Nude Cruising Anyone? If Not Here Are Lots Of Other Theme Cruise Ideas

To each his own has never applied more to cruise line travel than it does now. Recently there has been a effort to customize cruise experiences to fit any and all whims travelers may desire. From nude cruises to quilting, political, charity causes, rock bands and cat lover cruises the list is constantly expanding. Below is a list of a few of the more recent additions to consider. The videos show what life on a custom cruise can entail.


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Theme cruises run the gamut from the sublime to what some may consider the ridiculous.

From small groups to full-ship charters, what these cruises have in common is there will be passengers onboard who share an interest – whether in a particular type of music, sports, a hobby or something else entirely.

There are hundreds of theme cruises available in 2015. Here are some that caught our attention.

Ink or Swim Tattoo Cruise:America’s first-ever tattoo-themed cruise is on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, embarking Fort Lauderdale on April 16. The four-day sailing, organized by tattoo lifestyle magazines Rebel Ink and Skin & Ink, includes opportunity to get inked by some of the country’s best tat artists – including Tatu Baby, a fan favorite of Spike TV’s “Ink Master.” A body art showcase, burlesque shows and a private beach party during a port call in Cozumel, are among other featured activities.

The Big Nude Boat 2015: Nude travel provider Bare Necessities celebrates its 25th anniversary with this clothing-optional sailing on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Constellation, February 12-21, 2015. In addition to going naked shipboard, passengers can shed their clothes on some Caribbean beaches (including Orient Beach on St. Martin). There will also be opportunity to sunbathe in the buff on Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamas island CocoCay, where clothing is generally required.

Ghost Hunters Cruise: Join Barry Fitzgerald and Karl Pfeiffer from Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters International” cruising on the Norwegian Gem. Also onboard will be Medium Sarah Lemos. Paranormal investigations in the ports of call – Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Grand Cayman and Cozumel – will be part of the fun, along with ghost hunting seminars and training. The one-week cruise embarks Miami on March 1. An optional pre-cruise overnight on February 28 includes a ghost hunt at the Stranahan House Museum in Fort Lauderdale.

“Dark Shadows” Caribbean Cruise: This sea-going tribute to the popular 1960s soap takes place on the Jewel of the Seas, sailing from San Juan January 10-15. Port calls include Martinique, where Barnabas met Josette and Angelique on the show. Joining the ship will be actors and actresses from “Dark Shadows.” Activities include Q&A sessions, show screenings and a show-themed costume party.

The Spartan Cruise: The Spartan obstacle race heads to sea, with the 3½-mile mile Reebok Spartan Race, featuring 15 obstacles, taking place for the first time on a private island, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Spartan founder Joe DeSena will host the sailing. As usual, competitors will not know the obstacles in advance – they might be anything from fire jumping to a barbed wire climb to a carry challenge. The three-day cruise on the Norwegian Sky embarks Miami on March 6.

ETA Motorcycle Cruise: Bring along your own bike or trike (all types of motorcycles, custom bikes and choppers okay) as you cruise the Caribbean or Bermuda. Hog themed-groups, organized by Entertainment & Travel Alternatives, are on sailings including a one-week Bermuda and Bahamas cruise from Miami, on the MSC Divina, embarking April 11. Your bike is stored in a hold, and you bring it on and off the ship for escorted rides. Bonus: Your group and bikes are first off the ship at each port of call.

Quilting Seminars at Sea: Man sewing machines with instruction from award-winning quilters on a 15-day Canada and New England sailing on Holland America Line’s Maasdam, embarking May 1. As you head up the Eastern seaboard from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal, you can explore such topics as Free Motion Machine Quilting: Focus on Fillers and Modern Hexie Garden.

Meow Meow Cruise: Cat lovers can bond on this four-day cruise from Miami to Key West and Cozumel, on the Carnival Victory. Cats aren’t invited to join the sailing, but there will be opportunity to bond with felines including at The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, where dozens of six-toed cats are descendants of the author’s own cat, Snow White. Special shipboard activities include a “Meow Meow Mixer,” karaoke and scavenger hunts. The action begins on February 26.

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