Ahoy, party animals! If you’ve had your fill of rocking on solid ground, why not move your party offshore? Pack a glamorous wardrobe, leave your hair tousled and keep your spirits afloat. LIVEINSTYLE.COM presents a calendar of the hottest cruises across the globe to get your holiday mojo rocking all year...
Shake your booty in the Bahamas in March 2016
Combine a groovy vintage theme with the party vibe of Miami, add some sea foam for good measure, and you’ve got yourself a dream vacation. A Carnival cruise (www.carnival.com) takes you on a spin of the Caribbean coast — Nassau, Cozumel, Grand Cayman or Montego Bay — with a musical treat. Grammy Award-winning KC and The Sunshine Band will join you on your journey. These Florida gods of funk, R&B and disco will put you in an appropriately party state of mind. Expect meet-and-greets with band members on the deck and jamming over dinner with your air guitar and head banging groupies. ‘That’s the Way,’ aha aha, you’re going to like it!
Hail the emperor in France from April through October 2016
A rarefied connoisseur’s choice, this one calls for an intimate celebration with family or friends. Belmond’s twelve-passenger ‘barge’ — Napoleon — is truly the emperor of the waters; togged out with heated swimming pools, sitting rooms furnished with period furniture, cabins with canopied beds and modern amenities like Wi-Fi. It plies on the picture-perfect waterways of the Canal du Midi, stopping at such classic French towns as Dijon, Lyon, Avignon and as far south as Carcassonne. While not living la grande vie, the itinerary includes wine tasting at some of the world’s best wineries in Burgundy and Languedoc, and on-board wine classes as well as dinners with the region’s foremost wine experts.
Hop from one Greek island to another in May 2016
This one is a slam dunk for the sensualist! Imagine you and your companion watching the sun set behind stone windmills, exploring sandy beaches and pub-crawling from one island to the next, while stuffing yourselves silly on Moussaka, guzzling ouzo by the litre and smashing a few plates at the end of every fabulous night. The Greek Island Hopper cruise (www.busabout.com) will take you from ancient Delos to delightful Mykonos, sepia-tinted Oia and sun-soaked Santorini, with Antiparos boat rides, scuba diving, swimming and barbeque lunches thrown in between excursions. The only catch is that this floating Greek utopia isn’t a traditional cruise — it is more of a hop-on-hop-off journey where the road meets the sea.
Rock the Pacific in early-November 2016
Book yourself a luxurious cabin to enjoy the world’s second largest EDM cruise festival, aboard The Ship (www.itstheship.com) for a 4-day 3-night extravaganza from Marina Bay in Singapore, across the Strait of Malacca, to the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ — Penang; before returning to Singapore. Feel like a ‘burra saheb’ with the extravagant ‘Mariner of the Seas’ experience, that curates a power-packed itinerary. You can rock-climb overlooking the sea, go for a round of mini gold or try ice skating, if you wouldn’t rather relax with Yoga or Tai Chi by the pool and get a massage at the on-board spa. Dress up later for a Broadway show, before ringing in a swinging night at Boleros, the Latin-themed lounge, or at the Vegas-styled Casino Royale.
Have a reggae blast in mid-November 2016
A 5-night Jamaican boat trip is just what the cool kids ordered for holiday season. The Jamrock Reggae Cruise (www.welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com) aboard the appropriately titled ‘Independence of the Sea’ is a chance to experience top-tier reggae stars — including Damian ‘JR Gong’ Marley, Steel Pulse, J Boog, Bounty Killer, Vegas and Half Pint — while also lounging in hot tubs and swimming in plush pools! From Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, there’s an eco-system of rainforest, rivers and waterfalls to accompany the stupendous music.
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