14 Best Themed Cruises for 2018-2019

Combine your passion with a much-needed vacation on one of these themed cruises.

What could veganism, zombies and poker possibly have in common? Answer: there is a themed cruise to match each interest. Combine your passion (from Star Trek to golf) with a much-needed vacation on one of these themed cruises. Here are some of the best and most unique themed cruises for 2018-2019, in order of departure date. Note: we didn't include music-themed cruises, find our recommendations for those here.

Transatlantic Fashion Week Cruise
Themed Cruises: Transatlantic Fashion Week Cruise
Fashion designers, historians, and photographers will be onboardCourtesy Cunard

The scoop: Fashion designers, historians, and photographers will be onboard for a week of activities including runway shows, fashion presentations, and photography exhibitions. Get ready for the catwalk with fashion and styling workshops (head to toe, let your whole body talk).
Dates: September 2-9, 2018
Ship: Cunard Queen Mary 2 Port of Departure: Southampton, UK Itinerary: New York, NY Website: cunard.com

2018 Hawaiian Running Cruise
Themed Cruises: 2018 Hawaiian Running Cruise
Run multiple races around the islands of Hawaii.Shutterstock

The scoop: If you're going to run on vacation, you might as well do it with a view of Hawaii. Explore the Hawaiian Islands by running (walking is okay too) a 5K or a half marathon in Maui, and a 5K or 10K in Kona on the Big Island. For a change of pace, explore trails in Kauai or hike to the Kilauea Iki crater in Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dates: September 15-22, 2018
Ship: Norwegian Pride of America
Port of Departure: Honolulu, HI
Itinerary: Maui; Hilo, Kona, Big Islands; Kauai
Website: runningcruise.com

The Sci-Fi Sea Cruise
Themed Cruises: The Sci-Fi Sea Cruise
The 21st annual Sci-Fi Sea Cruise is all about Doctor WhoShutterstock

The scoop: The 21st annual Sci-Fi Sea Cruise is all about Doctor Who — guests from the show's long run include Wendy Padbury, Ian McNeice and Frazer Hines. Join fellow Whovians for the cruise's first trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Dates: September 21-28, 2018
Ship: Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas
Port of Departure: Seattle, WA
Itinerary: Astoria, OR; San Francisco, CA; Victoria, B.C.
Website: scificruise.com

Amazon River Cruise with Jean-Michel Cousteau
Themed Cruises: Amazon River Cruise with Jean-Michel Cousteau
Sail the Amazon River with Jean-Michel CousteauShutterstock

The scoop: Touring the Amazon River is an adventurer's dream, but having the opportunity to do so with a professional explorer and film producer takes this cruise to the next level. Jean-Michel Cousteau will be on hand to teach about environmentalism and conservation as you tour the jungles of the Amazon. On board, Cousteau will offer stories and lessons from his adventures.
Dates: October 5-12, 2018 (3- and 4-night packages also available)
Ship: Aria Amazon
Port of Departure: Iquitos, Peru
Itinerary: Nauta, Peru
Website: aquaexpeditions.com

Legends in Blue Cruise
Themed Cruises: LA Dodgers Legends in Blue Cruise
The ultimate cruise for any Dodgers fanShutterstock

The scoop: What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Dodgers World Series victory than to spend time with members of the 1988 team? Mike Marshall, Derrel Thomas and Dennis Powell will be on hand, and fans can fill their days with activities such as Home Run Trivia Kings and "A Day to Remember" — highlights from the championship-clinching game.
Dates: October 18-22, 2018
Ship: Ruby Princess
Port of departure: Los Angeles, CA
Itinerary: Catalina Island, CA; Ensenada, Mexico
Website: grouptravel.travelstore.com

Chris Jericho’s Rock N’ Wrestling Rager
Themed Cruises: Chris Jericho’s Rock N’ Wrestling Rager
Ricky “The Dragon” SteamboatPromotional Photo

The scoop: Do you find lounging by the pool with a drink a little too relaxing? If you think a cruise would be more exciting with body slams and pile drivers, the Rock N' Wrestling Rager is for you. Host Chris Jericho joins wrestling legends like Mick Foley and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat for four nights of podcasts, meet-and-greets and even a wrestling tournament.
Dates: October 27-31, 2018
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Port of Departure: Miami, FL
Itinerary: Nassau, Bahamas
Website: chrisjerichocruise.com

The New York Times Christmas Markets of the Danube
Themed Cruises: The New York Times Christmas Markets of the Danube
A festive Christmas market in ViennaShutterstock

The scoop: Experience Europe's Danube River and the special markets that operate only at Christmastime. Excursions include guided tours and bike rides through several European cities. And, since this is a cruise hosted by The New York Times, Maureen Dowd and Andrew Rosenthal will be onboard to talk politics and current events.
Dates: December 10-20, 2018
Ship: Crystal Mozart
Port of Departure: Vienna, Austria
Itinerary: Melk, Linz, Krems (Austria); Passau (Germany); Bratislava (Slovakia)
Website: nytimes.com

