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How to Propose on a Cruise Ship

by Kayla Becker | September 06, 2016

5. Enlist the help of the onboard photographer to commemorate the moment or the trip.

The onboard photographer can set up a photoshoot to capture the proposal. Before their big moment, Geoff and Julie had professional shots done (Carnival's professional portraits start at $21.99). But you can also ask the photographers to snap a candid one during your big moment, with a digital photo package (which on most major lines, is around $150).

6. Have a game plan for telling friends and family.

Cell phone reception and internet access can be spotty at sea, so make sure you have a plan for sharing the news with loved ones. If you get engaged on the first day of the cruise, you might have a strong enough internet connection and cell service to reach friends and family back home before you are out at sea or face roaming charges. (That was Craig's game plan for his proposal to Melissa.) Even in ports, you may find that the fees for using your cell to widely distribute your news add up quickly.

Whatever you choose, the two of you will want to decide together how to disseminate the information so that, for example, close friends and family members find out from you and not Facebook or through the grapevine. Another strategy? Keep the news to yourselves — and off of, say, Instagram — until you arrive at your disembarkation port and can spread the news from dry land.

Kayla Becker

Kayla Becker is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.

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