Best Intellectual Cruise from 10 Celebrity-Hosted Cruises to Book Now Slideshow

10 Celebrity-Hosted Cruises to Book Now Slideshow


Best Intellectual Cruise


Times Journey with The New York Times
Oct. 5- 17, 2012
Where: Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, and more
Prices: $1,799 to $6,099, but an additional $1,575 for the sessions with the writers.

What: The New York Times writers such as film critic A.O. Scott, op-ed columnist Joe Nocera, and sports columnist William C. Rhoden will host about four seminars each. 

Most Fitting Use of a Restaurant at Sea


Nobu Matsuhisa
When: May 24-June 5, 2012
Where: London, Bordeaux , Lisbon, Gibraltar, Monte Carlo, Florence, Porto Venere, and Rome
Prices: $3,955 to $24,930 for double occupancy

The chef known for high-end Japanese fusion (and a killer miso black cod) will make nightly appearances and mingle with guests at his onboard restaurants, as well as host a hands-on cooking class, perform a cooking demonstration, autograph his cookbooks, pose for photos, and even cook an "omakase" dinner with sake and sake champagne pairings. The omakase dinner costs extra, naturally.

Most Romantic

Flickr/Mikhail Teguh Pribadi

Kenny G
When: May 17-24, 2013
Where: Vancouver; Juneau, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska
Prices: $1,999 to $7,299 (The penthouse has sold!)

Regular cruise passengers get special performances by Kenny G, autographs, photo ops, a limited-edition CD (one per cabin), and a chance to mingle with Kenny G at his Champagne Reception. Additional special events for suite passengers include dinner reservations with Kenny G serenading diners, a photo op at the dinner event, and an autographed photo.

Most Dependable

Courtesy of Food Network

Food Network at Sea
Oct. 22-Nov. 2, 2011
Where: Rome, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Lisbon, New York
Prices: Started at $1,897

Worst Cooks in America host Anne Burrell led two culinary demonstrations, and the Food Network chefs taught hands-on cooking classes. There were also some "by-invitation-only" Food Network events. They're dabbling in on-land adventures at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled for 2012 cruise dates.

Most Obvious Choice for Clubbing in Bermuda

Luxury Cruises and Tours

New Jersey Shore Party Cruise with Deena Nicole
When: Sept. 16-23, 2012
Where: New Jersey; King’s Wharf, Bermuda
Prices: $1,200 to $1,855 for double occupancy

The Jersey Shore star will pose for photos, host a happy hour, play outdoor games (huh?), show up at a dinner, and either teach or host dance lessons. Also, for an additional charge, you can go clubbing with Deena in Bermuda.

Most Expensive

Oceania Cruises

Jacques Pépin
When: May 12–22, 2012
Where: Spain, France, Italy
Prices: $8,598 to $30,998 brochure prices

As the culinary director for Oceania Cruises, Pépin is reportedly "holding court" in his namesake restaurant onboard. He will also be leading Q&A sessions and cooking demos, and signing books.

Best Case of 'Oh That’s What She’s Doing Now'

Luxury Cruises and Tours

Kate Gosselin Cruise
Aug. 12-19, 2012
Where: Florida, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico
Prices: $1,900 to $3,175, double occupancy

The star of Kate Plus 8 will be hosting a brunch, barbecue, family games, Q&A session, book signing, craft session, and a shore excursion. Plus, every family gets a photo.

Most Butter-Filled

Luxury Cruises and Tours

Paula Deen Party at Sea
When: Jan. 21-28, 2012 (expect another one next year)
Where: Florida, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Prices: $1,578 to $5,178, double occupancy

The celebrity chef hosted a private welcome party, gave out personal gifts, posed for family photos, put on cooking and barbecue demos, had a Q&A session, and played some games, among other family-friendly activities.

Least Amount of Swag


Love Letter Cruise with R. Kelly
Oct. 1-6, 2012
Where: Miami, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau
Prices: $899 to $4,999 for double occupancy

The R&B artist will host a VIP reception and meet and greet with select guests in upper-end cabins. He'll also perform twice for the all guests (although only one show is guaranteed per guest).

Most Vague

Oceania Cruises

Bon Appétit Wine and Food Festival
Oct. 14-24, 2012 or Oct. 22-Nov. 1, 2012
Where: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Monaco; Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey
Prices: With a special promotion, $3,204 to $14,404; $3,234 to $14,434

The magazine has called in "culinary stars and wine experts or editors for a palate-pleasing voyage." The Bon Appétit Culinary Center also offers onboard classes, with excursions to local markets, and more.