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Theme Cruises You May Not Believe 

Let’s call if the extreme of theme. That’s not the name of a new musical group or TV reality show, it’s just a way of identifying what’s coming up in the way of, ah, unusual cruises this winter.

Here’s a quick look at three upcoming theme cruises:

The Meow Meow Cruise

This one’s for cat lovers, but not cats. On the Carnival Paradise next April 21, passengers who are cat lovers (or cat lovers who are passengers) will gather to participate in feline-meow-meow-cruise2themed activities while cruising from Tampa to Cozumel, and back. Suggestions for activities are “You scratch mine and I’ll scratch yours” and “Isn’t a perfect place for a flea market?”

The Walking Dead Cruise

This three-night cruise from Miami to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Pearl in January is for zombies. Every family has theme. Yes, ours does, too. It appeals to fans of the hit TV series because they’ll have a chance to hang with Daryl and Carl and Beth and Sasha and Tyreese…and if those names aren’t familiar to you, welcome to the club. Their fans have lots of money — an inside cabin is $750, or $250 a night — and it’s sold out.

2016 Red Sox Fan Cruise

Also in January, this one on the Celebrity Reflection, although it’s a Caribbean cruise — also from Miami — that Boston baseball fans could be on this week, since they have nothing better to do during the baseball playoffs. Among the ex-players on the Reflection will be Luis Tiant and Jim Rice, although Dustin Pedroia and Big Papi would have been better, since they actually won with the Red Sox.

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• Carnival latest to name its new "air program" — Fly2Fun
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Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas
16 nights
November 19, 2015
Barcelona, Cadiz, Lisbon, Funchal, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
Inside: $697
Cost per day: $43
www.royalcaribbean.com

Walker Stalker Cruise For Zombies

Even though we’ve never once seen a minute of The Walking Dead on TV, we do have two immediate family members who drove 10 hours so they could run and climb and slip and slide and generally be zombies…or be attacked by them. So we do know a little bit about the world of zombies, which is what (or whom) a TWD theme cruise is designed to attract.

The cruise will be on the Norwegian Pearl for four days (and worse yet, nights) in January 2016. The trip from Miami to Nassau will be called the Walker Stalker Cruise and eight Walking Dead-The Walking Dead-AMCPhoto credit: The Walking Dead-AMC

members of The Walking Dead cast will be on board, including Norman Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Emily Kinney (Beth) and Soniqua Martin-Green (Sasha).

For all we knew they could be from The Walking Dead or The Grateful Dead, another zombie-themed phenomenon we managed to miss (escape). Coincidentally, The Grateful Dead put an end to a 50-year career last night at Soldier Field in Chicago, where the four living members played for the last time at the last place they played when there were five of them (Jerry Garcia died in 1995).

The other “Dead” is just getting started.

The TV show (and yes, the zombies in our family watch it religiously) is just getting started. Its next season will be number six, so by “Dead” standards some of them will still be doing this –  or something like it — in the year 2060. That might be cruising, a pastime in which cast members are getting an early start.

The Pearl is probably as good a name as possible for The Walking Dead cruise, given that cruise ships rarely have anything but upbeat names, for obvious reasons. Participants will Pearlhave a chance to be zombies in themed games, costume contests, concerts, doing make-up and as wannabes when meeting the show’s stars at panel discussions and photo-ops.

At what cost?

From January 15 to 18, inside rooms run $750 to $875 per person. Oceanviews are going for $875 to $1,000. Balconies $1,150 to $1,350. The same four-day cruise on the same ship in November has prices of $249 (inside), $379 (oceanview) and $469 (balcony).

We must ask our resident zombies to help us understand that…

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• Cruise lines evaluating risk day-to-day on cruises to Tunisia for 2015 and 2016
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Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas
7 nights
August 16, 2015
Fort Lauderdale (return): San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Kitts
Inside: $489
Cost per day: $69
www.royalcaribbean.com

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