Posted June 8th, 2005, 12:57 PM
We will be getting married on the Carnival Sensation on 8/22. We picked it for a couple of reasons.
We knew we wanted to get married in August or September, and we live in New Orleans. The wedding is going to be very small (we're older and have both been married before) and we originally planned to have it "on land" somewhere here in town, maybe at an inn or B&B, then go on a cruise for the honeymoon. While shopping around for a honeymoon cruise we started seeing all this information about cruise-ship weddings (which I had never heard of before) and thought it sounded like a neat alternative. What the hell, I'm going to be on the ship for the honeymoon anyway! LOL Turns out it will also be less expensive than the "on-land" options we were looking at, which is a plus.
We looked at RCCL and Carnival because they both have departures out of New Orleans (and hold weddings in the departure port), which would allow a few friends/family members to attend without having to travel far. Wound up choosing Carnival for three reasons: 1) we really liked the different packages they offered, especially the "Just the Bride & Groom" and the "luncheon" packages; 2) their sailing dates worked better with our schedules; and 3) we are pretty casual people and Carnival seems like it might be a more casual, down-to-earth line than RCCL.
Obviously the wedding itself hasn't happened yet, but I've been real happy with the wedding coordinator so far, and with the choices they have offered us (re: flowers, vows, unity candle at the ceremony, special readings, etc.)