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Kooky cruises

Kooky cruises
If you think going on a cruise is only for old people who like playing shuffleboard, think again. From putting on your blue suede shoes and gyrating your hips like Elvis to hanging out with a bunch of Mac nerds, no matter what your interest you'll find a kooky cruise to suit.
The Elvis Cruise
Diehard Elvis fans, prepare to get all shook up.

Carnival Cruise Lines and Jazz Cruises have partnered-up to offer the first authentic, fully licensed Elvis tribute cruise which celebrates the life and the music of the King. Taking place over four days, the virtual floating Graceland features visits to ports of call in Mexico and includes tributes to Elvis' most popular performances. It also gives guests the chance to take part in an Elvis tribute contest and features Q&A sessions with more than 20 artists and performers who worked with Elvis over the years.

The Soap Cruise
Want to know if Brooke and Ridge's love will last until next season? Or if the evil Stefano is about to rise from the dead (yet again)? Then pack your bags and get soaped up for The Soap Cruise. Featuring stars from some of the US's most popular daytime soaps including Days of Our Lives, All My Children, The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, As the World Turns, and The Bold and the Beautiful it's every soapie fan's dream come true.

As the ship sets sail for the beautiful Caribbean, you'll have the opportunity to catch up on all the daytime TV drama at a special meet and greet session with the stars where can even have a professional photograph taken with them. Other activities with the stars include a cocktail party and a soap trivia game.

Great Balls of Yarn Knitting Cruise
For anyone who is a natty knitter, you won't want to miss the Great Balls of Yarn Knitting Cruise. The brainchild of Robin Turner, owner of a chain of knitting stores in Florida called Great Balls of Yarn, this eight-day trip which sails to Belize and Honduras brings together hundreds of knitting enthusiasts, along with a prominent figure in the knitting world.

During the days when the ship is at sea, guest will be instructed in the finer art of the needles with a number of knitting workshops on technique. There are also two cocktail parties-cum-yarn sales.

ABBA Tribute Mini Cruise
Attention all dancing queens. If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable break, grab your afro wigs, aviators, tasselled flares and crushed-velvet jackets and step back in time on DFDS Seaways' new ABBA tribute mini cruise.

For two groovy nights as you cruise from Newcastle, England, to Amsterdam and you can boogie on down and sing your hearts out to top tribute band, Counterfeit ABBA, order a selection of retro cocktails or strut your stuff at the dance competition. With plenty of themed entertainment available you're bound to be singing 'Mama Mia!'

Check their site for ABBA-availability (they also run other 'themed' cruises throughout the year).

Whodunit Murder Mystery Cruise
For the murder-mystery buffs out there put on your super-sleuth hats and get ready for a highs seas investigative adventure. Whodunit Productions runs a number of cruises in conjunction with Royal Caribbean where murder, mystery and mayhem are all part of the fun. As the clues unravel, you can put your skills to the test with the other guests to try to solve mystery of "whodunit". Several itineraries are available from the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera to Bermuda and even Alaska.

Singles Cruise
Fed up with Internet dating? Tired of blind dates? Then why not try cruising for love? ( offer a variety of singles-only cruises departing New York, Fort Lauderdale or Miami in the US sailing to the beautiful islands like San Juan, Saint Thomas, and Saint Maarten and run for around six to eight nights. All tours include theme nights, pool parties, dancing lessons and even speed dating.

Mac users cruise
We all know that Mac users are a breed all their own, and believe it or not, there's a cruise out there just for this special species. Sailing roundtrip from New York to Bermuda, this seven-night educational experience offers a wealth of valuable information that will help optimise Mac users' computing abilities. Seminars like "Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard" and "Work More Efficiently in Photoshop CS4" are just a few of the topics on tap for high-tech fanatics on this cruise. It might seem a little geeky, but as they say once you go Mac, you'll never go back!

Useful links, the biggest online cruise magazine, has lots of information on other fun themed cruises.

User comments
I've just booked to go on a 4 night Backstreet Boy cruise out of Miami in December....cant wait!
Theme cruises are awesome. I had never been interested in going on a cruise until I heard about the Motley Cruise (hard rock band Motley Crue). Great way to hang out with people you maybe talk to online through message boards etc. And an excellent introduction to cruising.