An anniversary is a momentous event in the lives of any couple, and an Anniversary Cruise is a unique way to celebrate your special day. You may just want a quiet anniversary cruise with your spouse, or may choose to celebrate in a more elaborate way with family and friends, with a special wedding ceremony and reception on board your ship or on an exotic island. Either way, it will be an occasion you'll always remember.
Here are some Anniversary Cruise Highlights:
Anniversary Vow Renewals
Many couples commemorate a special anniversary by renewing their wedding vows, and cruise lines are more than happy to accommodate them. The captain on Holland America's ships officiates at a couples wedding renewal ceremony. Guests are welcomed to the ceremony with a pianist playing his own playlist in the intimate piano bar, and guests can be treated to champagne and cake following the ceremony. Princess Line offers two different anniversary cruise packages including champagne and long stemmed roses delivered to the couple's cabin on the first evening, engraved souvenir glasses, and even an invitation from the captain to visit the ship's bridge. Carnival offers a renewals package that includes a certificate, wine toast, flowers, bride and groom glasses, and a wedding cake. Another package offers hors d'oeuvres and open bar. Royal Caribbean offers renewal ceremonies in unusual settings like Alaskan glaciers, rainforest, castles in Europe, or a vineyard in Italy.
Anniversary Cruise with Family
Some couples celebrate a special anniversary with their family on a cruise. Often the family pays for the cruise as a gift to the couple. If a group will be traveling together, special group activities can be planned by arranging them with the cruise line in advance. The couple could be feted at a special private party hosted by their family. An anniversary dinner could be planned including wedding cake and champagne in one of the specialty restaurants. The entire party could go on a shore excursion in one of the ports of call. With Holland America, if eight cabins are booked for your group, guests are served chocolate covered strawberries, and are invited to private wine tastings.
Small Ship Anniversary Cruises
For a more intimate anniversary cruise, choose one of the lines that offers a small ship experience. Cruise West's ships accommodate approximately 100 passengers, and offer cruisers the opportunity to visit Alaskan ports that larger cruise ships can't reach. The setting is informal and relaxing. American-style dishes are served. The Inside Passage, Prince William Sound, and Kenai Peninsula are among the destinations. Over four percent of all the wildlife in the world lives in Costa Rica. If you love beautiful beaches, and want to explore islands and the jungle, this uniques cruise experience may be for you. The Sea of Cortez cruises offer beautiful beaches, sparkling, clear water, historic sites, and amazing wildlife. Explore coves and old missionson a cruise you'll never forget.