With more and more of us taking to the seas for holidays (in 2016 cruise passenger numbers reached a whopping 25.8 million), you might be looking for something a little different from the norm on your next sailing.
We’ve found five cruises to prove that there really is something out there for everyone.
1. MasterChef Cruise
Get hands-on with this Caribbean cruise meeting US MasterChef winners and award-winning chefs as you learn how to improve your culinary skills.
Join the show-inspired demos, mystery box challenges and pressure tests, and savour the food of course – all the menus are created with the contestants’ influence. And perhaps the highlight of the voyage: the chance to test yourself in an iconic MasterChef challenge!
Next sailing: 12-19 November 2017
2. The New York Times Crossword Cruise
Immerse yourself in the black-and-white world of squares and clues by meeting with like minds on this seven-night voyage aboard Cunard’s ultra-luxury Queen Mary 2.
Expect crossword tournaments, speed sessions and lectures by New York Times puzzle editors on the origin of words and crosswords, plus the chance to learn how to put one together yourself – not as easy as you might think. Afternoon teas and private cocktail parties will have you mingling with experts and discussing the day’s puzzle slipped under your cabin door each night.
Next sailing: 7-15 December 2017
3. The Walking Dead Cruise
The Walker Stalker Cruise is a star-studded voyage from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico and your chance to escape to the land of the dead. Rub shoulders with the creator of “The Walking Dead”, Robert Kirkman, along with the film’s stars Norman Reedus (Daryl); Lauren Cohan (Maggie); Jeffrey Dan Morgan (Negan) and more.
Don a show-stopping zombie outfit and you might be lucky enough to get a selfie with one of them – just perfect for spicing up your social media pages!
Next sailing: 26-30 January 2018
4. A container ship to Sydney
How about a voyage on a container ship well away from the frenetic crowds of traditional world cruise ships? Container ships usually accommodate a maximum of 12 paying passengers and you won’t have to skimp on luxuries as most ships are equipped with spacious en-suite cabins as well as a gym and a pool.
The six-week Patricia Voyages trip from Tilbury to Australia is particularly popular. Dine with the officers, relax on deck and enjoy the short stopovers along the way in New York, Jamaica, Panama and Tahiti.
Next sailing: Patricia is fully booked for 2017. The 2018 season is open for bookings and schedule information at the end of November.
5. Cruise Bare
If the above cruises don’t take your fancy, why not abandon your inhibitions and your clothes if you so wish! Disconnect from your everyday life and technology – it’s time to go back to your roots for life as mother-nature intended.
Bare Necessities Travel offers dedicated nudist cruises in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean Seas. Apart from when you’re docked at port and in the dining rooms, you’re free to roam nude at all times!
Next sailing: 2-12 February 2018 (Miami to Half Moon Cay)
Heading off on an unusual cruise? Staysure’s comprehensive travel insurance policy will cover most eventualities.