Wedding at sea

We promise our guests perfection every day. This is, of course, especially true for your big day. When you choose the EUROPA 2 or the HANSEATIC inspiration, you are booking more than a wedding in a fabulous setting: you are ensuring absolute perfection right down to the smallest details of your day. We take care of the arrangements so all you need to do is smile, enjoy the day and say "I do" at the right moment.

Are you spending your honeymoon or a milestone wedding anniversary on board our cruise ships? We would love to make your time together truly unique with our Honeymoon Special, compiled exclusively for you. 

Getting married on board the EUROPA 2 or the HANSEATIC inspiration

On the EUROPA 2 and HANSEATIC inspiration, we offer legal marriage ceremonies at sea. The captains are officially authorised to conduct marriage ceremonies in international waters. After the cruise, the marriage is fully recognised under EU law. Weddings at sea are possible thanks to a special provision in Maltese marriage law, which also applies for both cruise ships as they fly the Maltese flag. 

Once the cruise ships have reached a distance of twelve miles from the coast, the captain may take on the role of a registrar and legally marry a couple on board. The marriage ceremony is conducted in German or in English and in accordance with Maltese law. A wedding at sea requires the presence of two witnesses who are of legal age. We can also arrange witnesses for you. A notification period of ten weeks before the wedding date must be taken into account so that the marriage ceremony can be registered in time with the Maltese authorities.

To register to get married at sea, the couple must provide various documents – details of this can be found below in the “General information” PDF file.

Additional arrangements for your wedding on board, such as professional make-up or photography, are not included in the price but can of course be booked in addition.

Please note that a maximum of one marriage ceremony may be conducted per cruise and availability therefore cannot be guaranteed. If you have any questions about getting married on board or would like definitive information about dates, please contact our sales team.

Wedding basic package*:

  • Legal marriage ceremony in the Belvedere.
  • Appointment of two witnesses (if desired).
  • Ceremony with background music.
  • Decorations and flowers.
    – Bridal bouquet/boutonniere (not available in every cruising area/not available in Antarctica).
    – Table decorations.
  • Champagne reception with canapes.
  • Wedding banquet (not including drinks or caviar).
    – Up to 12 people (including the bride and groom) in The Globe/Grande Reserve (EUROPA/EUROPA 2) and the HANSEATIC restaurant (expedition ships). 
    – If there are more than 13 people (including the bride and groom), the restaurant will be selected depending on the size of the group.
  • Wedding cake.

€ 1,990/US$ 2,290/£ 1,700 per couple

Registration form


General information about marriage on board the EUROPA 2


Necessary documents for marriage at sea


* The basic package must be booked for a wedding on board. Further services can also be added to the booking. More information about the optional services that can be booked is available in the "General information" PDF file. This service is currently only available for EU citizens.

Honeymoon special: for the best day of your life

A cruise on board our ships is always an unforgettable experience and the perfect setting in which to enjoy the truly special moments of your life. Are you spending your honeymoon or a milestone wedding anniversary* on board? In that case, we look forward to making your time together extra special and treating you to superb cuisine with our Honeymoon Special, compiled exclusively for you.

Should you wish to share your happiness and cruise together with friends and family, just get in touch with us: we will be happy to make appropriate arrangements to suit you all.

Honeymoon package*:
  • A bottle of champagne
  • One dinner with an officer
  • One dinner in a specialty restaurant with accompanying wines
  • On-board credit of € 200 per person for drinks and treatments in the OCEAN SPA

* Only available for a cruise of seven days and longer. The offer applies to honeymoon cruises (up to a maximum of six months after the date of marriage) and to cruises celebrating the 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 65th wedding anniversary (departure one month before or after the anniversary date). Please provide a copy of your marriage certificate as verification when making your booking. The honeymoon package cannot be combined with the wedding package from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on the same cruise. You can of course book the honeymoon package on the following cruise, for example. The Honeymoon Package cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.