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EL­IZ­A­BETH SLEITH My wife and I would like to book a cruise to Mozam­bique to cel­e­brate our an­niver­sary, and I’m think­ing of sur­pris­ing her with a vow-re­newal cer­e­mony. Do you know if this is pos­si­ble? —A Hus­band

MSC Cruises, which is bring­ing a new ship, the Mu­sica, to sail from Dur­ban to Mozam­bique this sum­mer, does of­fer pack­ages for wed­dings and vow re­newals on board.

These cer­e­monies, of­fi­ci­ated by a ship’s of­fi­cer, take place in an in­ti­mate lo­ca­tion on board on the last sea day of the cruise.

The ba­sic pack­age is R8,176 and in­cludes a pre­sail­ing con­sul­tancy, pri­or­ity board­ing, a bou­quet of roses and a match­ing bou­ton­niere, a cer­tifi­cate signed by the cap­tain, a cel­e­bra­tion cake and sparkling wine, with two keep­sake flutes.

The gold pack­age, for R10,950, adds a bot­tle of Moët & Chan­don, pho­tog­ra­phy and a gourmet break­fast de­liv­ered to your state­room the morn­ing af­ter the cer­e­mony. The Plat­inum ser­vice, at R13 870, adds a per­son­alised wed­ding video.

Be aware, though, that the cer­e­mony is of sym­bolic value only, with no le­gal va­lid­ity, and that the prices men­tioned are for these ex­tra ser­vices. You must there­fore also fac­tor the cost of the cruise it­self into your plan­ning.

Since you wish to sur­prise your wife, the good news is that MSC will play along, and you will be in­vited to at­tend a cap­tain’s cock­tail event as a cover.

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Pic­ture:­g STILL SAIL­ING A vow re­newal on a cruise.
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