With the demand for themed cruises increasing, many popular cruise lines are pulling out all the stops to ensure their packages stand out among the crowd. Themed cruises are becoming wackier than ever before – so here are five of the most out-of-the-box vacations you could choose to take this year…

The Walker Stalker Cruise

Theme – The Walking Dead

Fans of hit US show The Walking Dead are sure to get excited about this one. The aptly named ‘Walker Stalker’ cruise invites die-hard fans to get up close and personal with some of the biggest stars of the series, including Norman Reedus, who plays the fearless Daryl Dixon.

There are plenty of autograph opportunities onboard, alongside the chance to snap a selfie with some of the show’s most loved characters. Extras such as these come with an additional fee, although there’s plenty to keep you entertained elsewhere on the ship – including the chance to attend exclusive Q+A sessions and zombie-themed concerts.

Love & Football Cruise

Theme – American Football and Valentine’s Day

True fans of American football will have to head stateside to sail away on the annual Love & Football cruise, but we’re betting that it’s a journey that many sports fans would happily make for such a unique holiday experience.

This cruise does exactly what it says on the tin, combining all the joys of a pre-Valentines romantic getaway with… well, American football. The cruise kicks off on the day of the first Superbowl match and guests onboard can expect an eclectic mixture of love and football themed activities. Whatever floats your boat, eh?

Disney’s Star Wars Day at Sea

Theme – Star Wars

Disney’s one-day homage to Star Wars is back by popular demand, with specific themed days scheduled onboard a range of 7 night cruises in 2017. Star Wars at Sea is everything you’d expect it to be, combining sensational live action sequences and shows with the chance to meet some of the best-loved characters from the series.

Disney rarely do things by halves and this is certain to be a great experience for all the family. Highlights include an onboard Jedi training academy, screenings of the Star Wars films and the opportunity to get your hands on exclusive themed merchandise. The day is topped off with a huge celebration on deck, where fans are invited to party with characters from across the Star Wars universe.

NASCAR – The Cruise

Theme – NASCAR Racing

With the tagline promising ‘hot entertainment and cold beer’, it’s easy to see why the NASCAR cruise appeals to sporting fans from across the globe. Guests onboard are offered the chance to rub shoulders with some of NASCAR’s finest, including ‘ The King’ Richard Petty and legendary driver Donnie Allison.

The theme doesn’t end there. Hardcore fans are invited to team up and compete in the annual ‘Pit Crew Competition’, where tyre and fuel changes are completed against the clock. There’s also a range of driver simulators onboard the ship, as well as a ship-wide poker tournament where those who make it to the final table will play against some of NASCAR’s most famous veterans.

The Meow Meow Cruise

Theme – All things cats

This 4-day adventure is just about as close to a cat lover’s paradise as you could get. Meow Meow is dedicated to all things feline, giving cat owners the chance to socialise and compare stories on their four-legged friends.

Unfortunately there aren’t any actual cats onboard. Still, for those of us with an insatiable desire to talk about our pets to anyone and everyone who’ll listen, it’s comforting to know that you’ll be among friends. There are plenty of themed dinners to enjoy, as well as a special Meow Meow scavenger hunt to round off the trip.

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