Celebrity Cruises is expressing pure “pride” over its role in hosting the first legal same-sex couple wedding on a major cruise line at sea. In a historic ceremony hosted onboard Celebrity Equinox, Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas.
The wedding was possible after Malta, where the majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, voted to legally recognize same-sex marriages in 2017, thereby opening the door for Celebrity to allow its captains to officiate ceremonies at sea.
"Words cannot express how proud I am to congratulate Francisco and Benjamin at this truly historic moment, both for them and for Celebrity. It’s a true privilege to know that the ceremony performed onboard Celebrity Equinox has made history as the first legal same-sex marriage at sea," said Lisa LutoffPerlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises.

"Together we are paving the way for couples around the world to know that their love and commitment is to be celebrated equally, and that everyone is welcome on board a Celebrity cruise.”
“Loved hearing this news today. I’m so proud of Celebrity and happy for these two,” added Celebrity Cruises’ Regional Marketing Manager, Canada, Jennifer Barker.
Grooms Gray and Vargas said they were “humbled” to follow other LGBTQ+ trailblazers who “paved the way” for their landmark event. “There are only so many firsts in life, and we are thrilled to be the first-ever LGBTQ+ couple to marry at sea,” said Gray.
Vargas, added, “[We] hope our story brings strength for others in the LGBTQ+ community to confidently love whoever they choose.”
Celebrity’s Wedding Cruise program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator's services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, a bottle of champagne, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony, and more.
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Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray are the first same-sex couple to be legally married at sea.

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