Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Say “I Do” At Sea With Norwegian Cruise Line

Vegas used to be the wedding location of choice for brides-to-be who wanted their big day to be as free of hassle as possible... just show up at the chapel in your dress and say “I Do”—voila! From bride to wife with no running around meeting with florists, musicians, and caterers.

Even simpler, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the introduction of three new, customizable destination wedding experiences for couples wishing to celebrate their nuptials on one of Norwegian’s ships or in one of the line’s spectacular destinations. In partnership with Vancouver-based Royal Ocean Events, Norwegian offers couples the opportunity to have the wedding of a lifetime during their cruise, whether they choose to tie the knot overlooking the sparkling ocean, atop a majestic glacier in Alaska, or under a canopy of palm trees on an exotic Caribbean beach.

Couples planning their dream destination wedding with Norwegian can choose from three wedding ceremony options: “Symbolic,” performed on board while at sea; “Harborside,” performed on board while the ship is docked in select ports of call; or “Destination,” performed on shore in select ports of call.

Ceremonies are available in a wide range of ports, including Norwegian’s domestic embarkation ports, as well as beautiful destinations in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. From a romantic, intimate ceremony in Santorini, Greece to an elaborate portside affair with hundreds of guests, brides and grooms sailing with Norwegian can commemorate the most important day of their life as they’ve always imagined it.

Packages by Royal Ocean Events offer everything that couples need for their perfect celebration, starting at $1600—a steal in today’s wedding market. The happy couple can relax, as an experienced wedding coordinator will assist them every step of the way during the planning process and, once on board, they will enjoy their big day stress free, as Norwegian’s on-site wedding coordinators handle all of the day’s details. All packages include an officiant or ship officer to perform the ceremony, on-site wedding coordinator, private ceremony location, ceremony vows, bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, prerecorded ceremony music, a bottle of sparkling wine, keepsake wedding certificate and wedding cake.

Norwegian also offers a wide selection of enhancements that couples can choose from to further personalize their celebration, including spa and beauty treatments, flowers (including custom orders), décor and ceremony enhancements, live music, photography and videography, transportation to and from the ship or wedding location, priority check-in, and a variety of wedding reception options, ranging from an elegant cocktail reception with gourmet selections and open bar to a four-course sit-down luncheon with wine service.

For married couples who wish to re-confirm their love while at sea, Norwegian’s “Vow Renewal” package offers a group vow renewal ceremony performed by a crew member starting at $299. Also included are bottle of sparkling wine, a celebration cake for two, a commemorative certificate, dinner for two in the line’s romantic Le Bistro French Restaurant, an 8x10 professional portrait, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to their stateroom, and a bouquet of flowers or $50 on board credit to use towards photo prints. Couples who want a more personal experience can select the “Deluxe Vow Renewal,” offering a private ceremony by the ship’s Captain, an invitation from the Captain to tour the bridge while the ship is in port, plus all of the amenities included in the Vow Renewal package.

For grooms-to-be who want to “pop the question” while at sea, Norwegian and Royal Ocean Weddings can arrange the ultimate proposal. The “Engagement” package includes an ideal proposal setting onboard, a bouquet of classic red roses, sparkling wine and strawberries waiting for the couple in their stateroom, two 25-minute half-body Swedish massages, in-room tea service, breakfast-in-bed for two, and dinner for two in Le Bistro, with pricing starting at $399.

For additional information, availability, and package pricing for weddings contact Royal Ocean Events at 1-888-475-5511 (Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm PST) or email For any questions regarding Vow Renewal and Engagement Packages, contact Norwegian’s Group Events Department at More details on weddings with Norwegian can be found at

Best of all? With a wedding at sea the honeymoon is “included.”

Image Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

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