Here, we offer a sneak peek at some of the most popular cruises centered on various hobbies and crafts. This information, with specific dates, represents only a few of the options and is not meant to serve as a comprehensive calendar. Refer to each company's website for updates and bear in mind that some cruises sell out quickly.
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Oceanwide Expeditions' Bird-Watching Cruises
Birding enthusiasts: Grab your binoculars and camera, and get ready for a unique bird-watching opportunity in the Antarctic Peninsula. Oceanwide Expeditions offers several dates for its Bird-Watching Cruises, where passengers can meet at least six different penguin species, as well as other polar wildlife, such as whales and seals.
Get up close and personal with nature on Zodiac boats accompanied by professional naturalists, or partake in optional tours such as helicopter rides and polar diving. See Oceanwide Expeditions' website for more information on pricing and inclusions.
Dates: Various dates in 2019 and 2020
Knitting With Eliza V. Knit Cruise
From cable knit to crochet, knitting has grown from an age-old craft to a hip and trendy hobby. Now, knitters can join like-minded individuals on a special themed sailing -- Knitting With Eliza V. Knit -- with expert-led workshops focusing on various techniques, and all the patterns and materials one could desire.
Onboard Royal Caribbean's massive Oasis of the Seas, the weeklong cruise will visit Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, round trip from Port Canaveral (Orlando). In addition to organized workshops, cruisers can enjoy 24/7 access to a knitting studio, seminars, goodie bags, contests and more. Fares start at $710 per person, for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.
Date: March 24–31, 2019
GaCuCon (Games Animation Comics) Cruise
"Game, eat, part, sleep, repeat." That's how GaCuCon is billing its third annual themed cruise, slated for July 2019 on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. So, what exactly is in store? Booked cruisers can expect lots of LAN gaming, cosplay workshops, comics, virtual reality and other types of games and themed activities.
The four-night sailing will stop in Nassau and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas. A pre-cruise bash also will take place the night before the cruise in Miami. Starting fares are available on the GaCuCon Cruise website.
Date: July 15–19, 2019
Lickety Split Scrapbooks Cruise
Popular scrapbooking company Lickety Split Scrapbooks is offering two opportunities for crafters to combine their favorite hobby with a cruise vacation to either the Bahamas or Alaska.
The first Lickety Split Scrapbooks Cruise kicks off in February 2019 on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, round trip from Bayonne, New Jersey, with stops in Nassau and CocoCay, the line's private island in the Bahamas. A second sailing in June 2019 will take scrapbookers to Alaska on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas, sailing to Juneau, Skagway, Dawes Glacier and Victoria, B.C., round trip from Seattle.
Onboard, passengers can expect lots of crafting time, goodie bags and even an opportunity to create a scrapbook album with photos from your cruise. Fares for the Bahamas itinerary start at $699, while the Alaska itinerary starts at $1,149 -- all per person, for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.
Dates: February 23–March 3, and June 21–28, 2019
Crystal's Golf Theme Cruise
Golf on some of the world's most renowned courses -- across the Caribbean, Europe or Asia -- alongside PGA legends. Crystal's luxurious ships will host a series of golf-themed cruises throughout 2019 and 2020, with options ranging from 11 to 30 nights.
On these select sailings, Crystal will present golf enthusiasts with a welcome kit of goodies, including balls, tees and a logo cap and shirt, as well as a schedule of golf events and course maps. PGA celebrities (to be determined, and varying by cruise) also will be onboard to host discussions, clinics and exclusive cocktail parties. For an added fee, cruisers can book tours to famous courses and even play a few holes with the pros themselves. Starting fares are available on Crystal's website.
Dates: Various dates in 2019 and 2020