Following a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing for same-sex marriages in Bermuda—where its fleet of ships is registered—Cunard is celebrating its first wedding booking by a same-sex couple. Cunard has been performing weddings-at-sea aboard its ships for five years now, having married over 250 couples.
Senior Vice President of Cunard North America Josh Leibowitz said, “Cunard is proud to become among the first cruise lines to offer same-sex marriages at sea...and we’re proud to mark another milestone in our company’s history as we welcome our first gay marriage booking and many other marriages to come.”
Wedding ceremonies on Cunard ships are conducted by the ship’s Captain, with the marriage license issued by the country of Bermuda. Cunard is joining O&P Cruises in providing matrimonial services to same-sex couples. Ranging in price from $2,800 to $3,400 depending on the ship, The Cunard Wedding at Sea package, now available to same-sex couples, includes:
- A romantic ceremony at sea conducted by the Captain
- Wedding ceremony venue with floral arrangements
- Traditional wedding music
- Services of the on-board Wedding Coordinator
- Attendance of a professional photographer at the ceremony
- Commemorative wedding certificate
- An official copy of the marriage certificate
- The cost of the license fees
- A bottle of Champagne in the cabin on arrival
- Champagne for a toast after the ceremony
- Invitations and thank you notes
- Wedding outfit pressing service
In addition to the wedding services, Cunard’s three flagship ocean liners, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth provide transatlantic voyages with gourmet dining, daytime activities and nighttime entertainment.