?

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Richard Boyce is a cruise travel specialist for Cruise1st Australia.

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