Friday, July 17, 2015

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By Rudie ObiasCan’t
get enough television from just watching it? Then try one of these TV-themed
cruises.
1.
Game of Thrones CruiseIn 2014, Holland America Line began offering shore
excursions to see the sights and filming locations of Game of Thrones on some
of its cruises.
The "Experience the Game of Thrones" tour of Belfast in Northern Ireland
features visits to Castle Ward Estate — the 17th-century castle that
stands in for Winterfell — and Audley’s Castle, the site of Robb
Stark’s military camp.
Guests are also treated to peeks at the actual costumes used on the hit HBO
TV show, and can take archery lessons and participate in other Game of
Thrones-themed events.
Related: How to Take the Ultimate ‘Game of Thrones’
Vacation 2.
Top Chef at Sea Fans of Bravo’s Top Chef can pretend they’re
on the show by booking a trip on Celebrity Cruises’ Top Chef at Sea,
which offers luxury seven-day voyages with the reality competition’s
most popular contestants and personalities.
Guests act as judges as the chefs compete in the kitchen and
in interactive Quickfire Challenges; they can also book private cooking
lessons and dinners with the show’s stars.

Related:  Find Your Niche: Themed Cruises with Something for Everyone
3.
Dark Shadows Festival at Sea Since 2013, Royal Caribbean Cruises has offered
a Dark Shadows Festival voyage.
The cruises start in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and head to Martinique —
where, on the show, Barnabas Collins met his
beloved Josette duPres and the evil witch Angelique —
then journey to the Virgin Islands on the company’s Jewel of the Seas
cruise ship.
The Dark Shadows cruise features costume parties, panels, and photo
opportunities with the cast, including Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans),
Lara Parker (Angelique), Jerry Lacy (Reverend Trask), Kathleen Cody (Hallie
Stokes), and Marie Wallace (Eve).
  4.
Cruise Trek For almost 20 years, Cruise Trek has combined the passion of Star
Trek and sci-fi conventions and the relaxation of an exotic luxury cruise in
one convenient package.
Cruise Trek started with a voyage around Mexico in 1992 and will explore the
Caribbean Islands in 2015.
Star Trek fans are treated to cocktail parties, panels, and special
meet-and-greets with actors and filmmakers, including Walter Koenig (Pavel
Chekov), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher), and George Takei (Hikaru Sulu), who
said of Cruise Trek, "Bravo! You make cruise organizing an art of the highest
order.
" 5.
Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Holland America Line offers Dancing
with the Stars: At Sea on all of its cruises.
Guests are offered complimentary dance classes with the ship’s
professional dancers and compete in the Dancing with the Stars: At Sea
contest.
Winners with the highest scores from each ship throughout the year compete
for the Mirrorball Trophy in a seven-day themed cruise with celebrity
guests, professional dancers, and co-hosts Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus,
pro dancers on ABC's hit reality show.

6.
Sailing with the Scotts: Ultimate Design Cruise Carnival Cruise Line hosts a
celebrity cruise devoted entirely to HGTV’s hit series Property
Brothers, a home remodeling and decorating reality show.
Fans have the opportunity to sail with the show’s hosts, Jonathan and
Drew Scott, on a four-day luxury voyage aboard the Carnival Ecstasy, as it
journeys to Key West and Cozumel from Miami.
Sailing with the Scotts also features themed trivia events and game nights,
decorating competitions, and panel discussions with special guests Jason
Cameron, Jillian Harris, and the Junk Gypsy Company.
 "It mainly came out of the demand from fans," host Jonathan Scott
told Cruise Critic.
"They love getting together with us and seeing us live.
It’s very fun — we spend half the time educating people and the
other half making fun of Drew, which everybody can get onboard with.
"  7.
Franklin’s Lost Expedition with Alex Trebek Adventure Canada
offers a 12-day Arctic cruise with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.
The cruise company’s Ocean Endeavour will take off
from Qausuittuq, Canada for Prince Leopold Island, Baffin Island, and the
east coast of Greenland via the Northwest Passage later this year.
You can join Alex Trebek as he retraces the route of Franklin’s Lost
Expedition of the Arctic with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.
 This isn’t the first cruise to feature Trebek as its guest of
honor.
The Jeopardy! host joined the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic for an
expedition in the Galapagos in 2009.
He was also a special guest on the TCM Turner Classic Movies Cruise aboard
the Disney Magic in 2013.
8.
TCM Classic Cruise TCM Classic Cruise combines TV and classic movies for
hardcore fans and cinephiles.
For the past three years, the cable network has put on a six-day voyage
aboard the Disney Magic with TCM personalities and hosts Robert Osborne and
Ben Mankiewicz.
The cruise is packed with special events, movie screenings, and
celebrity panels, which in the past have included Shirley Jones,
Richard Dreyfuss, Tab Hunter, Ann Blyth, Diane Baker, James Karen, Alex
Trebek, and Illeana Douglas.
Special guests Eddie Muller, a film noir expert, and Bruce Goldstein, a film
historian with The Film Forum in New York City, have also joined the TCM
Classic Cruise line up.
 
