CALIFORNIA BEER FESTIVAL Head out to sea on May 6 for a nine-night coastal voyage from Ensenada, Mexico, to Seattle aboard the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice. Hosted by Lagunitas Brewing Co. and a California brew master to be announced, the cruise features craft beer, live music, meet-the-brewer and home-brewing lessons, four-course craft beer and food pairing luncheon, and more. Optional brewery tours iSan Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, Ore., and Victoria, B.C. Rates from $999. 800-544-2469, www.cruisespecialists.com/cruise-package-detail.aspx?packageId=2187
NKOTB CRUISE 2013 Step aboard Carnival Victory and enjoy a music cruise with Boston’s own famed ’80’s boy band New Kids on the Block. Offered by Rose Tours, the voyage sails round trip from Miami to Half Moon Cay and Nassau, May 18-22. Rates from $899. Price includes all NKOTB events, cocktail party, meals, snacks, and complimentary room service. This cruise does not accept passengers under the age of 16. 888-491-7673, nkotbcruise.rosetours.com
BLUE HAWAII, AN ELVIS TRIBUTE Celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley on a seven-night steamboat cruise on the Mississippi, May 19-26. Start rocking with a complimentary tour of Graceland in Memphis before boarding the grand American Queen, said to be the largest steamboat ever built. Rooms and accommodations are decorated in Victorian-era opulence with modern amenities. Between historic ports of call, including Vicksburg, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La., Elvis is commemorated onboard through stories and music. The voyage ends in New Orleans. Rates from $2,495 double occupancy. Includes complimentary one-night hotel stay in embarkation city. 888-749-5280, www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/theme/blue-hawaii-elvis-tribute/
ALASKAN PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE Grab your camera and board this seven-night cruise to Alaska hosted by photographers Dennis Hammon and Cheri MacCallum. In addition to enjoying all the usual dining and activities onboard the Celebrity Solstice, guests participate in exclusive photo workshops and two locally guided photo excursions to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and to the town of Haines and Chilkoot Lake. Offered exclusively by Dancing Moon Travel, the package also includes a scavenger hunt, bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more. Round trip from Seattle, departs June 28. Rates from $2,484 per person. Non-photographer companion rates available. 404-913-4386, http://Alaska.TheCruiseEvent.com
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN BRIGHT HORIZONS Relax your body as you expand your mind on an educational voyage arranged by Insight Cruises. Pairing content with media partners such as the Scientific American and The New York Times, these seven- to 10-day cruises offer lectures by leading authorities. On the Bright Horizons cruise to the Norwegian fiords on the Celebrity Infinity, July 5-15, lecture topics include Ships and Ship Building in the Viking Age, The Physics of Impossible Things, The Biology of Memory, and The Elusive Neutrino. Rates from $2,169 plus conference fee of $1,575 that includes all twenty 60- to 75-minute seminars. Educational trips to Southeast Asia, Patagonia, Rhone River, and more also available. 650-787-5665, www.insightcruises.com
VIRGIN ISLES NEW YEAR’S EVE Celebrate New Year’s Eve sailing though the Caribbean aboard Windstar’s casually elegant and intimate Wind Surf, a ship that carries just over 300 guests. San Francisco-based Olivia, a leader in lesbian travel celebrating its 40th anniversary, is sponsoring this weeklong “Ultimate Escape” setting sail from the Dutch side of St. Maarten, Dec. 28-Jan. 4. Ports of call include Antigua, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and more. Includes a New Year’s Eve party, evening entertainment, fine dining, and opportunities to snorkel, scuba, shop, or simply relax on burnished teak decks and pristine beaches. “Early Bird Booking Discount” expires July 1. Rates from $3,998, solo passenger (shared cabin). 800-631-6277, www.olivia.com
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