Royal Caribbean International is offering couples the chance to have their wedding or vow renewal ceremony at sea through its new Royal Romance program. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas has cleared the line to conduct legal weddings aboard its ships while at sea.
Royal Caribbean ships can offer a 'multi-destination' wedding, and facilities that can cater to large parties or intimate gatherings, the line reports. To celebrate the new program the line is offering the Sweethearts at Sea promotional offer, which includes a ceremony performed by the Captain, photography and more, when booking 12 or more staterooms on a 2013 sailing during the introductory offer.
The line will offer a Royal Romance team of wedding specialists to assist couples with wedding planning services, including pre-departure legal requirements, as well as on-board logistics. Brides and grooms will be married in a manner that is legally recognized by the Bahamas through the newly passed Marriage Act, which allows for marriages while in international waters.
Couples have several customizable Royal Romance Package options that celebrate their big day and include all the essentials for creating the perfect wedding. For example, the Royal Romance at Sea package includes: the ceremony performed by the ship’s captain, a groom’s boutonniere, a rose bouquet for the bride, freshly-made cake, recorded music and a live soloist during ceremony, wine at the ceremony, dinner for the bride and groom at an onboard specialty restaurant, photography services, plus champagne and strawberries in the couple’s stateroom.
The Sweethearts at Seas promotion offers couples a complimentary Romance at Sea package when they share their happy memories with family and friends and their wedding party books 12 or more staterooms on a 2013 cruise of five nights or longer. Those couples booking 25 or more staterooms can enjoy the above, plus a complimentary stateroom upgrade, bar service and an hors d’oeuvres reception.
Royal Romance also offers vow renewal packages, symbolic services and customized proposal packages. Complementing Royal Romance’s packages is Royal Caribbean’s Honeymoon Registry which allows friends and families to contribute to a couple’s Royal Caribbean honeymoon cruise. Couples can add all of the onboard activities they’d like in the registry, where their family and friends can even contribute to the cruise fare.
The Sweethearts at Seas is now available to be booked for cruises starting January 1, 2013. For more information about the Royal Romance Program visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com/weddings or call 888-WED-RCCL (888-933-7225).