Renewal Vows at sea
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Celebrating a special anniversary or just want to add a big
chunk of romance to your holiday? A renewal of vows really hits the spot.
Whilst weddings at sea have been around for many years,
asking guests to fork out for a cruise, or treating them to one, makes it
prohibitively expensive for most people. However, the renewal of vows, a far
more intimate ceremony, is ideally suited to cruise ships and something that
they do well.
The number of ceremonies that can be performed on a cruise is
limited so you are advised to book in advance. Ships have dedicated staff to
keep in contact and ensure that everything goes smoothly with your special
event. Here are a few examples.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers a romantic ceremony conducted by the
ship’s Master in an attractive venue on board. The package includes a bouquet
and buttonhole, a professional photographer to capture the ceremony, a special
celebration cake and bottle of Champagne. The ship’s master also provides a signed
commemorative certificate. The package for the event, which is performed on sea
days, costs £250. Visit website or call 0800 0355 242.
Celebrity Cruises offers two packages. The True Love Knot
Renewal package includes a ceremony carried out by the ship's captain in an
intimate location onboard the ship; commemorative vow renewal certificate
signed by the captain, recorded ceremony music, floral bouquet and matching
boutonniere, photography service, a signed photo of you both with the captain,
a photo of the ship, champagne, engraved champagne flutes, a cake for two and a
gourmet breakfast delivered to your stateroom. Prices from $650.
The Aisle to Isle Renewal ceremony is led by a shipboard
official and includes recorded music; champagne, cake for two, a commemorative
certificate, a rose and matching boutonniere and photography service. Prices
from $450. To make the day even more special you can add such things live music
and spa appointments. For more information visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk.
Princess Cruises also offers two options. The standard
package includes a bouquet and buttonhole, a certificate signed by the Captain,
a bottle of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, two engraved champagne
glasses, a framed portrait and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The price of
the package is $225.00.
The deluxe package, at $499, adds a champagne breakfast in your
cabin, two bath robes to take home, a 25-minute spa treatment each, canapes or
petit fours in your stateroom and a personalised invitation from the Captain to
visit the bridge. For more information visit www.princess.com.
P&O Cruises provides a choice of three ceremonies on
cruises of seven nights or more. These cover a religious ceremony, a civil
ceremony and a civil partnership and need to be booked at least two weeks in
advance. The package includes a bouquet and matching buttonhole (or two of
either on request), a professional photographer to capture the ceremony, a
single tier iced celebration cake, a bottle of champagne, your chosen portrait
photograph, a silver-plated photo frame, a certificate signed by the Captain
and a pair of contemporary champagne flutes. The basic package price is £450.
Cunard offers a Renewal of Vows package on all three of its
ships. The thirty-minute ceremony is performed by the Captain and is witnessed
by two officers, one of whom is the Renewal of Vows co-ordinator. You can also invite your own witnesses and
guests. The package includes a bouquet and matching buttonhole (or two of
either on request), a bottle of champagne, a single tier iced cake, your chosen
event portrait, a silver-plated photo frame, a commemorative certificate signed
by the Captain and a pair of contemporary champagne flutes.
Once you have renewed your vows the Captain and your two
witnesses will sign the certificate and this will be presented to you. You are
then invited to cut the cake which is served with a champagne toast. The cost
is $800 on Queen Mary 2 and $600 on Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. To book
the event call the celebrations department on 0843 373 0305.
Add some personal touches with a champagne breakfast in bed
and relaxing massage in the Oasis Spa, buttonholes for your guests and a video
of the ceremony. For more information visit website or call 0843 373 0353.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages also offers a great package that
includes a ceremony with the Captain and officers including a bottle of vodka
for Neptune, a bottle of champagne, a 30 minute cocktail party with sparkling
wine and canapes, candlelight dinner for two, welcome cocktail and invitation
to the Captain’s Table, a cake and a professional photograph. The cost of the
package is £250. Call Cruise & Maritime Voyages on 0844 998 3925.
Well, with all those to choose from you really have no excuse. Now, where did I leave those chocolate covered strawberries?
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