why i renewed my vows at sea

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Rachel rang the doorbell of our suite when she arrived to escort us to the atrium, which served as a chapel. A surreptitious phone call alerted pianist Ed that we were approaching, and Pachelbel’s beautiful Canon in D major sounded as we descended the grand staircase, turned to the red carpet and… Oh my God.

When Rachel said some officers were there as alternate guests, we expected two or three, but there were 10 or more, all in uniform. “Never again,” my rather intimidated husband whispered as we walked the red carpet. And then we left. Cruise Director Dru spoke of love, Captain Saro said our vows, we read the words we had written (Mark excelled at references to storms and anchors) and the deed was done.

We ended the day at Prime 7, a restaurant where everything is great, including shrimp, steak and, for one night only, our “wedding” cake. He was carried on a cart by singing waiters and could have fed all five thousand people. Yes, the celebration was extravagant – overdone, even – but also perfect. Just as I expected from the most expensive ship in the world.


Travel Essentials

Regent Seven Seas Cruises (023 8082 1390; rssc.com) offers a 10-night voyage of history, culture and cuisine from Piraeus (Athens) to Barcelona on sister ship Seven Seas Splendor, departing April 29, 2023 Rates start at £6,709 per person including flights, transfers, excursions, all meals, Wi-Fi, drinks, gratuities and laundry.

The renewal of vows package costs £400 and includes the ceremony, a bouquet of flowers, a letter of congratulations from the captain, a Veuve Clicquot champagne reception, a cake and a box of Leonidas chocolates.

Spa facials cost from £144 for 50 minutes. Book three treatments to get 10% off the first, 15% off the second and 20% off the third.

Covid rules

For full details of entry requirements and Covid rules for your favorite destinations, see telegraph.co.uk/tt-travelrules. Consult your cruise line for more travel information.


Cruises to rekindle romance

Light of my life

A traveler’s 13-day cruise in search of the Northern Lights gracefully winds its way up the Norwegian coast, passing snow-capped mountains and pretty fishing villages as you snuggle up to your loved one and take in the views. There are husky rides, the Arctic Cathedral of Tromso and the incredible maelstrom of Saltstraumen, but nothing compares to the spectacular finale of the Northern Lights.

How to do: From £5,490 pp including all meals and entertainment, onboard drinks package, shore excursion in each port and all gratuities onboard. Departs Tilbury on 11 February 2023 (01760 722011; onetraveller.co.uk)

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