Allure of the Seas wedding

If you’re planning a wedding on the high seas, some options are better than others, according to one cruise specialist.

Miami-based cruise company Landry & Kling released its top ten ships for group events and business meetings this week, naming vessels from a variety of lines for the suitability of hosting a special event.

The travel agency, which specializes in organizing large events at sea ranging from business meetings to theme cruises and reunions, picked ships with between 56 and 2,700 cabins, including the enormous Allure of the Seas.

Many were chosen for the excellent range of on-board activities — Sea Dream II’s water sports marina platform, for instance, or fact-finding tours on board National Geographic Endeavor — although all offer superior service, state-of-the-art function space and private group dining, says Landry & Kling.

Cruise lines are used to planning weddings, and many employ specific members of staff to assist with the details of such events, with larger vessels also offering chapels on board and services such as cake, flowers and music.

However, the list of ships who have captains that can officiate ceremonies (a popular request) is more limited as there are considerable legal restrictions.

According to popular cruise website CruiseCritic, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Princess Cruises are among those with captains available to marry passengers.

Top ten ships for events and meetings

- SeaDream II (SeaDream Yacht Club)
- Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
- Celebrity Millennium (Celebrity Cruises)
- Silver Spirit (Silversea Cruises)
- Pride of America (Norwegian Cruise Line)
- Seven Seas Navigator (Regent Seven Seas)
- MSC Splendida (MSC Cruises)
- Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
- Carnival Dream (Carnival Cruise Lines)
- National Geographic Endeavor (Lindblad Expeditions)