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A Very Special Celebration On Queen Mary 2

November 12, 2010

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With Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in the Mediterranean, Queen Mary 2 is enjoying her final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing of the year, and it’s there we head for today’s Blog.

Romance has featured well over the last few weeks with proposals and honeymoons on Queen Elizabeth. But for those guests who may have been married for a few years, there’s an opportunity to renew their wedding vows on board Cunard ships in a special service. As many of you know Lisa Page was keeping facebook fans up to date with regular posts during Queen Mary 2’s last Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing, and today she returns with another Guest Blog about a special celebration she was invited to attend.

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During Queen Mary 2’s Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing last week, Joesph and Menna Bingham chose to mark a very special occasion by renewing their wedding vows at sea. Mr and Mrs Bingham are from Plymouth in South West England, although they were originally married 30 years ago at the other end of the country in Hartlepool which is in County Durham.

They decided to renew their vows on board Cunard’s Flagship in a very special service conducted by Commodore Bernard Warner, and I was honoured to be invited to attend the ceremony.

The service usually takes place in the Board Room on Queen Mary 2 and The Admiral’s Lounge on both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. The couple can choose who they would like to invite to the short service, whether they are friends and family travelling with them or new friends made during the voyage. Two ship’s Officers also attend the service as witnesses in the room, specially decorated for the occasion

This service was attended by four of Mr & Mrs Bingham’s table friends from the Britannia Restaurant, and the two witnesses were Social Hostess Marianne and Renewal of Vows Coordinator Stephanie. One of the ship’s professional photographers was also there to capture the special moments. Just before the ceremony begins each guest is given an Order of Service to follow:

The service can either be a religious ceremony, a civil ceremony or a civil partnership. Joseph and Menna chose a religious ceremony, which featured prayers before and after the vows, and here they are saying their vows:

After the couple said their vows, they exchanged the brand new rings, which they had bought for the occasion. They then shared a kiss to bring the ceremony to an end and headed to the Commodore Club to cut the cake and enjoy a champagne toast with their friends. Here, they posed for photos with the ship’s photographer, and as part of the package, they receive their chosen photo mounted in a silver plated photo frame. Here they are after the ceremony with Commodore Bernard Warner:

The ceremony was very poignant and felt like an especially romantic setting for such an important event. Thank you both, for letting us be a part of your special day. If you would like to find out more about renewing your wedding vows at sea and celebrating other special occasions you can click on this link:


Thank you again Lisa for giving our readers another insight to the guest events that take place on a voyage. That’s it for the moment but I’ll be back on Monday with another Blog from Queen Elizabeth as she continues her third voyage and a maiden call to Malta tomorrow. On Monday she arrives in Venice and then Dubrovnik the following day. I’ll also have more news from Lisa’s Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 as well as news from Queen Victoria. Cheers for now, Alastair

  1. Geoff Palmer says:

    My wife & I are joining the Queen Elizabeth 2 In Singapore on the 19th March on her maiden voyage. We will be travelling with her to Southampton. We will be celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary so are looking forward to the trip. Hope we can get to have cocktails with the Captain or something special for my wife.
    Can’t wait !!!
    Geoff Palmer (from Australia)

  2. Brenda Vessey says:

    We could not celebrate our Golden Wedding on 2 January 2010 as my husband was ill, so we have booked to go on the QM2 on 24th March 2011 joining at Singapore and we hope to celebrate a belated Golden Wedding with my Sister and her Husband then, as well as my Sister’s 70th birthday.

  3. OH! What a happy ship the new Queen Elizabeth is we had a wonderful time on board and would like to take this opertunity to thank you Alistair and all the crew who made this voyage perfect and look forward to the next one

  4. Good evening, We are looking forward to our first Cunard cruise on the Queen Mary 2 (#M033) out of New York for 11 days this Tuesday. The occasion is our 40th wedding anniversary in August just past.

    We have been advised to let someone know of our connection with the Cunard history. In 1986 we purchased \Elmwood\, the estate home of one of Sir Samuel Cunard’s grandsons, the Hon. Arthur Peters, former Premier of Prince Edward Island in Canada. Arthur was the son of Mary Cunard (Samuel’s daughter) and her husband, the Hon. Justice James Horsefield Peters.

    We have developed the property and for the past 22 years have run it as a five star Bed and Breakfast Inn under the name, \Elmwood Heritage Inn\.

    Our website address, http://www.elmwoodinn.pe.ca has a portion of the history of the Cunard and Peters family and one of our suites is named the Cunard Suite as we seek to keep the connection alive in Charlottetown, the capital of the Province of Prince Edward Island.

    We would appreciate it, even at this late date, if someone on the ship might be apprised of our connection with the Cunard legacy as we doubt that there are very many of your regular passengers who have such a long running and intimate connection with the direct descendants of Sir Samuel Cunard.

    It is our thrill to be on the ship this week for our anniversary and we plan to create a new website page with photos and commentary of our cruise on the \family\ ship.

    Jay and Carol Macdonald

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