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5 Crazy Themed Cruises You Can Take in 2022 and 2023

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Attention cat-lovers, disco dancers, and motorcycle enthusiasts—the high seas are calling you. These five themed cruises offer wild experiences you’d never expect to find on the ocean. 

Themed cruises will either be full-ship (during which everyone on the cruise is there for the same event) or partial-ship (in which a group books a percentage of cabins and has certain common areas designated for theme events). Let’s hope the Meow Meow cat-themed cruise doesn’t book the same ship as a dog-lovers’ cruise. 

Emo’s Not Dead Cruise

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Emo's Not Dead Cruise

The emo musical genre is alive and well on the high seas, thanks to the Emo’s Not Dead Cruise. Held in November 2022, this cruise will sail from Los Angeles, California to Ensenada, Mexico, blasting Screaming Infidelities on repeat along the way. 

Emo legends including Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, and Plain White T’s will play concerts onboard. Angsty activities such as (I Hate My) Family Feud are also included in the ticket price of the Emo’s Not Dead cruise.

The Meow Meow Cruise

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If everyone in your life is tired of listening to you talk about your cat, find a fresh audience on the Meow Meow cruise. This cruise for cat-lovers departs Tampa for Mexico in October 2022 and features feline-themed activities like the meow mixer, kitty scavenger hunt, and meow meow meet & greet.

Unfortunately for Fluffy, cats are not allowed to join the cruise—but you can order a themed t-shirt with a photo of your cat, so it will almost feel like they’re with you. 

The Ultimate Disco Cruise

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Ultimate Disco Cruise

Normally an outbreak on a cruise ship is a bad thing, but when it’s a serious case of Disco Fever, it can be excused or even encouraged, especially on the The Ultimate Disco Cruise. This 70’s themed cruise promises to “share that boogie fever worldwide” on its February 2023 sailing out of Miami, Florida. 

The groovy cruise will include theme nights, costume parties, trivia contests…and of course dance competitions and karaoke. 

What disco cruise would be complete without live music? Icons like Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge, and Billy Ocean will all be aboard to rock the ship. 

Golden Fans at Sea

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Golden Fans at Sea

Ever wish you could vacation in Miami with The Golden Girls? The Golden Fans at Sea is the next best thing. Up to 1,000 fans of the long-running tv show will sail on the Celebrity Summit out of Miami, participating in themed group excursions such as the Golden Fans Bar Crawl and Shady Pines Goes to the Beach.

The Golden Gays NYC, famous Golden Girls Drag Queens, will stand-in for the characters onboard. 

High Seas Rally

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High Seas Rally

Billed as the “world’s only motorcycle rally on a cruise ship,” the High Seas Rally may disappoint many riders when they find out that they can’t actually bring their motorcycle onboard the cruise. 

Fortunately, there will still be plenty of motorcycle themed opportunities onboard, including a Biker Ball, custom bike giveaway, and custom builder demos. 

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