Barely a year ago, the great and the good of the cruise industry were gathered on the quayside in Barcelona to watch celebrity chef Cat Cora smash the bottle over the hull of Oceania Cruises‘ shiny new ship, Riviera.
Cat Cora was the perfect godmother. Glamorous, talented, high-profile in the USA, philanthropic, as a spokesperson for UNICEF, and associated with food, a core element of Oceania’s offering.
But fast forward 12 months and Cat has been unfaithful.
No, we haven’t got a sneak preview of the hull art of the next Norwegian Cruise Line ship – this is the Duke of Lancaster, a retired cruise ship which sits in the Dee Estuary in Flintshire, North Wales.
It’s provided the perfect canvas for one of the largest outdoor art galleries in Britain. A group of established urban graffiti artists who go by the name of Cream Soda Crew, are using the 14m high by 18m wide vessel to display their work.
From the moment Norwegian Cruise Line first began talking about Norwegian Breakaway, the company made it very clear, this was not just going to be a ship based in New York City, it was going to be a New York City ship. With Broadway shows and hot dog stands, Norwegian President and CEO Kevin Sheehan, a proud New Yorker, proclaimed being on Breakaway would be like taking a piece of New York City with you when you sailed.
Before actually setting foot onboard the ship, I was a bit skeptical. I liked the idea of designing a ship around New York City, as I can entirely relate to NYC as center of the universe. But as a dubious ex-New Yorker, a pop art hull design and the Rockettes as Godmother do not a New York City ship make.
Is there something in your life — a sport, a hobby or other pursuit — that interests you enough that you’d build your whole vacation around it? Maybe you’re obsessed with a boy band from the 1990′s, or you love to knit. Maybe you want to discuss politics or listen to lectures about astronomy — or maybe you want to get involved in live action Cluedo-style faux murder mystery investigation. Whatever it is, there’s probably a theme cruise for it.
So, tick the box for the theme cruise that most matches your interests — or tell us the specific theme you’re after by writing in your own answer.