15 of the World’s Most Offbeat Cruises

When you think of a cruise vacation, relaxing on the pool deck and sailing to exciting destinations is usually what comes to mind. Now imagine cruising alongside people who share your passions, hobbies, and taste in music. Themed cruises are growing in popularity and often sell out quickly. Here are 15 offbeat cruises you may not have heard of to inspire your bucket list vacations.

1. Bare Necessities Cruise

Ever wondered what it would be like to cruise the seas clothes-free? Then, the clothing-optional Cruise Bare is for you!  Enjoy swimming, attending comedy shows, and indulging in decadent cruise buffets in your birthday suit. So pack light and leave the stress of planning outfits behind!

Itinerary: Tampa, FL, → Colon, Panama → Cartagena, Colombia → Bonaire → Curacao → San Juan, Puerto Rico → Amber Cove, Dominican Republic → Nassau, Bahamas → Tampa, FL

2. Knitting and Crochet Cruise

Whether crocheting is your hobby or your side hustle, you can take it to the next level on a knitting cruise on Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas. This cruise will stop by specialized yarn shops, offer classes from experts, and provide endless opportunities to explore your passion with other enthusiasts.

Itinerary: Port Canaveral, FL → Philipsburg, St. Maarten → Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas → CocoCay, Bahamas → Port Canaveral, FL

3. Meow Meow Cruise

Cat lovers can sail the sea together on the Carnival Meow Meow Cruise. Participate in Meow Meow Trivia or Meow Meow Group Dining while sailing to Mexico destinations. Unfortunately, your furry pets won’t be able to join you, but you’ll be able to bring goodies home!

Itinerary: Port Canaveral, FL → Cozumel, Mexico → Costa Maya, Mexico → Port Canaveral, FL

4. Gothic Cruise

Founded in 1989 by goth community leader Zaida Bourque, this is a vacation experience created by goths for goths. Enjoy live bands, themed nights, and special events on this all-goth Mexico MSC cruise!

Itinerary: Port Canaveral, FL → Cozumel, Mexico → Costa Maya, Mexico → Port Canaveral, FL

5. Cruise and Crop

The Cruise and Crop Scrapbooking cruise is a unique crafting retreat. Scrapbook to your heart’s content while enjoying the Caribbean or another one of their worldwide cruise offerings.  Create more memories with exciting adventures and capture them all at your individual craft station on board.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → Labadee, Haiti → San Juan, Puerto Rico → Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas → CocoCay, Bahamas → Miami, FL

6. Flower Power Cruise

Relive the Days of Love as you immerse yourself in the music, culture, and stars of the 60s. Marking their 5th Anniversary, the next Flower Power Cruise features The Hollies, The Zombies, and John Lodge of the Moody Blues.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic → San Juan, Puerto Rico → Labadee, Haiti → Miami, FL

7. Temptation Cruise

Fans of the TV Show Temptation Island can have their own exotic adventure on The Temptation Cruise. Participate in naughty pool parties, an R-Rated Red Room, and spicy workshops.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → Nassau, Bahamas → Labadee, Haiti → Miami, FL

8. Chris Jericho’s Rock N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea

Experience a cruise filled with four days of wrestling matches, live Chris Jericho podcast recordings, comedy shows, and rock performances. Join Chris Jericho and WWE fans on the family-friendly Rock N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea cruise leaving from Miami.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → Grand Bahama Island → Miami, FL

9. Grand Prix Cruise

Formula One fans can combine a Europen Cruise and Grand Prix attendance on this Windstar Cruise. Go behind the scenes with a Formula One expert, get elite Section K seats, and a visit to the pit during the Saturday time trials, all while exploring Spanish and Italian port cities.

Itinerary: Barcelona → Palamos → Sanary-sur-Mer → Antibes → Monte Carlo → Portoferrario → Rome

10. Games Animation Comics (Gacucon) Cruise

Love gaming, anime, and cosplay? GaCuCon, the world’s first gaming cruise, is the perfect combination of a gaming convention and vacation.  Participate in tabletop games, console games, LAN parties while sailing to exciting Caribbean destinations.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → CocoCay, Bahamas → Falmouth, Jamaica → Labadee, Haiti → Miami, FL

11. Star Trek Cruise

Boldly go where no man has gone before aboard this sci-fi-themed Star Trek cruise.  Star Trek actors cruise alongside ultimate fans and host performances, concerts, and exclusive events. Celebrating its 5th-anniversary, Trekkies won’t want to miss the shows, events, activities, and parties while cruising the Caribbean.

Itinerary: Port Canaveral, FL → Nassau, Bahamas → San Juan, Puerto Rico → Port Canaveral, FL

12. Ultimate Disco Cruise

Get your disco clothes out of the attic and dust off your platforms for the Ultimate Disco Cruise.  Enjoy special performances and artist meet and greets while cruising to Mexico.  Featured artists include KC and The Sunshine Band, and Kool & The Gang.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → Cozumel, Mexico → Costa Maya, Mexico → Miami, FL

13. Kesha’s Rainbow Cruise

Sail on the Norwegian Pearl with Kesha and her A-List friends on the Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride cruise. Learn about Kesha’s songwriting process and have a blast with Kesha-themed events and activities like the Lip Sync for Your Lifeboat contest.  Ultimate fans will love the intimate performances and exclusive Kesha experiences.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas → Miami, FL

14. The 80S Cruise

Forget about that Cruel Summer on The 80s Cruise! Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of The Seas is transformed into The Ultimate 80s Party with over 50 concerts, live performances, themed parties, and celebrity meet and greets.

Itinerary: Port Canaveral, FL, → Nassau, Bahamas → Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas → St. Maarten → Port Canaveral, FL

15. Outlaw Country Cruise

If you’re a fan of country music and all that cruises have to offer, the Outlaw Country Cruise is for you. Join legendary artists like Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and SiriusXM Outlaw Country hosts on the Norwegian Pearl as it sails to Mexico and Belize.

Itinerary: Miami, FL → Costa Maya, Mexico → Harvest Caye, Belize → Miami, FL

 

Whether you’re adding these cruises, or perhaps others, to your vacation bucket list, you might be able to cover their cost or flight to the port by redeeming points with credit card churning. You’ll be waving goodbye to your every day and off on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience before you know it.

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