Cruise Giant Launches Gay Weddings At Sea

Cruise Critic reports:

Following a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriages in Bermuda, three Carnival Corp. cruise lines — Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Cunard Line — have revealed they are now taking bookings for same-sex marriages at sea.

The ruling permits any Bermuda-registered cruise ship offering weddings at sea packages the opportunity to offer same-sex ceremonies. All P&O Cruises’ ships (with the exception of Britannia) are registered in Bermuda, while Cunard’s three-ship fleet is also registered there.

Ceremonies will be performed by the ship’s captain or deputy captain, with marriage licenses issued by Bermuda. P&O Cruises’ Weddings at Sea packages start from £1,200 and the first same-sex ceremony is set to take place in the Caribbean onboard the 3,096-passenger Azura in January 2018.

Carnival holds nearly 50% of the global cruise market and only the above three of their ten brands are registered in Bermuda. Some of their other brands are registered in the Bahamas or Panama, neither of which have legalized same-sex marriage.

  • Ernest Endevor

    I will hand in my gay card before I get on that vessel.

  • Rex

    Now the conservative christians can boycott the Love Boat.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    “It was such a rough crossing, the only thing I could keep on my stomach was the First Mate.” Dorothy Parker

    • Eunicemmay

      Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !pa101d:
      On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
      !pa101d:
      ➽➽
      ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash101OfficeDataGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★:::::!pa101l..,..

  • Archipelagos

    Great news. Now I just need to a.) find someone that I want to marry and not bury under the patio, and b.) get over my crippling fear of the sea. Good to have goals.

    • Rambie

      I’m good at B but working on A as well. 😉

    • J Ascher

      Hey, even when you’re far out to sea, you’re never more than five miles from land – straight down!

      • Archipelagos

        Ahh!

  • Todd20036

    The weather started getting rough, the large cruise ship was tossed….
    Can you imagine the Gilligans Island that resulted from that?

  • Bluto
    • JDS

      The video only plays if you go directly to YouTube. Otherwise you’re stuck watch 5 fecking minutes of infomercial.

    • Octavio

      Q: What’s a pirate’s favorite kind of sock to wear?
      A. Arrrrrrgyle.

  • Ninja0980

    Cruises are hotels on a boat.
    No desire to go on one.

    • DaddyRay

      I enjoyed all of the cruises I have been on but the thought of being herded like cattle as I get older doesn’t interest me

      • Reality.Bites

        I’ve been on a number of cruises. Straight cruises with family and gay cruises both with a friend a few times and on my own once or twice.

        I find the entertainment on straight cruises to be dire. Painful to endure. As long as you’re with people who have similar tastes in activities, it’s OK, but it would never be my choice.

        A gay cruise, whether you’re alone or with others, is a different matter. The entertainment isn’t high-brow, but it sure is gay! And you’re surrounded by a couple of thousand Trump-hating gay men.

    • Rambie

      I’ve been on one cruise, the ship was more “midsize” these days when we docked at Cabo there were two other ships that were nearly twice the size. We had a great time as we went with a group of friends.

    • jmax

      I said the same thing to someone yesterday who suggested I take a cruise. If I want to spend several days stuck in hotel, I’ll do it sans the motion sickness, thank you.

    • Jon Doh

      My parents always returned home from a cruise with stories about how great and plentiful the food was. I asked why they didn’t just get a room at the Day’s Inn across the street from Golden Corral and save a boatload?

      • William

        Buffets are revolting and a great way to spread illness.

        • Reality.Bites

          But cruise ship dining rooms are nice for those people who want appetizers and soup and salad and mains and desserts served to them by attentive waiters and don’t want to spend $50-100 per person for it. Cruises, especially for non-drinkers, can be a fairly inexpensive way to get that “don’t have to move a muscle or open a wallet” feeling for a week.

          I had the experience of being on one of the higher-end lines once with my parents, and the food was really top quality. I’ve cruised more on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean and it’s more mediocre

          • William

            It’s all good until you have 2000 passengers with Norovirus, complete with vomiting and diarrhea. Then the ship’s toilets fail.

