Celebrity Cruises has announced that same-sex marriage performed onboard is now legally recognized, marking a historic first for the modern luxury cruise line. The motion follows legislation in Malta- where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered- to legalize same-sex marriage, which passed the country’s parliament by a vote of 66-1.
The referendum opens the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages and have the fleet’s captains officiate the ceremonies.
"Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters.”
The cruise line’s Celebrity Wedding Program offers on-board ceremonies and destination weddings for couples. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator’s services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, a bottle of champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic amenities post-ceremony.
“Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal,” said Barbara Whitehall, managing director of The Wedding Experience. “We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters.”
Celebrity Cruises is a 12-ship cruise line that offers modern luxury vacations visiting locations in all seven continents. It is one of the five brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
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