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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


 What exactly IS a "Cruise Wedding?"
    
 How do I go about booking a Cruise Wedding?
    
 We're interested in "Renewing our Vows" on a cruise. What documents do we need to bring?
    


 What exactly IS a "Cruise Wedding?"
    
      "Wedding Cruises" fall into four basic options, all of which are arranged in concert with the cruise line:

  1. Pre-Cruise Wedding - Off Ship. The wedding ceremony is performed at a location near or adjacent to the ship's embarkation port. A shipboard reception follows the ceremony.
  2. Pre-Cruise Wedding - On Ship. The wedding ceremony is performed onboard the ship, usually in the ship's "Wedding Chapel" or private function room. A shipboard reception follows.
  3. Cruise Wedding - On Ship at sea. The wedding ceremony is performed during the cruise, usually in the ship's "Wedding Chapel" or private function room. A shipboard reception follows.
  4. Cruise Wedding - In Port. The wedding is performed at a pre-arranged port of call in the cruise itinerary. The reception may be ashore or onboard the ship.

Not all cruise lines offer all four options and wedding packages can vary considerably in cost and services. The wedding "officiant" can be arranged by the couple or provided by the cruise line but only on Princess can the Captain officiate the ceremony.

Wedding prices range from about $750 to $4000, largely dependent on the location of the wedding service and the package amenities (flowers, cake, champagne, photographs, etc.) chosen.

Reception prices (usually lasting one hour) range from about $20 to $50 or more per guest, largely dependent on the hors d'oeuvres, bar service, and enhancements (# of wedding cake layers!, champagne toasts, ice carvings, etc.). There's usually a minimum (16 or so) and maximum (50 or so) number of guests that may be accommodated.

Not included is the cost of the cruise or marriage license and processing fees. But compare these prices to a shoreside wedding and you'll see that a cruise wedding is not only more special and more romantic, but less expensive!

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 How do I go about booking a Cruise Wedding?
    
      
  1. Set a Wedding Date! If you've got your heart set on a Wedding Cruise, choose a date that fits well with your cruise destination - i.e. nix the idea of a March cruise to Alaska! Check out our "Destination" pages for cruise seasons and destination tips.
  2. Choose a Cruise! Choose well. Consider factors such as whether you're going to invite guests and where they'll be coming from. A Venice wedding sounds absolutely romantic but its distance will trim your guest list considerably!
  3. Do the Math! How many guests are you expecting? Will there be a shipboard wedding and reception? Will there be an open bar? Will there be food served and if so, hors d'oeuvres or buffet - or both? And don't forget to factor in the cost of the cruise and marriage license and fees.
  4. Work with Us! There's a lot of choice out there. Your 7 Blue Seas Cruise Specialist can work with the cruise line (and easily compare among cruise lines) to find you the package that matches your tastes and budget.
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 We're interested in "Renewing our Vows" on a cruise. What documents do we need to bring?
    
      Most cruise lines ask only that you to bring proof of valid marriage. They’ll also provide you a choice of “Vow Renewal Packages” and exempt you from license fees.
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