Best Theme Cruises for 2024: Unique Experiences Await on These Specialized Voyages

Theme Cruises for 2024: Imagine finding out that hundreds or perhaps thousands of your fellow passengers on a cruise ship have similar hobbies and passions to your own. It occurs to you to take a themed cruise.

Similar to a regular cruise, a themed cruise offers all the typical shipboard amenities, such as sun-drenched ports, glistening blue waters, and excellent dining amidst lush surroundings. However, rather than a daily schedule of games, bingo, dance lessons, and pickleball tournaments, themed cruises feature a plethora of activities catered especially to the theme of sailing and lots of other like-minded passengers to enjoy them with.

Some of the best-themed cruises for 2024 and 2025 are listed here. Booking early is advised because these trips tend to fill up quickly. Our selection of theme cruises to Australia and other destinations is shown here.

Theme Cruises for 2024: Musical Themes

B.B. King's Blues Club

Cayamo: A Song Journey, March 1–8, 2024

Cayamo, now in its 16th year, honors all types of music. Along with almost two dozen acts, Lyle Lovett, Billy Bragg, and Shawn Colvin will be traveling on Norwegian Pearl in 2024. This theme cruise offers songwriting workshops, open jams, autograph opportunities, and more as it travels from Miami to the Dominican Republic and Aruba. Cruisers may anticipate unique partnerships and onboard performances created especially for this weeklong musical extravaganza in addition to full concerts. Travelers interested in taking this music-themed cruise can join the waitlist on the Cayamo website, even though it is now full.

The Broadway Cruise 2: March 13-18, 2024

In this musical homage to Broadway, the Great White route moves from the Big Apple to Miami, making stops along the route in Key West, Florida, and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Join performers (Norm Lewis, Christian Borle, Kerry Butler, and others) plus writers, choreographers, journalists, and critics for five evenings of shows, master classes, and roundtable conversations on board the Norwegian Pearl.

Flower Power Cruise: March 21-28, 2024

Flower Power Cruise
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Join Peter & Gordon’s Peter Asher on Celebrity Summit for an evening honoring the stars and music of the 1960s. The seventh annual Flower Power Cruise features a stellar lineup of classic rockers, including The Rascals, Tommy James & the Shondells, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, John Lodge of the Moody Blues, John Kay of Steppenwolf, The Box Tops, and The Grassroots. The cruise sails from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix. To sign up for the waitlist, go to the Flower Power Cruise website.

On the Blue: April 5-10, 2024

Moody Blues guitarist Justin Hayward will host this five-day festival of classic rock on Norwegian Pearl. It will include complete shows, late-night jams, artist Q&A sessions, picture opportunities, meet-and-greets, and themed nights. The Zombies, Alan Parsons, Al Stewart, Little River Band, and other well-known individuals board Norwegian Pearl as it sails from Miami to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and Nassau, Bahamas. There are VIP options available that include entrance to a special artist cocktail party, preferred concert seats, and a goody bag full of products with a theme.

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The Michael McDonald and Patti LaBelle Cruise: April 10-13, 2024

Michael McDonald and Patti LaBelle recorded “On My Own,” the No. 1 smash single written and produced by Burt Bachrach and his then-wife Carole Bayer Sager, in 1986. Now, McDonald and LaBelle get back together for a three-night event full of musical performances—this time, at sea. Marcus Miller, a Grammy Award winner, is the host of this soulful journey, which also features award-winning musicians and vocalists as well as comedians George Wallace and Alonzo Bodden. Norwegian Pearl is sailing this voyage from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas.

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Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruise
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Halloween at Sea: September 2024 to October 2024

During its Halloween sailings, Disney Cruise Line’s four ships—Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish—offer a ghostly good time. Join Disney characters dressed in costume for Halloween celebrations, themed food and drinks, spooky crafts, eerie décor, and other special events. 2024’s featured Halloween itineraries visit the Bahamas, the eastern and western Caribbean, and other locations.

Hallmark Christmas Cruise: November 5–9 and November 17–21, 2024

Stars from Hallmark Channel bring the magic of Christmas to life during this joyous event at sea on board the Norwegian Gem. The cruise, which departs from Miami and sails to Nassau, Bahamas, has scheduled events such as “carol-oke” around Christmas, ugly sweater competitions, and Christmas cookie crafting. Every journey ends with the release of a brand-new “Countdown to Christmas” film on Hallmark Channel. To get on the waiting list, visit the Hallmark Christmas Cruise website.

Very Merrytime: November and December of 2024

Experience Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime sailings on Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish to get into the spirit of the holidays. Come enjoy a joyful blend of holiday-themed entertainment and onboard décor, with events such as Christmas tree lightings, Santa Claus meet-and-greets, seasonal deck shows, and more. The 2024 itinerary of Very Merrytime visit ports in the western Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Crystal Cruises’ Culinary Nutritionist Cruise

Crystal Cruises’ Culinary Nutritionist Cruise

Celebrity Cruises will release a limited edition Celebrity Cruises x Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin and a new signature drink on Celebrity Edge to commemorate Celebrity Edge’s arrival in Australia and the company’s second year of partnership with Four Pillars Gin.

