The cruise industry has been making waves in the travel world over the past few years with ever more luxurious ships offering increasingly fascinating experiences all over the world. If you’ve been wondering whether to take the plunge or are looking to take your cruising to the next level, perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions should be to look into a themed cruise for 2017. You only live once, after all.
Themed cruises have become popular amongst the cruising crowd due to the fact they offer a little bit more than the regular cruise package. Not only do you get to explore and admire an intriguing part of the world from a whole new perspective, you also get to indulge in one of your favourite special interests with a bunch of other guests who are reading from the same prayer book. Whether it’s exquisite cuisine and fine wine that floats your boat or getting swept away by the rhythm of jazz, chances are there’s a themed cruise out there that will suit.
Here are a few that you might want to try on for size…
Who doesn’t love eating and drinking? Many of the big name cruise lines offer a range of delectable experiences that allow you to indulge in multi-course tasting menus and local specialities in locations as varied as Alaska and the Greek Islands. From celebrity chefs hopping on board to cook up a storm to food and wine-related shore excursions, a culinary cruise can deliver the ultimate gastronomical experience. Is your mouth watering yet?
If music be the food of love, than be prepared to fall head-over-heels for a music-themed cruise. You might choose to spend a week or so immersed in smooth jazz as you cruise the Caribbean or tapping your toe to rhythm and blues whilst you sun yourself off the coast of Florida. There are classical music cruises that will provide the perfect soundtrack for your journey along Europe’s beautiful Rhine as well as those that might stop off at a music festival, such as the Prague Spring Festival, along the way. There are cruises that specialise in music from a particular decade, rock and roll cruises for those seeking a little more edge, and special cruises that feature one-off performances from top bands and artists. Sailing the high seas has never sounded so good!
Fans of ‘Strictly’ might welcome the chance to take a turn on the floor with a dance themed cruise. P&O actually run Mediterranean cruises specifically designed around the popular ballroom dancing show with famous dancers from the series on hand to entertain and instruct. You can even (if you so dare) audition for a chance to compete in a final competition. However, that’s not all that’s out there. Cruises around Cuba and Latin America will teach you the sultry salsa and tricks of the tango, whilst a journey down the Mississippi relives the heady jive and swing dancing days of the fifties and sixties… and that’s barely scratching the surface.
For some, a holiday is a time for excess and indulgence whilst others prefer an opportunity to rest and recuperate. If you belong to the latter crowd, a wellness cruise might be just up your street. Be good to your mind, body and spirit with a yoga and meditation cruise where you can practice against backdrop of glittering Croatian waters or picturesque Greek towns. Alternatively, you might prefer to choose a package that offers daily fitness sessions, healthy cooking classes, or simply rejuvenating massage and spa treatments to help you float away to nirvana.
If golf is the hobby you can’t get enough of, you’ll be delighted to hear that you can now put holes whilst out in the middle of the ocean. Golf cruises are likely to offer golf simulators and classes to help you practice your shot as well as a selection of nets and putting greens. But the big draw is that you will travel to some of the finest golf courses in the world. Whether you want to swing a club in Mexico, the USA, Canada or France, you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite pastime all day long.
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