“We’ve been offering same-sex commitment ceremony and wedding packages since the launch of our weddings program last year," said CEO and Co-founder Michelle Fee.
Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) September 09, 2013
Cruise Planners - American Express Travel announces their latest endeavor, a Sea of Love cruise, the first of its kind for the company: a one-time only seven-night Caribbean cruise packaged with a group destination ceremony in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands devoted to same-sex couples. Taking place September 27, 2014 through October 4, 2014 aboard the brand-new Norwegian Getaway, the Sea of Love cruise includes exclusive onboard events, plus the planning and coordination of what is sure to be one of the happiest commitment ceremonies ever to land on St. Thomas’ shores.
While this is not the first time the company has supported the LGBT community, Cruise Planners, a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, hopes the Sea of Love will bring more attention to same-sex unions when hundreds of couples honor their love for each other in a symbolic and festive ceremony among friends and family.
According to CEO and Co-founder Michelle Fee, “We’ve been offering same sex commitment ceremony and wedding packages since the launch of our weddings program last year. This is a very progressive time, and it’s a turning point in history. As a result, we have seen an impressive increase in demand from same-sex couples looking to declare their love for one another, so we decided to kick it up a notch by doing this once-in-a-lifetime event. Couples can become part of history with a mass commitment.”
The Sea of Love sets sail on Norwegian Getaway to the Eastern Caribbean on September 27, with stops in romantic destinations St. Maarten and Nassau, and the commitment ceremony will take place on the sands of St. Thomas on October 1. Sea of Love cruisers and their guests will enjoy exclusive parties and events, in addition to the signature ship features such as the largest Aqua Park at sea and three-story Sports Complex, Ocean Blue restaurant by Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and more.
“We are thrilled to host Sea of Love on our newest, most innovative ship, Norwegian Getaway,” said Norwegian Cruise Line’s Senior Vice President of Sales in the Americas Camille Olivere. “We are especially happy to host the cruise with Cruise Planners, a Norwegian Cruise Line President’s Club member and longtime partner.”
Cruise Planners will handle all travel arrangements, while the company’s destination commitment ceremony event managers take care of all the necessary planning and preparation for both the commitment and post-celebration ceremonies. Romance will fill the air when a multitude of couples exchange vows on the beach together, with friends and family sharing in the special occasion. After committing their love forever at the beachside venue, couples will celebrate with an island chic reception that includes a buffet, open bar, party costumes, champagne toast, steel pan band and a photographer to capture all the memories for attendees to relive time and time again.
Rates for the Sea of Love cruise start at $2,599 per couple and $1,039 per guest and include cruise fare roundtrip from Miami, beachfront ceremony and celebration along with special onboard activities for the couples and their guests. For more information or to find a Cruise Planners travel advisor to book this unforgettable experience, visit http://www.cruiseplanners.com.
About Cruise Planners – American Express Travel
Named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for the past 10 years, Cruise Planners positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives.
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include a record nine Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2012, Special Needs Group Accessible Travel Advocate Power Partners™ for 2012, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2004 – 2011), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2012), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2012) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Globe Award (2008 – 2012), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2012), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer and International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Member. For information, visit http://www.cruiseplanners.com.