Why fly to one destination when you can cruise through three? Have a memorable wedding ceremony at sea with these luxury cruises that customise special occasions. By Ano Patel
This year, we’ve seen a considerable rise in cruise weddings. If you too want to trade in the hoopla of a regular Indian wedding for a calm and peaceful setting instead, we’re with you. Get your wedding party on board a luxury cruise liner. Here, the resident co-ordinators plan the tiniest detail for your special day: from your choice of music, hors d’oeuvres to after-parties, they make sure your guests are well taken care of. Request them to curate a bunch of special favours, make decoration requests, and ask for help on the best way to settle legal formalities.
RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
Croatia and Greece
Say ‘I do’ as the gorgeous backdrop of turquoise blue European waters mark your ceremony. Rhapsody of the Seas is the special cruise ship of our choice. It cruises through the beautiful port town of Split in Croatia before gliding its way to Athens and Katakolon in Greece. The ship has various activities for families to indulge in before and after the main event—culinary demonstrations, wine tasting sessions for connoisseurs, a lesson in jewellery-making, or indulgent beauty and relaxation rituals. Shore experiences get equally interesting with a special city tour for fans of Game of Thrones.
The cruise ship has different packages starting at US$1,950 for up to 10 guests, with a choice of venues on board or ashore. They offer elaborate menus over different meals to keep gourmands thoroughly entertained.
ROUTE Canary Islands and Spain
Cruise the sun-kissed landscape of the Atlantic Ocean in La Coruna, experience the vibrant culture of Madeira, discover natural wonders in Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and tuck into tapas or paella in the streets of Seville. This glamorous journey on sea spells magic and romance. Sign your guests up for dance classes on board or plan a tennis match between sports enthusiasts of both families to make your event more engaging. Starting at US$2,000, on-board wedding planners offer all services—from wedding cakes and flower arrangements to photography and a marriage certificate. There are a variety of spa and grooming packages to ready you up for your special day as well.
ROUTE Fiji and South Pacific Islands
Sail through the mesmerising isles of the South Pacific—New Caledonia and Vanuatu—before heading off to the enchanting land of Fiji, on the Golden Princess. There is nothing more enriching than discovering the wonders of the world with your loved ones.
While you could sit back and gaze at the expanse of the sea for hours together, there is the option of indulging in a fun karaoke night or an interactive Zumba class. Get the family together and watch a fun movie under the starlit sky or party away the night on the deck. Whether it is at sea or the harbour—Princess Cruise’s ‘Tie the Knot’ packages offer a myriad of food, photography, and other services starting at US$3,500. There’s a wedding chapel onboard where you can have the Captain of the ship officiating your ceremony.
You are in your mid-50s and have seen the ups and downs in life. Now, it’s time to escape that and have a quiet and relaxing ceremony with those closest to you. Tour the iconic landscape of Havana and cruise on the adults-only Carnival Paradise to the breathtaking destinations of Tampa, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. When you reach the Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, book a swimming trip with dolphins, stingrays, and turtles. You can also explore the Mayan ruins in Cozumel.
Starting at US$2,495, wedding co-ordinators know how to pamper the couple with sparkling wine and chocolate strawberries on arrival and a dinner afterwards, under the stars.
ROUTE Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket
Sail through the idyllic landscape of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Phuket. Book the cosy cinema room for a movie marathon, stargaze from a quiet corner on the ship, and indulge in a vintage wine tasting or a styling workshop with your family. On board, co-ordinators cater to every individual need of the couple and their guests. They have an elaborate menu and a variety of decoration themes to suit you. Packages start from US$2,000.