ELVIS MAY HAVE LEFT the building, but it’s only because his ship’s come in, and you can join the King on a number of upcoming Elvis-themed cruises. A five-night Bermuda cruise departing Baltimore Oct. 14 this year aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas is just one example. Elvis imitators and tribute artists will also entertain passengers during Royal Caribbean’s week-long 14th Annual Memories of the King Birthday Cruise aboard the Allure of the Seas sailing the Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale come Jan. 21, 2018.
Cruises with a theme rate among the most popular offerings at sea, with literally hundreds of special-interest itineraries available. Themed cruises sell out fast, filling staterooms with fans and fanatics of music, food, wine, crafts, sports and even cats, so book early. Some themed cruises cast their spell over an entire ship, and some are simply add-ons appealing to some passengers during a regular cruise. Either way, a theme, if it’s close to one’s heart, can enhance, if not consume, a voyage.
Music lists among the top cruise themes. Elvis imitators are just a few of the stars joining Holland America’s lineup on the Malt Shop Memories Cruise through the Caribbean on the ms Eurodam Nov. 5–12. Expect tributes to Dion, Brenda Lee, Jay and the Americans, the Coasters, Buddy Holly and many more, along with an all-hands-on-deck sock hop. Blues lovers might prefer Holland America’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #29 departing Oct. 21 from Fort Lauderdale, while Celebrity Cruises announced The Moody Blues Cruise will kick off its 2018 sailings Jan. 2 that year. And connoisseurs of the classics might be tempted by Ponant’s many music-themed cruises, including the Athens-to-Venice Homage to Callas, the curtain rising May 3.
Wine fanciers have plenty of chances to slake their palates this year. There’s Silversea’s Trentadue Winery Cruise & Tuscany voyage April 22, Regent Seven Seas’ Sbragia Wine Cruise May 31, Seabourn’s America Wine Society & Sullivan Vineyards – Tuscany Tour and Wine Cruise July 4 and AmaWaterways’ St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Paris & Normandy Aug. 5, just for starters.
Dancers, too, can delight in themed cruises, ranging from Royal Caribbean’s Dance Cruise Europe – British Isles venture June 27 to Carnival’s Polka Dreams @ Sea – Polka Cruise April 2. Those with money in the bank can invest in a financial-themed cruise, such as Crystal Cruises’ 2018 Chairman’s Circle Wealth Cruise May 16 or Princess Cruises’ The Stock Whisperer Trading Cruise July 9. Sky watchers are the perfect observers of Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2’s World Space Week blasting off Oct. 6. And motor sport fans can rev up for Azamara’s Monaco Grand Prix 2017 voyage May 24 (or be at the starting line for next year’s cruise May 21, 2018).
There are hundreds of other choices. Every cruise line has its own special themes. Not even cat lovers are excluded. The annual Meow Meow Cruise, featuring mixers, group dancing, trivia contests and scavenger hunts (but no cats) will be held on board Carnival’s Victory on a four-night, round-trip cruise from Miami Oct. 23 as it claws its way across the Western Caribbean.
A handful of historic towns in Texas Hill Country reinvented themselves as upscale food, wine and culture destinations. Fredericksburg is the shining star among them, transcending its historic German underpinnings to the point where it’s drawing a more cosmopolitan group of visitors, including many from outside Texas.
In an exclusive partnership, Lufthansa Group teams with Viking Cruises to offer the cruise line’s travelers direct, non-stop flights from the New York City area to Malta (MLA), beginning June 30. Flights will operate three times weekly on Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900, departing from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Indianapolis International Airport officially opened its first-ever art gallery, The KIND Gallery, named after the airport’s international airport code. It is initially featuring artists from Harrison Center for the Arts.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Allianz Partners USA’s 13th annual Vacation Confidence Index estimates Americans’ total spend for summer vacation travel will cross the $150 billion mark for the first time in the Index’s 10-year history, a 160 percent increase over spend in summer 2020 and 50 percent over spend in a robust 2019.
Boca Raton Resort & Club recently announced a new partnership with Major Food Groups, creating one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. Major Food Groups is the company behind some of the hottest restaurants, including Carbone, The Grill and Parm. This partnership will launch multiple dining concepts as part of the resort's $150 million transformation.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.