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Cruise with celebs: Six star-studded sailings you can book right now

Sail away with some still-kicking musical legends or celebrate your favourite TV and movie characters on a specially themed cruise

10 April 2022 - 00:00 By Elizabeth Sleith
Expect the Schitt's Creek cruise to be as camp as they come.
Expect the Schitt's Creek cruise to be as camp as they come.
Image: Darin Kamnetz

1. SCHITT'S CREEK

The stars of the hit series won't be on board, but this themed cruise, dubbed “Moira's Boat Party: Ew, Cruising!” promises plenty of Rose family-inspired experiences, including a sail-away party with wigs, Alexis's bar crawl, a Jazzagals drag show and cabaret karaoke

  • When: March 30 — April 3 2023.
  • Where: From Miami with stops in Key West and Nassau, Bahamas.
  • Book: moiraspartyboat.com  

2. GOLDEN GIRLS

Picture it: Miami 2023 ... the Celebrity Summit is throwing a party and inviting everyone they know. And if you know the tune, you may want to join in the fun of a Golden Girls-themed journey celebrating “the most iconic TV show of all time”. Drag act The Golden Gays will be on board and while other special guests have yet to be confirmed, previous cruises have featured Melinda McClanahan (Rue McClanahan’s sister) and screenwriter Stan Zimmerman. Special events include a kaftan dance party, quiz night and a Shady Pines-style field trip to the beach.

  • When: April 8 — 13 2023
  • Where: From Miami with stops in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico.
  • Book: goldenfansatsea.com 

3. PIXAR STARS 

From Darth Vader to Donald Duck, the Disney line's cruises are by definition full of characters. New for next year, the Disney Fantasy ship will host the first Pixar Days at Sea, which will include photo ops and a dance party with Pixar characters; breakfast with Toy Story's Sherriff Woody, Jesse and Bullseye; a theatrical performance based on Coco; and a new night-time spectacular featuring the Incredibles.

  • When: Select seven-night Disney Fantasy cruises from January to March 2023.
  • Where: Sailing the eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida. 
  • Book: disneycruise.disney.go.com/

4. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Kids of the '80s will surely find “the right stuff” on the Carnival Conquest when it sets sail with all original members of the NKOTB “boy band” — Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Jonathan and Danny — for the 11th time. With live shows, meet-and-greets and two full days on a private island. 

  • When: October 20 — 24 2022
  • Where: Miami to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
  • Book: nkotbcruise.com

WATCH | A promotional video for the NKOTB Cruise 2022.

5. KISS

The Kiss Kruise XI is the 11th time the iconic '70s rock band Kiss has headlined a cruise, and this year's trip on the Norwegian Jewel (they say) is the last time they will do it. Expect live shows, meet-and-greets, and activities with each of the band members. 

  • When: October 29 — November 3 2022
  • Where: Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico.
  • Book: thekisskruise.com. DEL FOR PRINT: The cruise is full but you can join a waiting list here

6. KOOL & THE GANG (AND THE GANG)

No-one blamed it on the sunshine on the Ultimate Disco Cruise in 2022.
No-one blamed it on the sunshine on the Ultimate Disco Cruise in 2022.
Image: Ultimate Disco Cruise

The Ultimate Disco Cruise has been sailing back to the good old days for a few years now, and guests next year can look forward to getting down on the Celebrity Summit with more than 40 live performances. Headliners include Kool & The Gang, Billy Ocean, Taylor Dayne and Sister Sledge and, of course, there will be dance contests and costume parties.

  • When: February 25 — March 2 2023
  • Where: Miami with stops in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. 
  • BOOK: ultimatediscocruise.com.

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