When Sydney firefighter Robert Gower marries kindergarten teacher Amy Kamaleddine on P&O Cruises' Pacific Jewel next week it will be exactly a year since he proposed to Amy on the same Pacific Islands cruise.
Robert thought last year's idyllic cruise was the perfect setting to pop the question to Amy and the couple was then delighted to discover it is now possible to get married on board P&O Cruises' ships.
So, with family and friends in tow, the couple will marry on December 28 on Pacific Jewel where the path to their fairytale marriage began.
And in doing so, Amy and Robert will become the 25th couple to marry on board a P&O Cruises' ship in the innovative Ceremonies at Sea program which was launched in August last year.
“At this time last year we were on Pacific Jewel on the same cruise and that‟s where the proposal took place,” Robert said.
“I think it made sense to have the wedding on board because we had such a great time during the proposal and after the proposal. It was such a fantastic holiday.”
Amy's friends have been telling her their big day “sounds like the easiest wedding that has ever been planned."
“Instead of having a big wedding and spending a lot of money on one day we will have 12 nights with our friends and family,” Amy said.
P&O Cruises' Ceremonies at Sea program offers wedding services, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals on all four of its ships. Everything is handled from photographers and flowers through to private post-wedding dinners.
Jenny Lourey, Senior Vice President of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O Cruises, said the program enabled couples to embrace the romance of holidays at sea.
“We are very excited that Robert and Amy are getting married on Pacific Jewel, which helped set the scene for their big day with Robert's marriage proposal on the same cruise last year,” Ms Lourey said.
“Thousands of our passengers have found their true love on our ships and many of them take their honeymoons with us and now an increasing number of couples are enjoying the ultimate in romance with weddings onboard.
“Couples are always looking for a memorable wedding location and running away to sea to get married on a ship has to be one of the best.”