Theme Cruises: 2021 & Beyond

Here's what we know about upcoming theme cruises for 2021 and beyond. - Photo by Canva

Themed cruises are (pardon the pun) a boatload of fun. Sailing on a ship with others that share your same interests enhances the already exciting experience of taking a cruise. No matter your hobby or passion, there’s bound to be a themed cruise for you. 

Our recommendation for those thinking of participating in a theme cruise is to begin to make plans. Many popular theme cruises sell out quickly, sometimes years in advance. To help guide you, we gathered the up-to-date information on top theme cruises in music, sports, and special interests for 2021 and beyond.

Music Cruises 

Cruises catering to music fans are among the most common themed voyages. These events sometimes feature a music genre or bring artists onboard for performances. What could be better than sipping a cocktail on the deck of the ship while dancing along to a live concert from your favorite musician? Here’s what we know about upcoming popular music-themed cruises:

  • Sixthman Productions is one of the largest producers of music cruises. Their upcoming events lineup includes: 
    • The Rock Boat XXI - Sailing November 7-12, 2021 from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Puerto Plata on the Norwegian Jewel. Confirmed artists include Sister Hazel, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Red Wanting Blue with more to be announced. 
    • The Outlaw Country Cruise 6 - Planned for early 2022 (date TBD) on Norwegian Pearl out of Miami. No lineup has been confirmed, but past artists included Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks, and Shooter Jennings.
    • The Broadway Cruise - Sailing November 13-17, 2021 from New York to Bermuda on Norwegian Gem, the inaugural sailing of the Broadway Cruise will bring Broadway stars and fans together for four nights of performances, singalongs, and cabarets. Talent includes Alan Cumming, Lauren Benanti, and Norm Lewis.
  • Groove Cruise - Sailing on Celebrity Infinity January 7-11, 2021 from Miami to Puerto Playa, the Groove Cruise will bring EDM fans and artists together for four days of shows and experiences. Lineup to be announced soon.
  • The 80’s Cruise - 80’s music lovers are in for a totally rad voyage on this themed sailing. Departing from Port Canaveral on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas on March 5, 2022, The 80’s Cruise will span 7 nights traveling to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. Confirmed acts are Berlin, 38 Special, The Sugarhill Gang, The Human League, Belinda Carlisle, Modern English, and other stars of the ’80s.
  • Days of Summer Hip-Hop Cruise - After postponing its 2020 edition, the Days of Summer Hip-Hop Cruise will sail on July 1, 2021. The 2020 cruise was slated to depart out of Miami on Carnival Victory with DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Lil Nas X, and Post Malone as confirmed acts.
  • Soul Train Cruise - The next Soul Train Cruise is set for January 22-29, 2022 on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Charlie Wilson, Patti LaBelle, and The Whispers are slated acts. 
  • The Ultimate Disco Cruise - Sailing February 26 - March 2, 2022, from Miami to Cozumel and Costa Maya, The Ultimate Disco Cruise will feature a groovy confirmed lineup of KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool & The Gang, The Spinners, and Rose Royce. The voyage will take place on one of Celebrity Cruises’ Millennium-class ships.

Sports Theme Cruises

Sports cruises allow fans and enthusiasts to gather together for themed events and player meet and greets, as well as games/competitions. Major confirmed sports-themed cruises for 2021 and beyond include:

  • Philadelphia Eagles Fan Cruise - Sailing March 20-27, 2022 from Cape Canaveral to Nassau on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, Eagles fans will cruise with football legends of the past and superstars of today and participate in non-stop Eagles themed events.
  • Faithful Cruise - The 2021 Faithful Cruise, sailing out of Miami March 1-5, 2021 on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, will bring San Francisco 49ers fans together for the ultimate onboard tailgating experience. Cruisers will meet and greet 49ers players and participate in fan events.
  • PerryGolf Cruises - PerryGolf, the leading operator of international golf cruises, has a longstanding partnership with Azamara for voyages that combine marquee golf and memorable destinations. The 2021/2022 portfolio includes 25 voyages that will visit 75 different golf courses around the world.

