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Country music star Carrie Underwood performs on a Long Beach to Baja cruise on Carnival Imagination on April 2, 2017.

Country music star Carrie Underwood performs on a Long Beach to Baja cruise on Carnival Imagination on April 2, 2017.

The coolest theme cruises setting sail this spring

On tap: Music, film, photography, culinary & comedy cruises

For those looking to sail into springtime, a theme cruise may just be what the doctor ordered to spice things up a bit more than a regular voyage. After all, UnCruise Adventures recently announced it will feature wellness on a number of its theme sailings in Alaska in April.

Theme cruises extend to seemingly every imaginable topic, and a great resource to find them is Theme Cruise Finder, and here is a sample of some other fun ones coming in March, April and May 2017.

 

Tim McGraw, who has sold more than 40 million records worldwide, performs March 2 on Carnival Valor.
Tim McGraw, who has sold more than 40 million records worldwide, performs March 2 on Carnival Valor.

Country, polka & soul music

Country music star Carrie Underwood performs on a Long Beach to Baja cruise on Carnival Imagination on April 2, 2017 as part of the Carnival Live series. Tim McGraw will perform on March 2, 2017 aboard Carnival Valor, and also joining the lineup will be Little Big Town on May 7 and 11, 2017 on Carnival Dream and Carnival Valor, respectively.

The fifth annual Soul Train Cruise is also set to embark on March 4, 2017 with bands like Kool & The Gang, Chaka Khan and the Commodores along for the ride on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit.

There’s even a Polka Dreams @ Sea cruise scheduled to depart on Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Pride on April 2, 2017 showcasing Ray Jay of Ray Jay and the Carousels and the Buffalo Concertina All-Stars.

 

Brilliance of the Seas will host the
Brilliance of the Seas will host the "Legends of Pittsburgh" cruise with Mean Joe Greene and other legendary Steelers.

For sports fans

Royal Caribbean International will be home to sports fans on several spring theme sailings beginning with the "Pro Football Hall of Fame Cruise" aboard Independence of the Seas on March 2, 2017 with James Lofton, Dan Hampton and Randall McDaniel. Then on March 30, 2017, Brilliance of the Seas will host the "Legends of Pittsburgh" cruise with Mean Joe Greene, Rocky Bleier, Casey Hampton, Ryan Clark and Charlie Batch. Last, the "Clemson Fan Cruise / Sea of Orange Cruise" will take place May 4, 2017 on Oasis of the Seas.

 

Da Vinci Code
Film buffs will appreciate the "Scenes from the Silver Screen" cruise that spotlights sites seen in movies such as "The Da Vinci Code."

For film buffs

Connoisseurs of cinema may appreciate the May 21, 2017 UK "Scenes from the Silver Screen" sailing on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar. The trip’s focus is on destinations featured in famous movies such as “Trainspotting,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Skyfall.”

 

Photograph sloths and other wildlife on UnCruise Adventures'
Courtesy of UnCruise AdventuresPhotograph sloths and other wildlife on UnCruise Adventures' "Pure Panamá" cruise.

For improving your photography skills

Those looking to boost their photography skills may look to UnCruise Adventures on its May 27, 2017 "Pure Panamá: Cultures, Coasts & Canal" itinerary. On board will be a professional photographer to help guide guests towards taking the best shots of the engineering marvel and surrounding nature.

Meanwhile, Princess Cruises will host an "Alaskan Photography Adventure" on May 13 and 20, 2017 aboard Ruby Princess. The first will feature Michael Downey and the second Alan Lawrence.

 

Jay Leno appears as part of Carnival Live this spring.
Jay Leno appears as part of Carnival Live this spring.

For comedy fans

Carnival Cruise Line already has its great Punchliner Comedy Club, but as part of its Carnival Live program, Jay Leno will add to the excitement on Carnival Vista on April 30 and May 1, 2017.

 

Seabourn Quest will host World Wine Guys Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen on a food and wine cruise April 15, 2017.
Seabourn Quest will host World Wine Guys Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen on a food and wine cruise April 15, 2017.

Culinary enrichment

Luxury line Seabourn is preparing a couple of culinary cruises for its "Epicurean Quest Food & Wine Voyage" with chef Daniel Sherlock and World Wine Guys (Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen) aboard Seabourn Quest on April 15, 2017. Plus, chef Darren McGrady will be on Seabourn Sojourn on April 23, 2017.

Also, Royal Caribbean International will present a "Country Cooking Cruise" on its Oasis of the Seas embarking May 21, 2017. Personalities on board will be Francine Roberts Bryson, Tiffany Harelik, The Chef & The Fatman, Eddie Jackson and more.

— from Cruiseable news services

Jason Leppert
A San Diego-based cruise expert who's been on more than 85 sailings, I'm the founding editor of PopularCruising.com and a staff writer for TravelPulse.

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