Hi - We are getting married on Ventura on 12th April 2010 - we booked the day the brouchure came out as we knew which cruise we wanted to take so it was a case of just booking the cruise then phoning the wedding team to book the date, I didnt hear anything from p & o until they phoned just after christmas to check details on the planning forms - I will let you know how we get on!!
May I suggest you go to the P&O site and register on their Community section. You will find information from people who have had their wedding with P&O. I know there's one thread there at the moment from someone planning a wedding on board.
Just returned from caribbean on ventura, there were at least four weddings that we know of, and everyone spoken to said they had such a good time.
My wife and i renewed our wedding vows on Aurora in November. The whole experience was really first class. The only down side was the photographer who took some of the most aweful wedding photos.
My advice is to make sure one of your family takes plenty of photos at the service.
Apart from that i would thoroughly recommend the way P&O handled the service.
Hi there, my daughter was married aboard the Artemis on Christmas Day. It was lovely, a really happy day. There is a dedicated wedding co-ordinator who saw that everything ran smoothly. The service conducted by the Captain was very appropriate, and I would thoroughly recommend it. In our case, the photographer did a wonderful job, so I suppose that could be just down to luck. Everyone made such a fuss of them, clapping and cheering, it was really memorable. One thing I would say, be careful where you cruise, we were in the Carribean, so the sea was quite calm, but we now of one bride who had to get married in a force 10 gale, not ideal.
I'm looking at booking my wedding on board for 2010.
To be honest, I have found that there is a huge lack of information around this subject in general.
For instance - you look in a Caribbean (Land holiday) brochure - there's always a section on weddings. Hotels are highlighted as providing weddings. The same for Far East brochures, Greece brochures etc.
So, when you look in the P&O brochure, you see... nothing! Princess have one page with about 6 lines of writing, Celebrity have nothing... so as an industry; they're not making much of the fact that you can get married at sea.
P&O/Princess do have brochures on the subject - but you do have to ask. P&O have a wedding website http://www.pocruises.com/wedding/index.asp
There's a company that handle the weddings onboard for several major cruise lines - but you have to look at each of their PDF brochures individually.
I have found that compared to booking normal weddings - Cruise Lines are very non-committal.
Also - I want to get married in 2010. Do you think I can get a cruise line to tell me where their ships will be then? No, you have to wait - so I am waiting on them to book publish their itineraries (All I wanted was: Ship leaves X Date, Returns X Date) - so that I can book a reception venue in the UK before flying out AGAIN to one of their ships for a honeymoon. They just don't want the work!
Overall - I think that the marketing and experiences should be shown greater. I'll be exressing this at the Cruising Show at ExCeL in March!
I quite agree that there is not enough information (P & O if you see this please take note!) Our Son has phoned P & O and they are now on a waiting list for 2010 (Try doing this) P & O told them that the itinery for 'Norway' was very popular and that there was a waiting list for weddings on these routes and not to hold out any hope of the route being available. As we have a small window for dates due to school holiday times etc organising things is proving difficult. We are awaiting the 2010 brochure in the hope they can get the wedding of their choice on the date that they would like. But it seems to be a bit of a lottery !!!!! Good luck with your wedding.
Hi we had already booked on artemis panama feb 2010 so decided to tie the knot at last!! after 14 years second time round. we get married 1st march between aruba and limon, we have only heard from P&O to ask for deposit when i asked re info she said well you won't hear until 6 weeks before which is rather worrying,i asked for a brochure and she said you will have to apply for one in april i replied i thought that was pretty poor in view of the fact i'm paying £1000 for nothing then, just the ceremony, the girl really wasn't that bothered. we are hoping it will get better after all this will be our 7th cruise with them
i would love to hear from anyone else who has been married aboard artemis, and yes i will down load all info and prices i just thought they might have been more helpful
Don't worry You'll have a fabulous trip.Weddings at home you have to run about for months organising. This is easy. 6 weeks before you book and pay for beauty treatments, cake and flowers the rest can be arranged on board.
My husband and I got married on the Artemis on the Panama cruise this January. The £1000 covers the service of the wedding co-ordinator who meets you once aboard and goes over with you all your requirements for the day.She'll show you the wedding chapel, check all legal details, liase with florist, chef etc on your behalf for any special requests ,they'll provide witnesses if you're travelling there's only the two of you travelling.Nothings too much trouble.
They collect you from your stateroom and escort you to the chapel. On the day there are beutifull flowers provided in the Wedding chapel, the lovely service performed by the captain in a nice leisurely way, nice music playing, (you can provide also your own music CD if you wish) Champagne provided for a toast afterwards.
The extras I booked in advance were bouquet, hair, make up, manicure and pedicure, then once onboard I arranged photography and video with the onboard photography services.
We lunched in our stateroom with room service and our steward was lovely and had decorated the cabin with streamers and balloons but they'll arrange a table in the dining room or seperate room if you're a big party.
With both the hair and make up the price includes a trial session , I had this done for the first formal night. The spa girls are lovely and Kerry the photographer puts you at ease, many people have commented that my album is one of the nicest they've seen and I was a 50 plus bride not a beautifull 20 year old.The Artemis is a very friendly boat and you'll find there will probably only be a maximum of 3 weddings over the 2 week cruise so there's certainly no production line feel to it. Don't worry you'll have a fabulous day.
Hi, we got married New Years Day on the Oriana between Madeira and Tenerife, we are both in our 50's and second time for us, it was absolutely brilliant, weather was good, photographs were good, it was hard to choose which ones to have. Like all photographs on the ship I think they are a little expensive but neverthe less good, a tip would be for others to take photos if possible, we all had our cameras and only took a couple ourselves as we totally forgot. We only had our 3 sons with us so it was very much a family affair but nevertheless recommend it. You can have as many "frills" to the basic package as you like. The only down side is that you have to wait about 6 weeks before you get your marriage certificate so please be aware that if "the lady" needs her passport changed by the time you get your marriage certificate and your new passport you are looking at a space of about 2 months.