Imagine sailing with your favorite television performer, Michelin star chef or athlete. It might sound far-fetched, but cruises that let fans get up close and personal with celebrities (dubbed theme or fan cruises) are actually quite common.
A number of cruise lines have teamed up with big names to offer special sailings for devotees. Celebrity Cruises hosted contestants from Bravo TV's "Top Chef," while Princess Cruises huddled Seattle Seahawks fans for a 2015 cruise with current and former players. But brand partnerships aren't the only "backstage passes."
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Charter companies also offer their fair share of options. These theme cruises have run the gamut from TV show tributes like AMC's "The Walking Dead" and HGTV's "Property Brothers," to concerts at sea, with specific bands such as the Backstreet Boys or a series of artists (New England Patriots' tight end Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski recently hosted Flo Rida, Waka Flocka Flame and "party music" icons on his first-ever theme cruise).
If you want to mix up your usual vacation routine, unleash your inner fan child or simply take your passion to the high seas, here are six cruises with celebrities you don't want to miss.
Editor's Note: Some of the following cruises might be sold out. But that doesn't mean you're out of luck. Check to see if your desired cruise offers a waitlist; a new spot opens each time there's a cancellation. And keep an eye out for future cruises.
The Walking Dead Cruise
Fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead" have a second chance to meet their favorite zombie apocalypse survivors. The second annual Walker Stalker Cruise kicks off February 2017 onboard Norwegian Pearl. Although details of the activities and the cast member line up have not yet been released, expect lots of gore, impromptu selfies and daily interaction with the stars -- as long as you can outrun the "walkers." To get a feel for what "The Walking Dead" cruise might be like, check out our recap and pictures of the first sailing -- complete with Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Danai Gurira (Michonne) cameos.
Pitbull's After Dark Party
Miami-born rapper and Latino heartthrob, Pitbull, has a new reason for fans to yell, "Dale!" Mr. Worldwide will headline his first-ever After Dark Party cruise in March 2017, and it's exactly what you'd expect: lots of music, high energy and booty-shaking. The cruise, which takes place on Norwegian Pearl, will include two Pitbull concerts, a private beach party on Norwegian's own Great Stirrup Cay, a Q&A session with Pitbull and dance boot camp hosted by Pitbull's backup dancers. Other performers are expected to take the stage, but have not yet been announced.
Star Trek: The Cruise
Hosted by the original Captain Kirk himself, the Star Trek cruise will boldly go where no man has gone before. The first official cruise of its kind will treat fans to a stellar lineup, including William Shatner (Jim Kirk), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) and Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax), as well as celebrity-hosted comedy shows, meet-and-greets, competitions and other themed events. Additionally, parts of Norwegian Pearl will get a temporary futuristic makeover. The cruise, which kicks off January 2017 is sold out. However, fans can try their luck at a free cruise by entering a contest on the official website.
Anarchy Addicts Cruise
The "Sons of Anarchy" series might have ended, but it's not too late to say goodbye. In September 2016, fans can join Tommy Flanagan (Chibs), Rusty Coones (Rane), Emilio Rivera (Marcus) and Kristen Renton (Ima) for a special sailing onboard Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas. Themed activities include daily Q&As, autograph sessions, self-defense classes and a variety of daily activities such as "human biker chess" and a beach party on the line's private island, CocoCay.
Chef Jacques Pepin Cruise
French celebrity chef Jacques Pepin is not only Oceania Cruises' executive culinary director, but also has starred on a number of TV shows -- including "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home" with Julia Child. In November 2016, he'll be onboard Oceania Marina to host lectures, meet-and-greets, book signings, cooking demos and more. Passengers also will be treated to specially designed menus.
The '80s Cruise
Belinda Carlisle, Colin Hay (Men at Work) and Men Without Hats are only a few of the performers headlining the '80s Cruise on Celebrity Summit. Rocking big hair and neon spandex, '80s-lovers can enjoy concerts day and night as well as myriad themed activities such as costume parties, "Let's Get Physical" aerobics and Q&A sessions with the artists. Although no official meet-and-greet has been announced, the charter company hints there's a good chance you may run into one of your teenage celebrity crushes onboard.
If these aren't the stars you're hoping to meet at sea, check out Cruise Critic's Theme Cruise section to see if your favorite celebrity is cruising anytime soon.