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The best themed cruises to book now

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Themed cruises offer an enchanting experience, blending the allure of travel with the excitement of specialised interests. Various cruise lines have mastered the art of themed voyages, catering to the passions and preferences of their guests with additional enrichment, tailored onshore activities and renowned speakers that bring unrivalled insights to the subject. Here we take a look at a few of our favourite themed cruises...

Regent Seven Seas

Known for its luxury voyages, Regent Seven Seas stands out in particular for its partnership with Fabergé which sees the only Fabergé egg sail as a permanent exhibit at sea on board their newest ship the Seven Seas Grandeur.

There is also a fascinating Spotlight on Fabergé voyage that sets sail in July 2024 featuring the ship's Godmother, founding member of The Fabergé Heritage Council and great-granddaughter of the legendary artist-jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé, Sarah Fabergé. This is part of a series of Spotlight Voyages accompanied by expert speakers that focus predominantly on food and wine but also include entertainment, ancestry, and history.

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Ponant

Offering both classic and expedition cruises Ponant have a variety of themed cruises that cover a myriad of subjects. Their collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys, the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution, is of particular note.

Included experiences in each port of call are designed to immerse guests in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of each destination; they aim to provide a deeper understanding of the places visited, not to mention the talks and discussions on board by world class experts. Mention must also be made of their partnership with Radio Classique which includes hosting Piano and Opera festivals at sea on Mediterranean voyages in 2024.

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

On selected international voyages operated by the German Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, golf enthusiasts can combine their cruise with pre-reserved access to some superb courses across Australia's East Coast, New Zealand, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the U.S. West Coast.

These chargeable packages include several different courses and whilst on board a PGA golf pro is on hand to offer coaching and advice.

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Hebridean Island Cruises

Also offering a golf-themed departure in September 2024, Hebridean Island Cruises' Hebridean Princess is our favourite ship to sail the Scottish coast and our favourite theme among the multitude on offer has to be their walking voyages.

Labelled as Footloose departures, there is simply no better way to experience the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Islands than exploring on foot, far off the beaten track and often to places only accessible from the sea. Other themes available have been chosen to showcase the very best of Scotland including food and drink, gardens, history and heritage, and wildlife.

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Windstar

The official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation - an American non-profit which aims to celebrate, support and elevate the people behind America's food culture - Windstar have created themed culinary cruises in conjunction with amazing guest chefs, sailing this year from Lisbon on 28th May exploring Portugal, Spain and France, and from Venice on 28th August discovering Italy, Croatia, Montenegro and Greece.

Cunard

Offering the ultimate collection of themed voyages Cunard add a quintessentially British touch to proceedings. On board Queen Mary 2's 13th November 2024 Transatlantic Crossing Cunard will again host the Literature Festival at Sea, in partnership with The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, where guests on board will enjoy a daily dose of news from Times journalists, lose themselves in thought-provoking conversation and meet favourite writers at intimate book signings.

Then on the 15th June 2024 on the New York to Southampton sailing Queen Mary 2 will host the London Theatre at Sea with the Olivier Awards, with an illustrious guest line-up in conversation about their careers, and opportunities to be involved in dance classes, the onboard West End choir, design workshops, and a West End singalong.

Finally, join the Anthony Inglis and the National Symphony Orchestra sailing from New York to Southampton on the 4th October 2024 for two spectacular performances and the opportunity to audition for the choir and practise under the guidance of the NSO, ready for a group performance during the evening's show.

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Meet the author

Alex is Director of Sales & Marketing at Mundy Cruising, having worked with the company for 10 years and in travel for over 18 years. Most recently he's cruised on Silversea and has also sailed with Seabourn, Crystal, SeaDream, Tauck, Regent Seven Seas and Ponant. His favourite destination is South America however he's also enjoyed cruises in the Western Mediterranean, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, India, Myanmar, South East Asia and Antarctica. When he’s not travelling he loves walking holidays; a favourite included a trek to Everest Base Camp.

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