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Jan115

Celebrity Cruises Now Offers Same-Sex Marriage on Ships

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A transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of Celebrity’s cruise ships are registered, has transformed its onboard weddings program. 

A referendum on the legality of same-sex marriages has opened the door to LGBTQ+ couples looking to wed onboard its ships. The cruise line can now recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard and have the captain of the ship officiate ceremonies.

"Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters," added Lutoff-Perlo. “This is one for the history books.“ 

Prior to the announcement, it was more complicated for same-sex couples to wed onboard, although many ceremonies were still performed. 

“Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal,” said Barbara Whitehall, managing director, The Wedding Experience. “We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters.”

Celebrity offers a comprehensive wedding program through The Wedding Experience. The Celebrity weddings program Nuptials at Sea package includes a captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator, music, photography, a cake, a bottle of champagne, two bouquets and/or boutonnieres and more. 

Couples can also choose to hold receptions onboard with the Celebration Package, plan a shoreside wedding in port, or choose from a number of vow renewal options.

 

Article Courtesy Travel Pulse and Seven Sea Journeys/News 

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