NZ’s hon­ey­moon ship

P&O Cruises’ Pa­cific Pearl is set to be­come New Zealand’s hon­ey­moon ship with Kiwi cou­ples plan­ning to tie the knot on­board when the su­per­liner is home­ported in Auck­land from April 2013. Three wed­ding cer­e­monies have al­ready been booked, echo­ing a trend f

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The three Kiwi cou­ples, will wed on April 19, 29 and May 18 next year – and take friends and fam­ily with them on their cruise hon­ey­moon – high­light­ing an ex­plo­sion of ro­mance at sea. Cou­ples are book­ing for on­board wed­dings that are con­ducted just be­fore the ship sails and for re­newal of vows cer­e­monies that are con­ducted by the ship’s cap­tain while at sea. Ex­pe­ri­ence in Aus­tralia shows that short break cruises are the most pop­u­lar for on­board wed­dings with all the trim­mings, says P&O Cruises’ Func­tions at Sea co­or­di­na­tor Annabelle Clear. Ms Clear said 55 on­board wed­dings have been booked on the P&O Cruises’ fleet of three ships be­tween now and March 2014. On one day alone re­cently she took no less than six book­ings for vow re­newals at sea.

“De­mand is now so great, in par­tic­u­lar from cou­ples want­ing to have the cap­tain of­fi­ci­ate at their re­newal of vows cer­e­monies, that we have had to limit th­ese cer­e­monies to five per cruise. We had to be fair to our cap­tains who have busy sched­ules on­board as it is.”

The surge in ro­mance on the high seas erupted fol­low­ing the wed­ding of Syd­ney kinder­garten teacher Amy and fire­fighter Rob in De­cem­ber 2011, which cap­tured head­lines around Aus­tralia. Since then, P&O Cruises has hosted sev­eral large wed­ding par­ties, in­clud­ing a group of 64 on­board Pa­cific Jewel in July.

P&O Cruises’ Cer­e­monies at Sea pro­gram of­fers wed­ding ser­vices, com­mit­ment cer­e­monies and vow re­newals on all three of its ships, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from flow­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers through to pri­vate, post-wed­ding din­ners.

For more in­for­ma­tion and book­ings con­tact a li­censed travel agent or P&O Cruises on 0800 780 716 (NZ) or visit www.pocruises.co.nz.

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