UK: P&O becomes first British cruise line to offer same-sex marriages at sea

P&O Cruises, part of the American-British cruise company Carnival Corporation, is the first cruise line in the UK to be able to conduct same sex weddings at sea, with the first ceremony to be held in the Caribbean next January, followed by Carnival’s Cunard cruise line, which will offer same sex marriages from November 2018.

The new offering follows a landmark ruling earlier this year that legalised same sex marriages in Bermuda, where seven of P&O’s eight ships (apart from the Britannia, which is registered in Southampton), and all three of Cunard's ships are registered. 

The first same sex wedding at sea will take place on board P&O’s Azura ship, which is registered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Wedding packages for P&O cruise ships are available from £1,200, while packages for Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 are offered from around £2,570 and from £2,117 for weddings on board Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, which earlier this year received a £34million refurbishment.

The ceremonies will be carried out by the ship’s captain, while the marriage licenses will be issued by the government of Bermuda. Read more via Telegraph