A while ago, I announced that my daughter would be getting married in February. What I didn’t tell you at the time is that we are planning a cruise ship wedding, and, now that we have it well under way, I’d thought I’d share information about how to arrange a cruise ship wedding (with the emphasis on ships from the NJ and NYC area). This will be a multi-part series focusing on one cruise line and their policies and options per day.
Why a cruise wedding?
A cruise wedding is NOT for everyone, however, if the idea appeals to you, here are just some of the advantages of having your wedding on-board a cruise ship:
- The ease of the wedding and honeymoon in one
- Allowing family and friends to enjoy a vacation together
- Cruise weddings are often more budget friendly (Yes, really! Some cruise ship wedding packages start around $1,000)
- Option of getting married on land or on a cruise ship (this varies greatly with cruise line so be sure to check your cruise line of choice for details.)
Royal Caribbean Wedding Options from New Jersey and New York City
Royal Caribbean aboard Explorer of the Seas
Prices begin at $2595 for the “Duet Package”. Everything you need for a simple, romantic wedding onboard including a bridal bouquet, a photography session and a cake for four. Your wedding will be performed prior to the ship’s departure. All weddings are approximately one hour in length. This includes the ceremony, cake cutting, strawberries and sparkling wine toast and the photo shoot.
The Duet package includes:
- Priority check-in for the couple and their sailing guests.*
- Escort for the bridal couple by their Royal Romance Wedding Coordinator from the pier to the stateroom.
- Ideal wedding location onboard a Royal Caribbean ship.
- Romantic wedding ceremony.
- Royal Romance wedding officiant.
- Personal Wedding Coordinator at the ceremony.
- Romantic, recorded ceremony music.
- Bridal Bouquet Sailing-Day Ports: Simple, elegant bridal bouquet with three sprays of white dendrobium orchids accented with limonium for a hint of color, plus greenery, tied neatly in a white satin ribbon.**
Island Locations: A tropical or wild-flower bridal bouquet with the designer’s choice of flowers.**
- Groom’s boutonniere with a single matching bloom.**
- Keepsake Royal Romance marriage certificate.
- Bottle of Royal Romance sparkling wine.
- Four (4) delectable Royal Romance chocolate-covered toasting strawberries for the bridal couple.
- Professional shipboard photography service for the ceremony, and strawberries and sparkling wine toast (one hour of service).
For other wedding packages visit: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/experience/html.do?exCode=547
Explorer of the Seas: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/content/en_US/pdf/fastfact_ex.pdf
Getting Your Marriage License (New Jersey)
Couples are responsible for obtaining a valid marriage license from the State of New Jersey on their own and the bride and the groom must appear in person to obtain the license. The cost of the license in New Jersey is $28 USD. There is a 72 hour waiting period before marriage license may be issued. Marriage License fees varies from port to port. Please contact a Royal Romance Wedding Consultant to discuss pricing and instructions. Several ports require blood work and/or witnesses present at the weddings. Additional fees may be applicable.
For more information
Contact a Royal Romance Wedding Consultant by calling toll-free at 888-WED-RCCL (888-933-7225) or Direct Line: 305-421-1270. You may also contact Royal Caribbean’s wedding department by email at email@example.com
Royal Caribbean On-line Wedding Brochure (pdf): http://www.royalcaribbean.com/content/en_US/pdf/Royal_Romance_Brochure.pdf
Location and Contact Information
Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas is homeported at Cape Liberty which is located in Bayonne, NJ. Contact information is as follows:
14 Port Terminal Boulevard
Bayonne, NJ 07002-5038
Directions by Car
• From the North
Take the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95 South to Exit 14A – Bayonne.
From Exit 14A:
Follow the signs for Route 440 South. Proceed 1 1/2 miles and make a left into the Bayonne Ocean Terminal. The cruise terminal is two miles straight ahead.
• From the South
Take the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95 North to Exit 14A – Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
• From the West, via I-80
Take I-80 East to I-95 South to the New Jersey Turnpike. Take the turnpike south to Exit 14A- Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
• From the West, via I-78
Take I-78 East directly to the New Jersey Turnpike. Take the turnpike east to Exit 14A- Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
• From the East/Staten Island/Long Island
Take the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Staten Island. Take I-278 West to Route 440 North to and over the Bayonne Bridge. Continue on Route 440 North approximately 3 miles. Make a right into the Bayonne Ocean Terminal. The cruise terminal is 2 miles straight ahead.
• From NYC, via The Lincoln Tunnel
Take the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey. Follow I-495 West to the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95. Take the turnpike south to Exit 14A – Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
• From NYC, via The Holland Tunnel
Take the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey. Take the New Jersey Turnpike west to Exit 14A – Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
• From The Bronx/Connecticut/New England
Proceed to and across the George Washington Bridge. Follow signs for the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95 South. Take the turnpike south to Exit 14A – Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
• From Westchester County
Take I-684 South to I-287 West to I-87 South. Follow signs to and over the George Washington Bridge. Follow signs for the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95 South. Take the turnpike south to Exit 14A – Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
• From Rockland County
Take the Palisades Parkway South to I-80 West. Follow signs for the New JerseyTurnpike/I-95 South. Continue to Exit 14A (Bayonne). Take the turnpike south to Exit 14A – Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.
A safe, secured parking facility, operated by Central Parking, is conveniently located adjacent to the cruise terminal. Parking fees are $19 per day including state and local sales tax. Cash, travelers checks and major credit cards are accepted. No reservations are necessary.
• By Train
Take the PATH train from Manhattan to Jersey City or Hoboken. Outside the PATH Station, take the NJ Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train to Bayonne. Get off at the 34th Street Station in Bayonne. You are now directly across Route 440 from The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, which includes the Cape Liberty Cruise Port. Call one of the three Bayonne cab companies to drive you to the cruise port, which is about two miles east of the Light Rail line.
Bayonne to or from the main gates of the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor: $4.25
Bayonne to or from any point within the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, except
Royal Caribbean’s Cape Liberty Cruise Port: $5.00
Bayonne to or from Royal Caribbean’s Cape Liberty Cruise Port: $8.00
Cab fares from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port (prices are approximate and subject to change)
- to Newark International Airport:: $30.00
- to Penn Station Newark: $30.00
- to Penn Station in Manhattan: $65.00
- to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan: $65.00
- to Grand Central Station in Manhattan: $70.00
- to Kennedy International Airport: $75.00
- to LaGuardia Airport: $80.00
Between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., there is a surcharge of fifty cents
in addition to the prescribed fare.
There is a charge of $1.75 for each additional stop on a taxi trip.
For transporting a trunk or large baby carriage or the like, there is a charge of
Taxis have the right to charge for waiting time at the rate of $12.00 per hour.
• By Bus
From the Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the 99S bus to Bayonne. The 99S bus travels along Kennedy Boulevard into Bayonne and stops on request every three blocks. When you reach 33rd Street and Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne, you will be at the closest point on the bus route to the cruise port. Call one of the three Bayonne cab companies to drive you to the cruise port, which is about three miles east of Kennedy Boulevard.