Noted for its love of romance and la dolce vita, Italy’s Costa Cruises will broadcast live television coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton aboard all 14 of its ships on Friday, April 29. With broadcast rights from BBC World News, Costa will provide full coverage of the highly anticipated global media event, combined with a day of festivity and surprises.
Extensive coverage of the ceremony live from Westminster Abbey will be broadcast on the in-cabin entertainment system in every stateroom as well as on large screens in the theaters and on the Lido Decks of Costa’s fleet, with 13 ships in the Mediterranean and one in Asia. As a bonus for their passengers who are British subjects, Costa will set aside reserved seating for them to view the broadcast in public areas.
Costa’s tribute to what has been billed as “the wedding of the century” does not stop at the end of the broadcast. The entire day will be marked by a series of royal wedding–themed events in “British style.” At 10 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time the chimes of Big Ben will announce the start of the celebrations and the surprises for all the guests on all 14 Costa ships.
Activities planned include a royal wedding trivia quiz, Royal Bingo, live music, a Royal Street Party on the outside decks, a “food corner” with classic offerings like fish and chips, and a special Royal cocktail. The fun and revelry is set to end in grand style with a themed wedding cake in honor of William and Kate.