6 of the best weddings & honeymoons at sea

Whether clients want to say “I do” at sea, or just sail into the sunset on honeymoon, we’ve found the perfect match.

1. STAR CLIPPERS – CLIPPER ART

Combining billowing cream sails with a tranquil ocean setting, couples can have a sun-kissed marriage blessing on the upper deck of Star Clippers’ five-masted flagship Royal Clipper. Conducted by the ship’s captain, and attended by uniformed crew, blessings can be arranged in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Central America. The romance starts when the couple and guests are welcomed on board with Champagne. Wedding packages are available on all vessels in the fleet. 0845 200 6145

Paul Gauguin - wedding2. PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES – FLOWER POWER

Surely the South Pacific is synonymous with a lovers’ paradise? The Paul Gauguin is renowned for extra touches and attention to detail. The line offers a complimentary honeymoon package featuring a Polynesian blessing ceremony performed by Les Gauguines, the ship’s own troupe of Polynesian entertainers, and hosted by the cruise director. Couples receive a photo portrait, a celebratory bottle of Champagne in their stateroom and an exclusive pillow gift.
0207 399 7668

3. AURORA EXPEDITIONS – WHITE WEDDING

Penguins and polar bears are typical guests when Polar Explorer’s captain performs wedding ceremonies against the backdrop of icebergs and spectacular sunsets in Antarctica, South Georgia, the Arctic, Iceland and Greenland. Afterwards newlyweds can discover polar snorkelling, kayaking through icebergs and ice camping. Suggested itineraries include the Antarctic Explorer, for penguin colonies and whale-spotting opportunities, and the Jewels of the Arctic,
020 7978 4534

4. NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE – TOTALLY TROPICAL

Say ‘aloha’ to a Hawaiian wedding and honeymoon on Pride of America, NCL‘s only cruise ship that sails year-round from Honolulu. The line offers weddings on harbourside locations and at sea, with wedding coordinators. Packages include the ceremony, bridal bouquet, Champagne toast and wedding cake. Additional options include pre-wedding pampering, photography and reception. Honeymoon packages offer a romantic dinner, a dozen red roses and a souvenir photo.
0333 241 2319

Fred. Olsen - wedding5. FRED. OLSEN CRUISE LINES – MILESTONE MOMENTS

Particularly suited to mature couples, Balmoral, the largest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet provides a classic setting for the renewal of wedding vows. The ceremony is conducted by the ship’s captain and includes a bouquet and buttonhole, a professional photographer, a celebration cake and a bottle of Champagne. Conducted on sea days, vow renewals are also available on its other vessels, and additional extras can be booked such as a welcome aboard package with Champagne, flowers, chocolates and fruit. 01473 764164

6. ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL – A ROYAL WEDDING

Fun-loving couples can enjoy thrilling weddings and honeymoons with Royal Caribbean International. The line offers both onboard weddings and shore side ceremonies. Couples can celebrate with a drink served by a robotic bartender or take in the views from the North Star observation capsule. Friends can give presents through an online wedding list covering shore excursions, wining, dining and more. Book the Royal Proposals package for help popping the question.
0844 493 4005

About The Author

Jill Sayles, Editor

Jill Sayles is a journalist specialising in the travel trade. She was appointed as editor of Cruise Trade News in April 2015 and re-launched the publication. She has travelled extensively as part of her career and has enjoyed a number of cruise experiences including seeing the Northern Lights in Norway.