The Dates: Six sailings between February 16, 2013 and January 12, 2014
Details: Throughout 2013 and 2014, Holland America will be offering a series of six "Dancing with the Stars" theme cruises. Each sailing -- with itineraries in the Caribbean, Alaska and Canada/New England -- will feature events themed on the popular television program, including dance lessons, photo opportunities, question-and-answer sessions and much more. Of course, each sailing will offer passengers the chance to attend a production with performances by some of the show's famous dance professionals, such as Mark Ballas, Kym Johnson and Lacey Schwimmer. Some of the show's celebrity participants -- including Joey Fatone and Carson Kressley -- will even be onboard for the festivities. Contact Holland America Line for rates.
Details: Sail aboard Crystal Symphony as it repositions from the Canada/New England region to the Caribbean this fall, and you'll get to experience a vacation jam-packed with the glamour of old Hollywood. This 15-night cruise sails from New York to Miami and stops at ports including Charleston, Savannah, Curacao, Grand Turk and more. Along the way, passengers will get to attend performances by Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Gleason and Zero Mostel tribute artists, as well as several comedy shows. There will even be presentations complete with behind-the-scenes stories, Hollywood beauty secrets and movie marathons. Rates start at $4,300 per person for an inside cabin and are all inclusive.
Details: Combine a three-night New Orleans antiquing experience with a weeklong Mississippi River cruise aboard American Queen on this Antiques Roadshow themed vacation. Antiques Roadshow producer Marsha Bemko and Sam Farrell, as well as guest appraiser Ken Farmer, will be onboard the steamboat along with several to-be-announced guests. Throughout the trip, passengers will have the opportunity to embark on tours of historical Southern towns including Vicksburg, Natchez and Baton Rouge with producers and personalities of the Emmy-award winning PBS show on hand to enrich the experience. Onboard activities include panel discussions with the producers and appraisers and opportunities for passengers to have their own antiques assessed. Rates start at $4,995 per person for an inside cabin.
Details: Filmmaking, politics and history enthusiasts looking for a winter getaway may want to consider Regent Seven Seas Cruise's exotic itinerary from Dubai to Singapore. Departing December 3, 2013, and sailing for 19 nights, this cruise aboard Seven Seas Voyager will explore the works of public radio shows, such as "Frontline" and "American Experience" alongside NPR and PBS luminaries. David Fanning, Raney Aronson-Rath and Renata Simone from "Frontline"; Mark Samels from "American Experience"; Arun Rath from PRI's "The World"; and respected electoral analyst Charlie Cook will be holding lectures and one-on-one conversations throughout the trip. All-inclusive voyage fares start at $9,249 per person, based on double occupancy.
Details: For five nights starting December 8, classical movie buffs can sail The Bahamas with Academy Award-winning stars on the TCM Classic Cruise aboard Disney Magic. Cable channel Turner Classic Movies' third cruise since 2011, it will be hosted by Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz and feature guest stars (to be announced), classical movie screenings, panel discussions with the stars and trivia contests. Past stars onboard have included Academy Award winners Ernest Borgnine and Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren, director Norman Jewison, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Arlene Dahl, Sally Ann Howes and Norman Lloyd. Fares start at $1,095 for an inside cabin, although lower group rates are available.
The Dates: January 18 - 25, 2014 and July 19 - 26, 2014
Details: Celebrity Chef Paula Deen will be stirring up some fun aboard her annual theme cruise -- this time, with two dates in 2014. The first cruise (January 18 - 25) will take place on Celebrity Reflection, sailing from Miami roundtrip with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Activities will include her famous pajama brunch, Deen Team Lawn Olympics and cooking demos, as well as a poolside cocktail reception, onstage games, a Q&A, autograph sessions, slot tournament and get-together for solo travelers. The second cruise (July 19 - 25) will be onboard Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, sailing from Fort Lauderdale roundtrip to Labadee, Jamaica and Cozumel. Even more family-oriented than the first, it will include a family poolside barbeque, dessert pajama party, Deen Family Beach Olympics, singing session, special events for kids and more. Both also will feature photos with Paula and a Paula Deen cruise bag. Fares for the January sailing start at $1,748 for an inside cabin, while fares for the July sailing start at $2,214 for an inside cabin.
Details: To kick-start the New Year, science-minded individuals can embark on a NOVA-themed cruise inspired by the award-winning TV series. Passengers onboard Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Mariner will leave from Miami on January 25 and sail to ports such as Curacao, Columbia and Ecuador before ending in Lima on February 8. Private dinners; meet and greets with producers and science personalities; and shore excursions will take place throughout the cruise. All-inclusive fares for the all-suite, all-balcony ship start at $9,249.
Details: They have gained millions of fans since their 2012 debut on A&E, are anticipating the premier of their fourth season set for August 2013 and now, plan to get up close and personal with you on a four-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Victory. Duck Dynasty's famed family, the Robertsons, will set sail with fans on January 17, from Miami to Key West and Cozumel. Passengers will have a chance to chat with the family and engage in interactive events, including a cooking class held by Miss Kay. Also onboard will be country music singer, Scotty McCreery, performing for fans. Standby cabins are available, starting at $1,104 for an inside cabin.