Star Trek : The Cruise III
Themed Cruises: Star Trek The Cruise III
Live long and prosper on the Star Trek Cruise.Courtesy Star Trek: The Cruise

The scoop: Trekkies can join fellow fans for a variety of theme nights including "Risa's Festival of the Moon Party," and a costume ball where Trekkies can show off their most outrageous tributes. Of course, fans can also expect guests from Star Trek's history including Jonathan Frakes and Wil Wheaton, as well as music from Thomas Dolby.
Dates: January 4-10, 2019
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Port of Departure: Miami, FL
Itinerary: Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), Falmouth (Jamaica)
Website: startrekthecruise.com

The Walking Dead Walker Stalker Cruise
Themed Cruises: The Walking Dead Walker Stalker Cruise
Escape the undead on the Walker Stalker Cruise.Will Byington

The scoop: The Walking Dead fans can rub shoulders with stars from the show like Norman Reedus (Daryl). Full details have yet to be announced, but based on past cruises, fans can expect autograph sessions, panels and meet-and-greets. Much like the show, all things must come to an end — this is the final Walker Stalker cruise.
Dates: February 21-25, 2019
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Port of Departure: Tampa, FL
Itinerary: Nassau, Bahamas
Website: walkerstalkercruise.com

Ante Up Poker Cruise
Themed Cruises: Ante Up Poker Cruise
The Ante Up Poker Cruise offers tournaments for all levels.Shutterstock

The scoop: The highs (and lows) of playing slots on a cruise is always fun, but if you're a little more serious about gambling, this is the themed cruise for you. With multiple tournaments, you can easily find a level of play that you're comfortable with. Not ready to take on the pros? Free poker classes can help you get ready for the big leagues.
Dates: February 25-March 13, 2019
Ship: Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas
Port of Departure: Miami, FL
Itinerary: Cartagena (Colombia); Colon (Panama); Puntarenas (Costa Rica); Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala); Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas (Mexico)
Website: anteupmagazine.com

Holistic Holiday at Sea XVI
Themed Cruises: Holistic Holiday at Sea XVI
Holistic Holiday at Sea was designed with vegans in mind.Courtesy Holistic Holiday at Sea

The scoop: Vegans, rejoice: With expertly trained chefs and waiters aboard, you won't have to worry about what's for dinner. This 11-day cruise specializes in vegan meals, as well as accommodating special diets such as macrobiotic, raw and gluten-free. Want to continue your healthy habits at home? Cooking classes taught by internationally known chefs are offered throughout the cruise.
Dates: March 3-14, 2019
Ship: MSC Divina
Port of Departure: Miami, FL
Itinerary: Ocho Rios (Jamaica); Oranjestad (Aruba); Cartagena (Colombia); Colon (Panama); Costa Maya and Cozumel (Mexico)
Website: atasteofhealth.org

2019 Hawaii Golf Cruise
Themed Cruises: 2019 Hawaii Golf Cruise
Play some of the best golf courses in Hawaii on this cruiseShutterstock

The scoop: Test your skills at some of the best golf courses in Hawaii, like The Plantation Course on Maui, and Poipu Bay on Kauai, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Island transportation, green fees and cart rental are included in the cruise fare, and non-golfing companions are welcome.
Dates: May 18-25, 2019
Ship: NCL Pride of America
Port of Departure: Honolulu (Oahu)
Itinerary: Kahului (Maui); Hilo (Big Island); Kona (Big Island); Nawiliwili (Kauai)
Website: golfahoy.com

Grand Prix & Cannes Voyage
Themed Cruises: Grand Prix & Cannes Voyage
Experience the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix on this bucket-list cruise.Shutterstock

The scoop: Some of us are content to watch NASCAR and the Oscars at home. This themed cruise — overnighting first at the Cannes Film Festival, and then at the Monte- Carlo Grand Prix — is more for those who would rather experience the action in person. Sorrento and Barcelona round out the culture-packed itinerary.
Dates: May 18-28, 2019
Ship: Azamara Journey
Port of Departure: Rome, Italy
Itinerary: Sorrento, Portoferraio, Livorno (Italy); Cannes and Corsica (France), Monte-Carlo, Monaco; Barcelona, Spain
Website: azamaraclubcruises.com

2019 Cooking at Sea Cruise
Themed Cruises: 2019 Cooking at Sea Cruise Cuba
Visit Cuba on the Cooking at Sea cruiseShutterstock

The scoop: Celebrity Chefs Francine Roberts Bryson (winner of the National Pie Championship) and Erik Holdo host a Latin-inspired cooking cruise complete with a stop in Havana, Cuba, where passengers can experience Cuban cuisine and nightlife.
Dates: June 10-15, 2019
Ship: Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas
Port of Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Itinerary: Key West, FL; Havana, Cuba
Website: southernsailings.com