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The Theme: Splendors of Southern Spain: Sail and Cycle cruise

The Dates: November 1 - 9, 2014

Details: Soak up the fresh air and marvelous scenery of southern Spain on the eight-night Splendors of Southern Spain cruise aboard Windstar's 148-passenger motorized sailing yacht, Wind Star. Ideal for both beginner and experienced riders, the cruise offers opportunities to bike in Castellon de la Plana, Alicante, Almeria, Malaga, Gibraltar and Cadiz through both easy terrain and moderate hills. Custom bicycles and equipment are included, as are van transports. Off the bikes, passengers also have the opportunity to enjoy walking tours in Gibraltar and Tangiers, an Andalusia horse show with picnic and sampling of regional wines, the services of two local bilingual trip leaders, and more. The cruise, which departs from Barcelona on November 1, visits a number of ports -- including Cartagena, Almeria and Malaga -- before returning to Lisbon, Portugal, on the 9th. Fares start at $3,499 for an oceanview cabin.

The Theme: Caribbean Running Cruise

The Dates: January 31 - February 8, 2015

Details: In an era of increasing options of themed 5-ks, mud runs and marathons, runners may enjoy a change of pace on the eight-night Caribbean Running Cruise. Taking place aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas, this running theme cruise allows athletes to experience running in four beautiful locations (St. Maarten; St. Kitts; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti) while enjoying a stage race (1.2 to 13 miles of road, trail and deck runs); additional distance runs; guest speakers, running icon John "The Penguin" Bingham and athlete and author Jenny Hadfield; seminars on running, racing, nutrition, strength training and more; and various social events. Fares start at $938 for an inside cabin.


The Theme: The Zen Cruise cruise

The Dates: February 9 - 14, 2015

Details: World-class yoga, mindfulness and meditation, ecstatic dance, soul-thriving music, sacred land tours and more will come together in the Zen Cruise this winter. Sailing from Fort Lauderdale roundtrip, Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas will host the 5-night Zen Cruise as it makes its way to Jamaica to Haiti. More than 50 yoga and healing arts classes as well as a number of insightful presentations are available during the day. At night, passengers can enjoy live performances from acts such as Nahko and Medicine for the People and Ash Ruiz, electronic dance music, private cocktail parties and sound healing. Fares start at $849 for an inside cabin.

The Theme: The Danube River Marathon Adventure

The Dates: April 28 - May 5, 2015

Details: Runners rejoice. On April 28, 2015, runners can get the best of both worlds -- enjoying the sport and relaxing on the Danube River -- aboard AmaWaterways' AmaDolce. The seven-night Danube River Marathon Adventure cruise begins in Budapest, Hungary, and calls in Bratislava, Slovakia and ports throughout Austria and Germany before ending in Vilshofen, Germany. Features include a stage race (1.2 to 13 miles of road, trail and deck runs); additional distance runs; guest speakers, running icon John "The Penguin" Bingham and athlete and author Jenny Hadfield; seminars on running, racing, nutrition, strength training and more; and various social events. Fares start at $3,805 for a French balcony cabin.

The Theme: European Waterways' golf theme cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2015

Avid golfers have an opportunity to tee off in scenic Scotland, on one of two golf theme cruises offered by European Waterways. On May 10 and October 4, the line's Scottish Highlander will make its way from Muirtown to Banavie, calling at a number of special themed locations along the way. Passengers can enjoy rounds at the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Championship (an 18-hold Par 70 golf course), the 18-hole Par 72 Castle Stuart overlooking the Moray Firth inlet and the hidden Fort Augustus golf course, known as the hardest nine-hole golf course in Scotland. The ship will also embark on an exciting yet daring adventure through Loch Ness, where the infamous Loch Ness Monster is believed to live. All-inclusive fares start at $4,090 per person, plus a $900 supplement for golfers which includes pre-booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs.

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