Craft themed cruises catering for travellers who enjoy a shared travel experience, cultural exchange and learning new skills. Typical cruises include: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, hand spinning, beading, mixed media and Christmas craft markets.
| theme cruises | beadwork | knitting | needlepoint/cross-stitch | mixed media | Christmas shopping/markets | USA | Worldwide |
DFDS Seaways Featured Site
Range of mini cruises (offers vary depending on time of year), also holidays and combined short cruise/hotel breaks to Europe: check here». Themed mini cruises with included visits (bulb fields, gardens, Legoland, Amsterdam Artis Zoo) or which include attractions like on-board entertainment, gastronomic events; festive trips; Christmas markets; combined cruise/drive trips; and family mini cruises.
| short & mini cruises | theme cruises | bulb fields | self drive | Christmas shopping/Christmas markets | theme park | gastronomic | Holland | Denmark | Germany | Belgium | France | Scandinavia | Poland | Lithuania |
GeoWorld Travel Ltd
based: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK
Geologically themed holidays, Worldwide and also in Wales and other parts of the UK; aimed at all levels from enthusiasts to experts – whether you want to have the dramatic scenery explained, discover fossils, visit volcanoes or the polar regions. Also expedition cruises and Northern Lights and Wildlife focused trips.
| geological | Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis | animals/safaris | theme cruises | Wales | UK | Worldwide | Antarctic | Arctic |
High Seas Rally
based: Virginia, USA
Biker rally aboard a cruise ship! A cruise experience in the Caribbean designed specifically for motorcycle riders. This is a dress-down style cruise (with 'leather required' on two nights) and offers biker themed entertainment and contests (with a motorbike grand prize), as well as cruise excursions.
| theme cruises | motorcycling | Caribbean |
P&O Minicruises – Superbreak Featured Site
Superbreak presents P&O Mini-cruise breaks, and combined hotel/mini-cruise packages to Holland and Belgium. With packages and breaks including Amsterdam or Bruges, plus themed mini-cruises to Ypres.
| short & mini cruises | theme cruises | Netherlands | Belgium |
Saga Featured Site
based: Kent, UK
Themed cruises with added interest for travellers 50+. These ocean cruises cater for a wide range of interests and themes include: music, ballet, wildlife, food and wine. On-board themed activities are optional and are included at no extra cost.
| seniors/silver surfers | theme cruises | ocean cruises | Christmas/New Year | singles | UK | Europe | Worldwide |
Shearings Featured Site
Shearings mini-cruises and short cruise breaks visiting Amsterdam and Bruges. Also themed mini-cruises including war/battlefield trips, Christmas markets or flower and gardens cruises.
| short & mini cruises | theme cruises | bulb fields | Christmas shopping/Christmas markets | Holland | Belgium |
Star Trek: The Cruise
based: Missouri, USA
A rather special Star Trek themed cruise in the Caribbean – with its star-studded crew this 7-day voyage on the Explorer of The Seas provides unprecedented engagement with dozens of Star Trek actors and stars, featured in special themed performances, comedy shows, concerts events, activities and parties.
| theme cruises | Caribbean |
based: Washington, USA
Special themed cruise departures with special interest insights from guest hosts. Themes include wine, wellness, photography, music, storytelling, biology, birding and ornithology and Alaska.
| theme cruises | USA | Costa Rica | Mexico | Panama |
based: California, USA
Working with Carnival Cruises to bring fans the BingoBugle World Championship Bingo Tournament and Gaming Cruise.
| theme cruises | USA |
Texas Country Music Cruise
7-day Texas Country Music Cruise featuring top country music artists on a tour of the Western Caribbean.
| theme cruises | USA | Caribbean |
Verktoyas – Woodturning Cruise
A cruise for wood-turners, hands-on demos and courses aboard ship whilst cruising and visiting the beautiful coastline of Norway.
| wood crafts | theme cruises | Norway |
based: Bristol, UK
Bird and wildlife cruises, packed with ideas and holidays covering all the continents and oceans.
| bird watching | whale/dolphin watching | theme cruises | astronomy/space | Worldwide |
EUROPE: Music Cruises
Music themed cruises for people 50+ – whether it's toe-tapping pop or jazz classics or elegant classical recitals there's music aboard and music ashore! Alternatively cruise to a special music or ballet event such as the Edinburgh Fringe at Sea, the Puccini Festival in Italy, Baltic ballet in St Petersburg, or the Hardanger Music Festival in Norway? Check out this changing programme of music centered cruises from Saga.
NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam Zoo theme mini-cruise
A cruise taster with an animal and nature theme, this two-day family mini-cruise includes two nights at sea in an en suite cabin and a visit to one of Amsterdam's top attractions, the Artis Zoo, home to hundreds of species from around the globe – the zoo is also an aquarium, planetarium, geological museum and plant house! Live on-board entertainment, coach transfers and zoo entrance tickets are all included in the price. Available as a family package or for two sharing.
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Combine your passions, hobbies or special interests with a luxury cruise – this section lists themed, special interest and specialty cruises of all types. Themed sailings cover ocean going trips, lake and river cruises, as well as short or mini-cruises.
What is a theme cruise holiday?
Themed cruise sailings offer the full cruise experience while focusing on an area of particular interest, a sport or hobby. These interests will be catered for with on-board activities and are frequently facilitated by expert guides; be that a recognised chef teaching cooking skills, a skilled dancer guiding passengers across the dance floor, or bridge instruction and competitions throughout the cruise.
Some cruises are themed around a favorite TV show, film, book series or author (e.g. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Strictly Come Dancing etc.), and some include involvement of related celebrity guests. Music is one of the most popular themes and cruises can become floating music festivals celebrating a particular style of music, the distinctive sounds of an era, or a particular artist or group.
Where possible the theme is also followed on land during ports of call, perhaps with guided tours of historical sites, festival visits, vineyard tours or wildlife watching etc.
Theme cruises are sometimes unique to a closed user group – a club, organization or sports team; or they can be open and available to anyone.
A recent survey found that over 40% of cruise holidaymakers have taken themed trips. The most popular themes are: culinary, gourmet food and wine related; music-based; holistic health and wellness; comedy cruises; karaoke-themed; religious; murder-mystery; and dancing themed.
If you're looking for a particular theme or interest and are not so concerned that it's a cruise, then we recommend going to our main search page and searching your theme from there.