The 64 Best Themed Cruises for 2021, 2022 and Beyond

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A themed cruise gives you the opportunity to indulge in your favourite hobby during a cruise.

Much more than just a cruise, a themed cruise is an opportunity to surround yourself with like-minded people and spend time doing what makes you the happiest, as well as enjoying all the usual cruise benefits like great food, sightseeing and time for relaxation.

Themed cruise
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There are a whole host of weird and wonderful theme cruises for adults to choose from. In fact, you’ll likely be surprised at just how many different theme cruises are available in 2021, 2022 and beyond!

This guide to the best theme cruises showcases some of the most interesting ones, as well as providing a handy list of all of the current theme cruises on offer, with links to where you can find more information about them.

The types of theme cruises

Before we begin, it’s important to recognise that not all theme cruises are equal in terms of how much of the cruise is actually themed. There are some cruises, like music cruises, where you can expect to see everyone on the ship in fancy dress, enjoying a round-the-clock schedule of events and activities.

In contrast, other cruises are more of a chance for hobbyists to meet up during what would otherwise be a ‘normal’ cruise.

Here are two important distinctions to make…

Full-ship theme cruises: The group will charter the whole ship, so everyone will be on-board for the theme cruise.

Partial-ship theme cruises: The group will book a number of cabins and take over certain areas such as a particular bar or a conference room.

Suggested read: The best cruises for singles to hook up

The best themed cruises of 2021 and 2022

Without further ado, here’s a guide to the most exciting theme cruises that you should consider…

1. Chris Jericho’s Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea – A wrestling themed cruise

wrestling themed cruise
Photo credit: Sixthman

Wrestling fans will take over a whole cruise ship for an epic journey with wrestling star Chris Jericho and his friends. The event will include wrestling matches in a ring set up on the pool deck, rock music performances, comedy shows, paranormal activities and live podcast recordings.

  • Date: 21st October 2021
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Learn more about the Chris Jericho Cruise

2. Electric Sunsets 90s vs 00s Cruise

90s 00s cruise

Popular with British people, Marella’s Electric Sunset’s cruise is like a music festival at sea. On board you can enjoy 90s and 00s music from The Vengaboys, Atomic Kitten, Artful Dodger and DJ Sash! With drinks included, this cruise is sure to get you in the party mood.

  • Date: 4th May 2022
  • Destination: Spain
  • Cruise Line: Marella
  • Ship: Discovery 2

Learn more about the Electric Sunsets cruise

3. Meow Meow Cruise – A cruise for cat lovers

cat themed cruise
Photo credit: Meow Meow cruise

Cat-obsessed cruisers, unfortunately, cannot bring their cats on this cruise. But what they can do is meet like-minded people to chat about and share photos of their favourite furry feline friends. Activities on this cat-themed cruise include trivia, a scavenger hunt and a cocktail party.

  • Date: 16th October 2021
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Carnival
  • Ship: Mardi Gras

Learn more about the Meow Meow Cruise

4. The High Seas Rally – A biker cruise

biker cruise ship
Photo credit: The High Seas Rally

This motorbike-themed cruise is ‘The World’s Only Biker Rally on a Cruise Ship’. A full ship of bikers will be enjoying wild pool parties, tattoo contests, concerts, theme nights and raffles as they cruise to places that they can’t reach by riding a bike.

  • Date: 29th October 2022
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Learn more about the High Seas Rally

5. Star Trek: The Cruise

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, The Star Trek Cruise is where you’ll find the most passionate Star Trek fans in the universe. This cruise will feature a line up of actors and personalities with Star Trek-themed shows, events, activities and parties.

  • Date: 26th February 2022
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Learn more about the Star Trek Cruise

6. Scrapbook cruises

scrapbook cruise
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Cruise and Crop is a cruise company offering scrapbooking cruises where guests can enjoy making scrapbooks together. But the fun doesn’t stop there! On certain cruises, you can also try your hand at card making, embroidery, knitting, jewellery making and other crafts.

  • Date: 20 dates in 2021
  • Destination: Various
  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Ship: Various

Learn more about scrapbooking cruises

7. The KISS Kruise

Kiss Cruise
Photo credit: Sixthman

Fans of iconic 70s rock band Kiss can join them for an adventure at sea onboard the Kiss music themed cruise. Expect performances from Kiss and their friends as well as meet and greet sessions and activities with each of the band members.

