Details: For those looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in a different way, American Cruise Lines is offering a Mardi Gras Cruise for seven nights from New Orleans roundtrip. Aboard Queen of the Mississippi, the cruise will be as close to Bourbon Street as you can get, with a VIP cocktail party, culinary celebration at the world-famous Antoine's Restaurant and onboard entertainment led by the 1940s-inspired musical trio, Victoria Belles. Fares start at $4,195.
Details: Thrill seekers rejoice. In March 2014, Crystal Cruises will be taking passengers aboard Crystal Serenity on a 21-night adventure through some of the world's most fascinating temples and safaris. The cruise will begin in Singapore and end in Cape Town, making stops in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mauritius and South Africa along the way. Award-winning broadcast journalist Ken Rees and a number of special interest lecturers and enrichment instructors will be onboard, while available guided tours and shore excursions -- including a scenic Catamaran Sail & River Bank Lunch in Mauritius and endangered species tracking throughout South Africa -- can be enjoyed off the ship. Fares start at $8,220 for an oceanview cabin, although book-now discounts are currently available.
Details: The LEAVES organization provides aid to members of the military and their families, and in the spring of 2014, it will host a fundraising cruise to the Mexican Riviera aboard Carnival Miracle. You'll sail roundtrip from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta on this weeklong cruise, during which you'll have the option to participate in exclusive shore excursions, including a squad competition and an in-port photo competition. There will also be a welcome reception and a farewell pizza party. Rates start at $593 per person for an inside cabin or $1,186 per person if you choose to sponsor a service member and his or her family.
Details:Windstar Cruises is offering its own view for the 2014 Formula One Grand Prix on May 21, 2014, with its Grand Prix of Monaco Voyage. Aboard the new Star Pride, passengers will cruise through the French Riviera and have a chance to snag seats for qualifying races on May 24 as well as the finals on May 25, which will be followed by a cocktail reception in Monte Carlo's Hotel de Paris. The cruise will be hosted by former Formula One pit reporter, John Bisignano, and will feature special Grand Prix-themed dinner events, a gift package and more. Departing from Rome, it will include stops in Portofino and Cannes. Fares start at $6,499 for an oceanview suite.
Details: Celebrity Chef Paula Deen will be stirring up some fun aboard her annual theme cruise -- this time, with two dates in 2014. Following the first cruise in January 2014, the second (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.