First things first, on our first day at sea we (Marla and Mike) renewed our wedding vows. This year marks our 18th anniversary. My (Mike’s) plan was to schedule a cruise for the two of us on our 20th anniversary (something we intended to do back when we got married) and do the renewal of vows thing then. However, since this cruise was scheduled for this year, and there’s very little chance we’re going to be able to take another cruise in 2012, we decided to do it now.
Princess Cruises offers a renewal of vows package that includes the ceremony, officiated by the captain (Andrew Proctor in our case), flowers, champagne, and some memorial items like keepsake glasses and a certificate. The ceremony was coordinated by passenger services rep. Liz, who did an outstanding job. It was well worth the cost.
Ethan served as ring bearer, and Justin wanted to carry flowers so he was the flower boy. Aaron was Mike’s best man, and Lisa was Marla’s matron of honor. The standing party consisted of everyone in our party.
After the ceremony, we retired to the Crown Princess dining room called Crown Grill, which is basically a steak house. There, our champagne was served and we enjoyed an excellent meal with even better service by Camilla, who basically hand fed Justin his trout and didn’t take any guff from our party about “Oh, I don’t want to eat desert!”
As far as pictures go, we’re a bit out of order here – the renewal of vows was on the first sea day, which was actually about 10 days into the cruise. But I felt that this post deserved top billing, and I’ll post more later. Pictures from our day at sea and renewal of vows is here. The pictures of the rocks are the islands we passed at sea while passing over northern Scotland from Glasgow to Invergordon.