8 Theme Cruises for 2012

Celeb Chef Cruises on various Holland America ships

Holland America Line has scheduled 60 celebrated chefs and wine experts to sail in 2012. Which sailing you choose might depend on whether y our tooth is savory or sweet. Fans of Bravo's "Top Chef" will be excited to see season seven winner Kevin Sbraga, while viewers of the PBS series "Check Please!" can see host Leslie Sbrocco. The Culinary Arts Center Program on Holland America allows guests to attend culinary demonstrations in a full show kitchen, tastings, question-and-answer sessions and hands-on classes. If the kids are coming along, many sailings offer a youth program that teaches kids and teens to cook.

See the full line-up here.

National Review Cruise on Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam

Political junkies -- especially those with a conservative viewpoint -- will delight in the opportunity to dish with the editors of National Review on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale Nov 11. There will be seminars, Q&A, cocktail parties, dining with editors and guest speakers and cognac and cigar gatherings. National review guests include Bob Costa, Jonah Goldberg, Mona Charen, James L. Buckley and more.

Find all the details here.

The New York Times Cruise on Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam

Times Journeys presents an opportunity to sail the Eastern Medditeranean Oct. 5– 17 aboard Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam with popular journalists from The New York Times. Speakers include Joe Nocera, Willima Payne, William C. Rhoden, Dan Schnur, A.O. Scott and Barbara Straunch. Ports of call include Venice, Athens, Isatanbul, Satorini and more. Seminar topics range from The State of the Economy to Gender and Sports to The West Wing Comes to Life and take place on at-sea days.

Find more details here.

Mark Twain Tribute Cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi

This week-long Mississippi River cruise round-trip from St. Louis on Sept. 15 is billed as a Mark Twain Tribute cruise, the highlight of the trip for fans being Day 3, spent in Hannibal, Mo., where "you can run your hand along Aunt Polly's fence, explore Injun Joe's Cave and get reacquainted with one of the world's most beloved authors." Shore excursions include a trolley tour that recalls Twain's adventures in Hannibal and a visit to Mark Twain's boyhood home, now a museum.

More details here.

Vampires at Sea on Holland America's Zuiderdam

If you know what the tag line "Whether You Are Team Glitter or team Goth, We Are All Team Vampire" means, you'll probably fit right in on this Alaska Vampire cruise sailing round-trip from Vancouver, B.C., June 23. Events include Q&A with "guests from the vampire world," a vampire ball, late-night (obviously) disco parties, scavenger hunts and more.

All the gory details here.

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