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Considering a themed cruise?
If I were a betting person, I’d wager that when your family begins to discuss a vacation it’s an upbeat, happy and exciting discussion. One of the reasons it’s so exciting is that irrespective of your profession, status or income, the vacation decision is one where you are in complete control of the selection process.

While some travelers do plan vacations around their hobbies, passions, or personal interests, many do not. This is probably because they don’t know about the many special interest river cruise and small ship cruise choices called "themed river cruises." The cruise lines have taken a close look at their guests’ lifestyle and life-interests. This in depth look at “lifestyles” has fostered the growth and addition of new themed cruises that focus on the most popular interests of guests: wine or food & wine river cruises, music, history and politics, Jewish heritage, gardening, and even on golf and beer themed cruises.

Currently, themed river cruises are available on European river cruises and North American river and small ship cruises, but we’re confident that will continue to change. Most of the major cruise lines including: AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Emerald Waterways, Scenic, Tauck and Uniworld offer themed Europe river cruises. In North America, American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company offer many exciting, river and small ship themed itineraries! In North America, themed cruises include not only culinary and food-themed itineraries, but also Civil War, Mardi Gras, Holiday Season, Fall Foliage, Cherry Blossom, music, and history themed cruises such as those celebrating Mark Twain and the Mississippi, and the Louis and Clark expedition on the Columbia river! Call and speak to one of our North America river and small ship cruise experts for details on these themed cruises, and to get a FREE quote! 1-855-255-1200

As you can imagine, the most popular themed cruises center on cuisine (culinary) and wines, with the other top interests close behind. We're also able to provide options for very unique, "beer themed" and "golf-themed" river cruises in Europe. Though AmaWaterways does not as yet devote an entire cruise to bicycle touring, they do offer several Danube cruises on which there are a large number of bike tour opportunities (please contact us for information on those cruises). While not technically a "theme," a link to our Holiday Season page is included below. Holiday season itineraries — which include Thanksgiving — Rhine, Danube, and Seine Holiday Markets; Christmas Time; and New Years cruises — take place from mid-November through the end of the year and are very popular.

For more information about booking a North America holiday-themed river and small ship cruises please give us a call. Themed cruises feature Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Colonial Christmas, Plantation Holiday Markets, Spirit of the Seasons itineraries, and more.

For detailed information on specific theme cruises, click on the links below.
Honfleur, France Painters; Art Lovers; Themed River Cruise



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