Themed Cruises

Marella Themed Cruise

There are so many themed cruises dedicated to every type of passion, hobby and person. These unique sailings can be great for new cruisers to get a taste of cruising and for regular cruisers who may be looking for something unique and special

Themed cruises allow you to meet like-minded people, enjoy unique entertainment and experiences. Plus, have the comfort of the cruise ships onboard facilities and visiting new destinations each day.

Most themed cruises also include unique activities such as themed quizzes, costume parties, meet and greets and competitions.

Our handy guide will give you an insight into some of the unique and special sailings.

Watch our video: Themed Cruises – From zombies to boy bands

TV & Movie Themed Cruises

TV and movie tie-ins have become a regular feature on cruise lines recently. You can find special Strictly Come Dancing sailings on P&O Cruises,  ‘The Voice of the Ocean’ on Princess Cruises and “MasterChef at Sea” on MSC Cruises.

Discover more about Strictly Come Dancing cruises in Laura’s post on Cruise Lifestyle: Strictly Come Dancing Cruises: Keep Cruising!.

You can also find one-off dedicated sailings to a particular movie, genre or TV show. These are conventions on the sea with Q&A panels, makeup tutorials, meet & greets and live entertainment. Because the ship is smaller, you are able to get more up-close and personal with the stars. Plus, you are able to meet other fans on-board!

Music Themed Cruises

Beatles on Norwegian Bliss
(c)Cruise with Ben & David

Music brings people together and so do music-themed cruises. Music-themed cruises cover a wide spectrum of tastes and you can find sailings based on a genre, era of music or a specific artist.

Onboard you have the opportunity to see live music in smaller more intimate gigs. As well as one-off performances around the ship. Most music cruises also feature meet and greet sessions, themed parties and some also host tribute act.

We sailed on the Marella Cruises – Electric Sunsets: Back to the 90s cruise which included some of our favourite singers from when we were kids plus plenty of fancy dress, special decorations, themed trivia and 90s movies. It was such a fun cruise with a great atmosphere. Everyone was there to have a good time and feel like kids again – even just for a few nights.

Watch our Back to the 90s Vlog

Culture themed cruises

There is a wide range of unique cultural themed cruises. From literary festivals and fashion week cruises to sailings with the National Symphony Orchestra and English National Ballet. These cruises offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and appreciation for the arts. Most include workshops throughout the cruise, exclusive performances, seminars and opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow culture lovers.

Sports and Fitness themed cruises

Gym on a Cruise Ship
On a fitness-themed cruise, you can also use the onboard gyms, pools and running tracks.

If you are a fitness fanatic why not try a fitness-themed cruise? These are not just for the super-fit, they are for all skill levels. These sailings offer a comprehensive programme of classes, seminars and fitness sessions. Plus, you can take advantage of the onboard gyms, pools and running tracks.

For sports lovers, there are sports cruises covering every type of passion.  One of the most popular includes golf cruises where you are able to take advantage of the courses in some of the ports your visit.

Food & Drink theme cruises

Learn about the history of winemaking in a historic wine region.
Photo: Cruise with Ben & David

If you have an appetite for learning more about food or wine, why not try a culinary-themed cruise. Cook with renowned chefs, take part in cooking classes and enjoy unique and special culinary creations.

More of a wine lover than a foodie? Try a wine or beer cruise where you can learn from the experts and experience exciting wine-themed shore excursions. Choose a river cruise that takes you through the heart of the wine region.

Lifestyle themed cruises

You can find themed cruises for every community too. Religious-themed cruises, LGBT cruises, naked cruises (were not joking with this one). These are the perfect way to get together with people like yourself with a shared passion or experience.

If you are unsure about cruisng or thinking of booking your first cruise, read our post: Why you should Choose Cruise.

David McDonald
As one half of Cruise with Ben & David I am a huge cruise enthusiast and have sailed on over 30 cruises. On dry land, I am a Head of Design at a digital media company based in London. I have had the opportunity to work with brands such as the Financial Times and The Telegraph.