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Say “I Do” or “I Do Again” with a Holland America Line Destination Wedding

Love represents different things to different people. No matter how you look at it, great love requires a special place to share it, and few venues rival the romance of celebrating love on a Holland America Line cruise.

Whether you prefer a simple ceremony or a larger celebration, a wedding on one of our ships will set the stage for a lifetime of magical memories. For every onboard wedding or renewal ceremony, your personal wedding coordinator will handle all of the details — making certain flowers are delivered, the cake is properly decorated and champagne is poured into sparkling flutes — to ensure you can relax and indulge in pre-ceremony pampering if you desire that is designed to present you at your radiant best.

Shipboard weddings are performed on the day of sailing, prior to the ship’s departure so guests can join you for the event only or stay for the cruise that follows. Weddings also can be arranged ashore during the cruise at various ports of call.

Family celebration at the Piano Bar onboard.

With Holland America Line, you can take your event to an exotic destination with one of our destination wedding packages. Rather than walking down the traditional aisle, take a stroll down a white-sand beach to a quaint little chapel at Half Moon Cay. Guests that visit our paradise island on Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises may tie the knot or renew their wedding vows in a private, traditional Bahamian chapel nestled in a garden overlooking the sea.

Couples can choose to “I do” in satin and flip-flops on the beach dancing to calypso rhythms or start a new chapter of their love story atop a majestic Alaskan glacier. Other options include uniting in festive Mexico, on the romantic islands of Hawaii, on an exotic South Pacific island or in the Land Down Under. The choices are nearly limitless.

Destination wedding at the Bahamian Chapel at Half Moon Cay.

Say “I do” at the Bahamian Chapel at Half Moon Cay.

Pre-cruise wedding packages are available at any one of our convenient homeports: Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida; Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; or Vancouver, B.C.; and on select sailings from New York City. A valid marriage license from the place where the marriage occurs is required, and our wedding consultants will assist each couple with the process by providing the necessary information for each specific port.

Everything onboard a Holland America Line ship revolves around romance with spacious guest rooms, private verandahs, perfectly dimmed dining rooms and teak promenade decks ideal for moonlight strolls. It’s a fabulous way to share any special moment, and it can be the awe-inspiring setting of your perfect wedding.

Couple enjoying their private verandah.

Private verandahs are the perfect setting for special moments with your significant other.

For more information on Holland America Line weddings or to begin planning your special day, visit www.royalwed.com or contact Royal Ocean Events at 1-888-475-5511.

17 Comments
  • Jennifer

    Could you please tell me if you have a chapel or room for prayers on your ship the Nieuw Amsterdam.

  • Julie

    Hi Jennifer, there is no chapel or prayer room on Nieuw Statendam. We do, however have Catholic Mass every Sunday and the ship sails with a priest.

  • RUTH SAUNDERS

    Good morning,
    I have clients who wish to get married onboard Nieuw Amsterdam Ship when it sets sail from Vancouver on 24th August 2019. Can you advise how this is organised for them.
    Kind regards,
    Ruth Saunders

  • Julie

    You can call Royal Ocean Events: 1-888-475-5511.

  • Carolyn

    Hello Julie,
    We are sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam March 18 to Mexico. If we bring our marriage license (from Arizona), could the Ship’s Chaplain preform a simple ceremony on board for us with our two friends as witnesses? We don’t need a cake or flowers, we’d just like to be able to say that we tied the knot at sea. This cruise will be our honeymoon, but instead of going to the Justice of the Peace prior to sailing– someone suggested the Chaplain could complete the vows on our first sea day. Thanks for letting me know if there is an inexpensive alternative to your wonderful-sounding wedding pkg.

  • Julie

    Hi Carolyn, congrats on your wedding. Unfortunately the ship’s captain, or anyone on board, cannot perform marriage ceremonies. You can get married in port or on board before we depart if you bring clergy to come on for the day, or ashore in a port. We do work with a wedding service to assist. The ship does do vow renewal services, but they aren’t officially binding, just ceremonial. Royal Ocean Events Phone: 1-888-475-5511 or 1-604-940-1181. Email: info@royalwed.com

  • Christy

    Is there an option for a reception to be at dinner time? Or how does the reception work? Could we just all sit in one section of the dinning room as a reception? Thank you for your reply!

  • Julie

    Hi Christy, you all certainly can sit together at dinner in a section. Contact Royal Ocean Events for wedding planning: 888-475-5511.

  • Nancy

    I’d LOVE to hear more about an at sea Vow Renewal. We’ll be on the Nieuw Amsterdam this summer and I am thinking of surprising my husband (if this is possible). Thank you!

  • Dr. Arnold Perlman

    We will be on the Koningsdam for the 23 day Mediterranean cruise, leaving 6/01/2019. Can arrangements be made for marriage renewal vows during cruise?

  • Julie

    Yes, they can! Please speak to guest relations when you embark.

  • Julie

    Hi Nancy! How great! Please speak to guest relations when you embark.

  • Julie

    Also, if you call ship services (1-800-541-1576) before you leave you will get flowers. Prices are $166.44 per couple and $13.42 per guest.

  • jan leblanc

    how do I arrange a vow renewal for just the 2 of us, 25th anniversary

  • Julie

    Please call ship services: 800–541–1576

  • Stacey

    Booking cruise November 23rd from San Diego. Need info on ceremony ashore or on ship for 7 people total.

    Thank you!

  • Julie

    Hi Stacey, please contact our wedding planners: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/special-events/weddings.html

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