P&O launches new wedding website
The romantic notion of being married by a ship's Captain whilst at sea is proving ever more popular with the British public. In 2008 P&O Cruises married 371 couples at sea, 32% more than in 2007 and 64% more than in 2006.
In line with this increase in popularity, P&O Cruises has designed a dedicated website www.pocruises.co.uk/weddings to be a 'one-stop shop' for all the information a potential bride and groom could need to plan their big day at sea.
P&O Cruises head of brand marketing, Philip Price, said: "We are delighted that our Weddings at Sea service has struck a chord with the British public. Our aim is to provide effortless holidays for our customers and by applying this same attention to detail to our wedding service - we have made tying the knot stress free. And of course the honeymoon begins as soon as the ceremony is over so it truly is an effortless experience.
"Our new website means that from the very first stages of planning, couples can find everything they need to know in just one place. They can find out about P&O Cruises six ships before downloading the complete weddings at sea brochure and a booking form to return to the team of dedicated wedding planners. Nothing could be easier."
With the average UK wedding now costing on average £19,200*, a wedding with P&O Cruises also presents very good value for money. Combining wedding and honeymoon means packages for the bridge and groom can cost from little more than £2,000.
The Weddings at Sea package starts from £725, plus £249 for licence fees and includes the venue, ceremony conducted by the ship's captain, VIP treatment including priority boarding (excluding Caribbean itineraries), floral arrangements for the ceremony, wedding music, wedding certificate, champagne and on-board wedding coordinator, invitations and thank-you notes.
Optional extras include flowers, cake, photographs/albums, champagne breakfast in bed, reception parties/dinners and spa treatments.
Weddings can be conducted on any itinerary from a minimum of seven nights in duration. Seven night cruises in 2009 start from £521** per person based on two adults sharing an inside twin cabin on a full board basis including accommodation, all main meals, entertainment and most facilities.
There are choices of music, champagne and wines, wedding cakes and flowers, together with a photography service to capture the magic moments.
Both bride and groom can be pampered in the ship's Oasis Spa with treatments such as Indian massage, hot stone therapy, Oxyjet facial and use of the hydrotherapy pool and heated loungers. The bride can also visit the beauty salon, with services ranging from hair and nails to a full make-up.
After the ceremony, the couple will be able to choose how they would like to celebrate - from an intimate candlelit dinner in venues such as Arcadian Rhodes, inspired and created by celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, or The White Room, by Marco Pierre White (on Ventura) - to a full reception for family and friends.