It’s vacation time and you’re bored with the same old beach getaway or lakeside retreat. Why not consider some hijinks on the high seas tailored to your lifestyle and special interests? Today’s most popular cruise lines have adventures made especially for you. For example, you can sail with your favorite bands, your favorite Reality TV stars, fitness gurus, celebrity chefs, sports and political figures.
According to a Fox News report in May 2017, the travel industry expects 25.4 million people to cruise this year instead of taking traditional land-based vacations. That’s an increase of nearly a million passengers from 2016, making 2017 the most cruised year ever. Increasingly, value-conscious individuals appreciate everything that’s included in the cost of passage, food, lodging, transportation, and an ever-growing list of exciting activities.
Is there a lifestyle or demographic segment that makes you most comfortable? Then, check out gay and lesbian, romantic couples, nudists, singles, seniors, or family adventures. There’s nothing like cruising with like-minded individuals and there are so many to choose from.
There are many music-themed cruises available this year for all ages and musical tastes. Millennials might enjoy the “Warped Rewind at Sea” cruise to Cozumel with Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Less Than Jake, and others as they take over the Norwegian Pearl (sailing October 28-November 1, 2017). If you prefer hip-hop and 90s nostalgia, then Ship Hop might be for you! The Carnival Sensation sails January 11-15, 2018 from Miami to Key West with concerts, panels, and meet and greets with Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Sisqo, Coolio and many more hip hop sensations. Ring in the New Year (Jan. 2-7, 2018) with the Moody Blues Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse from Miami to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. In addition to the Moody Blues, old rockers like The Zombies, Jefferson Starship and Dave Mason will entertain and meet fans. Looking for a head-banging experience? Then the Monsters of Rock cruise is your ticket to performances by Queensryche, Tesla, Lita Ford and more with stops in Jamaica and Royal Caribbean’s private isle, Labadee (sailing February 11-16, 2018).
If you enjoy Wellness and Fitness, there are rejuvenation cruises with you in mind. Weight Watchers is sponsoring its second annual theme cruise November 11-18, 2017, sailing through Ocho Rios, St. Maarten, San Juan and Nassau. Passengers will enjoy lectures, classes, cooking demos and special social events with Smart Points provided for everything to keep you on track. Maybe you’re a Hungry Girl fan? If so, you can join Lisa Lillien aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam as she makes her way to Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Half Moon Cay on April 7-14, 2018. The Hungry Girl Cruise will also host panels, cooking demos, and workouts with Lillien’s personal trainer.
Culinary focused cruises with celebrity chefs are also gaining momentum on the high seas. Holland America’s Eurodam sails from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten, and their private island, Half Moon Cay November 12-19, 2017 with a third MasterChef cruise. Several “MasterChef” season winners will offer cooking demos and custom meals throughout the trip.
If you’re looking for holistic living, natural health, or sports-themed cruises, you are in luck. The MSC Divina is home to the 15th Annual Holistic Holiday at Sea February 15-25, 2018. Experts like Rip Esselstyne, founder of Engine 2 and Whole Foods’ Healthy Eating Partner, Dietician Julieanna Haver, and author Neal Barnard, M.D. will lead onboard lectures, cooking classes, and vegan, vegetarian, and macrobiotic cuisine. Leaving from Miami, this cruise will visit Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola , and St. John. Marathon Expedition Running Cruises offers a unique South of France cruise October 21-28, 2017. Runners can hike the Alps, cycle along ViaRhona or run/walk along the Tour de France route.
Can’t get enough MLB? Then, maybe you should explore MSC’s Baseball Greats cruises. Often scheduled several times a year, it’s your opportunity to meet and greet former players and managers at Q&A panels, autograph sessions, trivia events, screenings of classic baseball movies, and even hitting and fielding clinics.
Dance aficionados can also enjoy a plethora of themed dance cruises throughout the year. Vacationers can look to charter companies like Dancing at Sea and Dancers at Sea, for their upcoming sailings. Traditional cruise lines like Norwegian, Carnival, Cunard, Crystal, MSC, and Royal Caribbean also offer wonderful venues for dancing and dancing-theme parties.
Finally, if you just want to explore and enjoy nature at its best, then a nature expedition to the Poles might be calling your name. You’ll find breaching whales, polar bears and glaciers in Alaska and penguins on Antarctica. Maybe Eco-Tourism is on your agenda? You can visit Mexico’s Sea of Cortez with Un-Cruise Adventures, Costa Rica with Windstar, or The Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Cruises. There are also a variety of popular River Cruises available abroad that can bring you up close to the towns and cities along each river’s banks. These cruise ships are all smaller than the typical, traditional ocean vessels.
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