Thinking of tying the knot on a cruise? Andy Harmer explains why a cruise wedding is easier than you think

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Andy Harmer is the Director of Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland (CLIA)

Getting married on a cruise ship is very easy and I think it must be one of the most stress free and affordable ways of tying the knot. It’s also the ideal way to combine a wedding and honeymoon and offers a very memorable location to say “I do”.

A number of cruise lines offer weddings at sea, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. On some cruise ships it is the Captain who conducts the ceremony.

Couples wishing to marry at sea have a great choice of wedding destinations – from the Mediterranean and Scandinavia to Canada, the Caribbean and the Far East.

Cruise lines offer a wedding coordinator who arranges everything from the pampering in the spa, the hairdressers, make-up and manicure to the flowers, reception and wedding cake.

The ships have dedicated wedding venues and are able to accommodate small and larger size wedding parties. Weddings generally take place on itineraries lasting a minimum of seven days. What a fantastic way to enjoy the cruise holiday experience and to celebrate a partnership.

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