Themed Cruises

19 May 2016 | by Sarah Clarke
If you’re looking for fun holiday ideas or a new cruising experience then a themed cruise holiday could be just what you’re looking for. From film themes to music cruises, holidays for sports fans, foodies or dance-floor divas; there is a themed cruise to suit everyone.

With a themed cruise holiday you can meet like minded cruisers, indulge in your favourite interest and learn a thing or two along the way. Many themed cruises feature actors, musicians, experts and more, providing a special sailing that you’re likely to never forget.

If you are tempted by a themed cruise, consider your preferred pace of holiday and the type of themed cruise that would best suit your needs. For example a wine tasting river cruise will likely have a relaxing vibe at a slower pace, whilst a dance or music themed ocean cruise is perfect for those looking for an upbeat atmosphere. Other themed cruises can involve a traditional cruise holiday with add-ons such as world class sporting events or cultural festivals.

If you’re intrigued by themed cruising and would like to know more, check out some of our favourite themes and packages below.

Grand Prix Cruise Package

Fans of Formula One will be pleased to hear about our exclusive Grand Prix cruise packages. Spanning charming destinations such as Barcelona, Abu Dhabi and Monaco these cruise packages take you right to the heart of the high-octane action. Expect track side highlights, a buzzing atmosphere and lots more. Browse our list of Grand Prix cruise packages for further information.

Star Wars (and other Disney themes)

The Star Wars saga continued at sea when Disney Cruise Lines introduced a Star Wars Day at Sea. Cruisers sailed alongside iconic characters such as Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. Jedi Masters were born in the Jedi Training Academy and all six Star Wars films were screened onboard.

Disney Cruise Line feature other film themed cruises including the hugely popular smash hit Frozen.

Football and Golf

Sports fans can travel to their favourite game in style with a cruise that combines tickets to a world class sporting event. Cruise in total luxury to the 2018 FIFA World Cup or Golf Open Championship with an Azamara sports themed cruise. Or embark on a golf themed yacht adventure with Club Med.

Flowers and Gardens

Whether it’s a cruise that culminates in tickets to London’s famous Chelsea Flower Show, or a relaxing river cruise that visits the Netherlands during tulip season, flower fans and green fingered cruisers are catered for when it comes to themed cruising. Cherry Blossom season in Japan (that’s Spring to us) is also ideal for some unique outdoor appreciation.

Music Cruises

Feel the rhythm, get in the groove or sail to the sweet sounds of soul on a music themed cruise. From Country Music cruises to Rock Legends, Classical, Jazz Cruises or Soul Train there is a music cruise to suit almost every genre. Enjoy the live concerts, memorabilia and come close to world renowned musicians.

Christmas Markets

Get in the Christmas spirit and pick up some truly unique gifts when you cruise to Europe’s charming Christmas Markets. Admire the alcoves and cobbled streets of Bruges or the festivities and traditional gifts from Ireland as the magical Christmas build-up begins on your mini cruise.

Strictly Come Dancing

The stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing dazzle all who step onboard this spectacular dance themed cruise. Cruisers sailing on a P&O Cruises Strictly voyage can enjoy live dance performances with critique from the well-known judging panel. The lights, the costumes and the music make this a truly memorable experience.

Wine Tasting

If you’d like to combine a relaxing cultural holiday with some wine tasting; a Chateaux, Rivers & Wine river cruise could be the answer. Enjoy the slower pace and intimate atmosphere of a Viking River cruise whilst you sail along from Bordeaux, France trying regional wines along the way.

Many luxury ocean cruise lines now also feature wine tasting onboard, sommelier recommendations and vintage collections.

Fashion Cruise

Fashionistas are not forgotten when it comes to themed cruise holidays. This year classic cruise line Cunard launched their Transatlantic Fashion Week sailing between major fashion capitals London and New York, arriving in style as New York Fashion Week gets underway. Onboard guests include Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE and Colin Mcdowell.

Wellness Cruise

Find serenity at sea on a wellness cruise. From Silversea’s luxury Wellness Expedition Voyages including personal training, nutritionists and wellness professionals; to Star Clippers relaxing Yoga Cruises. Combine your holiday with a floating spa at sea and come back fresher than ever.

Bridge Hosted Cruise

Experienced Bridge Hosts take to the seas onboard selected Minerva sailings with luxury cruise line Swan Hellenic. Whether you're an advanced Bridge player or a beginner wanting to learn from the experts, a Bridge hosted cruise is the perfect way to satisfy your competitive side in a relaxed and friendly environment. Solo cruisers can also engage in games as the dedicated hosts participate to fill spaces wherever possible.


Browse our current collection of themed cruises from music cruises to scuba diving themes, foodie heaven and lots more 
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