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Hobbyist Cruises: Best Special Interest Cruises, From Nudism to Yoga

When you want to spice up your cruise experience, why not take a hobby cruise?

Music lovers can take rock cruises or classical forays; gourmets can savor haute cuisine and wine tastings; while golf fans can play on renowned courses.

Those looking for newer amusements can chase the stars and even strip naked on nude cruises or join a special trip for cat lovers. Here is our pick of some of the special interest trips taking place later this year and in the future.

YOGA IN THE ANTILLES

Sail into serenity - practice yoga aboard a Star Clipper.  Enthusiasts can learn the basics or hone their technique on yoga-themed boat cruises.

Sail into serenity – practice yoga aboard a Star Clipper. Enthusiasts can learn the basics or hone their technique on yoga-themed boat cruises.

Where better to practice your lotus position or vinyasas than under the wavy sails of one of Star Clippers’ elegant sailboats?

The boutique line offers yoga-themed voyages where enthusiasts can learn the basics or hone their technique on the teak decks of these classic clipper yachts during early morning sessions or as the sun sets, while the ship sails to through the waves.

STEP ON BOARD: A seven-night roundtrip from St Maarten, including stops in Nevis, Antigua and St Barts, departs March 5, 2022. From £ 1,465 pp, additional flights (starclippers.co.uk).

OASES OF THE HIGHLANDS

The princess of the Hebrides sets sail from Oban, pictured, on a journey through the glorious gardens of Scotland's west coast.

The princess of the Hebrides sets sail from Oban, pictured, on a journey through the glorious gardens of Scotland's west coast.

The princess of the Hebrides sets sail from Oban, pictured, on a journey through the glorious gardens of Scotland’s west coast.

Green-fingered types will love the horticultural feast served at Hebridean Island Cruises’ 50-passenger Hebridean Princess boutique in the glorious gardens of Scotland’s west coast.

Thanks to the microclimate of the Gulf Stream, these shores are home to a profusion of exotic flowers, from Himalayan blue poppies and vivid rhododendrons in the renowned Inverewe Gardens near Loch Ewe to 40 acres of herbaceous borders and terraced walks at Armadale Gardens in Skye. , where the ruins of Armadale Castle sit at your heart.

STEP ON BOARD: The week-long round trip from Oban, including Ullapool and Iona, departs May 3. From £ 4,990pp (mundycruising.co.uk).

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Musical theater enthusiasts will love Crystal Cruises' themed trips.  In the photo, the theater capital of New York, Broadway.

Musical theater enthusiasts will love Crystal Cruises' themed trips.  In the photo, the theater capital of New York, Broadway.

Musical theater enthusiasts will love Crystal Cruises’ themed trips. In the photo, the theater capital of New York, Broadway.

Broadway assumes a starring role in a series of Crystal Cruises cruises with stars and backstage professionals who take New York theater to the seas with elaborate productions, solo performances and presentations. The line has a partnership with producer and Tony Award winner Kevin McCollum, whose credits include West Side Story and Rent.

STEP ON BOARD: Eight nights from New York to Quebec City, including Boston, Maine and Prince Edward Island, depart October 5, 2022. From £ 2,719 pp, additional flights (crystalcruises.co.uk).

MAASTRICHT MASTER

Passengers attend a performance in Maastricht, pictured, on the last night of Saga's sailing in Germany and the Netherlands.

Passengers attend a performance in Maastricht, pictured, on the last night of Saga's sailing in Germany and the Netherlands.

Passengers attend a performance in Maastricht, pictured, on the last night of Saga’s sailing in Germany and the Netherlands.

Pay tribute to current ‘Waltz King’ Andre Rieu in a spectacular open-air concert with his Johann Strauss Orchestra that promises to pick up the pace on this Saga Holidays river cruise.

Presented in his hometown of Maastricht, the performance is on the last night of a sailing between Germany and the Netherlands, and promises a memorable musical finale to a week exploring Dusseldorf, Roermond and Venlo, as well as the WWII battlefield in Arnhem.

STEP ON BOARD: Seven nights from Cologne to Maastricht departs July 23, from £ 1,649 per person including bus ride (saga.co.uk).

