Theme cruises have become so popular they now span a wealth of interests. These special sailings are great for cruise newbies as well as die-hards who fancy getting insight into their favourite pastimes. Where better to immerse yourself in your cherished hobby, recreation or entertainment with like-minded people than on a leisurely cruise where watching the world go by is an added bonus. If you’re a jazz buff or an enthusiastic gourmet; an avid golfer or hooked on soap operas; a devotee of yoga or dedicated dancer; then chances are there's a cruise with your name on it.
Perfect for foodies, P&O Cruises’ ‘Food Heroes’ sailings feature some of television’s favourite chefs. Guests on board Britannia will have the opportunity to see James Martin during a 7-night cruise to La Coruna; Bilboa; La Rochelle; and Cherbourg, departing Southampton on 26 March. Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochhar will be aboard Azura on 4 June; 23 July and again on 15 October. The legendary Marco Pierre White will sail on Ventura on 4 August; aboard Britannia on 16 September; as well as on Azura on 8 October.
If your toes tap when Strictly Come Dancing is on TV, you’ll be jumping out of your seat when it’s happening right in front of you. Unique to P&O Cruises, the four ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ themed cruises this year include many of the show’s professional dancers. You can shimmy at sea aboard Azura departing Southampton on 2 April; on Ventura from 30 April; as well as on two cruises aboard Britannia on 4 and 25 June.
Cunard will offer an extraordinary transatlantic crossing to coincide with International World Space Week aboard Queen Mary 2. Departing New York on 6 October, this exceptional journey across the Atlantic features a range of space themed experiences including talks from NASA Astronaut, Scientist and former Shuttle Pilot Dr Jeffrey Hoffman; Charles Barclay from the Royal Astronomical Society; Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic, Stephen Attenborough; and NASA Historian Ken MacTaggart. These will take place in Illuminations – QM2’s planetarium – the only one at sea.
Princess Cruises brings the ‘The Voice’ to the high seas. After Karaoke try-out sessions selected singers are assigned a professional mentor and then rehearse with the professions. Just like the TV show, coaches will listen but not see the performer as they decide whether to turn their chair. Once teams are chosen, each coach will pick one finalist. The audience then votes for the winner who will be crowned ‘Voice of the Ocean’. For more details of theme cruises call 0800 484 0370 or click on www.cruisedirect.co.uk.
- 9th February 2017