The first same-sex couple to be legally wed at sea has exchanged vows onboard Celebrity Equinox. The grooms, Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray, were joined by their immediate family for an intimate ceremony officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas, exchanging vows against the signature backdrop of the rose wall in Blu Restaurant.
“There are only so many firsts in life, and we are thrilled to be the first-ever LGBTQ+ couple to marry at sea,” said Gray. “We are humbled to follow the trailblazers in the LGBTQ+ community who paved the way for us.”
A transformative vote in Malta, where the majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, and a long-awaited referendum opened the door for Celebrity to legally recognise same-sex marriages performed onboard while at sea, and have the fleet’s captains officiate the ceremonies.
The Celebrity Wedding Cruise program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator’s services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, a bottle of Champagne, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony, and more.