The first same-sex wedding will be held on Azura in the Caribbean © P&O Cruises
The first same-sex wedding will be held on Azura in the Caribbean © P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has become the first British cruise line to be able to conduct same-sex weddings at sea, with the first ceremony to be held on Azura in the Caribbean in January 2018.

P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Paul Ludlow said: “I am delighted that, following this much-anticipated change in the legalities, we are now the first British cruise line to be able to arrange same-sex weddings on board.

“Weddings at sea are very romantic and getting married by the Captain in the middle of the ocean is an unforgettable experience.”

The announcement follows a recent Supreme Court ruling enabling same-sex marriages in Bermuda, where all the ships in fleet are registered – except Britannia (Weddings at Sea are not permitted on this ship).

Bookings are now open, with the first wedding to be held on Azura in the Caribbean in January 2018. The wedding ceremony will be performed by the ship’s Captain and the marriage license will be issued by Bermuda. If the Captain is unable to conduct the ceremony, the Deputy Captain will be asked to conduct on his behalf.

Same-sex couples can now purchase a P&O Cruises Weddings at Sea package, which costs from £1,200.

It includes a romantic ceremony at sea conducted by the Captain, wedding ceremony venue with floral arrangements, traditional wedding music, services of the onboard Wedding Coordinator and attendance of a professional photographer at the ceremony.

The package also comprises a commemorative wedding certificate, an official copy of the marriage certificate, the cost of the licence fees, a bottle of Champagne in the cabin on arrival, champagne for a toast after the ceremony and invitations and thank you notes.

There will be an additional 5kg luggage allowance for the couple if travelling on a P&O Cruises fly/cruise holiday and wedding outfit pressing service as part of the package.

For more information, call P&O Cruises on 0344 33 88 595 or visit pocruises.co.uk.