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Disney and heavy metal are two of Brits’ favourite themed cruise holidays

by Staff

Disney and heavy metal music are not a combination you’d particularly expect, but they now have a common link; they’ve both been named amongst Brits’ favourite themed cruises.

A new study has unearthed the fun and sometimes bizarre sailings that have captured UK holidaymakers’ attention over the last year. It’s not surprising to see that Disney took the top spot in the rankings, with its Disney Cruise Line branch remaining a firm favourite with families (although you don’t need kids to enjoy a Disney cruise).

With thrilling water rides, sun-soaked destinations including a new private island retreat and plenty of character interactions, Disney cruises could be set to be just as popular in the coming months too.

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One exciting new venture for the brand this year will be the launch of new ship Disney Treasure., set to sail on her maiden voyage in December.

Disney Cruise Line is launching a new ship this year with a Coco inspired immersive dining experience(Image: Disney Cruise Line)

Some of the highlights will include a Coco-inspired immersive dining experience, a Zootopia sweet shop, a Star Wars themed kids’ club, a submarine pub in tribute to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and an epic waterslide adventure where families join Mickey and Minnie in Ancient Egypt as they’re propelled in two-person rafts through 760ft of winding tubes. You can find out more about Disney cruises on

But it wasn’t just Disney that impressed in the study from travel insurance firm PayingTooMuch. The second most popular sailings were singles cruises – although it’s not entirely clear if this is based on solo travellers, or people who might be looking for love. If it’s the latter, then an adults-only cruise might just do the trick according to one traveller who discovered that some sexy rumours about cruise holidays are true.

For those searching for more innocent solo travels, there are plenty of cruise lines which cater to single travellers such as P&O Cruises, TUI’s Marella Cruises, Saga and Fred. Olsen.

Meanwhile music-inspired cruises were also on the cards with blues, heavy metal and jazz also making the cut in Brits’ top 10 choices. There are heaps of themed sailings out there but one that tends to be popular with metal fans is Monsters of Rock, which is due to sail in March 2024 with a line-up spanning Joe Satriani and The Darkness.

  1. Disney
  2. Singles
  3. Blues
  4. Impractical Jokers
  5. Star Wars
  6. Christmas markets
  7. Heavy metal
  8. Christian
  9. Jazz
  10. Star Trek

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If you’ve never booked a cruise before, there are plenty of myths out there about just what to expect – but Gordon Nardini, Head of Innovation at Ambassador Cruise Line, has debunked some of the biggest ones.

The top concern for most people is often risking having a holiday ruined by seasickness, but Gordon counters this by highlighting that “cruise ships are specially designed to reduce the motion of the waves on board”.

He adds: He adds: “After a day or two, the majority of cruisers find their sea legs. Bodies are intelligent and extremely adaptable meaning they keep us feeling happy and ready-to-holiday when at sea. And, if worse comes to worse, all cruise ships should have a supply of seasickness remedies onboard…”

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