"A ship in harbor is safe, but it is not what ships are built for."
John A. Shedd
About Theme Cruising
Theme cruising has developed as a way to bring together people who share common interests, hobbies and passions to share and enjoy theme cruise experiences which are all but impossible to duplicate on shore.
From the Theme Cruise Finder home page, you can search for different types of theme cruises by category. If you have something very specific in mind, try the advanced search function to narrow down the range of cruises you have in mind.
Theme cruises run the gamut from political theme cruise, to Kosher theme cruise, to singles theme cruise to poker theme cruise to music theme cruise.
The popularity of cruising has continued to spread across the entire demographic spectrum. There truly is a cruise line or itinerary for most everyone.
"You have to get lost before you can be found"
What is a Theme Cruise?
At Theme Cruise Finder you'll find that theme cruises take many forms, but are primarily a "regular" cruise with enhanced or additional programming onboard. This programming can run the gamut from seminars, to classroom style sessions, to hands-on learning sessions, to concerts or dance themes - the possibilities are endless.
Typically programming takes place on board the ship, but not always - sometimes the events will take place in port.
Interest in cruising has grown dramatically over the past 20+ years, and the growth of theme cruises is the next area of growth within the industry. The purpose of Theme Cruise Finder is to allow you to search for a theme cruise which would be of interest, and to allow those putting theme cruises together to let the public know about their trip.
Cruises are a wonderful value and offer a myriad of enjoyable and exciting activities in their own right. Theme cruises offer every bit of what a cruise line brings to the table, with the added value of their programming.
Types of Theme Cruises
The most common theme cruises you'll see listed here at Theme Cruise Finder are those developed by some type of organization and administered by a travel agency. In the search function, you will see these listed as “private”. This means that in order to participate in the described events, guests must book through the participating travel agency. General guests onboard the ship will normally be prohibited from participating in events.
These cruises might be comprised of as few as 25-30 guests, or as many as 1,000. We would encourage you to peruse the web site, or call the travel agency or organization and ask questions to determine what you can expect on board.
It is not unusual for an organization to mark up the cost of their cruise to offset the cost of putting it on, or to generate profits (or fund raising for a non-profit). Some organizations list this mark-up as a separate “participation fee”, while others choose to make it part of the overall cruise price. Keep in mind that many (but certainly not all) private cruises may include additional cruise line fees such as government taxes, port fees, fuel surcharges, gratuities as part of their overall cruise price - which is important to note if you are comparing the cruise price to the retail price out in the marketplace.
While you may pay a premium to participate in a private theme cruise, we find that the added value normally far outweighs the additional cost.
While essentially a “private” cruise, everyone on board is part of the action. Charters are typically implemented for music cruises, religious themes, alternative lifestyle and gaming tournaments. Keep in mind that ships run a vast range of sizes, so it is possible that a chartered vessel may only accommodate 200-300 guests, or as many as 3,000.
Many cruise lines develop and implement their own theme cruises to attract guests. In the Theme Cruise Finder search function, you will see these listed as "cruise line". The advantage of these type of theme cruises is that there is normally no additional cost to participate in the event. Any travel agency can book you on a cruise line oriented theme cruise.
On the negative side, everyone on board can participate making them inherently less intimate, and as such these events tend to be more seminar, speaker or musically oriented. Cruise line theme cruises tend to take place on longer voyages or low demand sailings.