Cruise Themes

ZZ Top and Marshall Tucker Band to headline Royal Caribbean rock cruise


Classic rockers ZZ Top, Foghat, George Thorogood and other classic rock stars are set to headline a Royal Caribbean cruise in December.

Liberty of the Seas will host the Rock Legends Cruise for a 4-night cruise leaving December 1.  The rockers are also joining in on this gig raise money for the Native American Heritage Association.

The full list of acts include

  • ZZ Top
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  • John Kay and Steppenwolf
  • The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Dickey Betts & Great Southern
  • Foghat
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Johnny Winter
  • The Edgar Winter Band
  • The Outlaws
  • Artimus Pyle
  • Blackfoot
  • Pat Travers
  • Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
  • SwampDaWamp
  • The Chris Hicks Band
  • Preacher Stone
  • Ryan Balthrop
  • Whiskey Myers
  • Crossfyre

The cruise will stop in Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.

If you're interested in booking, you can get more information on the Rock Legends Cruise site.

Two country music themed cruises in January 2012


If you're a country music fan, there are two Royal Caribbean cruises in January 2012 that could be perfect for you.

First up is "Country's Family Reunion and Larry's Country Diner Cruise" aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas that departs January 16, 21012.  This five-night cruise to the Western Caribbean will feature Country Music stars

  • Gene Watson,
  • Larry Gatlin
  • Moe Bandy
  • T. Graham Brown
  • Barbara Fairchild
  • Teea Goans

The cruise will also include activities such as

  • 4 live shows (2 CFR shows and 2 LCD shows)
  • An exclusive cocktail party to meet the stars
  • Opportunities for photos, autographs and signings
  • Country music workshop

Another country music cruise is setting sail on January 28, 2012 aboard Voyager of the Seas out of New Orleans. The "Opry Country Classic Cruise" will feature  country music stars such as

  • Jean Shepard
  • Jeannie Seely
  • Jan Howard
  • Mandy Barnett
  • T.G. Sheppard
  • Host: Ralph Emery

Some of the onboard activities are

  • private shows where the artists perform their own hits as well as country classics throughout the wee
  • country karaoke
  • mingle during an exclusive cocktail party
  • meet the artists you enjoy

Stars of Dancing with the Stars offer special Royal Caribbean cruise


If you're a fan of the hit reality TV show "Dancing with the Stars", then there's the perfect Royal Caribbean cruise for you.  Dancing With the Stars pros Chelsie Hightower, Tony Dovolani, and Elena Grinenko are inviting their fans to join them on a cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas.

The cruise takes place January 15-22, 2012 and departs Port Canaveral, Florida on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary.  

The cruise will feature

  • Exclusive master dance classes for all ability levels
  • Dance parties
  • Photo and autograph sessions
  • Private theme parties
  • Q&A sessions
  • Dining and socializing with fellow Dancing fans

In addition, one lucky cruise passenger will win a private one hour dance lesson with Tony and Chelsie.

If you're interested, you can learn more at

Beatles tribute cruise announced for 2012


Dates for the Beatles Tribute Cruise 2012 have been announced.  The cruise will be on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas February 4-11, 2012.

The cruise will feature Beatles tribute band, "Revolution" and the date of the cruise is no coincidence.  It's set to coincide with the 48th Anniversary of The Beatles first U.S. Television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964.

The cruise will also feature special guests

  • LJ Juber (Wings band member)
  • Mark Hudson (Producer for Ringo Starr)
  • Tony Bramwell (Author of Beatles books)
  • Tim Piper (John Lennon impressionist)
  • Joe Johnson (Emcee)

Cruise with NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace


Fans of NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace can join him on an upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas.

This special cruise will feature a series of invitation-only events, including

  • a private cocktail reception
  • exclusive question-and-answer event
  • photo and autograph session
  • racing-themed contests
  • other great activities

A variety of prizes and memorabilia, including complimentary race passes and authentic racing gear- autographed by Rusty Wallace-will be available.

Vicki Freed, senior vice president of Sales, Trade Support and Services, Royal Caribbean is excited for the cruise idea, "We are delighted to host the Rusty Wallace Cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas.  This is a great opportunity for race fans to meet and sail with one of the best-known personalities in NASCAR, while enjoying an outstanding vacation experience with like-minded race fans."

For more information visit or call 888-RUSTY-11

End of the World group visits Bermuda aboard Explorer of the Seas


Thirty members of an end of the world religious group spent the day in Bermuda urging locals to beg for forgiveness before the end of the world occurs.

The New York based group, traveling on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, believes the end of the world will occur on May 21, 2011.

Rock Legends cruise ready to go


If classic rock bands such as ZZ Top or George Thorogood are your thing, then there's a cruise perfect for you.  The "Rock Legends Cruise" is planning a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas that leaves on December 1, 2011.  Among the acts booked for the cruise...

