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Getting Hitched Onboard a Royal Caribbean Ship Means a Bahamian Marriage

Where: Bahamas
November 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM | by | ()

Wedding bells can now ring anywhere Royal Caribbean ships sail with the introduction of onboard nuptials. Leave the details to the experts on the ship and your big day will be just as nice as on terra firma.

This is a first for the cruise line, and the 'Royal Romance' program allows for couples to say their "I dos" and those already wed to renew their vows while on vacation. The ship's captain officiates the ceremony and the registration for the marriage will be based in the Bahamas, the registry of the fleet of ships.

From flowers to music, each ship will have a team of wedding specialists to ensure the day is as special as it is for land-lovers. And since the newlyweds can begin their honeymoon immediately after the first kiss, the ship's 'Honeymoon Registry' allows friends and family to pre-purchase special dinners, spa services and shore excursions. Sadly, unlike Target, there is no scanner gun. (darn it!)

RCL joins the list of cruise lines already allowing official weddings-at-sea. Malta-registered Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises and Bermuda-based Princess Cruises can also officiate your special day. Once Cunard swaps flags from the UK to Bermuda, they'll also get in on the wedding fun. If you need a little time to get your sea legs, both Disney Cruises and Holland America have special islands that host weddings.

[Photo: Helge F./Flickr]

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