Posted October 4th, 2013, 06:16 PM
Next year we are having a memorial cruise for my beautiful daughter who passed away at the age of 33 from breast cancer. She was diagnosed 6 weeks before her wedding. She was married on the Carnival Pride 03/28/10.
We thought it would be fitting to have a memorial service onboard and scatter some of her ashes. Her husband could not do the Pride (too much heartache) and since we are from Philadelphia we chose to sail from NY. The cruise will also raise money for her passion Children's Literacy Initative (she was a teacher).
I am hoping someone has experience with an onboard memorial. I think there will be about 25-30 of us. I would appreciate any feedback that could be provided.
I don't have any experience with it yet, but I will in about 7 weeks. Going on the Magic Thanksgiving week, and we are planning on doing this for my dad, who passed away from cancer in February. From what I've heard, they take the group down to one of the lower decks, away from normal passenger areas, and allow you to have a service and scatter the ashes. Unless you intend to scatter the ashes directly into the ocean, you will need a biodegradable urn.
That's about all I know at the moment, but I should be able to provide more information about the process after my Thanksgiving cruise.
My condolensces on your loss.