Thursday, June 21, 2012
ARE SHIP CAPTAINS ALLOWED TO MARRY AT SEA?
What you see in old romantic movies just doesn't happen very often today. Even though it is believed to be a regular event, wedding at sea are a rarity. A ship's captain generally does NOT have the legal right to perform a wedding at sea.
Japanese ships allow Captains to perform a marriage ceremony at sea, but only if the couple have valid Japanese passport. In Bermuda, most of the Princess captains have Bermuda licenses to perform weddings, captains onboard Princess Cruise's may perform weddings aboard ship and at sea. Note that couples in Bermuda must be 21 and have picture identification showing proof of age.
In the Philippines, the ship's captain can solemnized marriage only in "articulo mortis" or when both of the parties are at the point of death without the necessity of a marriage license and shall remain valid even if the ailing party subsequently survives.
If a marriage in articulo mortis occurs inside a ship between passengers or crew members, the same may be solemnized by a ship captain not only while the ship is at sea, but also during stopovers at ports of call. In this case, what is considered important is not the place or location, but the wish of the parties to get married before one or both of them kicks the bucket.