CLIA’s #ChooseCruise campaign is dedicating its fourth week to voyages that have specific themes, from TV and music, to cooking and wine tasting. 

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said that themed cruises “are becoming incredibly popular”, with a wide variety of options available.

“These days, cruise guests can sing their hearts out on musical voyages, whip up culinary creations under the watchful eye of a celebrity chef or even experience what it might be like to be part of their favourite TV show,” he added.

“Cookery cruises have come to the boil thanks to link-ups with the likes of Relais & Chateaux and input from celebrity chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Nobu Matsuhisa, along with a wave of ships boasting state-of-the-art show kitchens that host special cooking classes.

“Dance fans may cha-cha-cha their way through dedicated Strictly Come Dancing sailings where they can mingle with stars from the show. Walking Dead fans can meet their favourite actors as they succumb to a zombie apocalypse on a floating Walking Dead. And for an out-of-this-world experience, cruise guests can travel to the final frontier on Star Trek themed bashes.”

The #ChooseCruise campaign is now in its fourth week, running across the UK cruise industry throughout September, and globally, across CLIA cruise lines in October.

The aim is to highlight the different onboard experiences on offer through a holiday at sea or on a river ship. 

Harmer added: “For wine connoisseurs, unique wine cruises let you add an epicurean dimension to a cruise itinerary with a blend of excursions in established wine regions and wine-tasting experiences onboard. And beer lovers aren’t forgotten, with sailings dedicated to ales of all types.

“For a spiritual alternative, cruisers can opt for yoga and wellness-themed voyages where the emphasis is on the mind and body, or consult the stars, quite literally, on astronomy-focused departures that seek out dark skies far from light pollution.”