  • Date: 29th October 2021
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Learn more about the KISS Kruise

8. Knitting cruises

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Craft Cruises offers a range of cruises where craft lovers can get together to improve their knitting skills will classes and workshops. On-board knitting instructors will advise guests about any local yarn stores in the ports of call. As well as knitting, Craft Cruises also offers cruises themed around crocheting, needlepoint, hand spinning and beading.

  • Date: 5 dates in 2021
  • Destination: Various
  • Cruise Line: Holland America Line
  • Ship: Various

Learn more about knitting cruises

9. The Gothic Cruise

theme cruise for goths
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The Annual Gothic Cruise and Masquerade Ball is a cruise created by goths for goths. There’ll be live music performances by German electronic music act Rotersand and American aggrotech band Combichrist, amongst others. There’s also a zombie pub crawl and a ‘Spookeasy’ formal night.

  • Date: 19th September 2021
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: MSC Cruises
  • Ship: MSC Divina

Learn more about the Gothic Cruise

10. The Genealogy Cruise

ancestry cruise
Photo credit: Lokibaho

If you’re interested in learning more about your family tree, then the genealogy cruise offers you the chance to follow your family’s journey across the world with the help of professional genealogy experts. This cruise offers lectures and workshops to help people discover more about who they are and where they come from.

  • Date: 3rd July 2022
  • Destination: British Isles
  • Cruise Line: Regent Seven Seas
  • Ship: Seven Seas Voyager

Learn more about the Genealogy Cruise

11. The 70s Rock & Romance Cruise

Rock and Romance theme cruise
Photo credit: The Rock & Romance Cruise

Lovers of 70’s rock can relive their youth with 50 live performances from artists such as Foreigner, Air Supply and 10cc on what promises to be one of the best music cruises of 2022. This 70s themed cruise also promises Q&A sessions with the artists, panel discussions, game shows, trivia, karaoke, wine tasting and pool parties.

  • Date: 19th February 2022
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
  • Ship: Celebrity Summit

Learn more about the Rock & Romance Cruise

12. The Flower Power Cruise

Flower Power 70s theme cruise
Photo credit: The Flower Power Cruise

The Flower Power Cruise is a 70s-themed cruise where you can immerse yourself in the music from the ‘love generation’. With nightly performances and interactive celebrity events, this cruise has lots of Flower Power themed parties and activities.

  • Date: 28th March 2022
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
  • Ship: Celebrity Summit

Learn more about the Flower Power Cruise

13. The World Poker Tour Cruise

poker theme cruise
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This poker-themed cruise includes the opportunity to play in various cash poker games and tournaments, including free-rolls and a ladies only event. Guests can also listen to talks from poker VIPs.

  • Date: 3rd October 2021
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Ship: Allure of the Seas

Learn more about the Poker Cruise

14. The Country Music Cruise

Country music themed cruise
Photo credit: The Country Music Cruise

Get your stetsons ready for The Country Music Cruise – a themed party at sea with nightly country music performances and the chance to meet the stars. Country music fans can enjoy seminars, autograph sessions, line dancing and country karaoke.

  • Date: 15th January 2022
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Holland America Line
  • Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Learn more about the Country Music Cruise

15. The Soul Train Cruise

Soul music themed cruise
Photo credit: The Soul Train Cruise

The Soul Train Cruise is a star-studded cruise experience featuring legendary stars from the classic R&B era. The lineup for 2022 includes Charlie Wilson and Patti LaBella. Guests can enjoy artist Q&A sessions, dance lessons with original Soul Train dancers and tribute events.

  • Date: 22nd January 2022
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Holland America Line
  • Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Learn more about the Soul Train Cruise

16. The Ultimate Disco Cruise

disco themed cruise
Photo credit: The Ultimate Disco Cruise

With a special appearance from disco legends KC and the Sunshine Band and performances by Kool & The Gang and The Spinners, The Ultimate Disco Cruise promises to be a star-studded affair with over 40 live performances and several costume parties.

  • Date: 26th February 2022
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
  • Ship: Celebrity Summit

Learn more about the Ultimate Disco Cruise

17. The 80s Cruise

80s theme cruise
Photo credit: The 80s Cruise

The 80s Cruise is a non-stop all-inclusive concert with 20 bands including The Human League and Belinda Carlisle. Guests can enjoy parties on the pool deck and themed costume parties such as the ‘Decade of Decadence Prom’ and ‘Pop Icon Night’.