    • CanuckDon

      Hotels that you can never leave.
      (cue the electric guitar)

    • jerry

      Yeah, I’m usually rather cheap on the hotels during my vacations, because I never consider the hotel as the destination, just a place to crash and shower between other activities. So I’ve never been interested in a cruise.

  • Jon Doh

    I could probably find several guys I want to marry on a cruise ship. Time to get the old drip dry wedding gown out of storage once again.

    • CanuckDon

      I think the idea here is that you’re supposed to have a Mr. Wonderful before you step on the floating chapel of love.

      • Jon Doh

        I’ve been practicing my “I do’s” for nothing?

        • CanuckDon

          Yeah, I have to practice those..I have the “I d’oh” down pat.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Marriage is a long term commitment. I would prefer they have Honeymoon sampling cruises :p

      • Jon Doh

        Man buffets?

  • bambinoitaliano

    I’m surprise the Christians never start a cruise line and dub a ship Noah’s ark. Why is that?

    • Jon Doh

      Most people don’t get 40 days worth of vacation time.

    • Hue-Man

      Don’t go outside!

      And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
      Genesis 7:12

    • jmax

      They tried, but the shipbuilder’s plans were all in metric measurements and the Christians wanted it built in cubits and spans. Things sort of fell apart after that.

    • Rambie

      It’s in drydock in Kentucky I hear.

      • M Jackson

        And that’s just in the courts.

    • Danieruw

      Couldn’t get a permit for the petting zoo!

  • worstcultever

    Are there any gay sailboat charter companies? Like, (say), a 70-footer, fully crewed, where you just knock around the islands, enjoying your honey and all the young strong boatspeople eye candy around you? (I wrote a fanfic once, that included a scene of this sort – except, me being a lez, I made it a girl getaway and the crew were all young strong dykes lol)

    Anyway, these big cruise boats just look like a horrorshow of mass pollution and awfulness to me.

    • Rambie

      “…a 70-footer, fully crewed, where you just knock around the islands, enjoying your honey and all the young strong boatspeople eye candy around you?…”

      Now that’s a cruise I’d sign up for and fully support your fanfic idea too.

    • J Ascher

      Cruise lines, on their own and under the law, have really cleaned up their act. Much more is recycled. Of course, when you have tens of thousands (plus crew), there’s going to be a lot of mess.

      On my one cruise, so far, I never saw the ship (Carnival Conquest) in disarray.

  • The Sentinel

    I went to Bermuda in the 90s and visited a “gay” bar. At some point during the evening, the lights went on, couples separated on the dance floor and elsewhere, and the cops did a once around. Coming from New York City, I was shocked to see this. Glad to see times have changed.

  • olandp

    I want to get married on The Queen Elizabeth, talk about a gay lobby, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e23f90a44f0c96ea615b1c63d385c7ae7381abec33272c391e102f364549753b.jpg if only I could find someone willing to marry me, and can afford to book passage…

    • M Jackson

      I could fantasize about just living there, except for what my cats would do to those chairs.

    • boatboy_srq

      Depending on the voyage, QE can be pretty affordable. Shop the shorter trips (New England coastline, NYC-FtL, or Baltic voyages, maybe?).

  • Jonathan Smith

    so, does the marriage carry over to Louisiana?

  • Karl Dubhe

    I spent enough time in the real navy.

    Thanks anyhow. 🙂

    • M Jackson

      I’m sure the passengers were much better looking, but did you have an unlimited drinks package add-on? :}

      • Karl Dubhe

        RCN, so the ship had a beer machine that dispensed cans of beer. In the evenings you could also ask for a shot of liquor, for a quarter. You couldn’t get bombed, the MS wouldn’t sell you that much, but you could have a drink at sea.

        I wasn’t there, but I heard of an operation where the ship was convinced to xfer some beer to a very thirsty USN destroyer. We sent over the empties, they returned them after filling them. 🙂

        • M Jackson

          We had unlimited drinks, which meant me because mypartner doesn’t.
          I’d start on the deck after breakfast with bloody mary, after lunch I’d lay out in the sun with the cocktail of the day, always a fruity frozen rum drink and then switch to frozen margaritas. In the lounge before dinner I’d have my several dirty gin martinis, then at dinner a glass of champagne whilst looking at the menu, then white wine with first course and red wine with main, a cordial with dessert.
          Up in the lounge until we went to bed I’d sip different boutique bourbons.
          I have plenty of photos on my phone to remember our trip by.