  • John Kay & Steppenwolf
  • The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Dickey Betts & Great Southern
  • Foghat
  • George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Johnny Winter
  • The Outlaws
  • Blackfoot
  • Pat Travers and Swampdawamp
  • ZZ Top

The cruise will feature performances on four different on-board venues.

Beatles tribute cruise planned for Liberty of the Seas


For fans of the Beatles, there's the perfect cruise for you.  The "Beatles Tribute Cruise" is sailing from Miami, Florida on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. This Eastern Caribbean itinerary will feature 

  • Laurence Juber, a guitarist known for his work with Paul McCartney in the Wings band
  • Shannon - "The Worlds Greatest Beatles Artist"
  • Yesterday - A Beatles tribute band
  • Tony Perkins - TV and radio personality
  • Tony Bramwell - Super Beatles fan
  • Joe Johnson - host & creator of the nationally syndicated radio show "BeatleBrunch"

If you consider yourself a big Beatles fan and want to join this cruise, you can register for the cruise

"A Christmas Story" themed cruise ready to sail


We've had I Love Lucy themed cruises, heavy metal music cruises and now a cruise honoring a family favorite film, The Christmas Story.  You remember the film, right? It's the one that tells the story of Ralphie and his family's Christmas in Ohio where he tries desperately to get a Red Rider B.B. gun and double dog dares his friend to stick his tongue to a flag pole on a cold winter day.

If that movie really resonated with you, you can join the cast for a cruise during the holidays of 2011. Casting New Lives and Academy Travel present a 4 night western Caribbean cruise on board Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas with the cast members of the The Christmas Story, December, 15 - 19, 2011.

The cast of the film scheduled to be on the ship include

  • Scott Schwartz-Flick
  • Zack Ward- Scut Farkus
  • Yano Anaya- Grover Dill
  • Tedde Moore- Miss Shields

Cruise events include

  • Best Essay contest “What I want for Christmas”--Judged by “ Miss Shields”
  • Decode a “Secret Message” with Little Orphan Annie Decoder Pin
  • Mommy’s Little Piggy eating contest
  • Kids help Decorate the Christmas Tree
  • Special movie screening with the stars
  • Autograph sessions
  • An opportunity to get all your questions answered from the stars themselves
  • Memorabilia Christmas Story Store
  • Scavenger hunt on board the ship
  • Even a visit from Santa! 

If you happen to be one of the first 10 families to sign up, you will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed Leg Lamp! You can sign up here

Royal Caribbean announces Royal 5K in St. Maarten


Royal Caribbean announced its first ever "Royal 5K" running event to be held in St. Maarten on December 16, 2010.  This race will be open to those cruising aboard Allure of the Seas.

This special race coincides with a cruise itinerary dedicated to running enthusiasts that include vitality-themed activities, such as

  • Join fellow runners by exploring the different ports of call with group fun runs
  • Meet high profile racing athletes during private meet & greets
  • Attend seminars & lectures with high profile athletes
  • Receive personal training tips from experts
  • Test your speed with a chance to set a world record time at sea
  • Recognize everyone's accomplishments with an awards ceremony
  • Be entered for a chance to win prizes including a grand prize trip to ESPN Headquarters

The race package costs $50 for adults and $35 for children.  Guests may register onboard the ship or in advance at the Royal 5K site.  Participating guests will receive a commemorative race t-shirt, as well as exclusive access to a post-race reception on board.

Royal Caribbean is delighted to offer this very special Royal 5K run in St. Maarten to Allure of the Seas’ guests,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “As part of our commitment to provide guests healthier vacation options, we look for opportunities like these to enhance our Vitality programming onboard and drive awareness of a health-conscious lifestyle. Coupled with an unprecedented line-up of new entertainment aboard Allure of the Seas, guests on this sailing will have a wide spectrum of exciting and heart-pumping options for an amazing cruise vacation.”

While the Royal 5K will be offered exclusively as a shore excursion on Allure of the Seas, all guests aboard the sailing have the chance to set the first Royal Caribbean jogging track record. Guests are invited to sign up in advance for a time slot on Tuesday, December 14, to test their running speed. Certified with RFID timing technology, they can attempt to set the cruise line’s record for the fastest run at sea on Allure of the Seas’ 0.46-mile long jogging track, the longest at sea.
Royal 5K participants also will be able to attend onboard seminars and receptions featuring running talents including Bart Yasso, the chief running officer of Runner’s World magazine; Frank Shorter, an Olympic Marathon Gold and Silver Medalist; Sonja Friend-Uhl, a member of seven U.S. world teams, 2000 Olympic trials competitor in the 1500m, and currently ranked in the top 24 women in the U.S. for distances from the 5k to the Half-Marathon; and Sean Jefferson, an NCAA All American, 1600m National Champion and professional runner and tri-athlete.