Three agents and their partners have been chosen as the finalists of Royal Caribbean’s competition to win a £25,000 wedding.

Hays Travel’s Stacey Collis and her partner Martin Warren, Travel Counsellors’ Joanne Graham and Andrew Halstead and Thomas Cook’s Natasha Russell and Bradley Ashford could win a dream wedding on board Oasis of the Seas next summer in the Caribbean.

Agents voted for their favourite couple on the Club Royal agent website, choosing three from five semi-finalists.

Amanda Darrington, Royal Caribbean International’s sales director said: “It is great to have such support from our Club Royal members voting for their favourite couple and we would like to congratulate the top three finalists on making it to the final round.

“I look forward to welcoming them all to London on July 13th, when our panel will choose the ultimate winner. It’s such an extraordinary prize and I wish our finalists the best of luck.”

The prize will cover the cost of wedding rings, photography and wedding attire, such as the wedding dress and be held on board Oasis of the Seas on a Caribbean sailing next summer

The couples will face judges Amanda Darrington, Royal Caribbean sales director, Lucy Huxley, Travel Weekly editor-in-chief; and relationship expert Anna Machin, on July 13 in London who will pick the winning couple.


The finalists

Stacey Collis and Martin Warren –  Hays Travel, County Durham


“We are both over the moon to be in the final.

“We can’t quite believe that this has happened to us. When we entered the competition we thought it was too good to be true and never in our wildest dreams thought we would get this far.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has voted and supported up throughout the process with a special thanks to everyone at Hays Travel & Royal Caribbean for making us feel like a Royal Couple already.”


Natasha Russell and Bradley Ashford – Thomas Cook, Barry, Wales


“OMG … My face is aching .. neither of us can stop smiling…

“I broke the news to Brad over the phone, to him in work, to hear a huge cheer, from him & his workmates.

“To think that we have made it to the final and we are one step closer to being the Royal Couple and getting married – The prize of a lifetime!

“I had butterflies when I opened the email with the exciting news.

“We want to thank every person, that took the time to vote for us.  I cannot even tell you how much, this means to us both.

“We have enjoyed the experience so, so much, and we are really looking forward to London.

“The wedding of our dreams is within our grasp… stage 3, the final… here we come!”


Joanne Graham and Andrew Halstead – Travel Counsellors Accrington, Lancashire


“The whole experience has been unbelievable, from entering the competition, being on board the fabulous Independence of the Seas and now to find ourselves in the final 3 is just so amazing!

“We cannot believe we have got this far and now don’t want it to end.

“We have not yet told our daughter Evie anything about the competition or that her mummy may finally have the same last name as her.

“But with the winning post in our sights we can hardly contain our excitement. It would be a great honour to be the next Royal Couple and look forward to seeing you all in London!”