A look at some upcoming Theme Cruises

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One way the cruise lines try to entice new passengers onboard is to have their marketing experts come up with a theme cruise.These are targeted towards specific interests and tend to be more enhanced than the enrichment programs found on many ships and can range from stamp collecting to football to theatre and music. Many times experts in these topics will be on board and the theme can continue even when on shore in a port of call.

Check out the examples below to see what’s on offer.

Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain

Get to know some of the best wines imaginable from Spain with this special themed cruise that Windstar Cruises has drawn up. The cruise will be departing on November 15th of this year. This is part of their culinary themed cruises that have been very successful for them.

The cruise aboard the Wind Surf for eight days out of Barcelona will be calling at six ports in Spain at locations such as Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, and Cartagena before finishing off in Lisbon. Hosting is by famous wine experts and Spanish wine importers Stephen Metzler and Almudena de Llaguno, there are over 40 activities available on the ship with a Spanish theme. Everything from lectures to special wine dinners to excursions are planned as well as taking tourists to see unique and interesting sights.

Danube River Adventure Marathon

AmaWaterways has scheduled the Danube River four country tour of walking, running or biking aboard their AmaDolce sailing on the 28th of April of next year. This once in a lifetime opportunity takes you on a heart-pounding journey through Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.

Experience the sights and sounds along the way that have inspired those creators of classical art and music. The 7-day sailing begins in Budapest and ends in Germany. Besides the large amount of events planned, one can still enjoy the peace and tranquility of cruising along the river. The cruise visits both big cities and hidden villages.

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The Ghost Hunter’s Cruise

For those with a flair for the supernatural, this 7-day cruise is the right one to pick. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Gem is heading out to areas rumoured to be haunted in New England and Canada. The cruise is hosted by professional paranormal experts and America’s Syfy Channel personalities Barry Fitzgerald and Karl Pfeiffer as well as Medium Sarah Lemos.

The hosts will take passengers on tours through spooky locations as well as holding seminars on ghost hunting and workshops of the tools they use to find mysterious apparitions. The cruise will take place on September 20th of this year and departs from and returns to New York City.

Harry James Orchestra Ballroom Dance Cruise

Harry James was one of the most successful bandleaders in the days of the big bands in the 1940s working with legends such as Frank Sinatra. He got his start as an expert trumpeter in other bands such as the Benny Goodman band before deciding to go on his own in 1939.

Crystal Symphony

James wrote songs for hit movies such as “Youth on Parade” and recorded an endless amount of hits. Audiences can still enjoy his songs aboard Crystal Cruise’s Crystal Symphony and dance the night away. October 5th of this year is the day to mark when the ship departs from Lisbon on a transatlantic crossing to the Turks Caicos Islands and finally Miami for a ten-day musical journey.

Ireland Knitting Cruise

Choose a 14 day excursion leaving from Rotterdam and hit the British Isles, Ireland and Norwegian Fjords and knit. Knitting classes are available for both novices and experts through the cooperation of expert Chris Bylsma. These classes are mostly focused on the theme of Irish Cables and aim to build skills in everyone.

The classes even extend to the ports, where one can see rare knitting materials, as well as tours of factories and special demonstrations. Learn the history and popularity of the ancient art of knitting. The sailing is only available on the 16th of August sailing aboard Holland America’s Rotterdam.

There are hundreds of theme cruises during the course of the year and they are open for bookings on nearly every major cruise line.Take advantage of these upcoming five cruises or one of the others that have a theme tailor made for you.

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The Increasing Popularity of Themed Cruises

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Themed cruise holidays are becoming increasingly popular for cruise passengers all over the world so just what are they and what can you expect if you choose to sail on one?

Theme cruises are created by the cruise lines on board some of their itineraries. These can be in various different forms and can cater to people of all interests and likes.


A number of cruise lines invite celebrities and icons on board certain sailings and the person will usually take part in several activities on board. Examples of these may include talks or lectures, or performances by those in the entertainment industry. Celebrity chefs often go on board certain cruises and have cooking demonstrations where they share how to make their best dishes and let you in on all the tips of the trade.


Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill or improve skills you already have? Well, what could be better than doing it at sea surrounded by experts and other like-minded people. Some of the educational cruises that are available include photography, fitness, different types of dance, crafts and cooking. It’s surely the perfect chance to learn to master a new skill!


These are cruises where the focus is definitely on the food. You’ll be treated to delicious food and wine whilst visiting different ports of call and relaxing on board. This type of cruise will usually reflect the local food in the areas you are travelling to for example, on a Mediterranean cruise you will usually be indulging in wonderful Mediterranean foods and wines. Sounds perfect to us!


Music cruises are very popular with cruise passengers. These might involve the theme being a certain era (80s music anyone?!), a certain band or genre. MSC Cruises are offering a progressive rock itinerary in Honduras and Mexico in April 2014 where passengers will be treated to special shows bringing back great memories from the era and creating more.

The ship, MSC Divinia, will be transformed and will have multiple stages set up where passengers can hear live music and enjoy acoustic performances and even sound and light shows.


These cruises are where the ship has been chartered for those with a common interest. This could be anything from gay and lesbian to golf to crocheting! It’s perfect for those who may be a little hesitant to book a cruise otherwise as they know they will be on a ship surrounded by people with the same interest as them.

It’s also perfect for solo travellers as it’s a great way to break the ice with your fellow passengers and make new friends if you already have one thing in common.


Just like the popular dinner party game but on a far larger scale. These are very popular with drama loving passengers!

So, now you know a little about themed cruises, would you be tempted to book one?