The couples-only, clothing-optional cruise

By John Hutchinson

Couples will get the chance to enjoy 'sensual' alone time when boarding the Desire Cruise. File photo / iStock
Couples will get the chance to enjoy 'sensual' alone time when boarding the Desire Cruise. File photo / iStock

Things are about to heat up on the Azamara Quest when a couples-only, clothing-optional cruise sets sail.

Original Group, which specialises in adult hospitality and created Desire Resorts, is taking its adult-themed concept to sea with its first-ever Desire Cruise, aboard the newly-refurbished luxury liner.

The ship will set sail along the Adriatic Sea from September 26 to October 3, 2017, departing and culminating in Venice, Italy, and stopping in several ports in Croatia and Slovenia.

The Azamara Quest on the French Coast. Photo / Supplied
The Azamara Quest on the French Coast. Photo / Supplied

Passengers will be able to enjoy a luxurious programme with exclusive amenities including clothing-optional areas, private playrooms, adult-orientated entertainment, provocative theme nights, culinary experiences and sensual staterooms.

Rodrigo de la Peña, CEO of Original Group said: "We have carefully selected this amazing ship and this exotic route to enable us to provide our passengers the opportunity to live a high-end, sensual yet spicy experience in a luxurious and secure environment, where they will receive top quality service and visit paradisiac sites."

"We're thrilled to bring to the sea our more than 30 years of experience in creating the perfect sensual atmosphere for adults, and we have no doubt that the Desire Cruise experience will be life-changing for our passengers and will become the sensual way to get away," de la Peña added.

On board the Azamara Quest. Photo / Andrew Warner
On board the Azamara Quest. Photo / Andrew Warner

The Desire Collection is known for its provocative entertainment programme, designed especially for couples, with temperature-rising effects.

The programme includes spicy signature theme nights, couples workshops, pool parties and icebreakers.

On board the Azamara Quest. Photo / Andrew Warner
On board the Azamara Quest. Photo / Andrew Warner

The trip will also offer exclusive, designated spaces that stay true to the collection's concept, like clothing-optional pool areas and signature playrooms.

These popular hotspots are designed for guests to mix and mingle with other open-minded couples.

The Discoveries Lounge on the Azamara Quest cruise. Photo / Warren Buckland
The Discoveries Lounge on the Azamara Quest cruise. Photo / Warren Buckland

Desire Cruises offers a choice of six distinctive dining options, including room service.

Whether passengers enjoy haute cuisine or home cooking, the ship offers a variety of menu choices.

Themed cruises for every kind of holidaymaker

Naked cruising

Nancy Tiemann has run clothing-free holiday packages for 25 years with her company Bare Necessities and says cruising in particular has grown beyond belief.

She explained how she and her partner accidentally stumbled across the joy of nudist holidays in the Caribbean.

"We were definitely in a mind set about nudists and had preconceived notions, but thought what the heck!" she told MailOnline Travel.

"I realised I had a lot of hang-ups about body acceptance, but after I tried the beach I left all of this behind and realised that my body was perfect the way it is.

"It was a totally refreshing experience and it has helped me to learn to accept myself more.

"We set up the company to help like-minded people travel to incredible places, and now our biggest boats hold around 2,100 people at a time."

Zombie-themed cruise

For a zombie apocalypse experience at sea, look no further than this one-of-a-kind cruise.

Back for its second ever cruise in January 2017 after debuting in the same month this year, Walking Dead fans have the chance to take part in what sounds like a premise of a horror film itself: a zombie-themed voyage aboard the Norwegian Pearl.

The entire thing is the brainchild of, and will be hosted by, The Walker Stalkers, who organise sci-fi and horror fan conventions around the world each year.

Fans have the chance to vacation with some stars of the show, like Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, and Emily Kinney.

Makeup artists are also be on hand to help holidaymakers transform into a member of the undead and costume contests, question and answer panels and theme nights will also be scheduled.

The ship's standard luxury amenities will also be available to all travellers, including several pools, hot tubs, a rock-climbing wall and even a bowling alley.

The heavy metal cruise

This is the ultimate cruise for heavy metal fans where the boat really will rock.

Setting once again in February 2017, 7000tons of Metal take over the Independance of the Seas cruise ship for the biggest heavy metal cruise in the world.

The route will run from Miami to Haiti and back again.

The cruise sees rockers jam to live bands, bomb into pools, and simply soak up the Caribbean sunshine.

- Daily Mail

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