When you think of cruises, you might think of country-hopping on a luxury ship. But with a 24% rise in global searches for themed cruises, now you can head off on an adventure with travellers who share a very specific interest.
So whether you're a musical lover, a golf enthusiast or looking for love, there's a good chance you'll find the perfect cruise for you.
Wherever you decide to set sail, make sure you’re covered with a cruise policy for any mishaps that could happen at sea.
The top 10 most popular themed cruises worldwide
With nearly 10 million annual Google searches, Disney-themed cruises reign as the world's most sought-after themed cruises. Immerse yourself in the magic of the movies on this unforgettable adventure, where age is just a number. Departing from various ports around the globe, whether you find yourself in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or the USA, there's a Disney cruise waiting to whisk you away.
In second place, singles-themed cruises offer solo travellers the chance to go on an incredible journey and forge new connections. With nearly 800,000 yearly searches on Google, these cruises are a gateway to exciting encounters and lasting memories. Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Virgin Voyages take care of solo travellers, offering an amazing experience.
Completing the top three, blues-themed cruises captivate with just over 100,000 searches. Soulful voyages like the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise and The Legendary Rhythm & Blues cruise will let the rhythm of the blues carry you away.
It's clear that music-themed cruises strike a chord with travellers, as heavy metal and jazz also claim spots within the top 10. Get ready to set sail on a melodic adventure that will keep your spirits high and your heart singing.
Which themed cruises are on the rise in 2024?
There are also a range of themed cruises that have emerged as trending for 2024. Crochet has seen a 556% increase in worldwide search demand since 2022. If you’re interested in a crafting holiday, Craft Cruises has lots of upcoming trips in 2024, designed with all sorts of hobbies in mind, including knitting and beading.
Seeing a 238% increase in global searches, cruises inspired by Impractical Jokers are the second most trending type of trip. Sailing in January 2024, the guys from Impractical Jokers have joined with Eric Andre to host a cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. The voyage is set to be packed with stand-up sets, music, and plenty of activities, so this is one fans of the show won’t want to miss.
Golf-inspired trips round off the top three most trending themed cruises worldwide, with a 190% increase in popularity. This type of cruise gives golf-enthusiasts a chance to visit some of the world’s best golf courses as they dock at various destinations. Perry Golf has golf-cruises heading all around the globe in 2024, from South Africa and Norway, to New Zealand and Japan.
Demand for Christmas market cruises is up 125% in the run-up to the festive season
What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a Christmas-themed cruise? It seems plenty of people agree, as on top of its annual demand rising, there has been a +125% increase in searches for "Christmas market cruises" in the last three months. Particularly popular in Europe, this style of cruise takes you to some of the best Christmas markets. So you can sample the culinary delights and handmade crafts of some of the most festive destinations.
This year, P&O Cruises is travelling to Hamburg and Bruges, while Ambassador Cruise Line has trips to Antwerp, Amsterdam and Normandy.
By Mikaela Bartlett
Mikaela Bartlett is SEO Editor at PayingTooMuch. She loves to explore places off the beaten path and sharing tips to make travel as easy and stress-free as possible.