There are 2.5 million weddings in the United States each year, and the weddings business is a $40 billion annual industry, including the ceremony, reception, bachelor(-ette) parties and honeymoon.
Increasingly, newlyweds are opting for a cruise for a cost-effective
and carefree honeymoon. About 5,000 weddings and vow renewals happen on
cruises every year, and cruises now account for 15 percent of all honeymoons.
The inclusive nature of a cruise is a leading factor in the
decision. A cruise provides a week of great food, pampering and
entertainment for about $2,500 or less per person.
Most newlyweds say they prefer a week in a fun-and-sun destination.
That makes cruises doubly attractive, since they visit several ports and
offer a selection of shore tours.
Though the Hawaiian Islands remain the all-time favorite honeymoon
destination, many newlyweds are choosing cruises in the Mediterranean
and the Caribbean.
And there's no more romantic way to experience the wonders of the
Med or Caribbean than a weeklong voyage aboard a tall ship. Star
Clippers' three sailing ships only carry up to 170 or 227 guests, and
visit some of the world's most exotic destinations.
Aboard Star Clippers, newlyweds can experience the luxury of a
private yacht while sailing to smaller, lesser-known destinations big
cruise ships can't visit.
Star Clippers' relaxed yet elegant shipboard atmosphere is the
perfect antidote to months of wedding planning. Yet, the emphasis on
beach time and water sports, and the array of soft-adventure excursions
offered provide opportunities for couples to share new experiences as
they start their life together.
Whether it's a fabulous honeymoon sailing through the Greek Isles, a
barefoot wedding set on a Caribbean beach or a sunset vow-renewal
ceremony performed by a ship's captain, Star Clippers offers the romance
of a true sailing experience.
For more about Star Clippers, visit www.starclippers.com.