My Cruise Club. com announces the first same-sex group commitment ceremony aboard a cruise ship being organized starting on Labor Day, September 6th, 2004.
SameÂsex couples can now have a symbolic marriage ceremony, officially register as domestic partners if they are residents of California, and honeymoon en masse on upcoming gay commitment ceremony group cruises offered by My Cruise Club. com and gay-marriage officiator ÂMinister DebÂ. More details can be found at www. mycruiseclub. com/ceremony
(PRWEB) March 24, 2004
The Carnival cruise ship Celebration, will depart on Monday September 6th, 2004 from the port of Galveston. The cruise will visit Cozumel and Calica, Mexico and return on Saturday, September 11th. The date for this cruise was chosen because Monday, September 6th is Labor Day, so potential cruisers may have that day off work.
The price per person for this cruise, including all port charges, taxes and gratuities is $550 for an inside cabin, and $610 for an oceanview cabin. This is the only cost for this special event cruise and there are no additional fees for the group ceremony with ordained same-sex marriage officiator ÂMinister DebÂ. Participants will also receive a personalized certificate of commitment, all Domestic Partner registration paperwork and notarization required by the state of California, a private party in a lounge onboard including hot hors dÂouvres and cocktails, a group photo and champagne and chocolates in each cabin.
Although marriage between same-sex couples is not recognized by the state of Texas, on September 19, 2003 California Governor Gray Davis signed a bill giving gay and lesbian domestic partners a host of new rights formerly restricted to opposite-sex married couples. The law gives state-registered domestic partners all of the same rights, protections, benefits, obligations and duties as married spouses regarding property, children and arrangements after death. It gives a partner the right to financial support and child custody if the partnership is dissolved, and it gives a survivor the right to collect his or her partner's state and municipal benefits. The law also will make partners responsible for one another's debt.
Minister Deb performs gay weddings and commitment ceremonies in Southern California and the Maryland and Washington D. C. area and is the only wedding officiator in the nation catering exclusively to the gay and lesbian community. Minister Deb offers same-sex couples a wide range of ceremonies and vows to choose from or helping them design the event with their unique and personal specifications.
Minister Deb is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Master's of Theological Studies with an emphasis in Sociology and Ethics. Minister Deb is an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church.
While there have been other travel agencies that cater exclusively to the gay market, the gay-only cruises and tours offered have been geared primarily towards the gay single market. The gay-wedding and commitment ceremony cruises organized by My Cruise Club will be among the first gay-cruises ever offered that are themed around gay couples and that allow their non-gay family and friends to join them in a mixed lifestyle cruise environment. My Cruise Club. com is a cruise-only travel agency located in Marina del Rey, California and has been the largest affiliate agency of Cruise. com since 2002. Owners Mitchell Bank and Hope Ingersoll say their inspiration and determination to focus their business on organizing gay-wedding group cruise came from their desire to provide their own friends and family Â some of whom are gay couples - the same benefits and celebrations designed for opposite-sex partners.
My Cruise Club plans to offer at least several gay wedding and commitment ceremony group cruises per year on different ships with differing prices and destinations in order to accommodate a wide-variety of budgets and interests. Even if couples are not able to cruise on the dates determined thus far, they are encouraged to call and get on a contact list so they will be informed on future cruise dates and given first option to reserve those cruises.
More details can be found at www. mycruiseclub. com/ceremony (http://www. mycruiseclub. com/ceremony)