Tourism & Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line offering legal weddings at sea

Norwegian Cruise Line is inviting couples to tie the knot with new legally recognized ceremonies at sea aboard certain ships.

The Miami-based cruise line said Thursday that captains will start performing legal weddings at sea on the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway this month. Ceremonies will also be held on Norwegian Escape, which will sail from Miami after it launches this fall.

Previously, ceremonies at sea were only symbolic. In the future on the three specific ships, marriage licenses will be issued by the Bahamas through a special arrangement with the country.

If couples want to marry at specific destinations, the cruise line also arranges weddings in embarkation cities and at ports of call.

The cruise line also said it was “pleased to offer” gay and lesbian couples legal ceremonies in destinations where the law allows same-sex marriage. Those locations include Boston, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Miami, Tampa and Port Canaveral. Same-sex weddings are not available at sea, the company said.