New Marriage Law In The Bahamas Makes Weddings At Sea A Lot Easier

HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 17:  The Royal Caribbean's 'Freedom of the Seas' cruise ship enters the docks of the Blohm und Voss shipyard at the port of Hamburg on April 17, 2006 in Hamburg, northern Germany. The 'Freedom of the Seas' is being built at the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland. At 158,000 tons, the 18-deck ship will accommodate 4,370 passengers served by 1,360 crew and, according to Royal Caribbean, be the largest cruise ship in existence. At 1,112 feet (339m) long, her top cruising speed will be 21.6 knots (40 km/h).  In the background is the city of Hamburg and the church 'Michel'. (Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 17: The Royal Caribbean's 'Freedom of the Seas' cruise ship enters the docks of the Blohm und Voss shipyard at the port of Hamburg on April 17, 2006 in Hamburg, northern Germany. The 'Freedom of the Seas' is being built at the Aker Finnyards drydock in Turku, Finland. At 158,000 tons, the 18-deck ship will accommodate 4,370 passengers served by 1,360 crew and, according to Royal Caribbean, be the largest cruise ship in existence. At 1,112 feet (339m) long, her top cruising speed will be 21.6 knots (40 km/h). In the background is the city of Hamburg and the church 'Michel'. (Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Getty Images)

For couples dreaming of tying the knot in true pirate fashion, it's time to grab your parrot and treasure chest: weddings at sea just got a whole lot easier.

Thanks to the Bahamas' recently passed Marriage Act, couples can now be legally married onboard ships registered in the country while in international waters.

The legality of weddings performed aboard cruise ships is dependent upon the marriage laws of the country in which the ship is registered. Passage of the Marriage Act means that for cruise lines registered in the Bahamas, such as Royal Caribbean, marriages that take place during their voyages can now be recognized by the island nation and recorded in the Bahamas' Marriage Record book.

A small group of cruise lines were already able to perform legal ceremonies at sea because they are registered in countries other than the Bahamas, including Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises. Many other cruise lines, such as Carnival and Holland America, allow weddings to be performed while the ship is in port, not at sea.

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