Today in Sydney, as Australia’s marriage equality postal survey is ongoing, Celebrity Cruises has come out strongly in support of the Australian LGBTI community. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises’ CEO & President, was visiting the city for the first time and made the announcement that the line would be the headline sponsor of the 2018 Australian LGBTI Awards, and would also begin offering legalised same-sex marriage at sea, effective immediately.
Lutoff-Perlo elaborated: “At Celebrity Cruises, we’re committed to opening up the world to everyone, and championing diversity in all its forms. This partnership further cements our commitment to the LGBTI community in Australia, and I’m thrilled to support awards which recognise the incredible efforts of Australians working tirelessly to protect and promote LGBTI rights.”
Although same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Australia and many other places around the world, the Celebrity fleet are registered in Malta where it has recently become so after a vote in July which was a landslide, MPs voting 66-1 in favour. Although this means that married couples will not be recognised upon their return home (pending the outcome of the current vote), they will be legally married somewhere and can hold a wedding with real significance.
The Celebrity Solstice returns Down Under on the 20th of October to begin her season of sailing from Sydney, great timing for same-sex couples wishing to get married at sea this summer. Weddings will be performed by the captain for a great sense of occasion - we look forward to hearing any stories of knots tied at sea in the coming cruise season!