Porthole’s Five Faves
Five Theme Cruises
Stargazing, yoga, and rock and roll – some of our favorite theme cruises for 2015
From country music cruises to chocolate lovers’ cruises, from golf to Goth, there is a theme cruise out there for everyone. Set sail with like-minded cruisers for a week of, well, any interest you can imagine! Here are five theme cruises to consider for 2015.
2015 Solar Eclipse Cruise
March 9, 2015 – Southampton to Norway and the Faroe Islands
Daylight turns to darkness on this voyage that will cruise to one of the two points on Earth where this spring’s total solar eclipse will be visible, the Faroe Islands. A bonus to being at sea: reduced light pollution. Viewing the Northern Lights in northern Norway is another exciting possibility.
Peter Hillary, Mountaineer
February 6, 2015 – Ushuaia, Argentina, to Antarctica
Travel to Antarctica on an authentic expedition ship with New Zealand mountaineer Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund Hillary), who blazed a new overland route to the South Pole in 1999. As onboard guest speaker, Hillary will discuss his explorations while offering expert insights on the White Continent.
The Zen Cruise
February 9, 2015 – Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica and Haiti
Yoga, meditation, music, ecstatic dance, healing arts, and self-exploratory programs are all on the docket as this second annual “transformational journey at sea” offers inspiration, education, and entertainment to hundreds of voyagers. Headliners include chart-topping Nahko and Medicine for the People, Ash Ruiz, and the rhythmic dance group Mayapuris.
PBS and NPR Asia Cruise
February 21, 2015 – China to South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan
Top PBS and NPR personalities and their featured guests will take the spotlight during this 18-day cruise that travels to ports along the east coast of China and other Asian countries. Panel discussions, private dinners, and cocktail receptions all provide opportunities to meet and interact with the public broadcasting stars.
311 Caribbean Cruise 2015 – Soundsystem Jamaica
February 24, 2015 – Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Celebrating their fourth festival at sea, the multi-platinum band 311 will make rock history by performing, for the first time ever, the entire album Soundsystem during one of their sets. Says 311 vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum: “The 311 Cruise is just such an amazing experience for us and our fans. The energy and unity on the ship is always incredible.” Other musical guests include Dirty Heads and Pepper, with more bands and DJs joining the crew soon.
— Clark Norton