Those seeking to combine education and history with the relaxation and comfort of cruising should look no further than cultural and special interest cruises. Cultural cruises are not only enriching, but are also a perfect opportunity to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.
Cruise lines such as Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, and Cruise and Maritime invite experienced guest speakers who specialise in a variety of fields. Generally speaking, speakers fall into two categories: enrichment lecturers, who cover any topic ranging from history and archaeology to astronomy, and destination lecturers, who present on topics tailored to reflect the ship's itinerary.
You can immerse yourself with a broad spectrum of interests as special interest cruises, which range from gardening, arts and crafts, wine (or other alcoholic beverages), photography and antiques, are becoming increasingly popular. Perhaps you'd be interested in one-off themed cruises, such as ABBA or Elvis tributes (or other musical icons or genres), murder mystery themed cruises, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, opera themed cruises, Grand Prix cruises or World War I & World War II Battlefields.
Cultural and special interest cruising is not just limited to ocean cruises - a number of river cruises offer cultural immersion as part of their cruise itineraries.