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5 Must-Experience Themed Cruises Sailing From South Florida

With warm weather, palm trees, and pristine beaches, Fort Lauderdale is a slice of paradise that hugs the Florida coastline. The sun-drenched shoreline invites you to plop under a beach umbrella with a front-row view of the Atlantic Ocean, and Las Olas Boulevard beckons for you to browse the boutiques and grab a bite to eat. While this beach town offers endless entertainment for water lovers and landlubbers alike, it also provides easy access to Port Everglades and PortMiami to the south.

We love discovering new ways to travel, so we've uncovered some of the best themed cruises that are setting sail from the local ports this year. These cruises offer all the usual onboard activities—karaoke, pool parties, casinos—with added perks, from panel discussions to epic performances. Get up close and personal with your favorite Broadway actors or learn the tricks of the trade from "MasterChef" contestants while aboard these cruises. 

Here are five themed cruises setting sail from South Florida this year: 

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Sailing with the Stars, PortMiami

Themed Cruises Sailing

If you could practically be an understudy on the “Wicked” set, or if you know the lyrics to every “Les Miserables” song, then the “Sailing with the Stars” Celebrity Cruise has your name written all over it. This Broadway-themed cruise’s entertainment is hosted by theater stars Lee Roy Reams, Eden Espinosa and Robert Cuccioli, who have starred in performances such as “The Producers,” “Rent” and “Jekyll & Hyde,” respectively. During the voyage, the celebrities host live interviews, competitions and performances. Don’t miss the nightly piano bar or the Celebrity Idol singing contest.  

Dates: Nov. 5-12, 2016

Approximate cost: $2,500-$2,800

Departure: Miami

Destinations: Cozumel, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Labadee, Haiti


Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise, PortMiami

Don your greenest garb and tap into the luck of the Irish on Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise. In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, top musicians are hitting the stage during this three-night, four-day cruise around the Bahamas. Jam out to your favorite bands, from Flogging Molly to Authority Zero, and drink up, because the booze is free! With whiskey tastings and DJ dance parties aboard the Norwegian Sky, you’ll feel like you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Dates: March 18-21, 2016    

Approximate cost: $900-$2,000        

Departure: Miami

Destinations: Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

MasterChef Cruise, Port Everglades

Themed Cruises Sailing

For those who religiously watch "MasterChef" and yearn to cook like the pros, bring your appetite to the high seas and set sail on the MasterChef Cruise. Your favorite chef contestants, such as Luca Manfé, Claudia Sandoval and Leslie Gilliams, will reveal their culinary secrets, compete in cook-offs and even star in a Mystery Box Challenge. During your rendezvous aboard Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam, discover how to master your own kitchen while cruising into paradise. 

Dates: Nov. 6-13, 2016     

Approximate cost: $5,500-$6,500    

Departure: Fort Lauderdale

Destinations: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 


KISS Kruise VI, PortMiami

Wanna rock ’n’ roll all night and party every day? You can on the KISS Kruise VI. KISS will rock the boat with a performance of their 1982 Creatures Tour and an unmasked show. The famous face-painted crew is joining a dozen other bands, who will bring down the house during the six-day jaunt on the Norwegian Pearl. Make sail, get your photo taken with the legendary band and prepare for some “crazy, crazy nights.” 

Dates: Nov. 4-9, 2016    

Approximate cost: $1,120-$4,850  

Departure: Miami

Destinations: Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman


Malt Shop Memories Cruise, Port Everglades

Get your sea legs aboard the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, which transports you back to days of rock ’n’ roll, hot rods and drive-ins. Famous stars, such as Dionne Warwick and Ronnie Spector, who shaped the sound of the '50s and '60s, will shine on stage and take you down memory lane. Catch performances by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Miracles and Elvis tribute artists, slip into a poodle skirt for the sock hop, and get dolled up for prom night. The flashback cruise on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam also hosts panel discussions, meet and greets, dance contests and more. 

Dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2016    

Approximate cost: $2,015-$5,720    

Departure: Fort Lauderdale

Destinations: Frederiksted, St.Croix; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic 


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