The Disney Magic cruise ship features large LED screens on deck that
make it possible to screen classic movies night and day, even in the bright
sunlight.
  9.
Ghost Hunters International Cruise Based on the popular SyFy reality TV
show, Norwegian Cruise Line hosts the Ghost Hunters International Cruise
aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Fans of the paranormal TV series are treated to a seven-day voyage with ghost
hunters Barry Fitzgerald and Karl Pfeiffer, and psychic medium Sarah Lemos.
Onboard events include lectures on paranormal activity, cocktail parties, and
guest panel discussions.
Even the shore excursions center around the paranormal, with trips to
allegedly haunted sites, such as McNabs Island in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and
the Lizzie Borden House in Massachusetts.
 
Related: Find Your Niche: Themed Cruises with Something for
Everyone 10.
Public Television at Sea Artful Travelers and Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer
an annual public television and radio-themed cruise with some of your favorite
personalities from PBS, NPR, and PRI.
The maiden voyage of Public Television at Sea in 2004 featured PBS’
Jim Lehrer, Ciao Italia’s Mary Ann Esposito, and Antiques
Roadshow’s Leigh and Leslie Keno.
These voyages are usually 12 to 19 days long, as Regent Seven Seas cruise
ships travel to multiple exotic locations around the world, such as New
Zealand, Dubai, and Tokyo.

11.
The Walking Dead Cruise
Sixthman Entertainment and Norwegian Cruise Line
will team up to bring fans of The Walking Dead a three-day voyage —
called the Walker Stalker Cruise — early next year.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl will leave the Port of Miami
for the Bahamas in January 2016.
While on board, zombie fans can participate in costume contests,
take zombie makeup lessons, and attend special panels,
Q&As, and autograph and photo sessions with the cast, including Norman
Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Emily Kinney (Beth), Sonequa
Martin-Green (Sasha), Chad L Coleman (Tyreese), Christian Serratos (Rosita),
Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
(Bob), and Ross Marquand (Aaron).
  
12.
Downton Abbey Cruise In 2014, Viking River Cruises began offering half-day
shore excursions to Highclere Castle, the filming location of Downton Abbey on
PBS.
Although Highclere is open to the public, guests on Viking
River’s Seine River cruises are given exclusive, behind-the-scenes
access to the 16th century castle.
(The shore excursion also includes a walking tour of the University of
Oxford.
) Viking River Cruises sponsors Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, which features
Downton Abbey as part of its programming.
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"  Can't get enough television from just watching it? Then try one of
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.
5.
Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Holland America Line offers Dancing
with the Stars: At Sea on all of its cruises.
Guests are offered complimentary dance classes with the ship’s
professional dancers and compete in the Dancing with the Stars: At Sea
contest.
Winners with the highest scores from each ship throughout the year compete
for the Mirrorball Trophy in a seven-day themed cruise with celebrity
guests, professional dancers, and co-hosts Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus,
pro dancers on ABC's hit reality show.