  • Date: 5th March 2022
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
  • Ship: Mariner of the Seas

Learn more about the 80s Cruise

Full list of all themed cruises in 2021 and beyond

Above is just a sample of some of the themed cruises that are available to book at the moment. See below for a full list of all of the themed cruises, categorised by genre.

Music cruises

Rock

Pop

Jazz

Soul

Country

Irish

Heavy Metal

Musical Theatre

Blues

Reggae

Electronic dance music

70s

80s

Music festivals at sea

Hobby themed cruises

Sports themed cruises

American football

Golf

Wrestling

TV and movie themed cruises

Religious cruises

Christian cruises

Jewish cruises

Mormon cruises

Adult cruises

The best themed cruises of the past

There have been some incredible theme cruises over the years. The cruises listed below aren’t scheduled for 2021 and beyond, but take a look at some of the unusual cruises that people have loved…

Harry Potter cruise

The Harry Potter cruise was a seven-night all-inclusive cruise that called at filming locations from the Harry Potter movie series and included a behind-the-scenes tour of Warner Bros. Studios. The cruise happened in 2018, on an eight-passenger barge cruising along London’s River Thames.

Walking Dead themed cruise

There were four zombie-themed Walking Dead cruises between 2016 and 2019. Known as the Walker Stalker Cruise, these Caribbean cruises on Norwegian Pearl featured a team of make-up artists to help cruisers turn into zombies before taking part in outrageous activities. Stars of The Walking Dead tv series were onboard for photo and autograph sessions.

Knotfest at Sea

Fans of the heavy metal bank Slipknot were eagerly awaiting the first-ever Slipknot themed cruise – Knotfest at Sea in August 2020. The cruise on Norwegian Jade from Barcelona to Naples was postponed until 2021 and then sadly cancelled. It’s not known whether this even may ever take place in the future.

NASCAR: The Cruise

American auto racing fans enjoyed a five-night NASCAR themed cruise on Norwegian Pearl in 2017. This stock car themed cruise gave guests the chance to meet some of the biggest names in the sport, including Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Bobby Allison.

How to book a themed cruise

Just like concerts and festivals, themed cruises can sell out fast, so if you hear of a themed cruise that you’re interested in, you won’t want to hand around.

Depending on the cruise, there may be a specialist travel agent handling the bookings. Each theme cruise has its own website, so take a look at that to find the details of how to book your place.

FAQs about themed cruises

What are themed cruises?

A themed cruise is when an itinerary includes activities and events linked to a certain hobby. It encourages like-minded people to come together to share their enjoyment of a theme. Themed cruises can be full ship takeovers or partial themes that run alongside regular itineraries.

What is a speciality cruise?

Speciality cruises are planned around a certain element of travel. Unlike themed cruises that are based on any hobby, a speciality cruise is tailored to part of normal cruise life. It may be based on a destination or event like the Northern Lights, or a culinary cruise with guest chefs.

What is the best cruise for adults only?

You don’t need a themed cruise to enjoy a great adults-only trip. Many ships and regular itineraries are designated for adults-only, so you can find a cruise ship and itinerary that suits you without the noise of a family holiday.

Is there a Harry Potter themed cruise?

There has yet to be a Harry Potter cruise on an ocean cruise ship, although it is the type of hobby and interest that could certainly attract a themed cruise in future. In 2018, a small company held a Harry Potter river cruise in London for just 8 guests.

Does Universal have a cruise?

There is not a Universal cruise. However, you can book packages with Royal Caribbean that include a regular Bahamas or Caribbean cruise plus a 2-, 3- or 4-night stay at a Universal Orlando Resort and theme park admission.

More themed cruises?

Do you know of any more themed cruises to add to this list? Please comment below or email me at [email protected] and I will add them.

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4 thoughts on “The 64 Best Themed Cruises for 2021, 2022 and Beyond”

  1. Hi Jenni,
    I saw a TransAtlantic cruise that was doing a Health and Wellness theme in Spring 2022 from Florida, but I can’t remember who….

    Have you heard of it ??
    If so, please send to me.

    Thx
    Brenda

    • Hi Brenda, I haven’t sorry, but if you find it I’d love to add it to this list. Jenni

    • Thanks so much for drawing my attention to this one. I’ve just added it to the list. Jenni

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