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Themed Cruises

Themed cruises are cruises specially tailored to certain interests and hobbies. It is a great way to combine the delights of a cruise with the opportunity to indulge in a favorite hobby or to increase your knowledge on certain subjects.



Themed cruises take many forms, but are primarily a regular cruise with enhanced or additional programming on board. There are two major types of themed cruises.

One is a themed cruise hosted by the cruise line itself and the other is a themed cruise hosted by a private organization.

Themed cruises hosted by private organizations are the most common, and you will probably have to book your participation in the theme with that organization or through a travel agency, and you will have to pay separately for the costs of the theme on top of the costs of the cruise itself.


Privately organized themed cruises will typically take place on cruise ships with other passengers not participating in the theme, or with other groups participating in different themes. If you go on a cruise line sponsored themed cruise then everyone on board the ship is allowed to participate and everything is included in the costs.


Many cruise line sponsored themed cruises are geared toward families with children, and can be a great way to vacation together. One of the most well-known theme cruise lines is Disney Cruise Lines, that offers a variety of activities for the whole family and has the Disney characters aboard, but there are many other cruise lines with a family focus often including a range of services, facilities and activities that are tailored to children, teenagers, adults and even seniors.


There are many different themes offered by private organizations with a great variety of subjects from fine wine and cuisine to culture, yoga, music and history. Dancing cruises are especially popular with senior cruisers. Programs may include special guests, lectures, themed shore excursions and the chance to interact with leading experts in a particular area. Just because the cruise has a theme, there is usually little impact on other cruisers on board although some of the public areas may be taken over by the group at certain times.

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