Cruise Ship Law

Are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Considering a Cruise Ship Wedding?


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Wedding cakeRumor has it that actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are going to tie the knot soon, and like many before them, have chosen to do so on a cruise ship. A wedding at sea or in a remote island location can be extremely romantic, allowing families to celebrate the union of a happy couple for days on end on the ship. However, given the recent increase in maritime accidents, the blushing bride and her groom would be wise to consult with a cruise lawyer in addition to a justice of the peace.

Allegedly, the idea to get married on a ship was actually the couple’s 11-year-old son Maddox’s. The couple’s eldest son apparently decided to do a little research to help his parents with their plans and came up with what he thought would be the perfect way for them to tie the knot.

After taking a family vacation in Scotland, Maddox suggested an elaborate celebration starting on the Hebridean Princess, a small luxury ship, operated by Hebridean Island Cruises, and continuing at the Carnell Estate in Ayrshire, a private estate where the family has previously stayed. Although the estate is certainly large enough to hold the wedding party overnight, it lacks the facilities needed to actually execute a wedding celebration, which a cruise ship can provide.

Jolie and Pitt’s cruise ship wedding has not actually been confirmed, but Hebridean’s public relations department hinted at the couple’s plans. Although the line cannot officially comment on the wedding rumors, cruise officials said Maddox first got the idea while looking at pictures of the Hebridean Princess during the family’s stay at the Carnell Estate.

The Hollywood power couple have always been one to keep their affairs as private as possible, so the rumors may have some truth to them. The Hebridean Princess is a small ship, accommodating only 50 guests, but this may just be the ideal setting for the love birds, who have never been known to follow tradition or have a need for lavish, over-the-top celebrations. The vessel sails to several Scottish Island, but if the couple charters the ship, they can customize their own itinerary. They can choose to have the wedding at sea in the vessel’s chapel, on another island, or while docked at Ayrshire, which might just be the best course of action to take since the waters of the North Atlantic tend to be choppy – and especially rough for a ship as small as the Hebridean Princess.

Jolie and Pitt’s wedding may turn out in one of two ways. The best case scenario would be for the cruise ship wedding to go smoothly, without a single hitch. If so, the positive media attention surrounding the wedding may just give the cruise industry a much needed boost after one of the worst years it has ever seen. Between the Carnival Triumph and Royal Caribbean cruise ship fires, the higher-than-usual number of accidents and injuries,  sexual assaults, robberies, and overboard accidents, 2013 has not been a good year for cruise lines – especially Carnival. If all goes well with the wedding, the cruise industry may start to rebuilt its reputation and may lead to an increase in bookings.

However, the opposite may also occur.

Hopefully nothing will go wrong, but there is always a chance that a cruise ship accident will unfold. Between the North Atlantic Drift, a powerful ocean current, rare but very real possibility of hurricanes, icebergs, and general rough waters, the threat of a maritime accident cannot be ignored.

Several maritime accidents have taken place in the North Atlantic over the years. The passenger cruise ship Oriana was damaged by strong waves in 2000 and who can forget the historic sinking of the Titanic in 1912 after the vessel hit an iceberg. Even just last month, a Quark Sea Spirit cruise passenger was killed during a shore excursion in Norway while exploring the Svalbard archipelago.

Accidents at sea can – and do – happen, especially in areas where there are an increased number of maritime dangers. If Jolie and Pitt do decide to tie the knot in a cruise ship wedding, hopefully the crew will be well-equipped to handle an emergency situation and everyone will have easy access to life jackets and life boats.

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