Cruises often get derided as tacky and overpriced — but frankly, sun, booze and a sunny new destination every couple days doesn’t sound totally horrible. Maybe you just need to find the right cruise — one that’s tailored to your interests.
We’ve chosen 5 specialty cruises that cover most of life’s great pleasures.
Argh, clothing. So awful. So constricting. If you’re tripping over yourself to whip off those pants the second you get home, you may want to sail with Bare Necessities Tour & Travel. With the self-proclaimed “only true nudist cruise company in the world,” you can stroll around the entire ship wearing nothing but a smile — except in the dining rooms. Because that’s gross. Here are some totally NSFW video testimonials from happy, naked Bare Essentials passengers.
Can’t tear yourself away from ESPN? Dream every night about Derek Jeter’s Glory Days? The Baseball Greats cruise, tailored toward the truly sports-obsessed, lets you cruise in the company of retired pros, who teach instructional clinics on hitting, fielding, base-running and strategy. Other fun pastimes include pitching contests, sports comedy shows, baseball trivia, and autograph sessions with the players. Here are some other options for sports cruises. Check out the Theme Cruise Finder for more sports-themed cruises, including a Bahama party cruise featuring New England Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
While cannabis cruises are obviously a million-dollar idea (are you hearing this, Dragon’s Den?), they have yet to become a Thing due to the tricky little matter of international cannabis laws. Until everyone’s on board, you’ll have to settle for the smaller-scale Canna Cruise. The five-hour “journey to canna-bliss” departing from Newport Beach, Ca. lets you hobnob with marijuana industry professionals, sample champagne and hors d’oeuvres, play the casino, and rock out to tunes by Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys. Weirdly, the website doesn’t mention actual weed smoking, but let’s assume they’re not totally opposed to the idea.
Frankly, you’d think magnificent views, live shows, and stops in Miami, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay would preclude watching movies. But if you really, really love your TV, there’s the Turner Classic Movies Cruise. Five nights of watching films, speaking with the actors and talent who made them, hearing stories from behind the scenes, and sharing the experience with other passionate movie fans. Maybe you’ll even tear yourself away long enough to, you know, look at the ocean or something.
Say no to bland canapés and veggies drenched in hollandaise sauce: according to Epicurious, Crystal Cruises’s Nobu-trained chefs “turn out tuna tataki and miso black cod as pristine as those served in Nobu restaurants from Los Angeles to London.” Sample rare wines (we’re talking1959 Château Lafite-Rothschild), croissants, Kobe burgers, barbecued duck quesadillas. Shore excursions include cooking classes with an Italian countess and exploring terroir at great European vineyards.