Cunard onfirmed today that for the first time in its 171-year history, no ships in the Cunard fleet will be registered in the UK. Instead of having the name of their home port, Southampton, emblazoned across the stern and on their lifeboats, Queen Mary 2 - VIDEO - , Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will carry the name of Hamilton, capital of Bermuda. A three paragraph statement from Cunard simply referred to the fact that the ships would, for the first time, be able to offer weddings at sea.
There remains a suspicion, however, that the weddings are a cover for deeper economic reasons for a change of flag, allowing Cunard to save on wage bills and registration fees. Sailing under a "flag of convenience" - as most ships do - allows the company to employ crew at cheaper wages and to avoid UK and European employment law.
Confucius says: beancounter more impoltant than wedding berrs!