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
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.