Porthole’s Five Faves
Five Theme Cruises
… From gourmands to ghost hunters, there’s something for every cruiser to love.
Who doesn’t love a good theme cruise? Board a ship with other like-minded folks and set sail for a week of, well, anything you can image! From country music cruises to chocolate lovers cruises, from golf to Goth, there is a theme cruise out there for all interests. Here are five favorite themes coming up this year.
Top Chef at Sea
July 27, 2014, Celebrity Summit, Bermuda
August 15, 2014, Celebrity Solstice, Alaska
September 19, 2014, Celebrity Infinity, Europe
November 15, 2014, Celebrity Reflection, Caribbean
Several of Bravo’s Top Chefs will be aboard select cruises to share their favorite dishes, give demonstrations, lead private cooking classes, talk about what it’s like being a contestant on the show, and even subject some willing passengers to offbeat Quickfire Challenges. Test your kitchen skills under pressure!
Mark Twain Tribute Cruise
American Cruise Lines, Queen of the Mississippi
July 12, 2014, and August 8, 2015
St. Louis to St. Paul
Join this tribute to one of America’s greatest authors as American Cruise Lines’ newest paddlewheeler wends its way along the upper Mississippi, the river that inspired the work of Samuel Clemens as well as his nautical pseudonym, “Mark Twain.” A Twain impersonator will add to the fun on board, and a special behind-the-scenes tour awaits in Hannibal, Missouri, Twain’s hometown.
The Ghost Hunter’s Cruise
Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Gem
September 20, 2014, New York to Canada/New England
On this cruise, professional ghost hunters Barry FitzGerald and Karl Pfeiffer of Syfy TV fame join medium Sarah Lemos to lead tours to some of the most haunted locales in the Canadian Maritimes and New England and conduct ghost-hunting seminars and workshops on board, where you’ll get the inside dope on what it’s like to track down apparitions.
European Music River Cruise
Avalon Waterways, Avalon Vista
October 15, 2014, Amsterdam to Budapest
A classical music theme sets the tone as you cruise down the Rhine and Danube rivers. An excursion to Mozart’s Salzburg, a Royal Waltz concert in Strauss’ Vienna, an organ recital in Melk, and other musical treats await, including a visit to a violin maker and insights into European music by local experts.
Wine, Dine & Music Cruise
Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Pearl
October 25-30, 2014, Miami to The Bahamas
This second annual cruise brings Northern California Wine Country to the ship, complete with award-winning Chef Justin Wangler, the Kendall Jackson Family of Wines as the official winery, and a music lineup that includes World Classic Rockers, Neal McCoy, America, Chris Mann, and others.