Love to cruise but your significant other is reluctant? Tempt him or her with a theme cruise highlighting a topic of interest to them that may entice them to sail with you.
These special sailings -- showcasing everything from food and wine to music and dancing -- typically feature talks, question and answer and autograph sessions with experts, as well as topic-related activities and entertainment, thus adding both interesting pastimes and value to your voyage. Fares are the ones we found on cruise lines' websites and are subject to change. Here are some theme cruises on tap for 2013-14:
American Queen Steamboat Co.
This premium steamboat line offers a menu of themed cruises that include Big Band Swing, Gardens of the Rivers, Elvis and Southern Culture. The latter allows guests to immerse themselves in the traditions of the South including cuisine, music and history. One of the Southern Culture themed voyages sets sail from Memphis to New Orleans on March 21. Fares for the nine-day voyage start at $2,549 per person, double. Info: www.aqsc.com.
Among the theme voyages that this ultra-luxury cruise line presents is the annual Crystal Food And Wine Festival with a series of themed voyages that feature celebrity chefs, wine experts and mixologists who share their talents and knowledge. Tastings, cooking demonstrations and other events are featured on each of the festival’s sailings that include a 16-day Miami to Rio de Janeiro voyage on the Crystal Symphony Nov. 23-Dec. 9. Fares begin at $3,990. Info: www.crystalcruises.com.
This premium line features themed voyages on select sailings that offer appearances by “Dancing With The Stars” celebrities and dance pros. On the agenda are dance lessons, an opportunity to meet the dancers, question-and-answer and photo sessions and more. Among the sailings is a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 5. Sabrina Bryan is among the stars on this cruise (stars subject to change). Fares start at $849. Info: www.hollandamerica.com.
Shiprocked is a rock ‘n roll-themed cruise aboard the moderately-priced Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas on Jan. 26-30. Artists’ lineup include Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Three Days Grace, among others. In addition to concerts, activities and events include photo meet-and-greets, question-and-answer sessions, trivia and more. Pricing starts at $999 per person, double (for triple and quad occupancy rates visit website). Info: www.shiprocked.com.
In its varied menu of themed voyages, ultra-luxury Silversea features a Wine Series. These sailings offer tastings, lectures and optional tours to renowned vineyards and wineries. Onboard guests enjoy complimentary selections of red and white wines to pair with lunch and dinner dishes. Among the Wine Series voyages is a nine-day one on the Silver Cloud from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires on Dec. 11. Fares start at $3,450. Info: www.silversea.com.