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Have a hobby? There's a cruise for that!

Relaxnews, AFP   December 03, 2013
First Published: 17:54 IST(3/12/2013) | Last Updated: 17:57 IST(3/12/2013)

If you’re a fan of heavy metal music, a baseball fanatic, a lover of good food and wine, or a self-confessed geek, you’ll be surprised to know that there’s a cruise that befits your hobby. Here’s a selection of themed cruises headed to the seas next year.

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Knitting Cruise
Those passionate about knitting will find like-minded hobbyists on this Ama Waterways cruise, themed exclusively on stitching. Hosted by Barry Klein, who’s been called one of the “top 10 influential men in the world of knitting,” the cruise will sail the Danube from Prague to Budapest. The itinerary will showcase the latest in luxury yarns, fashion trends, and classes on stitching techniques. For more, visit amawaterways.com.

Dancing with the Stars at Sea
Fans of the reality TV show, Dancing with the Stars, can cruise the Caribbean or Alaska on Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam, with some of the stars of the show like Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus, Sabrina Bryan and Carson Kressle. There will also be dance classes and competitions. For more, visit hollandamerica.com.

70,000 Tons of Metal
Unapologetic head bangers will unite on the Majesty of the Seas, sailing the Caribbean with bands such as Victory, Satyricon, and The Haunted. Billed as the world’s largest heavy metal cruise  and open-air stage at sea, this cruise (that sails in Jan) also includes all-night karaoke for budding metal artists. For more, visit 70000tons.com.

Temples and Safaris
The itinerary of this cruise (that sails in March)  revolves around two mythical elements: temples and African wildlife. The 21-night cruise begins in Singapore and ends in Cape Town, with stops in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mauritius and South Africa. The cruise also includes special interest lectures by experts and journalists. For more, visit crystalcruises.com.

Culinary Wine and Delights of Spain
Foodies are sure to find the cruise (that sails in April) enticing as it highlights the culinary heritage of Spain and Portugal. The eight-day cruise (Lisbon to Barcelona) will be wine-soaked and food-heavy. Shore excursions include visits to Jerez de la Frontera, and a wine museum. Guests will also be offered cooking classes. For more, visit windstarcruises.com.

Exploring NOVA
Curious intellectuals, inquiring minds and self-confessed geeks may be interested in a new cruise package that sails from Miami to Peru with producers and personalities from the highest-rated science series on US TV. Developed by Artful Travelers, the cruise (that sails in January) will sail along the Panama Canal with the people behind NOVA, an award-winning documentary series. For more, visit artfultravelers.com. 


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