Celebrity Cruises is to offer legally recognised same-sex marriages on board its fleet when in international waters, in an historic first.
The move follows a vote in Malta, where most of the Celebrity fleet is flagged, which passed its parliament by 66-1. The move means that Celebrity’s captains can now legally officiate over same-sex marriages on board.
“Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters,” Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises, said. “This is one for the history books!”
“Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal,” said Barbara Whitehall, Managing Director, The Wedding Experience. “We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters.”