There are plenty of reasons why Skyline Cruises is the best wedding venue in the area. You’ll wow your guests by having your nuptials in the shadow of the world-famous New York Skyline. The happy couple can have their photos taken in front of Lady Liberty. We hold all types of wedding ceremonies big and small aboard our 3-deck luxury yacht, the Skyline Princess. Our wedding cruises leave year-round in every type of weather. We work with couples who have all types of budgets and we have a variety of menu options from an elegant cocktail party to a full sit down dinner.
A wedding aboard the Skyline Princess is the stuff dreams are made of, but we also have a secret weapon. Many of the wedding ceremonies aboard the Skyline Princess are unique and beautiful because they’re officiated by our longtime friend Captain Arnold.
Skyline Cruises Offers Incredible Nautical Weddings
Have you always dreamed of a wedding at sea and being married by a ship captain? Forget what you may have seen in an old “Love Boat” rerun. It’s rarer than you think.
“It’s a myth that a captain can marry a person on a cruise ship,” Captain Arnold says in an interview that appears on his website. Unless he’s ordained or a member of the clergy.”
Fortunately, Captain Arnold is an ordained chaplain. He’s also been a Coast Guard licensed captain for more than 40 years. In fact, he’s the only captain who’s also registered as an ordained chaplain with the City Clerk’s office in New York City.
So how did Captain Arnold start to perform weddings? He started doing it aboard private yachts in Florida. He says “it kind of gave me a bit of a niche” when he returned to New York.
Captain Arnold’s Ceremony of Love
Captain Arnold certainly looks impressive in his dress uniform with gold stripes when he performs wedding ceremonies on the top deck, known as the “Skylight Deck” aboard the Skyline Princess. But it’s his “ceremony of love” that couples will remember forever.
“It deals mostly with love, what marriage is about,” he says. “I don’t use any negative words, I don’t say ‘In sickness and in health,’ or say, ”until death do you part.’ ”
Captain Arnold and Skyline Are an Unbeatable Combination
The formula has made Captain Arnold New York’s most sought-after wedding officiant. And Skyline has him. We’re the ultimate venue for all types of events and celebrations, from corporate gatherings to Sweet Sixteens or Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. We can offer full ship charters for your wedding that leave from ports throughout the metropolitan area on Long Island or in New Jersey, Connecticut or from our home port at the World’s Fair Marina in Queens.
If you’re looking to have a smaller wedding, we often rent out private decks on public cruises, which all leave from our home port. For even smaller parties we can reserve a table or two. Talk to Skyline’s event planners and we’ll help you plan your wedding and ask us about Captain Arnold. To get started, contact us today.