Posted July 21st, 2013, 11:51 AM
Good deal! Is it a bad idea to get married independently of the cruise line?
I personally don't think it is a bad idea. You run a small risk of not making it to your port, as the cruise line can cancel any port for any reason. Political unrest, disease, weather, over booking ports with too many ships, etc. If you don't go through the cruise line, you should make sure that whoever you book through, is able to work with you if you don't make it to the port. I would hate to lose all that money just because of circumstances beyond your control. Make sure it is in writing , in your contract, that there is a provision...just in case. Our planner offers to reschedule within a year, if for some reason we are unable to make it. Of course, then there is another thing you have to ask yourself, if for some reason something does cause you to miss your port...can you
deal with that? I know a lot of people would be completely devastated if that happened.
I don't have numbers or statistics to support my statement(feel free to correct me if I am wrong), but I would imagine that it is on the rare side that you actually miss your port. You may want to do some research though, on your particular port/ sailing month.
Those worries aside, I think it is an excellent idea. I'm getting an amazing price/value, and exactly what I want. Best wishes!
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