Specialty Theme Cruises

Like we mentioned, no matter your interest there’s likely a cruise for you. These are specialty theme cruises that are sailing in 2021 and beyond: 

  • All Star Irish Charter Cruise - Sailing February 12-19, 2022 on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam from Port Everglades, the All-Star Irish Charter will mark its 30th Anniversary year. Each sailing, this event celebrates Irish culture and entertainment.
  • Gaither Homecoming Alaska Cruise - Presented by Inspiration Cruises & Tours, this is an unforgettable Christian Cruise to Alaska with Gaither Homecoming and other Gospel artist favorites. This 7-day cruise departs from Seattle on July 24, 2021, on Holland America's Eurodam and sails to Juneau, Sitka, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria.
  • High Seas Rally - This is the world’s only biker rally on a cruise ship. Harley and biker enthusiasts come together for theme parties, tattoo contests, and live concerts. High Seas Rally will take place October 22- 29, 2020 on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.
  • Star Wars Day at Sea - Disney Cruise Line offers special Star Wars Day at Sea cruises, which celebrate ‘The Force’ with Star Wars events, character meet and greets, and a themed deck party. Star Wars Day at Sea is offered on select Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral.
  • Big Nude Boat 2021 - Sailing on Carnival Legend from February 14-28, 2021 from Tampa, the Big Nude Boat 2021 is the 75th clothes-free cruise from Bare Necessities.
  • Golden Fans at Sea 2021 - This cruise brings together fans of the beloved television series The Golden Girls. Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia aficionados will set sail April 5-10, 2021 on Celebrity Infinity from Miami.
  • Bridge at Sea - Bridge at Sea is a themed group cruise for Bridge enthusiasts. Participants will take part in daily lessons and games with expert ACBL certified teachers. Bridge at Sea has announced 5 sailings in 2021:
    • January 7-23, 2021 Fort Lauderdale to Lima on Silversea’s Silver Moon
    • February 22-March 8, 2021 San Juan roundtrip on Silversea’s Silver Shadow
    • June 17-29, 2021 Athens to Venice on Silversea’s Silver Shadow
    • October 1-10, 2021 Vancouver to San Diego on Silversea’s Silver Cloud
    • October 7-17, 2021 New York to Montreal on Silversea’s Silver Whisper
  • Atlantis Events - The leader in gay cruise and resort vacations, Atlantis Events is marking its 30th year in business in 2021. Upcoming cruises include: 
    • 30th Anniversary Cruise - To celebrate its milestone year, Atlantis Events is pulling out all of the stops by sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. Departing from Miami on January 17, 2021, the cruise will sail to Nassau, Charlotte Amalie, Basseterre, and includes three fun days at sea.
    • Venice to Athens Cruise - Sailing on Oceania Riviera from July 9-18, 2020 this exciting voyage will travel from Venice to Athens, making stops in Croatia and Turkey.
    • Odyssey Med Cruise - This is Europe’s most spectacular gay cruise which will journey from Rome to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and more. It sails August 29 - September 2, 2021 on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas.
  • Cruise & Crop - Cruise & Crop offers multiple theme cruises geared towards scrapbookers, stampers, card makers, mixed media artists, quilters, and photographers.
  • Star Trek - The Cruise - This is the ultimate immersive Star Trek experience shared by a star-studded crew and passionate fans. Activities include nightly shows, costume parties, and panels. Trekkies will set sail February 26-March 5, 2022 from Port Canaveral on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.
  • Holistic Holiday at Sea - The 18th edition of the Holistic Holiday at Sea will take place on March 12-23, 2021 on the MSC Divina from Miami. Participants will take part in programming and activities led by renowned healers, professionals, and experts in plant-based living while traveling to ports in Jamaica, Columbia, and Panama.

As you make plans, it’s important to note that theme cruises vary in size and how much of the overall percentage of the ship they encompass. Some are an entire full-ship charter, while others sail as a group among the larger cruise population.

No matter what your interest or hobby, there is likely a theme cruise available.

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