It is no secret that cruises are a popular vacation choice for people in the United States. But, according to Carnival Cruise Lines, there is another attraction growing quietly. Many passengers are adding an activity to their journey, by scattering cremated ashes of loved ones at sea.
“Really, this is a big trend,” John Heald, senior cruise director for Carnival says: “Each and every week I am asked by submissions on my blog, johnhealdsblog.com, or Facebook page to organize ashes scatterings.”
According to Heald, the requests for burial at sea never occurred five years ago, but now happen four or five times a week fleet-wide. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told USA TODAY the line now organizes more than 200 complimentary ashes scattering ceremonies each year.
There are requirements for bringing cremated remains onboard a ship for burial at sea. Like, a death certificate is required, as well as certification that the cremation was done at a licensed facility in the U.S. A complete list of requirements can be found on Carnival’s website.