  • John Ruff

    Cruises are awful

    • canoebum

      I have never had a bad cruise. Every one thoroughly enjoyable.

      • John Ruff

        That makes one of us.

      • Octavio

        A sailing ship such as a ketch or sloop is fine. But I get an anxiety panic attack just boarding the Queen Mary. Too confining.

        • canoebum

          On one cruise a few years ago I had the pleasure to stand on the balcony of my cabin and observe all five of the Classical Planets at once in the western sky just after sunset. It was a rare and inspiring sight. Then I went to dinner in a fabulous dining room with a three story atrium. It wasn’t exactly like “Das Boot”. My advice if you ever go on another cruise: after breakfast go to the pool deck, find a lounger, spread out your towel, put on your sunglasses and order the Drink of the Day, whatever it is. That anxiety should disappear fairly soon.

    • Beagle

      They definitely aren’t for everybody. But I wouldn’t trade the memory of sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar at night for anything. To the left — the plentiful neon lights of Morocco. To the right — the scattered lights of the Spanish countryside.

      • William

        My great Aunt told about sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar. She said it was beautiful until the Luftwaffe strafed her ship.

      • John Ruff

        I took my grandma on a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean. The experience, with her, was unforgettable. And so was the tasteless food, the constant smell of bleach, the constant meddling by staff, and the crass and obese fellow passengers.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I agree with you completely, but some people love them.

  • Ken M

    I wonder if the Company has to make passengers aware at the time of their reservations, that a same sex wedding will be taking place during the cruise.

    • M Jackson

      Warn the florist!!!

      • Ken M

        Too Many cakes at the dessert buffet. : )

    • AngelaChanning

      Most cruise lines that are providing services to LGBT+ persons would not notify other passengers making reservations. It is my understanding that if there are large affinity groups on the ship (say 400-500 people or more) they may notify large travel agents but not individual passengers. Typically this is done for logistics and reservation block issues not so much a warning about the group. If people have concerns about any type of affinity group, they usually have to research the voyage on the internet. This is a double edge sword. An LGBT family could find themselves with a large evangelical group (although Baptists by their very nature avoid cruises.) I once saw an ad for a gospel Singing at Sea charter cruise. No alcohol, casino. It was on the oldest and smallest Carnival ship in the fleet.

      • William

        I might actually enjoy the smallest ship in the fleet. Those monstrous floating hotels look awful.

  • canoebum

    NCL has been offering dockside weddings in New York for years now. I have read of some gay weddings which were quite elaborate. The dockside option is nice because you can invite friends and family to the ceremony and reception(as simple or as fancy as you want), then the guests debark and you and your new spouse sail off together for an immediate honeymoon trip.

  • TrueWords

    I know it does not fit the theme here but this always tickles me…

    http://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/newshour/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/171485724.jpg

    • Ben in Oakland

      I always put it this way….

      Let us marry each other so that we don’t marry YOU!

      • Reality.Bites

        To which they reply, “Oh no, bitch, someone’s got to take the Michelle Bachmanns and Maggie Gallaghers off our hands.”

        • Ben in Oakland

          Why, SIR!!!

          I a. Shocked that you would hold such an opinion of such estimable women, and the half men that love them.

  • Eric Lewis

    Sounds Hideous.

  • AJD

    Is the norovirus complementary?

    • William

      They give you a free trash bag for when the toilets stop working.

  • JWC
  • boatboy_srq

    I’ve never “cruised”, but I’ve done enough transatlantic crossings to know I NEVER want to fly that route again – especially as air travel gets ever meaner, nastier, more uncomfortable and fee-centric. Arriving hitched would be icing on that cake.

    • William

      Are there scheduled transatlantic passenger ship crossings anymore?

      • boatboy_srq

        QM2 crosses roughly once a month.