Is going on a themed boat cruise worth it?

So you have heard of a themed boat cruise, but is it worth going on one? We explain the pros and cons of themed cruises so you can decide if they are right for you
A group of 10 people travelling together in Croatia for a yoga themed cruise

Is it worth going on a themed boat cruise?


There are lots of different types of boat cruises around the world and most people will think about them in relation to the itinerary or destinations as well as the type of boat that is used.

One of the unique travel experiences that you can have is to join a themed boat cruise. Just like seasonal promotions in retail stores that have a theme, you can go on a cruise that has a specific purpose or theme. So you are travelling because the theme appeals to you & you travel in a group with other people who enjoy that type of thing as well.

This could be related to a movie theme, seasonal celebration or in more practical terms it could be a yoga themed cruise, a boat cruise for gay or LGBT groups, 50th birthday party or even a group of cyclists.

It is possible to book at large group of 10 or more people or even charter a boat in Croatia using a group travel specialist in Sydney like Groups By Beyond where we can coordinate & manage a big group of people travelling together but also place you on a themed cruise of your choice. 

If you chartering a boat with 20 to 30 people then you can even create your own custom themed cruise which creates a cost effective and unique way to travel in Europe that not too many people consider. 

There are so many amazing advantages of a themed boat cruise which we will discuss in more detail below.

What is a themed boat cruise?

Bicycle charter boat cruise in Croatia to see old towns

Imagine sailing under the sun-drenched Mediterranean skies, exploring charming coastal towns, savouring exquisite cuisine, and indulging in a culinary adventure curated just for food lovers. 

Or picture yourself embarking on a cultural journey through historic cities, attending immersive art workshops, revelling in live music performances on the deck, meditating on a beach or cycling through an ancient village.

These are the captivating experiences that themed boat cruises offer, but what exactly is a themed boat cruise?


  • Defining a Themed Boat Cruise

    A themed boat cruise is a unique and specialised type of cruise experience that revolves around a particular theme or concept. Unlike traditional cruises that may focus on general relaxation and exploration, themed cruises are designed to cater to specific interests, passions, or preferences.

    They offer a cohesive and tailored experience centered on the chosen theme, making them an attractive option for travellers seeking a more immersive and enriching journey.
  • Key Features of Themed Boat Cruises

    • Themed Experience: Themed cruises revolve around a particular theme, such as culinary, cultural, adventure, wellness, music, or even specific milestones like birthday parties or family reunions. The theme serves as the focal point of the entire cruise experience.

    • Customised Activities: Themed cruises feature a wide array of onboard and shore activities related to the theme. These activities can range from workshops, lectures, and hands-on experiences to performances and interactive events, all designed to immerse passengers in the chosen theme.

    • Targeted Audience: Themed cruises are often marketed to specific groups of people who share a common interest or passion. This can include food enthusiasts, art lovers, history buffs, adventure seekers, or individuals celebrating special occasions.

    • Expert Guidance: Many themed cruises invite experts or professionals in the field related to the theme. These experts may lead workshops, give talks, or provide insights and knowledge to enrich passengers’ understanding of the theme.

    • Specialised Entertainment: Onboard entertainment and performances are often tailored to match the theme. For example, a music-themed cruise might feature live performances by renowned artists, while a culinary-themed cruise could include cooking demonstrations and tastings.

    • Unique Destinations: While themed cruises often include popular cruise destinations, they may also incorporate stops or excursions that are particularly relevant to the theme. This can lead to off-the-beaten-path discoveries and unforgettable experiences.

    • Community and Connection: Themed cruises provide a unique opportunity for passengers to connect with like-minded individuals who share their passion for the theme. This sense of community adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the journey.

    • Personalisation: Passengers can choose a themed cruise that aligns with their interests, allowing for a more personalised and enjoyable experience. Some cruise boats even offer different themed cruises on the same ship, giving passengers a variety of options.
  • Why Choose a Themed Boat Cruise?

    Themed boat cruises offer travellers an opportunity to explore their passions, interests, or hobbies in a unique and enriching way. Whether you’re a foodie, a culture enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or celebrating a special occasion, a themed cruise provides a deeper level of engagement and a chance to create lasting memories with like-minded individuals.

    It’s a journey where you not only explore the world but also delve into your own interests and passions in a way that’s thoughtfully curated and uniquely tailored to you.

