Wednesday, 23 May 2012 On April 30, Dr. William DeLuca became the first American to wedaboard Cunard Line s flagship Queen Mary 2 since the companyunveiled its Weddings ProgramP in April. DeLuca, ananesthesiologist from Massachusetts met British executive chefKelly Lewis one year ago while visiting England. Unable to decidebetween marrying in the U.S. or U.K., the couple chose to wedhalfway between the two during a Transatlantic Crossing aboardQueen Mary 2.
Both first-time cruisers, the DeLucas were delighted to blow theship s noon whistle with Captain Oprey, enjoyed a tablesideserenade by the servers in the Britannia Restaurant while cuttingtheir wedding cake, and celebrated their first dance in the QueensRoom that evening. During the rest of their voyage, they spent timeengaging in Queen Mary 2 s many leisurely pursuits andparticularly enjoyed the vast library and Illuminations, the onlyplanetarium at sea. “We were very pleased to welcome Dr. Deluca and Kelly aboard QueenMary 2 and congratulate them on their wedding,” said Captain KevinOprey. “Cunard and the ship’s staff were honoured that they choseboth to sail their first cruise with Cunard, and to be marriedaboard one of our crossings.
It was a pleasure to preside overtheir wedding and we wish them all the best in their new lifetogether.” It s always been my dream to sail the Atlantic, said Dr.DeLuca. We chose Cunard for its distinguished history ofTransatlantic Crossings and outstanding White Star service. Captain Oprey presided over a lovely ceremony, was very personableand made us feel very much at home. And I love that the longitudeand latitude of our Atlantic location are printed on our weddingcertificate! Getting married on one of Cunard s famed Crossingswas the perfect way to celebrate our transatlantic love story. The entire experience exceeded our expectations, said KellyLewis. STB Receiver
Our steward was impeccable and attended to our every need.On the day of the wedding, I was getting ready in the salon and hadforgotten my headpiece. He ran to the room and returned withinminutes! I had never sailed before and wasn t sure what to expect, butthe crossing was fantastic from beginning to end, Lewis added. When we arrived into New York, we were wishing we could stayaboard for a few more days. We can t wait to cruise again withCunard and are now hoping to sail a Mediterranean voyage. Couples wishing to wed at sea can choose from the full spectrum ofCunard s worldwide voyages lasting seven nights or more. China HD TV Receivers
Inaddition to Crossings, destinations include the Mediterranean,Scandinavia, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, the PanamaCanal, Hawaii, the Far East and Australia. To maintain exclusivity, only one wedding is arranged per day, ateither 11:00 a.m. or 3:30 p.m., and the ceremonies take place onlyduring days at sea. A dedicated on board wedding coordinator workswith each couple, ensuring all wedding needs are met, fromhairdressing, makeup and manicures in the spa, to the weddingceremony itself, as well as photography and video, and thereception afterwards. China DVB-T Digital Receiver
Cunard’s Wedding Package starts from $2500 and includes theceremony conducted by the Captain, traditional wedding music, aWhite Star Bellman escorting the bride, floral arrangements, VeuveClicquot Champagne and, of course, the wedding cake as well aspriority check-in and luggage delivery. Additionally, weddings can be tailored with Cunard s FinishingTouches to reflect individual requests and preferences, andinclude such items as a Bride and Groom s Champagne and CaviarBreakfast in Bed, a three-tiered fruit cake, accompaniment by theship’s own harpist and a beautiful ice sculpture. Wedding gifts offine wines, champagne and spa treatments are also available to bepurchased in advance and arranged for on board.