The sailing: Celebrity Edge’s six-night voyage to Tasmania, which leaves Sydney on March 7, 2024, will feature a unique gin-themed sailing. Featuring a gin tasting and Q&A session with Four Pillars Ambassador Lizzie Willans, a Four Courses, Four Cocktails, Four Pillars gin cocktail-paired dining experience, a Four Pillars Gin & Tasmanian Oyster evening paired with Tassie’s finest oysters, a Four Pillars Cocktail & Chocolate Masterclass, and the Four Pillars of Martinis, a cocktail “mini-martini” masterclass, are all part of the voyage.

Cunard’s Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage

Cunard Line
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What’s That? In January 2024, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will play home to the line’s inaugural Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage in Australia. This voyage will provide sports enthusiasts the opportunity to sail alongside some of Australia’s most recognizable athletes, such as renowned golfer Karrie Webb and cricket great Brett Lee.

The sailing: On February 13, 2024, Sydney will host the departure of the seven-night Sporting Greats & Wellness Voyage on Queen Elizabeth, which will make stops in Hobart, Port Arthur, and Melbourne.

Cunard’s London Symphony Orchestra, Theater, and Literature Cruises

Cunard's London Symphony Orchestra

Anthony Inglis on the Cunard Proms’ last nightAnthony Inglis on the Cunard Proms’ last night (Image: Cunard)
What’s That? Cunard offers a number of special transatlantic sailings from Southampton to New York every year that are devoted to the arts and feature events including London Theatres at Sea on Queen Mary 2, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Literature at Sea festival.

Book enthusiasts can enjoy a literary cruise called Literature Festival at Sea, which features over 20 renowned writers in a series of literary activities curated by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival programming team. Simon Armitage, Victoria Hislop, and Ian Rankin were among the previous headliners.

Julian Bird OBE curates immersive acting workshops, fascinating behind-the-scenes lectures, and performances presented by London Theatres at Sea in collaboration with the Olivier Awards. Additionally, Cunard’s magnificent National Symphony Orchestra sailings led by conductor Anthony Inglis will celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2024. During the day, passengers will have the opportunity to practice with the choir, and in the evening, they will take in classical concerts at the Royal Court Theatre.

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The sailings: QM2 will be used for all of the transatlantic sailings. The 15th Anniversary of Anthony Inglis and the National Symphony Orchestra is an Eastbound transatlantic event scheduled for June 15–23, 2024; the Literature Festival at Sea is a Westbound transatlantic event scheduled for November 13–20, 2024; and London Theatre at Sea is an Eastbound transatlantic event scheduled for October 4–13, 2024.

P&O Tennis Open Australia Cruise

P&O Cruises
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In collaboration with the Australian Open, P&O Cruises Australia is offering a cruise to Melbourne that includes two days of tennis in Melbourne Park, entry, and round-trip transportation from the ship to the stadium. There will be special meals and entertainment on board, along with appearances by tennis celebrities.

The sailings: This five-night Sydney round-trip cruise on Pacific Adventure from January 19 to 24, 2024, will stop in Melbourne for two days in between sea days.

Top Star Trek Cruises: February 22–29, 2024

Star Trek theme Cruise
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Get on board Mariner of the Seas with Royal Caribbean International for the greatest cruise experience imaginable. Join Star Trek actors Walter Koenig, Levar Burton, Garrett Wang, and around two dozen others as you sail from Port Canaveral to Curacao and Aruba and get beamed into themed shows, events, parties, and actor-hosted shore activities. Guests have wowed everyone with their jaw-dropping costumes since the cruise’s 2017 launch, which honors a different aspect of the Star Trek experience each night.

Culinary Cruise

Captain's Dinner

S.A.L.T. by Silversea Cruises (All Sailings)

Occasionally, a theme is included directly into a typical cruise experience. One example of this is Silversea’s S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste), an immersive culinary program with many components developed by Adam Sachs, the former head editor of Saveur magazine. Onboard Silversea’s most recent vessels, Silver Nova, Silver Moon, and Silver Dawn, S.A.L.T. honors the area travelers are traversing throughout their specific journey. A comprehensive program of culinary programs is offered on shore, along with a specialized restaurant serving regional delicacies, a bar serving wines, beers, and cocktails, and hands-on cooking workshops teaching guests how to make their favorite meals at home.

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Creating Waves with Chefs: March 25–29, 2024

Award-winning chefs Andrew Zimmern, Aaron Sanchez, Anne Burrell, Marcus Samuelsson, Robert Irvine, Michael Symon, and more will treat you to culinary excellence during this four-night voyage aboard Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. Cooking demonstrations, comprehensive master courses, culinary panels, and, most importantly, four expertly planned sit-down meals crafted by these master chefs who have revolutionized the American culinary landscape are all on offer to guests.

Cruise with Sara Moulton: May 18–June 1, 2024

Leading figures in the culinary arts are included on sailings by Oceania Cruises, which invented the opulent aboard Dom Perignon Dinner to honor eating. In May 2024, while traveling on Marina for 14 days from Barcelona to Rome, chef, cookbook author, and TV personality Sara Moulton hosts culinary demonstrations and unique port excursions.

Claudine Pepin Cruise: July 17–31, 2024

Oceania Cruises, renowned for its dedication to all things gourmet, will embark on another food-themed cruise in July 2024. TV anchor Claudine Pepin, a world-famous master chef Jacques Pepin’s daughter, hosts talks and demonstrations centered around food while sailing the Sirena for 14 days from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Hamburg, Germany.

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