Same-sex Weddings At Sea Axed after Bermuda Law Repealed

It has been announced that P&O Cruises and Cunard will likely be forced to axe same-sex marriage ceremonies at sea after Bermuda repealed the law allowing them.

Last year, a Supreme Court ruled authorised gay marriage in Bermuda, which also applied to cruise ships registered there. However, on February 7, 2018, the archipelago’s governor approved a bill that reverses it.

As P&O Cruises and Cunard ships are registered in Bermuda, captains will no longer be able to conduct on-board services.

A spokesperson for P&O Cruises and Cunard said: “On May 5, 2017, a Supreme Court decision was made in Bermuda legalising same-sex marriages. We were delighted by this decision as we have wanted to offer same-sex ceremonies for many years.

“Although we are awaiting further information from Bermuda, it is unfortunately, likely to be the case that Bermudian law will not permit a same-sex wedding ceremony on-board our ships in the future.

“We are very unhappy about this decision and we do not underestimate the disappointment this will cause those guests who have planned their weddings.

“We would still love to welcome couples on board though as planned. Whilst we are unable to hold the legal ceremony we can still offer a commitment ceremony to celebrate their partnership or a renewal of vows ceremony, both of which will be officiated by the captain or a senior officer.”

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