A look at some upcoming Theme Cruises
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upcoming themed cruises

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.

amawaterways cycling

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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Windstar Cruises – A unique Cruising Experience
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A unique concept for a cruise holiday is one with Windstar Cruises. They operate three ships in their luxury fleet all with computer-directed sails of either four or five-masts.

They are unique as they explore hidden harbours and destinations that the mega ships could never consider. Condé Nast Traveler just has designated the cruise line to their 2014 Gold List of Top Ocean Cruise Lines.

SIZE MATTERS

The Wind Star and Wind Spirit are the four-mast ships that carry only 148 guests while the five-mast Wind Surf carries 310 passengers. Cabins are spacious and all are exactly the same, with the exception of one Owner’s Cabin.

Bring as many of change of outfits as you like because each room contains enormous storage space. All cabins come with a sea view plus a TV, DVD and CD player that also serves as an iPod dock with Bose SoundDock speakers. There will be plenty of use for the player as there’s a free rental library fully stocked with an array of films.

Wind Spirit

STYLE

Windstar’s fleet of yachts offer exceptional service, activities and well-appointed amenities. However, leave the suits and evening wear back home as formal wear is not required. Windstar can be recognised as the first in inventing the idea behind casual cruising.

Smart casual is the order of the dress code evening with the exception being “no jeans or t-shirts in the dining room.” Dining focuses on the local cuisine of the regions visited.

DESTINATIONS

A cruise holiday with Windstar will give you the chance to visit a different port almost every day. Itineraries call at many ports throughout the Middle East, South Pacific, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Central America. Many of them are free of mass tourism.

Wind Surf in Nassau

FELLOW PASSENGERS

These ships for are made for adult couples although occasionally a teen or two are welcomed to join their parents. There are no supervisors or special activities that cater to children and it’s clear that this is not the choice for families with younger children.

ACTIVITIES ONBOARD

There are no nightclubs or Las Vegas style shows. The ship does have a piano bar, library, spa, small casino and poolside Barbeque in the evenings.

The water sports platform is open during the course of the day when the ship is anchored. Guests tend to make it habit to come back from an in-port excursion and head off for a swim in the sea right from the back of the ship.

Known as the cruise line that is water extensive, other activities include kayaking, water-skiing and windsurfing. Boogie board, inner tubes and noodles are complimentary as well as snorkel equipment.

SOMETHING NEW ON THE HORIZON

Windstar has a new ship the Star Pride setting out in May of this year. The name of Pride may be familiar to cruise fans as this vessel was originally commissioned to Seabourn. Windstar Cruises purchased the Pride and with major renovations, it is being transformed into the 21st century state-of-art Star Pride.

Watch the Star Pride Video

The ship remains small enough to call at the smallest islands in the Caribbean, Arabia or the Aegean. Windstar is promoting the Pride as “elegance redefined”.

The luxurious, modern and stylish upgrades include new interior designs and furnishings in public spaces. They will introduce a Star Bar for casual drinks during the day and a venue for stargazing at night.

The main dining venue will feature plenty of art work and mirror panelling embedded with Murano glass making for a chic and elegant atmosphere.

All other restaurants will feature the signature Windstar casual dining style with open seating.

The other two ships of the Seabourn fleet, Legend and Spirit will be handed over in April 2015 and May 2015 respectively and begin sailing in the Mediterranean at first.

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