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Old July 8th, 2014, 05:37 AM
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I was wondering if a person wanted to have their ashes deposited in the ocean from a certain cruise ship if this could be arranged.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 08:23 AM
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I have heard of this happening from ships out of the UK, and we are planning on having our ashes scattered by a registered boat in the Solent which is the stretch of water that the ships arriving/departing the port of Southampton use. There is no environmental impact so I see no reason why the US would be any different.

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I have heard of this happening from ships out of the UK, and we are planning on having our ashes scattered by a registered boat in the Solent which is the stretch of water that the ships arriving/departing the port of Southampton use. There is no environmental impact so I see no reason why the US would be any different.

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Sounds like this should be the rule, but with all the cameras on the ship and warnings against dropping anything into ocean I thought there might be complications.
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yes, to simply drop someone's ashes overboard without ceremony, respect and knowledge of wind affect on ahses would almost certainly be illegal.
But done through the right channels (and payments made) then I can see no reason for issues.

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I know that Royal Caribbean will do it. They performed a burial at sea on Liberty Of The Seas when I was aboard a few years ago. It was in international waters and was for a Japanese woman. The ship stopped on morning while we were at sea, and after a few minutes we started moving again. Nothing was said about it until later in the day when the CD mentioned they had the ceremony on one of the aft open areas normally open only to crew, with invited guests, and it took about 15 minutes.

I don't know if the family had to pay anything for it or what legalities were involved. I guess that is dependent on the country of embarkation.
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Burial at sea - that is, putting a cadaver over the side - is generally not allowed by flag states and cruise line companies.

Spreading of ashesis generally allowed - but the corporate office of the cruise line needs to be involved before the event. There are many countries that require paperwork filed in order to spread ashes within territorial waters (3 or 12 miles). Many Captains prefer to have the ashes spread in international waters to avoid any fines or other complications.
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