It has just been announced that same-sex weddings hosted on ships registered in Bermuda will no longer be permitted.
This follows the British overseas territory’s decision to repeal a law on the issue, affecting sister cruise lines Cunard and P&O Cruises who both have ships registered in Bermuda.
They said they were “very unhappy” about the change in legislation, which will outlaw same-sex marriage ceremonies on their ships.
“We do not underestimate the disappointment this will cause those guests who have planned their weddings,” the companies have stated.
Following the news, the lines have stated that they will instead be offering same-sex couples on-board alternative “commitment” ceremonies.
The Atlantic island, home to 60,000 people, legalised marriage between homosexual couples in May 2017, following a Supreme Court ruling.
However, this new domestic partnership at approved by Bermuda governor John Rankin on Wednesday 7th February 2018, rolls back the legalisation.
P&O and Cunard announced back in August 2017 that their ships registered in Bermuda would begin to conduct same-sex marriages onboard.
P&O‘s first ceremony was held in the Caribbean January of this year onboard Azura, whilst Cunard were set to hold same sex marriages from November 2018.
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