Can a ships captain perform weddings?

A ship’s captain generally does NOT have the legal right to officiate a wedding at sea. In order for a Captain of a ship to perform a marriage at sea, he must also be a judge, a justice of the peace, a minister, or an officially recognized officiant such as a Notary Public.

Why are ship captains allowed to marry?

Some captains obtain other credentials (such as ordination as ministers of religion or accreditation as notaries public), which allow them to perform marriages in some jurisdictions where they would otherwise not be permitted to do so.

Can a captain marry someone in international waters?

Celebrity Cruises captains are able to officiate legally-recognized same-sex weddings while in international waters. When you get married while sailing in international waters, the ceremony abides by the laws of the country where the ship is registered.

Is it legal to get married at sea?

Weddings at sea are conducted by the captain (or his deputy) under the laws of the country the ship is registered in (Bermuda, Malta and the Bahamas among them). Couples can say “I do” in a chapel on Princess Cruises ships or opt for a more public ceremony in the atrium.

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Can you get married on a Navy ship?

According to the regulations, the only time such marriages are allowed is if a registered official who can perform a legally binding marriage is aboard the ship or plane and all relevant permits and permissions in accordance with local laws of the couple being married have been obtained.

Can a sea captain marry you on land?

They can’t perform marriages at sea (or on dry land) by virtue of their maritime license alone, and no state has enacted a statute explicitly authorizing ships’ captains to officiate marriages.

Can a captain of a plane marry you?

Just as ship captains aren’t universally granted the power to perform marriage ceremonies, neither are pilots. And airspace poses problems for those hoping for an “official” service. “Getting married in the air is not something you should leave up in the air,” Greenfield says.

Is getting married in the Bahamas legal?

Yes, the Bahamas marriage license is a legal document issued by the Bahamas government and is legal in any country in the world. You can also get a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

Can you get married in international waters without a marriage license?

Cruise ships need to have a special license to perform a wedding in international waters, so most cruise ship weddings occur in port, and marriage license requirements depend on that port.

How much does a Navy Captain earn?

The salaries of Navy Captains in the US range from $15,108 to $404,308 , with a median salary of $73,300 . The middle 57% of Navy Captains makes between $73,307 and $183,393, with the top 86% making $404,308.

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