Theme Cruises: 2021 & 2022

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

Theme 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 now. Many popular theme cruises sell out quickly, sometimes years in advance, and with a year of cancellations to theme cruises the demand is likely higher than ever. To help guide you, we’ve gathered all the details for top theme cruises in music, sports, and special interests for the rest of 2021 and 2022. 

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. A sample of their upcoming lineup includes: 

  • KISS Kruise - Sailing October 29 - November 3, 2021 on Norwegian Gem from Miami. Rock and roll all night and party everyday at this KISS themed adventure. Lineup includes multiple concerts, autograph sessions, conversations with the band, and more. 
  • Rock Boat - Sails November 7 - 12, 2022 on Norwegian Gem from Miami. Confirmed artists include Switchfoot, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, We the Kings, among others. 
  • Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea - This blues-themed party sails February 21 - 25, 2022 on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami. Featured acts include Joe Bonamassa, George Therogood and the Destroyers, Keb’ Mo’, and others. 
  • Outlaw Country Cruise 6 - Will take place February 25 - March 2, 2022 on Norwegian Pearl from Miami. Confirmed headlining acts include Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Earl and the Dukes.  
  • Broadway Cruise - Will sail April 9 - 14, 2022 on Nowegian Gem from New York City to Bermuda. This event will bring Broadway stars, such as Kristen Chenowith and Alan Cumming, and fans together for four nights of performances, singalongs, and cabarets.

Groove Cruise - The Groove Cruise will bring EDM fans and artists together for four days of shows and experiences. Sails January 20 - 24, 2022 on Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral. 

70’s Rock and Romance Cruise - Cruises February 19 - 26, 2022 on Celebrity Summit from Miami. Confirmed talent includes Foreigner, Air Supply, The Guess Who, and 10cc. 

The 80’s Cruise - 80’s music lovers are in for a totally rad voyage on this themed sailing. Confirmed acts include League, Belinda Carlisle, 38 Special, Berlin, and others. This tubular adventure sails March 5 - 12, 2022 on Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral. 

Ultimate Disco Cruise - The Ultimate Disco Cruise will feature a groovy confirmed lineup of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Kool and the Gang, The Spinners, and Rose Royce. This party sets sail from Miami from February 26 - March 2, 2022 on Celebrity Summit

Soul Train Cruise - The next Soul Train Cruise is set for January 22-29, 2022 on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Charlie Wilson, Patti LaBelle, and The Whispers are slated acts. 

Flower Power Cruise - This groovy event will take place March 28 - April 4, 2022 on the Celebrity Summit from Miami. Bring your tie dye to wear for performances by The Hollies, The Zombies, The Yardbirds, and more. 

Sports Themed 

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:

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 2022/2023 portfolio will visit 70 different golf courses around the world.

Cycle and Cruise - Uniworld has partnered with active travel company Butterfield & Robinson for the best in cruise and cycle vacations. These unique adventures are the perfect way to cruise while also seeing the best in Europe by cycle. 

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.

Specialty Themed

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: 

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 29 - November 5, 2021, on the Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral.  

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 on Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral. 

All-Star Irish Charter Cruise - Sailing February 12-19, 2022 on Nieuw Amsterdam from Port Everglades, the All-Star Irish Charter will mark its 30th Anniversary year. This event celebrates Irish culture and entertainment.

Cruise with Friends - Diehard ‘Friends’ fans can unite for a unique cruise celebrating all things Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey. This cruise (will be there for you) sets sail from May 15 - 22, 2022 on Celebrity Equinox from Fort Lauderdale. 

Big Nude Boat 2022 - Sailing on Carnival Pride from February 13-27, 2022 from Tampa, Big Nude Boat 2022 will be the 75th clothes-free cruise from Bare Necessities.

Atlantis Events - Atlantis Events is the leader in LGBT specialty cruise and resort vacations. 2022 cruise events include: 

  • 30th Anniversary Cruise - To celebrate its milestone year, Atlantis Events is pulling out all of the stops by sailing on Royal Caribbean’s new ship Oasis of the Seas. The voyage will cruise January 16 - 22, 2022 roundtrip from Miami. 
  • Tropical Americas Cruise - Sails January 28 - February 2, 2022 from Miami on the Norwegian Pearl.
  • Odyssey Med Cruise - Sails August 21 - 30, 2022 on Odyssey of the Seas from Athens, Greece. 

Cruise & Crop - Cruise & Crop offers multiple theme cruises geared towards scrapbookers, stampers, card makers, mixed media artists, quilters, and photographers. Multiple dates and itineraries of Cruise & Crop events offered each year. 

Knitting Cruises - These cruises combine the pastimes of knitting and travel together for an exciting adventure.  Multiple dates and itineraries of Knitting Cruises offered each year. 

Inspiration Cruises - Inspiration Cruises offers several Christian cruise experiences each year in Alaska, the Caribbean, and Canada/New England. 

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.

Join the discussion

Have you ever been on a theme cruise?


Posted by Pipster55

I have done several classica music theme cruises mostly p and o but also on a 12 night river cruise Moscow-st Petersburg which was more intense (all,the included excursions were to concerts /monasteries/palaces it seemed expensive but turned out to be extremely good value the company was noble Caledonia Have also done several music theme cruises with p and o (and one on Fred Olsen braemar. Also Jazz theme cruises on Norwegian and p and o Artemis The p and o music cruises tend to be more laid back and include a passenger choir which requires some commitment Nobody has yet mentioned 'sober' or "gratitude' cruises in this thread these are not 'dry ' cruises - more an opportunity for folk in any 12 step program to come together in an atmosphere of mutual support-cruises can be a very full on drinking environment and most ships provide a non-restrictive get together for folk in 12 step programs! I have also seen a sci- fi theme cruises country and western naturist antiques and gardening theme criuses to name a few Google is a good resource for 'theme cruises'

Posted by cruisegoddess

Not only have I been on one. But my company was one of the first theme cruise companies in the US starting in 1991. We created the Mystery theme cruises for Royal Caribbean taking 400 Suspects in Crime on a sailing every 5 weeks! And we are back with our Murder Mystery Cruises for 2022! We would love to be added to your list!

Posted by WolfieMan

The info for the BROADWAY CRUISE is incorrect. It has been CANCELLED and a new date will soon follow.

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