6.
Sailing with the Scotts: Ultimate Design Cruise Carnival Cruise Line hosts a
celebrity cruise devoted entirely to HGTV’s hit series Property
Brothers, a home remodeling and decorating reality show.
Fans have the opportunity to sail with the show’s hosts, Jonathan and
Drew Scott, on a four-day luxury voyage aboard the Carnival Ecstasy, as it
journeys to Key West and Cozumel from Miami.
Sailing with the Scotts also features themed trivia events and game nights,
decorating competitions, and panel discussions with special guests Jason
Cameron, Jillian Harris, and the Junk Gypsy Company.
 "It mainly came out of the demand from fans," host Jonathan Scott
told Cruise Critic.
"They love getting together with us and seeing us live.
It’s very fun — we spend half the time educating people and the
other half making fun of Drew, which everybody can get onboard with.
"  7.
Franklin’s Lost Expedition with Alex Trebek Adventure Canada
offers a 12-day Arctic cruise with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.
The cruise company’s Ocean Endeavour will take off
from Qausuittuq, Canada for Prince Leopold Island, Baffin Island, and the
east coast of Greenland via the Northwest Passage later this year.
You can join Alex Trebek as he retraces the route of Franklin’s Lost
Expedition of the Arctic with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.
 This isn’t the first cruise to feature Trebek as its guest of
honor.
The Jeopardy! host joined the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic for an
expedition in the Galapagos in 2009.
He was also a special guest on the TCM Turner Classic Movies Cruise aboard
the Disney Magic in 2013.
8.
TCM Classic Cruise TCM Classic Cruise combines TV and classic movies for
hardcore fans and cinephiles.
For the past three years, the cable network has put on a six-day voyage
aboard the Disney Magic with TCM personalities and hosts Robert Osborne and
Ben Mankiewicz.
The cruise is packed with special events, movie screenings, and
celebrity panels, which in the past have included Shirley Jones,
Richard Dreyfuss, Tab Hunter, Ann Blyth, Diane Baker, James Karen, Alex
Trebek, and Illeana Douglas.
Special guests Eddie Muller, a film noir expert, and Bruce Goldstein, a film
historian with The Film Forum in New York City, have also joined the TCM
Classic Cruise line up.
 
The Disney Magic cruise ship features large LED screens on deck that
make it possible to screen classic movies night and day, even in the bright
sunlight.
  9.
Ghost Hunters International Cruise Based on the popular SyFy reality TV
show, Norwegian Cruise Line hosts the Ghost Hunters International Cruise
aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Fans of the paranormal TV series are treated to a seven-day voyage with ghost
hunters Barry Fitzgerald and Karl Pfeiffer, and psychic medium Sarah Lemos.
Onboard events include lectures on paranormal activity, cocktail parties, and
guest panel discussions.
Even the shore excursions center around the paranormal, with trips to
allegedly haunted sites, such as McNabs Island in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and
the Lizzie Borden House in Massachusetts.
 
Related: Find Your Niche: Themed Cruises with Something for
Everyone 10.
Public Television at Sea Artful Travelers and Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer
an annual public television and radio-themed cruise with some of your favorite
personalities from PBS, NPR, and PRI.
The maiden voyage of Public Television at Sea in 2004 featured PBS’
Jim Lehrer, Ciao Italia’s Mary Ann Esposito, and Antiques
Roadshow’s Leigh and Leslie Keno.
These voyages are usually 12 to 19 days long, as Regent Seven Seas cruise
ships travel to multiple exotic locations around the world, such as New
Zealand, Dubai, and Tokyo.

11.
The Walking Dead Cruise
Sixthman Entertainment and Norwegian Cruise Line
will team up to bring fans of The Walking Dead a three-day voyage —
called the Walker Stalker Cruise — early next year.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl will leave the Port of Miami
for the Bahamas in January 2016.
While on board, zombie fans can participate in costume contests,
take zombie makeup lessons, and attend special panels,
Q&As, and autograph and photo sessions with the cast, including Norman
Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Emily Kinney (Beth), Sonequa
Martin-Green (Sasha), Chad L Coleman (Tyreese), Christian Serratos (Rosita),
Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.
(Bob), and Ross Marquand (Aaron).
  
12.
Downton Abbey Cruise In 2014, Viking River Cruises began offering half-day
shore excursions to Highclere Castle, the filming location of Downton Abbey on
PBS.
Although Highclere is open to the public, guests on Viking
River’s Seine River cruises are given exclusive, behind-the-scenes
access to the 16th century castle.
(The shore excursion also includes a walking tour of the University of
Oxford.
) Viking River Cruises sponsors Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, which features
Downton Abbey as part of its programming.
 More from Mental Floss:8 Unusual Places People Visit When Hoping to
Conceive20 Adult Camps for the Young At HeartProportional Map of the
World’s Largest Languages Let World traveling club Travel inspire you
every day.
Hang out with us onFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
" Can't get enough television from just watching it? Then try one of
these TV-themed cruises.

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