Getting married and renewing your wedding vows on holiday is not exactly a new thing, but it’s something which continues to gain popularity, both in the celebrity world and as a worthy excuse to get away from it all. Indeed, many of the world’s most romantic destinations are within easy reach while on a cruise getaway, so here’s a look at the 10 best places to tie the knot with your partner or renew your wedding vows.


Venice, Italy
When it comes to destinations synonymous with romance, few float into the collective consciousness as much as Venice does. This iconic Italian port is a mainstay on many a Mediterranean cruise, so it’s possible to visit it on a large number of itineraries. The gondola ride along the Grand Canal may indeed be a tourist cliché but a renewal of vows while taking in the city’s timelessly romantic architecture by water would be just perfect.


Verona, Italy
Remaining in Italy and a place you can visit on an excursion from Venice, what about Verona for one of the 10 best places to renew your wedding vows? This is the very place in which that most iconic of lovelorn tales, Romeo and Juliette was set. Take a stroll up the pink marble Via Mazzini and you’ll come to Casa di Guilietta, or Juliet’s House. This always-busy tourist attraction boasts a balcony built to represent the setting for one of the story’s most iconic scenes and you can leave a renewal love message on the wall of the tunnel which leads to the square.


Paris, France
If you’re exploring Europe on a cruise and stay, be sure to book one which involves a Paris hotel and you’ll be able to renew your vows in one of the world’s most traditionally romantic cities. Whether you choose to re-declare your undying love atop the Eiffel tour or at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, there is an abundance of romantic eateries and bistros to choose from. Or for something a little more quirky, why not head to the wall of ‘I Love Yous’ and write your own messages.


Tahiti, French Polynesia
Beach weddings are popular with many and so too are beach renewals. If you’re on a six-star voyage to French Polynesia however, you’ll find one of the most beautiful of the 10 best places to renew your wedding vows in the form of Tahiti. Spirited grass-skirted dances, inviting warm-water lagoons and a host of enticing dishes all contribute to a memorably romantic atmosphere, a holiday to remember and the perfect place to tie the knot.


Hawaii, USA
In a similar vein, though in a very different location, Hawaii is the perfect place in which to renew your vows in America’s most exotic state. It’s renowned for its beautiful beaches as much for its range of spa therapies, and indeed, after declaring your togetherness once more, what better than treating yourselves to a relaxing spa treatment or massage?

New York

New York City, USA
At first look, you’d be forgiven for not counting the city that doesn’t sleep as one of the 10 best places to get married on a cruise holiday. However, just think for a moment about how many romantic cinematic stories have been played out in its streets over the years. When it comes to exact locations, however, the top of Empire State Building is one of the world’s most popular places to propose, so it could certainly be a great place to renew your vows, too.


Santorini, Greece
A Greek islands cruise offers some of the most breath-taking and enchanting scenery you could ever hope to see. When you think that you’ll be exploring destinations frequented by those responsible for many  words about and artistic likeness of Eros and Aphrodite – the Greek God and Goddess of love respectively – you’ll realise this is the perfect place to make that special recommitment. Santorini is widely regarded as one of the Greek Isles’ most inspiring and beautiful destinations and naturally, a very popular destination on Greek Island cruises.


Rome, Italy
Fascinating though they undoubtedly are, there’s more to Rome than gladiators and the Vatican and certainly, there a number of reasons why the Eternal City is the perfect place to re-declare your eternal love. The most obvious destination would be one of the city’s famous fountains, such as the iconic Trevi Fountain, where lovers have long tossed coins and made wishes. There’s a host of inspiring art to enjoy together too, and of course a great choice of Italian restaurants in which to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner.

Getting married aboard a cruise ship

You may not be aware that your ship itself can be the location for your wedding or renewal of wedding vows. For more details about getting married on-board a ship, our weddings specialist Emma Taylor will be happy to help. Just give her a call on 0207 980 2847 ext 1250 or email

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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