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Themed Cruises

Whether you want to dip your toes into the shallows of something new or totally immerse yourself in a favourite subject, there’s a themed cruise to suit you. Think of an activity – from aerobics to zoology – and, chances are there will be a cruise offering you the opportunity to have a go or learn more about it. The incredible range of experiences just keep on coming: art and astronomy, gardening and gold, food and drink, cycling and walking, business and marketing, bridge and poker, quilting and quickstep… themed cruises offer a real voyage or discovery for everyone. Cruise lines have two main ways of tapping into this trend – either by turning an entire ship into a theme-based voyage open to all, or by requiring passengers to sign-up for specific classes and activities which are separate from the usual on board offering. The concept creates a win-win situation for both cruise line and customer. For the former, passenger numbers are swelled and themed activities attract customers who might not otherwise think of taking a cruise; for the latter, the hours dedicated to a specific subject, the high quality of its delivery and the chance to spend time in like-minded company all add up to superb value for money and a truly enriching holiday. And the great news is that with themed offerings available on both ocean and river cruise itineraries , there’s a wealth of choice in terms of the time, location and cost of your voyage.

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Fred. Olsen aims for Guinness World record with poison-themed murder mystery cruise

Fred. Olsen has unveiled its new 'Poison, Murder & Mystery' cruise which goes on sale tomorrow Fred. Olsen has launched a 16-night 16-night murder mystery cruise on board its ship Boudicca. The cruise will depart from Edinburgh...

Saga Sapphire Norwegian Fjords cruise review

A music-themed cruise through the Norwegian fjords on Saga Sapphire offers a medley of delights, says Gilly Pickup   There’s a joke about a tourist in Bergen who asks a local lad: “Does it always rain...

Best themed cruises

Want to do something a bit different on your next holiday? Nick Dalton looks at the range of enrichment experiences available on both ocean and river cruises Sometimes a cruise, for all its wondrous scenery...

Disney Fantasy Launch in March 2012!

Building on the classic style of her sister ship, 2011’s Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy is the fourth ship in the expanding Disney Cruise Line fleet. It will include many of the innovative features...

Culinary Cruises

Do culinary-themed cruises sound appetising to you? One region that guests are increasingly interested in delving into deeper is food, and cruises with a culinary theme are growing in popularity. Whether it's the chance to mix...

Walking Cruises

Enjoy beautifully scenic walks at voyage destinations. While some themed activities, such as golf, comprise elements both on and offshore, others use the voyage's destination points as an integral part of the package. Hebridean Island Cruises'...

Dance Cruises

Best Foot Forward Royal Caribbean International’s newest themed programme is offering guests of all ages the opportunity to let loose and learn new dance moves.  Based on a documentary film by Dori Berinstein, the hip-hop...

Equestrian Cruises

Riding the crest of a wave with horse-loving cruisers. Champion show jumper Paul Schockemohle has collaborated with Peter Deilmann to develop a series of equestrian themes. An all-American experience was delivered when MS Deutschland departed Baltimore...

Themed Cruise packages

In 2009, Crystal Cruises unveiled 'Experiences of Discovery', a collection of theme cruises designed to enrich more than two dozen of its cruises. Special interest classes, events and, in most cases, a destination programme augment...

Cruise International

Cruise International is the UK’s highest-selling newsstand travel magazine dedicated to cruise holidays. Packed with inspirational reviews, the hottest destination advice, celebrity interviews and the very latest ocean and river cruise news, it helps both new and experienced cruisers alike plan their next trip. With its high production values, stunning photography and outstanding editorial, Cruise International is first choice for Britain’s 1.75 million annual cruise holidaymakers.







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