Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray become the first same-sex couple to be legally married at sea.
Vargas, who works for one of Celebrity Cruises’ travel partners, Cruise Planners, said: “Travelling is in my blood – and when we heard Celebrity Cruises was celebrating equality and embracing our community, we wanted to be a part of it.”
The couple were wedded on board Celebrity Equinox, in what the cruise liner described as an intimate ceremony between the grooms and their family. Officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas, en route from Key West, Florida to Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico, the couple exchanged vows in the Blu Restaurant.
“It’s a true privilege to know that the ceremony performed on board Celebrity Equinox has made history as the first legal same-sex marriage at sea [in the US],” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, chief executive of Celebrity Cruises. “Together we are paving the way for couples around the world to know that their love and commitment is to be celebrated equally, and that everyone is welcome on board a Celebrity cruise.”