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The Theme: Un-Cruise Adventures' Craft Beer Theme Cruise

The Dates: Various dates from 2015 - 2016

Details: Roundtrip from the iconic craft beer city of Seattle, Un-Cruise's Wilderness Adventurer will spend seven nights exploring coastal Washington while craft beer experts will be onboard hosting tastings and passengers visit local breweries. The 60-passenger ship will make its way from Puget Sound and the Salish Sea to Lopez Island, Orcas Island and Sucia Island. Dates include April 25, 2015 (fares start at $1,995) and April 30, 2016 (fares start at $2,095).

The Theme: Regent Seven Seas' Chocolate Inspired Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2015

Details: Two dates in 2015 are set for Regent's popular annual chocolate themed cruises. On June 6 and August 5, Seven Seas Voyager will invite chocolate lovers onboard for 12 nights, to enjoy special chocolate creations courtesy of the pastry chefs onboard both at Compass Rose restaurant and during themed tea time events; a chocolate pastry demonstration; daily drink specials featuring chocolate cocktails; and more. Fares for the June 6 sailing (London to Copenhagen) start at $10,599 and $10,999 for August 5 (Stockholm to London).

The Theme: Un-Cruise Adventures' Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine and History Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2015

Details: Wine lovers can choose from one of four cruises on Un-Cruise Adventures' S.S. Legacy, which will visit nine wineries along the Columbia River. Each 7-night sailing will feature its own special guest, while all will include onboard wine tastings and presentations as well as activities such as hosted lunches in Walla Walla and at Terra Blanca Estate Winery and Vineyard. Dates include August 15 (starting at $3,695), August 22 (starting at $3,695), August 29 (starting at $3,995) and September 5 (starting at $3,995).

The Theme: American Cruise Lines' Chesapeake Bay Crabfest Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2015

Details: Sailing through Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, passengers onboard either of the American Cruise Lines' Chesapeake Bay Crabfest cruises can enjoy blue crab samplings, a guided tour through the "Crab Capital of the World" and more. Dates for the 6-night cruise include May 2, June 6 and November 1. Fares start at $3,440. Dates for the 7-night option include May 30 and November 1. Fares start at $3,985. The cruises will take place on American Glory, American Star and Independence.

The Theme: American Cruise Lines' Lobster Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2015

Details: American Cruise Lines' Lobster Cruises explore various parts of New England while treating passengers to the regional delicacy. Activities include traditional lobster bakes in port and handpicking lobsters, muscles and clams for chefs to prepare. Selected menu items such as Cape Cod lobster pot pie also will be available. American Star, American Glory and Independence will sail three 7-night cruises from Providence roundtrip: June 20, July 25 and August 8. Fares start at $3,985. Both Independence and American Glory will sail three 7-night cruises from Portland, Maine, roundtrip: June 6, June 27 and July 11. Fares start at $3,985. American Glory will sail two 10-night cruises from Providence or Portland roundtrip: June 13 and August 22.. Fares start at $5,525. Six-night cruise options are available.

The Theme: Avalon Waterways' Beer River Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2015 and 2016

Details: Prost! Avalon Waterways will be hosting a series of beer themed cruises between 2015 and 2016. Onboard activities may vary but include tastings, historic brewery tours and lectures on European beer-brewing techniques. Here are the itineraries. Departing October 9, 2015: Nine days from Vienna to Munich onboard Expression (sold out, but those interested can call for more information). Departing March 30, 2016: Ten days from Prague to Budapest onboard Panorama (starting at $2,739). Departing April 12, 2016: Eight days from Amsterdam to Vilvoorde onboard Expression (starting at $2,599). Departing November 9, 2016: Thirteen days from Budapest to Prague onboard Panorama (stating at $3,289).

The Theme: "Top Chef" Cruise

The Dates: November 14- 21, 2015

Details: "Top Chef" is Eastern Caribbean-bound. Bravo TV's Emmy award-winning television show will team up with Celebrity Cruises for another theme cruise. Passengers on Celebrity Reflection's November 10 sailing will cruise with the show's 'cheftestants' and enjoy new duel-style cooking demonstrations, the option to book private cooking classes and dinners with the chefs, "Top Chef"-inspired menus, Quickfire challenges and more. The cruise will sail from Miami roundtrip, to San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Special guests include Nina Compton, "Top Chef" New Orleans runner-up; Tiffany Derry, "Top Chef" D.C. and "Top Chef" All Stars contestant, and owner of TD Concepts, Inc.; and Gregory Gourdet, "Top Chef" Boston runner-up and executive chef at Departure Restaurant and Lounge in Portland, Oregon.

The Theme: AmaWaterways' Beer Theme Cruise

The Dates: December 14 - 21, 2015

Details: AmaWaterways is offering up its second beer themed cruise for 2015. This 10-night Christmas markets sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest will focus on brews throughout the region as AmaPrima makes its way through Germany and Austria. Beer tastings, historic brewery tours, lectures on traditional techniques, guided city tours and a beer pairing dinner held by acclaimed beer expert and writer Don Russell are among the highlights. Fares start at $2,899 for the cruise only.

The Theme: Food & Wine Trails Cruises

The Dates: Various dates in 2015 and 2016

Details: Food & Wine Trails is offering a series of chartered wine cruises -- all of which include private events on and off the ships: Oceania Riviera, Oceania Marina, Paul Gauguin, Silversea's Silver Spirit and Uniworld's Queen Isabel, S.S. Catherine and River Countess. Each cruise will feature a different special guest host, such as Sonoma Magazine, various regional wineries and even the presidents of Food & Wine Trails for two select sailings. For a full list of themes and details on dates and itineraries, visit the company's website.

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