Theme Cruises Based on Your Favorite Pastime
Pick a theme — something fun and really exciting — then imagine playing it out on the high seas. Theme cruises focus on a specific interest or topic — everything from musical genres like smooth jazz to knitting — to set the tone for your cruise experience. Whatever your theme, start here — we’ll give you a few ideas for a cruise vacation to remember!
The other type is more like a multiday music festival at sea. A few genre-specific headliners and up to 2 dozen lesser-known bands take over an entire ship and perform in auditoriums, lounges, even by the pool. Examples include the annual Rock Boat with 2 dozen rock bands, an annual Beatles tribute cruise aboard Royal Caribbean (usually in March) and the Country Cruising www.countrycruising.com event aboard Norwegian Pearl in January 2014.
Food and Drink Cruises
Food, wine, chocolate and beer are the focus of additional theme cruises. The Silversea Flavours of Europe cruise, for example, provides special menus on board and excursions to farms, markets and restaurants in France, Spain and Portugal. Meanwhile, the California Beer Festival at Sea allows you to sample craft beers and learn about home brewing during a voyage on Celebrity Solstice.
Health and Wellness Cruises
Travelers can also find health improvement-themed cruises. The Cruise for Diabetes brings together families with diabetic children on a winter break trip on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Sober Cruises include 12-step program meetings and non-alcohol-oriented activities. You'll even find cruises focused on holistic health, smoking cessation, hypnosis, psychics and marriage therapy, too.
Wouldn’t it be great if you had more time to indulge in your favorite hobby? A hobby cruise may be just the answer. Craft Cruises trips throughout the year for aficionados of knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and other crafts. Ballroom Dancing Cruising offers trips for singles and couples throughout the year. Photographers can join a number of instructional cruises, such as the Alaskan Photography Adventure in June aboard Celebrity Solstice. Quilters, bridge players, poker champions, horticulturalists and more have their own cruises, too.
Dress-Up or Dress Down Cruises
And, if we’re talking about dress-up cruises, we might as well mention dress-down cruises -- all the way down. Nudist-themed cruise with Bare Necessities Tour & Travel www.cruisenude.com, anyone?