My Fiance and I have recently gotten engaged, and finally decided on an idea for our wedding, a Cruise Line Wedding.
We've been looking into Royal Caribbean Shipboard wedding plans, and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them?
The good, the bad, the ugly, or any advice
Of course we would get a travel agent involved but I wanted to hear from those who used Royal Caribbean (Or just a cruise line wedding plan) before
I have been on three cruises on Carnival, and have two more booked!
Cruises are fun and a great way to travel. Have you been on one before? You might want to see if you enjoy it first. (some people arent fans of cruises).
Other things to consider:
big cost to your guests
family/friends with medical problems might not make it
and as with other destination weddings, you might lose guests because of lack of vacation time.
Personally, I think you should do what you want but keep in mind your guests.
We had some family recently that decided they were getting married on a cruise. Now, none of the groom's family has ANY money, doesnt leave the state (let alone the country), and they didnt do the research to find a reasonable rate. We later found out that they couldnt afford to get married, so if they had 10 rooms booked, theirs was free. Yes, they were making their family (us) pay for their wedding and honeymoon. -I know, off topic.
I have booked 6 cruises thru a great travel agent. Send me a private message if you want the contact info.
Thank you! Every little bit helps with these considerations. I've been on a few cruises with carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
His family and mine have both traveled on Royal Caribbean before (that's why we picked that one the crown and anchor society I believe) However,we were thinking about having a reception once we got back so those who couldn't afford/ didn't want to go along for a 5 day cruise, could still share our union with us.
We are looking at May 2012, but planning early is always good, especially with something like this.
Congratulations on your engagement! Royal Caribbean does a great job with their ship board weddings and beach weddings on many islands as well. Their wedding planners are very knowledgable. As a destination wedding specialist, I have worked with many cruise line's wedding departments and Royal Caribbean's Royal Weddings department has some of the best in the industry. You will have to book your cruise before you will be able to book your onboard wedding. If you've not seen it, there is a download on the Royal Caribbean website that offers a description of the wedding packages that are available. I do recommend that you work with a travel professional from start to finish for your cruise wedding. I've personally sailed Royal Caribbean 24 times and will be sailing on the new Allure of the Seas in November and have assisted many brides in arranging destination weddings aboard their ships and shoreside. When choosing a travel professional be sure that they are experienced in destination weddings. Let me know if I can help you in any way. Congratulations again! Carolyn