Themed Cruises in Australia and Beyond
Are you tired of the same old holiday? Looking for something out of the ordinary? Well, look no further than a themed cruise. Australians have fallen head over heels for these unique and exciting cruise experiences, and now it’s your turn to jump on board.
Themed cruises are the perfect getaway for both first-time and seasoned cruisers alike. Imagine indulging in your favorite pastime, recreational activity, or entertainment, all while meeting new people who share your passion. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado, a foodie, a fitness enthusiast, a literary buff, a Grand Prix groupie, or anything in between, there’s something for everyone!
Themed cruises come in all shapes and sizes. Some take over the entire ship, immersing you completely in the theme from bow to stern. Others incorporate the theme into specific activities and events, allowing you to enjoy a taste of something different while still experiencing all the joys of a traditional cruise. The beauty of a specialty cruise like this is that they combine your hobbies with the excitement of sailing the high seas.
Many cruise lines offer themed or event-based cruises, but this is our pick of special-interest cruises taking place in 2024 and beyond.
Check out our image gallery featuring some of our favourite themed cruises. Have a theme cruise in mind for your next getaway? Call one of our Cruise Travel Advisors on 1300 052 966 and we can help you find the perfect themed itinerary for you.
Top Themes by Cruise Line
⚓ Royal Caribbean International
Trekkies will love The Un-Conventional Voyage, where you’ll join a star-studded Crew and fellow passionate Star Trek fans on the ultimate immersive journey with Star Trek: The Cruise VII. Step aboard the magnificent Mariner of the Seas for a 7-day voyage, and prepare to be entertained with special Star Trek-themed shows, activities, and parties. If you’re a true ’80s enthusiast – someone who loves the music, style, culture, and all the excitement it has to offer – then The 80s Cruise is the ultimate getaway for you. Step into an ’80s time machine and immerse yourself in 7 days of non-stop fun, themed parties, unparalleled celebrity interaction, star-studded events, and poolside entertainment, all included in one all-inclusive price (including drinks)! Or maybe a combination of Grammy award-winning artists and your favorite Old School Bands from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s on the Old School Cruise 2024 is more your style. Get ready to dance and relive the music that has become a part of our lives. Royal Caribbean has a jam-packed season of themed cruises each year, so keep an eye out for new and exciting themes coming out all the time.
⚓ Princess Cruises
Some of Princess Cruises’ themed offerings include the Magic Castle™ Conjurer’s Cruise, an enchanting journey filled with magic, wonder, and illusion; Hollywood Insiders Themed Cruises such as a thrilling 3-day Pacific Coastal journey, exploring the world behind the screens of much-loved TV shows and movies; and the West Coast Getaway With Adam Savage Themed Cruise, hosted by the original co-host of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters and godparent to Discovery Princess®, Adam Savage. From Wine and Food to Love and Romance, and everything in between – including holiday cruises – Princess has themed cruises that appeal to all interests, hobbies, and passions.
⚓ P&O Australia
P&O Cruises offers some of the best theme cruises in Australia. While a regular P&O cruise is bound to put a smile on your face in seconds, their famous 3-4 night Comedy Cruises take the laughs up a notch with nightly headline comedy shows featuring Australia and New Zealand’s favorite stand-up comedians, as well as interactive performances and comedy workshops. Their new country music-themed cruises offer an incredible array of toe-tapping acts and experiences that are sure to captivate country music fans of all ages and backgrounds. And P&O has rolled out a series of dedicated 1980s three-night cruises to remember the best of the MTV generation’s music from pop, hip-hop, metal, and rock. You can rock out to authentic 1980s bands, dance the night away to incredible tribute acts, and revel in all the glitz and glamour reminiscent of a decade that was simply the best.
⚓ Celebrity Cruises
Discover the irresistible allure of Celebrity Cruises’ themed sailings! From captivating music-themed cruises like The Jazz Cruise and Botti at Sea, to immersive culinary-focused journeys with delectable onboard dining events, Celebrity has an array of experiences to enchant you. In 2024, you can honour love, diversity, and inclusivity across the globe, as Celebrity expands their fleet-wide Pride Celebrations to a whole month. Hosting daily LGBTQ+ gatherings, remarkable guest entertainers, a special flag-raising ceremony, and their signature Pride Party at Sea, these itineraries are bound to be unforgettable. And of course, let’s not forget the holiday season(s). Celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Hanukkah, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and more in true style. Embrace the festive spirit with holiday shows, unique cruise ship traditions that you won’t find anywhere else, and, of course, divine gourmet cuisine. Leave the cooking and dishes to the crew, allowing you to relish every moment worry-free.
⚓ Cunard’s Event Voyages
Brace yourself for an immersive journey on one of Cunard’s themed event cruises. Indulge in a world of cultural wonders, spanning from the arts and literature to gastronomy and wine; be captivated by renowned special guests and prestigious partnerships; be dazzled by onboard live performances and engage in thought-provoking conversations with fellow guests. Dive even deeper into the magic of each subject through interactive workshops and fascinating masterclasses. From culinary food adventures that promise fresh flavours and a roster of extraordinary guest foodies; to the Big Band Ball, a voyage inspired by the sensational Big Bands of the Swing era, that will leave dance and music enthusiasts enthralled, Cunard Event Voyages are truly something special.
⚓ Azamara’s Golf Cruises
Azamara is a trailblazer in the cruise industry, offering a unique and seamlessly integrated golf cruise program that takes you to some of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. In partnership with PerryGolf, each year Azamara takes golf enthusiasts to over 25 countries where they can play on more than 80 prestigious courses, including 20 of the world’s top 100. With this all-inclusive experience, green fees, cart fees, gratuities, on-course lunch, post-round clubhouse drinks, and ground transportation are all covered. All you need to do is enjoy the game.
Booking Your Theme Cruise
The range of specialty cruises extends far beyond the ones mentioned above. Other interests you might want to explore include photography; health, fitness, and well-being; wildlife; sports; wine; and arts and crafts. Basically, whatever floats your boat, you’ll likely find a cruise tailored to it. Virtually every cruise line offers some form of themed cruise, whether it’s a once-off itinerary exclusively reserved for a specific interest or a calendar of voyages spread throughout the year.
If you haven’t found what you’re interested in from the list above, we can help you find the perfect voyage that caters to your desires. From there, booking your themed itinerary is easy, with the help of your dedicated cruise consultant.