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Celebrating 10 years of Weddings at Sea


Last year marked the 10th anniversary of P&O Cruises Weddings at Sea. We talk to Alan and Sue Boffey, the first couple to tie the knot on a P&O Cruises ship

Alan and Sue Boffey

Alan and Sue Boffey on their special day

What could be more perfect then getting married with the sky and sea as your backdrop and one of our beautiful ships as your venue? With a P&O Cruises Wedding at Sea your new life together can begin wherever you dream of. From the magical Mediterranean to the sun-drenched Caribbean, the world is your oyster. We make sure that your big day is all you ever dreamed of, with your favourite flowers, your most loved music and delicious food and wine, just sit back and relax as we take care of it all.


First P&O Cruises Wedding at Sea

This year marks the 10th anniversary of P&O Cruises Weddings at Sea. On a cruise to the Canaries on Oceana in April 2006, Alan and Sue Boffey became the first couple to tie the knot at sea with P&O Cruises. ‘We didn’t want a traditional church wedding,’ explains Sue. ‘We were planning a family holiday anyway and being able to get married while we were on the cruise was just ideal for us.’


‘When we were booking our holiday, weddings at sea weren’t something you could do on P&O Cruises ships,’ adds Alan. ‘We’d already been on holiday with P&O Cruises four or five times previously and knew that we loved the ships, so we asked them if it would be possible to do. We love cruising that much and we thought it would be the ideal wedding. We just wanted to do something a bit different and a bit special.’


‘P&O Cruises really did pull out all of the stops for us, we had the best of everything,’ Alan explains. ‘We had such peace of mind as everything is taken care of. At the beginning, they asked a few questions about how we’d like the day to go, our choice of flowers, what we’d like for the wedding breakfast. Then we handed everything over to them to organise, which is one of the reasons we liked the idea so much ­– there is so much to do normally for a wedding, but for us there was absolutely no stress. All we had to do was turn up on the morning! The chef on board even baked our wedding cake for us.’


The couple had their family with them for the special holiday. ‘Sue’s parents were there, and our six-year-old son Stephen was our ring-bearer. It was a good excuse for a family get-together,’ says Alan. ‘It was great because we could have our wedding day just as grand or as simple as we wanted. Everything went more smoothly than I could ever have expected and the weather was absolutely lovely, too,’ adds Sue.


‘We got married just off the coast of Madrid. Our marriage certificate actually gives the nautical reading of where we got married,’ laughs Alan. ‘From the moment we were married, which was on day four of an 11-night cruise, it was our honeymoon. So we had our wedding, our honeymoon and a holiday all in one. Just perfect.’

Alan and Sue Boffey with Captain Alistair Clark, who married them on Oceana

Alan and Sue Boffey with Captain Alistair Clark, who married them on Oceana

Let us take care of your day

From the minute you book all the way through to your special day on board, our dedicated teams will take care of everything to make your wedding day unforgettable. Your Personal Cruise Expert will help you plan your Wedding at Sea when you book, taking into account your party size and choice of venue. We can even send you special invitations to give out to your guests, and provide thank you notes afterwards to write from the comfort of your cabin. And once you step on board, your personal Wedding Coordinator will take care of the finer details, ensuring your day is stress-free. Let the celebrations commence on arrival to your cabin, with a complimentary bottle of champagne.


Weddings at Sea are available on many of the ships in our fleet and our celebration packages suit every type of occasion and budget. Whether you’re seeking a sense of tradition or want a contemporary wedding, a family-friendly atmosphere or a ship that’s exclusively for adults, we can help. We’ll make you feel extra special with lots of lovely perks too, including: on board spending money for the bride and groom, as well as for each couple within the wedding party; up to three complimentary cabins for your wedding party; an additional 5kg luggage allowance for both the bride and groom if travelling on a P&O Cruises fly-cruise holiday.


We’ll make your day one to remember. For more details and terms and conditions, visit the weddings section of our website or see our brochure.