Here is all the information on planning a wedding at a cruise
CRUISE WEDDINGS IN INDIA
PLAN YOUR WEDDING ON CRUISE
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AN AMAZING GUIDE TO DESTINATION CRUISE WEDDING IN INDIA
Looking for the best tips on how to plan a Cruise wedding in India?
We are giving you all the information on planning a wedding at a cruise including:
1. How to plan a wedding on a ship?
2. How to get the best deals and discounts ?
3. How to manage pulling of a great event on sea?
But first, Secret revealed: Cruise weddings in India are far less expensive than you would imagine!
Destination Cruise wedding is for all budgets- it is a great option for a budget-conscious wedding, as well as a Big Fat Indian Wedding as they can be as elaborate as you’d like to make them.
HOW TO PLAN A CRUISE WEDDING?
1. PLAN YOUR DATES AS PER CRUISE ITINERARY
Cruise in India usually sail for 2 nights, 3 nights and 5 nights.
You have the option of planning a 2, 3 or 5 night wedding affair as per the cruise itinerary.
Check the itinerary of your favorite cruise lines and plan your wedding dates accordingly.
2. PLAN YOUR GUEST LIST
A guest list of 100-250 people is ideal and most manageable for a cruise wedding. However, if you have 400-500 guests, Cruise is still a good option because they have many rooms and can accommodate a large wedding group.
You would have to consider venue sizes on the Cruise though, as not all Cruises have big venue spaces.
3. CUSTOM ITINERARY
There are a few Cruise liners in India that plan their sailing as per your wedding dates if you have a large group size of over 500 guests.
4. PLAN YOUR WEDDING VENUES
There are two options of venues while sailing on a cruise-
If you want to have all functions while sailing on the sea, you can choose between function spaces available on the cruise. Most cruises have a few deck options for the wedding ceremony, a theatre for pre-wedding functions and state-of- the- art banquets and grand ballrooms for reception dinners.
You also have the option of having a wedding at the beach/hotel of the actual destination where the Cruise has set sail to.
5. POPULAR ROUTES IN INDIA
Cruise ships in India sail domestically and internationally from ports like MUMBAI, KOLKATA and COCHIN.
From Mumbai the possible destinations include
MUMBAI- HI SEAS- MUMBAI
MUMBAI- GOA- MUMBAI
MUMBAI- DIU – MUMBAI
MUMBAI- LAKSHWADEEP- MUMBAI
KOLKATA- ANDAMAN- KOLKATA
KOLKATA- VARANASI- KOLKATA
KOCHI- MALDIVES- KOCHI
KOCHI- SINGAPORE- KOCHI
KOCHI- LAKSHWADEEP- KOCHI
Less popular port routes start from Mangalore, Pondicherry and Chennai.
6. ROOMS ON CRUISE
Most cruise liners in India can take anywhere between 700-2000 passengers on board.
They have 350- 700 rooms.
There are many different categories of rooms on cruise.
From 100 sq feet cabins to 200-300 square feet suites, there is a variety of accommodation available.
However we usually avoid taking the lowest room category on the ship as the rooms are too small.
Start from the second room category that may include the option of an extra bed, a balcony and a room size that is more than 150 square feet.
7. EMBARKATION AND CHECK IN ON CRUISE
All ports have a big port terminal from where you can board the ship.
Request the cruise company to give dedicated managers and representatives that will look after your wedding group exclusively.
All the guest details and documents can be given to the cruise company before hand to make the check in process easier and faster which is convenient for guests.
8. FOOD ON CRUISE
Food on cruise is usually served at big restaurants and may or may not be exclusively for the wedding group.
You can request for a barricaded venue that is exclusively for your wedding group and no outsiders to be permitted.
9. ENTERTAINMENT ON BOARD
Cruise ships have everything from DJs, Bands, Big entertainment acts like Bollywood shows, theatrical acts and shows for children like an illusionist or magical show.
One can find out the acts and artists that will be performing on the ship and pay only for exclusively showcasing their acts at your function.
This will cost much lesser than to get your own artist as well saving on accommodation and food for the artist.
10. GROUP BOOKING THROUGH A WEDDING PLANNER
Travel agents and wedding planners can get very good rates as compared to an individual booking. They will also be able to add a lot of supplements and add-ons to your package. It is advisable to book the wedding through an agent- travel agents or wedding planners.
DEALS/ DISCOUNTS ON CRUISE
When considering costs, the best cruise ship can be much lesser expensive than land weddings done at a 4star or 5 star property.
1. CONSIDER BOOKING EARLY
Our experience has taught us that early bookings get a much better deal than if booked last night.
We have saved as much as 40% on costs by booking 6 months to 8 months in advance.
Also early bookings means better category of rooms being offered.
2. GROUP BOOKINGS AND WEDDING PACKAGES
Group bookings and wedding packages taken all together can get you much better rates. Negotiate on room costs, venues, meals, extra activities all at one time so you get massive discounts.
Beyond the actual wedding ceremony, you’ll also get discounts whenever the ship docks. Snorkeling or exploring port cities, and premium add-ons to your package. These luxury options aren’t necessary – but they’ll certainly add to the dreamy adventure!
3. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER
A wedding planner will help you negotiate a good deal but also make you aware of other points that are important while planning a cruise wedding. They will also coordinate your wedding days, taking the stress out of the coordination.
OTHER DETAILS WHEN PLANNING
1. Communication on cruise is not easy , wedding planning team will carry walky- talkies and purchase satellite internet connections for communication with guests.
2. Do not plan very elaborate decor as you may not get enough time to set up the venue. Keep the decor pre- set and make sure you get a decorator on board who has prior experience with Cruise weddings.
3. Food menu can be according to your liking and preferences and it is advisable to have a food tasting before hand.
4. Recce of the ship
It is advisable to hire a wedding planner who is experienced in cruise weddings and go with them for an entire recce of the ship to select venues that will exclusively be kept for your function.
5. Venue rentals-
You can avoid paying venue rentals and instead adjust the cost with taking a beverage and starter package.
6. Choosing from entertainment options available on the cruise will save a lot of money.
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