Security is tight and Julianne and I had to hand over our drivers licences to get on the tender and get to the ship. Our handbags were x-rayed (that of course must be of great amusement knowing how much stuff is in mine) and Candice, the wedding Co-ordinator, on-board the MS Noordam, escorted us to where the ceremony was to be conducted.
The Beverage Manger and Events Manger worked together to ensure the ceremony area was ready. I loved the chairs for our couple to sit in. I was also impressed by the on-board team of four photographers who were capturing photos to provide the couple with a lovely album of photos.
A nice ceremony chosen by the couple was delivered and congratulations shared.
After a while you forget that you are on a cruise ship. Well that is until you go to leave and you need an escort as you have no idea how to get back to the exit point and leave the ship.
I was impressed with the special nature of the ceremony and the way the team, I include myself in that team, yes by the way we delivered the wedding they wanted.
I believe the wedding will be a surprise to people at home as no one knows they were getting married and it might just be they will be told to read this blog to learn of this special event. Good things take time and it is very special that they got married after 23 years together.
Another experience to add to my bank of special weddings.
Interesting fact - staff of 850 on the cruise ship.
The image is not one of mine - the weather did not look like this today in Akaroa.