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Wedding Package FAQs

Published 12/19/2017 10:24 AM   |    Updated 05/16/2022 10:52 AM

Please Note: We are now taking reservations for weddings and vow renewals on sailings starting September 2022 and beyond. Please contact the Wedding Department first to check availability before booking the cruise.

How can I book a wedding?
Just give us a call! Once we have confirmed that space is available on your date and you have booked your cruise, our personal wedding planners can help you find your perfect wedding package. You may contact the Wedding Department at 800 933-4968 or 305-599-2600 (extension 74968), Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:30pm ET. Due to limited space, all wedding reservations are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I pay for my Wedding over time?
Payment is due at the time of booking; however, the couple can finance their wedding package with Uplift. A portion of all wedding packages is a non-refundable to secure your special day. Carnival Weddings can be booked by phone with a credit card. Certified checks and money orders are only accepted from travel agents.

Do I need to cruise to have a Carnival wedding?
Yes, the wedding couple is required to sail. Fortunately, getting married on Carnival is the perfect way to start a honeymoon! We do welcome both sailing and non-sailing wedding guests in most ports. In ports where we anchor at sea and use water shuttles, non-sailing wedding guests are not permitted to board the ship.

What is the maximum number of guests I can have at my wedding?
The maximum number of non-sailing wedding guests attending a wedding is 50.

What is the difference between the types of Carnival weddings? 
An Embarkation Wedding takes place on the ship before your cruise begins, so you can celebrate with family and friends who are not sailing with you. A Wedding At Sea requires that all guests sail with you, since it takes place on the ship, at sea. An Onboard Destination Wedding is offered aboard the ship while it’s docked in a particular port. A Destination Venue Wedding happens off the ship, either on a beach or a similarly beautiful location.

At what time do my wedding guests and I need to be at the port?
Priority boarding is provided for couples being married the day of embarkation, once the ship is cleared by U.S. Customs. Arrival time for wedding guests is usually 10:30am for most ports. These times are provided with embarkation instructions through our Wedding Department based on the sailing port. You must be at the pier at the time indicated by your wedding planner for priority boarding. Please be prompt. Couples getting married later in the cruise will follow general boarding procedures.

How long will my wedding ceremony last?
The ceremony is approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

What’s included in the ship’s onboard wedding ceremony set-up?
Onboard Weddings include an aisle runner and two decorative pillars with white silk floral arrangements. We also have additional decorations, like silk rose petals, that we are happy to provide with specific wedding packages.

What is the deadline to book a wedding?
You must book your wedding no later than 60 business days prior to sailing. But don’t wait that long — all of our services are available on a first come, first serve basis, and often sell-out.

Is the cruise price included in the wedding package?
No. The cost of the wedding package and related services, does not include cruise fare. Your cruise must be purchased separately.

Will my ceremony be performed by the ship’s captain?
All wedding ceremonies are performed by a local officiant.

How do you determine which room my wedding will be in?
Wedding lounges are assigned based on the number of guests attending the wedding, plus which reception options you have selected.

What time do the weddings start?
In most ports, weddings start at approximately 1:00pm.

Do I need to have a reception with my wedding ceremony?
How you celebrate your big day is up to you and we know you want to make it memorable for your guests. We can accommodate almost any budget with options for hors d’oeuvres and beverages. If you select a package without a reception, a short champagne toast will be held to end your ceremony.

Which time of the year is the least expensive to have a wedding?
Wedding prices don’t change seasonally but are subject to change at any point based on capacity and demand.

Do you perform same gender marriages?
Absolutely! Note, however, that certain ports we sail to do not recognize the legality of same-gender wedding ceremonies. In those ports we can only provide symbolic ceremonies for same-gender couples. The laws at some ports prevent us from being able to offer a symbolic or legal service. Please contact our Wedding Department for more information on which ports have restrictions.

Can I get married while at sea?
Yes! We offer the option of Wedding At Sea. These are symbolic ceremonies — they’re not legally binding.

Am I paid commission when I book a wedding package?
Please be advised, effective December 31, 2018, the wedding commission program for Travel Advisors was discontinued. 
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