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DESTINATION WEDDING… ON A CRUISE!

By Minerva Padilla, Avant-Garde Travel

Your wedding day is one of the most significant days of your life… why not make your special day extra memorable … by GETTING MARRIED ON A CRUISE SHIP!

Many cruise lines offer services to help you plan a shipboard or shoreside ceremony, offering a private reception for your guests at a great value and most importantly it is followed by your romantic in location honeymoon

Here are a few of Minerva Padilla at Avant-Garde Travel’s favorite cruise line wedding packages:

 

couple kissing, cruise ship

PRINCESS CRUISES

Princess “Tie the Knot” packages are available on all ships and most have dedicated wedding chapels. They offer 3 different wedding packages starting at +$2,500.00 that can include from the ceremony to be officiated by the captain, to a wedding offshore at a glacier in Alaska. Pretty Romantic… This line also features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to broadcast the ceremony live, via webcam, to friends and family on land, in case they need an extra reminder to check your honeymoon gift registry online! Talk about bragging rights!

 

Cunard, cruise ships, ocean

CUNARD

“Royal Ceremony at Sea”

Couples that enjoy British influence, like historic charm and formality (which is what the cruise line in known for) are drawn to this cruise line for their wedding. Cunard’s wedding package starts at $2,800 and includes many perks like; flower arrangements, invitations, a White Star Bellman to escort the bride to the ceremonial room and many more above and beyond extras. Reception packages for lunch (from $20 per person) or dinner (from $35 per person).  

 

bride, groom, cruise ship

DISNEY

Disney Cruise Line’s “Fairy Tale Weddings” packages start at $3,000. The ceremony can be onboard or on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private Bahamian island. With this cruise line there are many little details that must be looked over, like the wedding license and number of guests that can attend the ceremony, but it its perfect for a small wedding, a Disney aficionado couple, or second marriages that involve young kids.

And they both lived happily ever after…

Top Honeymoon Picks

Aimee Leon, Avant-Garde Travel

 

Paris – Its true what Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea”. Known as the “City of Love”, you cannot find a more iconic backdrop for your honeymoon adventure than Paris. Imagine sitting on your hotel balcony with your lover, sipping Rosé Champagne, with the Eiffel Tower sparking in the night behind you. Oh La La!

Paris, Eiffel Tower, champagne glasses,

 

Thailand – Thailand’s diverse landscapes offer the perfect balance of pristine beaches, unique culture and magnificent cuisine. Known as “The Land of Smiles” Thailand’s world-famous hospitality is sure to spoil any couple. For exotic wildlife plan a once in a lifetime journey to Chiang Rai for a stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp.

Elephant, bride and groom, Thailand

 

French Polynesia – The iconic Overwater Bungalow is a top request for Honeymooners. A tropical paradise awaits you after only an 8-hour flight from LAX. Imagine the romance, privacy and tranquility as you toast sunsets from your private plunge pool. Consider the luxurious Four Seasons Bora Bora where you can hop from your bedroom to your plunge pool and step strait into the lagoon from your own private deck.

bora bora, tahiti, over the water hut

 

Cruise – Imagine a floating boutique hotel with gourmet cuisine, award winning entertainment and over the top suites taking you to fabulous destinations around the world. Not only is cruising an excellent value it’s an efficient use of time as you cruise between destinations while you sleep. Like more time in port? Check out Azamara Club Cruises where every voyage features longer and overnight stays in port, so you can experience your destinations at all hours of the day.

cruise ship, honeymoon

 

Adults Only All-Inclusive Resorts – Adults only all-inclusive resorts are abundant in Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. Whether its resorts focused on Wellness & Spa or Golf enthusiast packages, couples have plenty of options for their individual style. Accommodation choices range from swim-up rooms to suites with your own private plunge pool. The best part about an all-inclusive resort? You know exactly how much your honeymoon costs before you arrive.Sandals Resort, over the water huts, sea, ocean

 

 

Italy – Take a Vespa ride through the streets of Rome, admire Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence and top it off with a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Venice. From history to cuisine, Italy offers an endless amount of options to experience la dolce vita and is a perfect destination for a European Honeymoon.

Vespa, Italy

 

Africa – A destination full of culture, captivating sunsets, untamed wilderness and extravagant accommodations – Africa is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world offering the most romantic luxury safaris.  Imagine dining at breakfast with your loved one and having a beautiful giraffe as your special guest at Giraffe Manor. Africa provides a romantic backdrop for the adventurous honeymooners and an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience. Roar!giraffes, dinner table