P&O Cruises Say Yes! to Same Sex Weddings at Sea

by Crissandra Ayroso

In honour of Vancouver Pride Week and Canada 150, we celebrate Canadians supporting equal rights to marriage. In July 2005, Canada was only the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage – not too long after the Netherlands did back in 2001. Britain and the United States soon followed making same-sex marriage legal in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and most recently Bermuda made the historic vote to legalize same-sex marriage early in 2017.

Not too far from the dreamy pink sand beaches in Bermuda, vows are set to be exchanged between two lovebirds for a landmark wedding at sea.

P&O Cruises will be the first British cruise line to conduct same-sex weddings with the first already slated for January of 2018 onboard the Azura.

P&O will join the handful of cruise lines that conduct same-sex weddings and offer wedding packages at sea. Norwegian Cruise Line has been offering same-sex weddings since 2015; Princess Cruises will soon offer same-sex weddings (at a date yet to be determined); and Cunard will start offering same-sex weddings in November 2018.

Same-sex couples can now book the P&O Wedding at Sea package which includes all of the frills (and paperwork) one could hope for – a ceremony conducted by the Captain or Deputy Captain, a wedding ceremony venue with floral arrangements, traditional wedding music, assistance from the on-board wedding coordinator, a professional photographer, a wedding certificate, cost of license fees, bottle of Champagne in your cabin on arrival, more Champagne to toast after the ceremony, wedding invitations, thank you notes, and a wedding outfit pressing service.

Marriage licenses will be issued by the government of Bermuda where most of P&O’s cruise ships, including the Azura, are registered.


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