Theme Cruises for Families, Wine Lovers and Flirty Fun

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What could be better than pairing vacation with passion? Cruise lines make it easy for their guests to practice what they love in paradise when they offer theme cruises, and here you’ll find just the right cruises for families, wine lovers and flirty fun.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem has welcomed Nickelodeon on board, now offering guests the chance to cruise with SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora the Explorer, Diego, and a lot more character favorites.

Similar to the Norwegian Jewel and the Norwegian Epic, which also offer Nickelodeon experiences, the Norwegian Gem will now offer events such as Dora’s Dance PartyNick Jr. Story Time, Nickelodeon character meet-and-greets and Nickelodeon’s all-new Pajama Jam Character Breakfast.

The Norwegian Gem operates 7-day Bahamas and Florida itineraries out of New York City through April 21, and 7-day Alaska cruises from Seattle, WA, from May 19-Sept. 22. For more information, call (866) 234-7350 or visit ncl.com.

Or, let your clients touch up their knowledge of grapes and wines aboard Celebrity Cruises’ new Immersive Europe Wine Cruises itinerary featuring roundtrip sailings from Southampton, England.

Guests will sail aboard the Celebrity Constellation during this year’s fall harvest, visiting Porto, Portugal; Bordeaux and Paris in France; and Vigo and Bilbao in Spain. At each stop, they’ll have the opportunity to experience the region through wine tasting tours, grape harvesting experiences and educational opportunities, such as the chance to learn how Port wine is blended and aged.

Onboard immersion is achieved through Champagne brunches, Bordeaux samplings, port and food pairings and more. Immersive Europe Wine Cruises start at $899 pp dbl. For more information, call (800) 647-2251 or visit celebritycruises.com.

And in December, “cougars” will pounce on Tampa, FL, for Royal Caribbean’s 2012 International Cougar Cruise. Cougars—women who are attracted to younger men—and “cubs”—men who are attracted to older women—will travel Dec. 8-13 on this 5-night Western Caribbean cruise to Key West, FL, and Cozumel, Mexico, aboard the Jewel of the Seas, which features a full casino, duty-free shopping, rock climbing wall, basketball court, mini-golf course and a variety of clubs, bars and lounges.

Co-sponsored by The Society of Single Professionals and The Singles Travel Company, the Cougar Cruise will also have dancing and socializing every night within the group, coordinated singles get-togethers, and roommate matching for those who wish to avoid the single supplement. Cougar Cruise rates start at $448.47 pp dbl. For more information, visit cougarevents.com.