Cunard liners leave the British flag

Three well-known British-flagged cruiseliners are to switch to the Bermunda flag

Three of Britain’s best-known passenger liners are leaving the UK flag.

Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Victoria are being re-registered in Bermuda so that weddings can be conducted aboard them.

Current British law does not allow captains to perform weddings at sea because such ceremonies must be held in a publicly accessible place. The switch to the Bermuda flag will allow Cunard captains to carry out marriage ceremonies for the first time in the company’s 171-year history.

Queen Elizabeth is the first of the three ships to have its port of registry changed to Hamilton, but her sisters will follow suit in time for weddings to carried out from spring 2012.

It remains to be seen whether any of the ships’ passengers will in future be spotted wearing ‘Just Married’ banners and towing a variety of tin cans in their wake.


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