Celebrity Cruises announced today that effective immediately, the cruise line will offer onboard same-sex weddings.
Celebrity’s groundbreaking new wedding policy follows the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Malta, where most of Celebrity’s fleet is registered. Although Cunard, Princess, and P&O Cruises announced earlier this year that they will offer same-sex nuptials starting next year, the fact that Celebrity’s new policy takes effect today makes them the first cruise line to offer shipboard weddings to LGBTQ passengers.
Celebrity President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo stated, “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. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters. This is one for the history books!”
“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.”
The Celebrity Weddings program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator’s services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, bottle of Champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony.
Our Take: We can’t wait to see photos of happy same-sex newlyweds celebrating their nuptials aboard Celebrity ships. Kudos to President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo and her team on making LGBTQ weddings at sea a reality. (We also hope the Celebrity Weddings Program page will soon be updated to show same-sex couples.)
More info at: Celebrity Cruises