Published on Friday, February 9, 2018

Cruise companies disappointed over cancellation of same-sex weddings

P&O and Cunard has said they are disappointed by a change to legislation in Bermuda, which means they cannot now offer same-sex marriages at sea.

The cruiselines' ships are registered in Bermuda, which last week became the first company to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriages.

A law has been enforced establishing domestic partnerships instead.

A spokesman for the cruiselines said the company is working with the Bermudan government to see if the service can be offered in the future.

A spokesman for P&O Cruises and Cunard said: "We are aware of the recent updates from Bermuda in relation to the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 which now, having been signed off by the Bermudan governor, replaces the legalisation of same sex marriage in Bermuda and consequently on our ships registered in Bermuda.

"Having been delighted and wholly supportive of the Bermuda Government's change in law last May, which allowed us to conduct same sex marriages on board our ships we are disappointed with this outcome.

"We will now be working closely with the Bermudan authorities to understand the legalities of  Domestic Partnership Act 2017 and whether this is something we can offer our guests in the future."


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