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By Anna Sarjeant

Combine your love for travel with all your other hobbies on-board a themed cruise. You might be surprised just how many choices there are.

1. Wellness  

Because you should always return from a holiday refreshed, wellbeing is key.  

Health seminars: Luxury cruise line, Seabourn, employ Dr. Andrew Weil to conduct wellness seminars as well as qualified specialists to lead meditation and yoga classes.  

Spa themed rooms: The ultimate spa enthusiast will go nutty for Celebrity Cruises’ AquaClass® Staterooms: spa inspired guestrooms with a spa concierge, personalised treatments and access to Blu restaurant, which serves a purely health-centric menu.

Return fitter: If you want to go ALL-out, MSC’s Wellness Experience offers a one-on-one health check-up with the on-board doctor, as well as your very own master gym trainer.


2. Food

Celebrity chefs, culinary schools and market excursions are all part of the modern cruise experience.

Gourmet itineraries: P&Os Gourmet SeaBreaks are 100% about the food. Learn from the best with seminars presented by the food and wine elite.

Get in on the action: Observe the skills of chefs as they prepare artisanal dishes at the Culinary Arts Centre. Unique to Holland America, by day the venue’s used for cooking classes and by night it’s like going behind the scenes. Passengers watch the chefs in full action before devouring the results.

Culinary river cruises: Focus on European cuisine with Avalon, from cheese farms and Calvados distilleries to on-board crêpe lunches and food demonstrations. Or join celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen, aboard APT. Escorting two annual Mekong River cruises, explore secret food spots and Nguyen’s favourite restaurants.



3. Entertainment  

Nobody does razzle dazzle quite like the cruise industry, with ships giving Broadway a good run for their money.

Famous musicals: Smash-hit musicals are in high demand, with Norwegian boasting Rock of Ages and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (on Norwegian Epic only), Royal Caribbean host Cats, Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia, and Princess Cruises boast productions from award-winning composer, Stephen Schwartz, of Wicked fame.

Laugh and be laughed at: P&O’s popular three night Comedy Cruise Gala showcases nightly comedy shows, workshops with the pros and an opportunity to partake in a Comedy Gong Show, where your own performance is critiqued.



4. History

The world is scattered with ancient civilisation, so get excavating.

Intimate routes through forgotten lands: Heritage Line, by definition, celebrates history. From the ancient Cambodian Water Splashing Ceremony (Sraung Preach) to lost civilizations banking the Mekong River, unique Asian destinations are accessed via small-scale ships.

Multiple options to go back in time: Voyages to Antiquity cover everything from Ancient Greek cities to the Indiana Jones backdrop of Jordan’s Petra, while Regent Seven Seas’ all-inclusive world cruises visit a whopping 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 30 countries.

River cruise into history: Consider Uniworld for a thorough understanding of Europe’s Jewish history and culture, or cruise from Basel to Amsterdam chasing history as well as artists with one of their signature lecture and art series. 

HOT tip:

“A must for any history buff is Ponant cruises’ voyage from Naples to the Adriatic. You’ll visit some of the world’s oldest cities as well as ancient theatres, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Dubrovnik and more Roman remnants than new-builds.”


5. Active

Experience your favourite hobby at sea.

Tee off: Combine travel and golf with Azamara Club Cruises® PerryGolfTM golf voyages. Stretching as far as The Mediterranean, Bermuda, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and even the UK for the British Open, experienced PerryGolf staff oversee everything.

Adventure photography: Explore virtually unknown destinations such as Antarctica, Alaska and The Galapagos with Lindbald National Geographic. Certified photography instructors and naturalists enhance your journey with lectures in journalism, science and exploration.

Cycling tours: Avalon proudly boast complimentary bikes on all of their European river ships, and guests can choose between guided bicycle excursions, or free-wheeling it themselves. The company’s ‘Active Discovery Cruises’ on both the Danube and Rhine are a little more energetic than the norm, combining hiking, cycling and sightseeing.

6. Events

The global calendar is full of unique occasions, with cruise lines going the extra mile to make them special. 

Celebrate almost anything with P&O:
A 5-night cruise for the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup cruises, and even Hobart's Dark Mofo festival (Tasmania's annual and largest contemporary music event) to coincide with the winter solstice.

Civil war battlegrounds: Grace the Mississippi River on-board a classic steam-powered vessel. An all-American crew and themed itineraries focusing on American music, Bourbon, civil war battlegrounds and life before the conflict, all contribute to an authentic Deep South experience.

A once in a lifetime phenomenon: Alaska in the late summer. With luxury cruise line, Regent Seven Seas. Reach the very top of Alaska and cross the Arctic Circle by plane, before staying at the wild Coldfoot Camp to watch the earth’s most spectacular light show: The Northern Lights.  


Exciting themed cruises allow passengers to mix multiple interests, and with so many like-minded cruisers on-board, you'll make many new friends along the way.


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