You can already read like Oprah, eat like Oprah and shop like Oprah, but did you know that you can cruise like Oprah? The TV icon has curated a Holland America cruise around her favorite things and people called O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise. Though the cruise’s destination changes throughout the year, all Oprah’s cruises feature yoga and meditation as well as fashion panels, book discussions and meals inspired by O magazine. The seven-day cruises also feature appearances by O magazine editors and thought leaders from The SuperSoul 100. Oprah herself, Gayle King, Glennon Doyle and India.Arie were all on board the cruise’s maiden voyage in 2017.
With fans around the world and music success on both American and German music charts, it’s no wonder David Hasselhoff has taken his show on the road. Or on the water. The ‘Hoff himself is on board for the duration of the David Hasselhoff Official World Fan Cruise for a concert, get-together, autograph session, movie and TV screenings and more events where he interacts with his biggest fans.
Until Trekkers can boldly go to space for their next fan meetup, Star Trek: The Cruise might be the best option for more than 2,000 of them to gather together and meet the stars of both the movies and TV shows. Hosted by George Takei, who starred in the original series, the cruise brings together actors from across the generations, such as LeVar Burton and Karl Urban. Besides panels, meet-and-greets, autograph opportunities and nightly shows, actors will also mingle with guests, dining, gambling and dancing alongside them.
KISS knows how to entertain a crowd for a night with their theatrical shows -- but how about for a week? For more than 10 years, the glam metal band’s biggest fans have gathered for a cruise leaving from Miami for six days of concerts, contests and lots of facepaint. In past years, fans have been able to have a drum off with Eric Singer, play "Are You Smarter Than A Rock God?” against Gene Simmons and even get KISS-inspired tattoos on-site.
Mr. 305 ventures into international waters during his annual Pitbull After Dark Party, which first set sail in 2017. The cruise, which leaves from the artist’s hometown of Miami, features musical performances from Pitbull and other artists such as Flo Rida and Becky G. Besides partying with more than 2,000 Pitbull fans, you can also compete in a flip cup tournament, work out at a dance bootcamp, dress up for theme nights and hear a motivational talk from the Grammy-award winning artist himself.
For more than a decade, MSC Cruises has hosted its Baseball Greats theme cruise. The trip includes appearances from a roster of baseball legends and Hall of Famers, such as Ken Griffey, Juan Marichal and Stan Bahnsen. The players facilitate pitching, hitting, fielding and base-running clinics as well as interact with fans through a trivia game, a Q&A and storytelling sessions. If baseball isn’t your game of choice, there are plenty of other sports-themed cruise options, such as a NASCAR cruise, and trips for specific teams, such as Cowboys and Rangers fan cruises.
Superfans who prefer football to baseball have a couple of options when it comes to cruises. There’s the Pro Football Legends Cruise which features stars from a variety of teams. But for the truly devoted, there are cruises dedicated to specific teams. The Legends of Pittsburgh Cruise and the Packers Legends Cruise are for die-hard Steelers and Packers fans. Both cruises feature appearances by 25 current and former players from each team.
Many cruises employ well-known chefs to craft their menus or prepare extravagant meals on-board, but few pros manage to be acclaimed enough to headline their own cruise. Famed French chef Jacques Pepin has been able to reach that upper echelon behind his string of successful cookbooks and shows, including “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home” with Julia Child. Pepin’s annual Oceania cruise includes lectures, cooking demos and specially designed menus from Pepin and his famous chef friends.
Backstreet’s back! To capitalize on the wave of ‘90s boy band nostalgia, the Backstreet Boys have been riding the waves on their own fan cruise for the past few years. The four-day cruise’s itinerary includes daily concerts, games and events with thousands of fellow BSB megafans, including a guaranteed group photo with the dreamy fivesome.
If the Backstreet Boys aren’t your generation, what about one of the first boy bands to start the craze? The New Kids on the Block also host their own annual cruise. Besides concerts, Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnie and Danny play trivia games, boogie at the Blockheads ball and more with fans from around the world.
Kid Rock is known for his party reputation, and for years now, the Southern Rocker has attracted more than 2,000 fans to his annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise. The four-day Caribbean cruise is filled with daily and nightly concerts from Kid Rock and his crew as well as games and activities, some of which the musicians themselves participate in.
If you like to mix business and pleasure, perhaps a celebrity cruise about investing with Steve Forbes will entice you to set sail. Forbes, of the magazine fame, and fellow financial experts host an annual cruise with seminars, Q&As and speakers in between sessions of enjoying sun and surf. Forbes isn’t the only magazine to take its talent to the high seas. The New Yorker’s cartoonists make special appearances on Cunard cruises, while The New York Times hosts a seven-night cruise based on its crossword puzzles.
Former WWE and WCW wrestler Chris Jericho defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in one night, but he’s still adding new achievements to his resume. On top of being a rocker and “Dancing with the Stars” alum, Jericho is now hosting his first cruise. Chris Jericho’s Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea features an outdoor wrestling tournament, meet-and-greets with Jericho and his pro wrestler pals, and shows from Jericho’s favorite musicians and comedians. Jericho will even officiate the wedding of a couple on board.
Camping out for hours at Comic-Con isn’t the only way to meet the cast and crew of AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead.” The show’s stars, such as Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus, as well as writers, directors and makeup artists, join fans every year on Sixthman’s Walker Stalker Cruise. On top of panels and meet-and-greets with the stars, fans geek can geek out together with activities like zombie head soccer, costume contests, zombie makeovers and a “bloody” belly flop contest.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is taking her own custom tour to the Caribbean on a seven-day cruise. The Melissa Etheridge and Friends Rock the Boat cruise features nightly concerts from Etheridge as well as other strong female artists such as Sarah Maclaughlin, Crystal Bowersox and Sonia Lee. On top of performances, fans with have photo and autograph opportunities and attend talks and workshops from the musicians.
Best-selling food author and TV personality Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl, uses her own cruise as a crash course in cooking, fitness and weight loss combined with fun in the sun. HG fans gather to see panels and cooking demos, participate in workout classes and even take selfies with Lillien. Plus, nightly meals are made from Hungry Girl recipes, such as BBQ mango tilapia and tropical shrimp salad, so you can actually put all the tips you’re learning into practice ASAP.
Celebrity doctor Andrew Weil is a guru of holistic and alternative health, and Seabourn Cruise Line has pegged him to curate cruises centered on wellness. On the trips to locations like Alaska and Greece, Dr. Weil and other experts will lead discussions, events, excursions and workshops on topics such as nutrition, stress, healing and sleep.
Since 2012, fans of the reality show “Ghost Hunters” and its spinoffs “Ghost Hunters Academy” and “Ghost Hunters International” have organized cruises. Stars from the shows and other paranormal professions lead guests on excursions and conduct ghost hunts at haunted locations. Past trips have visited Ireland, the Caribbean, New England, the West Coast and Alaska.