The line is offering couples the option of getting married shipboard or shoreside in several Caribbean destinations, including Bridgetown, Barbados; Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Falmouth, Jamaica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Couples can also get married on embarkation day in Miami.
'As destination and cruise weddings continue to gain popularity, we are thrilled that we can now offer guests the opportunity to legally get married shipboard or shoreside,' said Bonnie Levengood, svp marketing for MSC Cruises USA.
Partnering with The Wedding Experience, MSC Cruises’ event planners work with couples to handle all the details of planning the wedding or vow renewal, including providing a wedding consultant leading up to the wedding and a ceremony coordinator for the big day.
Ceremonies and receptions on MSC Divina are customizable with options for everything from photography and videography packages, music, fresh flowers, food and beverage packages, specialty items such as favors and aisle runners, transportation for shoreside events, and personalized stationary for announcements and invitations.
As an extra benefit, couples booking groups of at least 13 staterooms will receive a free balcony stateroom. Those booking larger groups (more than 30 rooms) will receive a free suite, while those booking more than 50 rooms will get a free MSC Yacht Club accommodation.
The ship also offers a variety of locations for romantic photo opportunities with the most popular locations including a traditional portrait along one of the Swarovski crystal staircases and a trendy photo by The Garden infinity pool overlooking the ship’s wake.
Ceremonies on board can accommodate up to 150 non-sailing guests. Basic packages—which include items such as a pre-sailing event manager, local nondenominational wedding officiate, ceremony coordinator, bridal bouquet and boutonniere, cake for two, bottle of sparkling champagne or wine, and one hour of photography coverage—start at $1,600 for a shipboard event and $2,200 for a shoreside event.