Ceremonies inspired by Cupid

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

From Princess Cruises Facebook page

What is more fitting to do on the most romantic day of the year than renew your marriage vows.  And to do just that on a big, beautiful ship.

On February 14  Cupid will aim his bow at couples on two Princess Cruises sailings.  One voyage is on the east coast, the other on the west side of the US. It’s a tradition with the company who brought us the popular, love-running TV series, “The Love Boat.”

My husband and I actually witnessed one of the line’s vow renewal ceremonies a few years ago on the Ruby Princess. It was pretty far out romantic.

Breaking a Guinness World Record

Princess initially was going to do just one of these vow wow but decided to add the other coast. Doing that has earned them a Guinness World Records title for the largest multi-location onboard ceremony.

One ritual will be be officiated by the first Bachelorette couple Trista and Ryan Sutter on board Royal Princess from Los Angeles on Feb. 10. The five day cruise includes an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas which hosts Lover’s Beach.

The other V-day voyage leaves on Regal Princess  from Fort Lauderdale on February 9 on a seven day Western Caribbean itinerary. On that one the charming faux Captain Stubing of the Love Boat, Gavin McLeod will do the honors along with his television daughter, Jill Whelan.

Bachelorettes Trista and Ryan Sutter met on the most popular reality dating show and were married soon after. The episode drew more than 26 million viewers, making it one of the most-widely viewed in reality TV history. They celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary serving as the godparents of Ruby Princess in 2008. The couple currently resides in Vail, Colo., with their two children Max and Blakesley.

“We’re honored to officiate this world record title attempt, renewal of vows ceremony on board Royal Princess, reminding couples about the importance of making time to celebrate romance and their love for one another,” said Trista Sutter. “Ryan and I are also celebrating 16 years of marriage this year and know first-hand that a cruise is the perfect way to reconnect with one another.”

Gavin McLeod officiates vow renewals on Princess

Gavin McLeod aka: Capt. Stubing to officiate ceremony photo by Patti Pietschmann

Romancing the sea

If you and your partner want to say ‘I do’ all over again, there’s still time to book your spot. Just call a Pavlus travel specialist. You can also learn more about it at  princess.com/Celebrations.

A little tip from Cupid: pick up a little bling for a gift to your partner plus order a fine bottle of bubbly to spice things up.




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