Why are themed boat cruises worth it?

Themed boat charter for large group family reunion doing adventure activities

A themed boat cruise is absolutely worth it, even if the cost is a little bit more than a standard cruise, the huge value comes from going on a holiday that has a distinct purpose that is created around the theme.


1. Immersive Experiences: Themed boat cruises offer a level of immersion that’s hard to match on a traditional cruise. Whether it’s a culinary, cultural, music, adventure, or wellness theme, you’re fully immersed in the chosen theme from the moment you step on board.


2. Personalisation: Themed cruises cater to specific interests and passions. You get to choose a cruise that aligns with your hobbies, whether it’s wine tasting, history, art, or a milestone celebration like a birthday or anniversary. This personalisation enhances your overall enjoyment.


3. Learning Opportunities: Themed cruises often feature experts and professionals who provide insights and knowledge related to the theme. You’ll have the chance to expand your horizons and gain new skills or understanding during the cruise.


4. Unique Destinations: While themed cruises include popular cruise destinations, they may also incorporate unique ports of call or excursions that are particularly relevant to the theme. This can lead to off-the-beaten-path discoveries and unforgettable experiences.


5. Community and Social Interaction: Themed cruises attract like-minded individuals who share your passion for the theme. This creates a sense of community and opportunities for social interaction and new friendships.


6. Special Occasions: Themed cruises are ideal for celebrating special occasions. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an anniversary, or a family reunion, the theme adds an extra layer of excitement and meaning to the celebration.

What is the value of a themed boat cruise?

gay and lesbian themed boat cruise in Croatia for a small group that has land tours included

1. Enhanced Experience: Themed cruises offer a more enriching and specialized experience compared to traditional cruises. If you have a strong interest in the theme, you’ll likely find the cruise to be incredibly rewarding.

2. Convenience: Themed cruises often bundle various experiences and activities related to the theme into one package. This can be convenient for travelers who prefer pre-organized and hassle-free vacations.

3. Personal Fulfillment: Themed cruises provide an opportunity to indulge in your passions and interests, leading to personal fulfillment and a deeper connection to the theme.

4. Memorable Moments: The unique experiences and memories created on a themed cruise can be priceless. The interactions, knowledge gained, and adventures had can leave a lasting impact.

We sailed from Split to Dubrovnik with 8 families with kids ranging from 15 – 26. 

Everyone had a ball!! 

Tony recommended which route to sail so we could explore beautiful Croatia during the day and party at night. The crew were excellent and accommodated every request with a smile.

….the MS Desire and crew were amazing. We all had a fantastic time….. Great time had by all. Cruise manager Bern was amazing.

What are some examples of themed boat cruises?

Family reunion themed boat cruise to explore old villages and historic towns

Themed cruises offer a wide range of experiences to cater to diverse interests and preferences. Here are some different themed cruise ideas to inspire your next adventure:

  1. Culinary Cruise: Explore regional cuisines, attend cooking classes, and savor gourmet meals.

  2. Wine and Vineyard Cruise: Visit renowned wineries and taste fine wines along picturesque wine routes.

  3. Music and Jazz Cruise: Enjoy live jazz performances, music workshops, and dance the night away.

  4. Wellness and Yoga Cruise: Practice yoga and mindfulness, receive spa treatments, and focus on holistic well-being.

  5. Adventure and Expedition Cruise: Explore remote and pristine destinations, engage in outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking.

  6. Culture and History Cruise: Visit historic cities, museums, and archaeological sites to delve into local culture and heritage.

