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Tie the knot on a yacht like Zara Phillips

1st August 2011 Print

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall tied the knot at a private ceremony in Edinburgh, but not before they celebrated in style with a pre-wedding cocktail party onboard the Royal Britannia yacht docked in Leith, Edinburgh.

Saying ‘I do’ or renewing your vows at sea is one of the most wonderful ways to celebrate a marriage and many cruise lines now offer special services and wedding coordinators - whether you want the Captain to conduct your ceremony or tie the knot with a rainforest backdrop.

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1. Yacht wedding

Plan your ceremony onboard the Ocean Flyer and arrive for your wedding day in celebrity style on a 35m yacht. After the wedding set sail with your guests into the crystal-clear waters for your reception where you can watch the sun set on your magical day.
Thomas Cook Weddings – Yacht Wedding Package in Cyprus from £899 (for weddings in 2012)

Have your wedding ceremony and reception onboard a luxurious yacht. The 35m Ocean Flyer Yacht, suitable for a wedding party of 80 people, is available at a supplement of 1700 Euros. Yachts for smaller wedding parties of around 30 people are available at no supplement.

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2. Small and intimate ceremonies

P&O Cruises offers weddings on five of its ships, ranging in size to suit your requirements. Wedding packages start from around £1,000 including a full wedding planning service and on board wedding coordinator.

Cruise Thomas Cook - 9 night Atlantic Coast Cruise from £849 per person **Includes £140 onboard spending money per cabin**

Cruising on board P&O Cruises’ Oceana from Southampton - Vigo - Lisbon - Cadiz - Casablanca (Morocco) - Gibraltar – Southampton. Price based on an inside cabin - departing 15th April 2012.

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3. Conducted by the Captain

Princess Cruises offers three wedding packages which are overseen by the ship’s Captain – one at sea, one harbour-side and one ashore. Packages range from £1,113 – £1,360 plus marriage registration and license fee. Princess Cruises' Renewal of Vows packages start from £135 per couple.

Cruise Thomas Cook - 14 night Western European Passage from £1159 per person

Cruising on board Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess Seas from Southampton - Paris (Le Havre) - Vigo - Lisbon - Ponta Delgada (Azores) - Bermuda - Fort Lauderdale before flying home to the UK. Price based on an inside cabin and include return flights to London - departing 3rd Nov 2012

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4. Individual and adventurous

For the intrepid explorers who want to tie the knot in a truly unique setting, look no further than Royal Caribbean's Explorer Weddings service; a wedding programme where you can renew your vows in a rain forest or on a glacier! The adventure starts onboard Liberty of the Seas with packages starting from £1,417 for the Rainforest Garden package Juneau Alaska.

Cruise Thomas Cook - 14 night Italian Mediterranean Cruise from £929 per person **No Fly Cruising**

Cruising on board Royal Carribean’s Independence of the Seas from Southampton to Gibraltar - Provence - Florence/Pisa - Rome - Ajaccio - Seville - Lisbon - Vigo – Southampton. Price based on an inside cabin - departing 19th May 2012.

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5. No sea-legs?

If you want a more traditional wedding on land, but still dream of an exotic location, there's never been more choice for a romantic wedding abroad. Thomas Cook's experienced wedding team will make sure everything is in place for your big day.

Thomas Cook Weddings - Wedding Package in Mexico from £1,119

Get married at the Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa in Puerto Aventuras. Price based on a wedding party of 20 people. Includes personalised assistance from the wedding coordinator, breakfast in bed the morning after the ceremony, strawberries with chocolate and sparking wine for the wedding night, dinner reservation for 20 people, flower decoration, surprise wedding gift and other extras subject to availability.

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*Optional supplements may be applicable at the time of booking.  Correct at the time of issue however subject to change.