Some of the world’s most bonkers themed cruises

Sharks, space shows… and stripping off! Yes, these really are some of the bonkers themed cruises on offer

  • MS Seine Princess has an Impressionist-themed cruise for art-lovers
  • Classical music buffs can watch string quartets on MS Amadeus Silver III’s Rhine 
  • Cruise Bare is celebrating 30 years of nude sailings with its Big Nude Boat cruise 

These wacky and wonderful cruises are anything but ‘plain’ sailing. 

TravelMail has rounded up some of the more unusual excursions that might float your boat.

Scroll down to sail through a selection of themed cruises, serving up everything from shark dives in Hawaii to wine tastings in France…

Up close with sharks

On Grand Princess’s Hawaiian Islands cruise, passengers have the opportunity to board a 32ft shark vessel where the captain and crew share information on shark biology and behaviour

Take the plunge to view sharks from an underwater cage during Grand Princess’s Hawaiian Islands cruise. Board a 32ft shark vessel where the captain and crew share information on shark biology and behaviour before the encounter. Fifteen-night fly-cruise from 1,249 pp departs San Francisco on December 4 (0344 338 8663,

On the Monet

Get in touch with your arty side on MS Seine Princess’s In The Footsteps Of The Impressionists cruises along the River Seine, from Paris to Normandy, where artists captured the beautiful landscape and natural light. Six-night sailings feature seven excursions, including Monet’s garden in Giverny, plus a series of talks. Prices from £1,232 pp include UK return coach travel on selected dates in April, July and August 2020 (0344 874 8220,

From Mozart to Mendelssohn, Schubert to Schumann, classical music buffs can indulge in a programme of private concerts ashore and listen to string quartets on board MS Amadeus Silver III’s Rhine sailing from Amsterdam to Basel. Eight days departing October 24 cost from £1,919 pp (0800 021 3172,

Bridge bonanza

Play your cards right on Silver Wind’s British Isles cruise with daily contract and duplicate bridge sessions overseen by bridge masters. Beginners and intermediates can also attend lectures to help improve their game during the round-trip sailing from Tower Bridge. Thirteen days from £5,900 departing on August 11 (0207 340 0700, 

In the swing of it

Europa 2 has a golf-themed Mediterranean cruise with two PGA professionals on board

Tee off on picturesque 18-hole courses in Spain during Europa 2’s golf-themed Mediterranean cruise departing April 8, 2020. Two PGA professionals will accompany guests and assist with on-board practice using simulators during the nine-night sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome). Cruise-only price from £4,180 pp plus £1,140 golf package (0800 0513 829,

Power of history

New ship Spirit Of Discovery will mark the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, with excursions to the harbour and beaches in northern France. A World War II historian explains how the operation was masterminded from Dover Castle, which is also on the itinerary. Seven nights from £1,432 pp departing Southampton on May 19, 2020 (0800 50 50 30,

Lost in space

Celebate World Space Week in the mid-Atlantic during Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York. Themed activities include shows in Illuminations, the largest planetarium at sea, and talks by astronomers. The seven-night fly-cruise from £2,098 pp departs September 26 (0344 3388 650,

Vintage voyage

On Emerald Star-Ship Liberte’s Flavours Of Burgundy And Provence cruise, guests can join wine tastings and masterclasses

British master of wine Tim Atkin is among the experts on board Emerald Star-Ship Liberte’s Flavours Of Burgundy And Provence cruise and he accompanies visits to Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune vineyards. Guests can also join wine tastings and masterclasses during the eight-day sailing from Avignon to Lyon. From £1,795 pp (0808 231 7073, emerald

Floral fancy

RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal-winning artist Joseph Massie shares his talent in masterclasses aboard Regent Seven Seas Voyager. After honing floristry skills, garden-loving guests can visit beautiful botanical gardens during the sailing from Monte Carlo to Barcelona on July 6, 2020. Cruise-only price from £6,289 pp (02380 682 280,

Nudists only

Cruise Bare is celebrating 30 years of nude sailings this summer with its Big Nude Boat cruise across Florida and the Caribbean aboard the Carnival Legend. The seven-night sailing departs Tampa, in Florida, on February 23, 2020, with stops including Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Special anniversary events each evening include a celebration of the leap year on February 29. From £862 pp, cruise only (001 800 743 0405,

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