  7. Art and Creativity Cruise: Participate in art workshops, visit galleries, and connect with artists.

  8. Photography Cruise: Capture stunning landscapes and wildlife with the guidance of photography experts.

  9. Wildlife and Safari Cruise: Observe exotic animals in their natural habitats on a wildlife safari.

  10. Film and Movie Cruise: Watch classic films, attend screenings, and meet actors and directors.

  11. Book and Literature Cruise: Join book clubs, attend author talks, and explore literary destinations.

  12. Science and Astronomy Cruise: Learn from experts about celestial phenomena and stargazing.

  13. Gardening and Botanical Cruise: Visit lush gardens and botanical sanctuaries with expert guides.

  14. Fitness and Wellness Cruise: Stay active with fitness classes, personal training, and health seminars.

  15. Fashion and Style Cruise: Attend fashion shows, workshops, and shop for designer clothing.

  16. LGBTQ+ Pride Cruise: Celebrate diversity, attend themed parties, and support LGBTQ+ causes.

  17. Holiday and Festive Cruise: Enjoy holiday-themed cruises for Christmas, New Year’s, Halloween, and more.

  18. Mystery and Detective Cruise: Solve mysteries, participate in escape rooms, and enjoy murder mystery dinners.

  19. Vintage and Retro Cruise: Step back in time with themed parties, fashion, and entertainment from a specific era.

  20. Environmental and Conservation Cruise: Learn about conservation efforts and eco-friendly practices.

  21. Volunteer and Humanitarian Cruise: Participate in community service projects and make a positive impact.

  22. Space and Sci-Fi Cruise: Explore the cosmos, meet astronauts, and celebrate science fiction.

  23. Health and Medical Cruise: Attend health seminars, consult with medical professionals, and focus on well-being.

  24. Gourmet Cheese and Wine Cruise: Delight in a combination of artisanal cheeses and fine wines.

  25. Motorsports and Car Cruise: Showcase classic cars, attend auto shows, and explore automotive history.

  26. Martial Arts and Fitness Cruise: Train with martial arts experts, practice self-defense, and stay fit.

  27. Sailing and Regatta Cruise: Compete in sailing races and regattas or watch them from the deck.

  28. Circus and Performing Arts Cruise: Enjoy circus acts, dance performances, and workshops.

  29. Mindfulness and Meditation Cruise: Focus on mindfulness, meditation, and spiritual growth.

  30. Family and Kid-Friendly Cruise: Plan a cruise with activities and entertainment suitable for families and children.

These diverse themed cruise ideas offer something for everyone, allowing travellers to combine their passions and interests with the excitement of cruise travel. 

Whether you’re a foodie, adventurer, culture enthusiast, or wellness seeker, there’s a themed cruise that can provide a unique and enriching experience.

Can a business organise a themed boat cruise for its customers?


If you are a business owner you can organise for a group of customers to travel together on a themed boat cruise. It could be used to reward loyal customers, included in a competition or created to help build relationships. 

Here are some examples of how a themed boat cruise could be used by a business;

  • Yoga Teacher – each year a yoga teacher could take students on an annual retreat which is an offsite location. While Bali or Byron Bay is a popular destination for yoga retreats, it is possible to take a group of 10, 15 or 20 people on a themed yoga boat cruise to Croatia for example. You could have the boat to yourselves to have classes on the sun deck in the morning, explore during the day and then have sunset meditation sessions.
  • Food tour company – most food tour companies will specialise in taking people to a certain area or location. Although to grow their business they could offer a group tour with 10, 15 or 20 people on a themed food and wine boat cruise to Croatia where they can give people the chance to sample completely different cuisine. If the food tour company already has a big mailing list, lots of trusting customers then they will happily go to another destination for a different experience.
  • Push bike retail shop – most push bike retail shops will sell a range of maintenance services to compliment the hardware they sell. To grow their business they could offer tours for a group tour 10, 15 or 20 people on a themed cycling boat cruise to Croatia where they can give people the chance to ride through ancient towns, beaches and rugged mountains for a unique experience. 

Why would a themed boat cruise not be worth it?

Themed cruises may not be the best fit for everyone. If you have no particular interest in the theme or prefer a more generalised cruise experience, you may not fully appreciate the added cost and focus of a themed cruise.


Themed cruises may not be the best fit for everyone. If you have no particular interest in the theme or prefer a more generalised cruise experience, you may not fully appreciate the added cost and focus of a themed cruise.

Whether a themed boat cruise is worth it depends on your interests, priorities, and the value you place on specialised experiences. If you’re passionate about the theme and seek a deeper, more immersive journey, a themed cruise can be a fantastic investment in unforgettable memories and personal enrichment. 

It’s a voyage where you not only explore the world but also explore your own passions and interests in a way that’s uniquely tailored to you.

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Tony Gattari
Tony Gattari

Tony is the passionate, energetic person that runs Groups by Beyond. He has a love for travel that has grown over the years and he has been to more than 40 countries over the years. He will help you create an incredible adventure for your group to experience anywhere in the world.

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