TEE OFF IN THE MID

Golfers can hit five of the most important courses in Europe during this Mediterranean cruise. Azamara has partnered with PerryGolf to offer a series of trips that give passengers the opportunity to launch and launch their way around destinations such as the Baltic, the UK and the Mediterranean.

The courses included in this navigation include the Mallorcan Son Gual course, near Palma, and the Sperone Golf Club in Corsica.

STEP ON BOARD: The ten night trip from Barcelona to Athens departs on September 17, 2022 and costs from £ 2,104 per person on a cruise only. Golf package from an additional £ 1,899 per person (azamara.co.uk).

ANTARCTIC STARS

Elephant Island, pictured, is one of the most impressive stops on the Silverseas astronomy and wildlife themed cruise

Elephant Island, pictured, is one of the most impressive stops on the Silverseas astronomy and wildlife themed cruise

Elephant Island, pictured, is one of the most impressive stops on the Silverseas astronomy and wildlife themed cruise

This wildlife and astronomy themed cruise to the White Continent on Silverseas’ Silver Cloud ship coincides with the rare spectacle of a solar eclipse.

The natural phenomenon will occur during the line’s next trip to the Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands and South Georgia, with expedition personnel able to share their knowledge of the natural phenomenon. Their arrival coincides with a busy time on the continent when penguins build their nests, seabird chicks begin to hatch, and sea lion cubs are born.

STEP ON BOARD: An 11-day package that includes round-trip travel from Ushuaia in Argentina and an overnight in the city before the cruise departs on November 30, 2021 and is priced at £ 17,100 pp, including flights (silversea.com).

GREAT FOR CAT LOVERS

This should be the ultimate trip for feline fans, although all moggies should be left at home.

The appropriately titled Meow Meow cruise ship, visiting Caribbean islands, encourages fans to invest in a T-shirt decorated with a picture of their cat.

They can also take part in a kitty scavenger hunt, a Meow Meow Mixer cocktail, and themed trivia games.

STEP ON BOARD: The seven-night sailing from Port Canaveral in Florida departs on October 16 of this year. From £ 486 pp. Extra flights (meowmeowcruise.com).

CAPER CHRISTMAS

The Amsterdam Christmas Market (pictured) is just one of the festive stops on the 'Northern Europe Christmas Markets' tour

The Amsterdam Christmas Market (pictured) is just one of the festive stops on the 'Northern Europe Christmas Markets' tour

The Amsterdam Christmas Market (pictured) is just one of the festive stops on the ‘Northern Europe Christmas Markets’ tour

Enjoy the Christmas markets of Amsterdam, Belgium, and Germany on this round-trip cruise from Southampton.

Each destination has something different: the nightlife of Hamburg, the charm of Bruges or the quiet Rotterdam, but they all promise the perfect festive warm-up. Stops are Rotterdam (with day trips to Amsterdam), Zeebrugge (with day trips to Bruges) and Hamburg.

STEP ON BOARD: A seven-night ‘Northern Europe Christmas Markets’ cruise departs from Southampton on December 11 and returns on December 18, 2021, from £ 549 per person (pocruises.com).

TRAVELER LIGHT

The Big Nude Boat cruise, which is 'clothing optional', begins its journey from Tampa, Florida

The Big Nude Boat cruise, which is 'clothing optional', begins its journey from Tampa, Florida

The Big Nude Boat cruise, which is ‘clothing optional’, begins its journey from Tampa, Florida

If you fancy taking a cruise to Bonaire, going naked to Nassau, or ditching your clothes on the way to Colombia, this could be for you.

American travel company Bare Necessities has been organizing ‘clothing optional’ cruises since 1991. Their largest charter boat trips are Big Nude Boat cruises for up to 3,000 passengers. Regarded as no clothes, no children, and no worries, the cruise requires guests to cover up while in port and at the ship’s restaurants.

STEP ON BOARD: The next Big Nude Boat trip is a 14-night round-trip Caribbean cruise from Tampa, Florida, departing February 13, 2022.

From £ 2,152 pp including tips. Extra flights (cruisebare.com).

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