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5 Theme Cruises To Take in Your Lifetime

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More than 20 million people embark on cruises yearly,1 so chances are you'll end up on one if you like traveling. It's easy to have fun on any cruise, but not all of them are created equal. In fact, there are several themed cruises that offer a vacation you won't find anywhere else. So, if you're considering "setting sail," these themed forays might be just perfect for you.

1. Murder Mystery Cruise

If the old board game Clue or episodes of "CSI" are your idea of fun, you need more than a normal cruise. To get your hands on more than just a game or TV show, there's the nine-day Murder Mystery Cruise.

When this cruise begins, everyone is thrust into a world of suspicion. Every passenger is given a role in a fantasy murder, possibly even as the prime suspect aboard, and the cruise has set up deals with hotels at each port of call to continue the mystery while ashore.

You'll be provided with investigative tools to assist in solving the fictitious yet heinous crime. Additionally, you can book this cruise every year and see a different part of the world every time you set sail. The Murder Mystery Cruise has gone to Alaska, as well as Spain and surrounding countries. In 2016, budding sleuths will visit England, Spain, Portugal and France.

2. Walker Stalker Cruise

If you enjoy AMC's hit show, "The Walking Dead," then the Walker Stalker Cruise is for you. The Grand Bahama Island cruise is already exciting enough, but when you toss in panel discussions, concerts and meet-and-greets with your favorite Walking Dead characters, you've got a vacation that can't be missed.

The cruise itself is a three-day round-trip, departing from Miami. In addition to meeting your favorite zombie apocalypse survivors, you'll also have access to a bowling alley, video arcade and casino. You can also take a moment to get your zombie makeup done professionally on board before entering the costume contest.

All of this, plus you'll be at sea when the zombie outbreak takes place on land. What more could you ask for?

3. Monsters of Rock Cruise

Zombies aren't the only creatures you can set sail with, thanks to the Monsters of Rock Cruise. If you're a rocker, this is the ship to be on. The cruise itself is four days and nights, where you'll enjoy several beautiful sites in the Bahamas. You'll have 15 dining choices and even an on-board casino. While these may seem typical of most cruises, the rock stars make the journey anything but typical.

Once you depart, you'll be privy to the greatest rock experience this side of the dark side of the moon. Old-school rockers can catch Tesla tearing up the stage, and those with a love of early '90s metal will be more than excited to witness Sebastian Bach, formerly of Skid Row, play a set. Younger rockers will love Paradise Kitty and, since nearly 40 bands will be on board, there's something (or someone) for everyone.

If you're worried about this being a typical rock festival that just happens to take place at sea, you have nothing to fear. You'll also have a chance to meet and get photos with your favorite rockers of the last few decades.

4. TCM Classic Cruise

It's okay if hard rock music isn't your thing; some people prefer the classics. Classic films, that is. If you fall into this group, the Turner Classic Movies Classic Cruise is right up your alley. On this five-night cruise, you'll have all of the cruise classics at your disposal, including luxurious spas, wonderful restaurants, and trips to Castaway Cay and Grand Cayman.

It's the other classics, though, that will catch your eye. You'll watch vintage and memorable films in the ship's state-of-the-art theaters and, even better, you'll also get to meet the stars of these films as well as your favorite TCM hosts. Toss in a few dance lessons and a singles' mixer, and you'll be more than cruising with the oldies!

5. World Poker Tour Cruise

If you've ever sat at home and watched poker greats like Doyle Brunson and Daniel Negreanu compete for millions in Texas hold 'em winnings, it's time to take their place. The World Poker Tour offers two cruises, one of which includes poker training for those new to the game.

In addition to rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, luxurious spas and specialty restaurants, you can join "free roll" tournaments that offer huge prizes, as well as daily sit-and-go tournaments. If you're ready to hit it big and be the next Chris Moneymaker, have a seat at the WPT Cruise main event for a chance at the grand prize, a champion's trophy and your own feature in WPT Magazine.

When you're not playing poker, you can enjoy all of the ship's amenities, along with stops in Jamaica, Haiti and Cozumel. And for super fans, you'll even have WPT cast members and poker greats to chat with.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." This popular quote provides all the motivation you need to travel the world. When doing so, though, you might as well make it a little more exciting. After all, anyone can go on a typical cruise — you'll come back with stories very few people can top. It might also be a good idea to take Allianz Cruise Insurance on your journey. It's the peace of mind you'll need when you might be meeting zombies along the way. 

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Feb 15, 2016