From Tattoos to Celebrity Drag Queens: Themed Cruises Departing this Summer

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Both themed cruises will sail aboard The A.

From tattoos to celebrity drag queens, U by Uniworld is offering enhanced versions of its Germany’s Finest itinerary with two new themed cruises departing this summer. The new tailored itineraries, Tattoo on U and U in Drag, will set sail aboard The A on 8-day voyages from Frankfurt to Regensburg.

“We’re so excited to announce tattoo and drag queen themed cruises for our U guests,” said Ellen Bettridge, CEO and president of U, in press materials. “The themes coincide with everything our U brand stands for which is encouraging our guests to completely let go, be confidently themselves and meet new like-minded travelers along the way.”

Phi Phi O’Hara. (Photo Credit: Jose A Guzman Colon.)

Celebrity drag queens Jiggly Caliente, Darienne Lake and Phi Phi O’hara, as seen on the TV-show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” have teamed up with U to bring guests the July 6 U in Drag cruise. Along with several onboard performances throughout the sailing, the itinerary includes interactive activities co-hosted by the drag queens such as a karaoke night, drag makeup lessons, an exclusive bar crawl at one of the ship ports, and more.

For a week dedicated to all things ink, travelers can hop on the Aug. 17 Tattoo on U sailing with celebrity tattoo artists Steven Tefft, winner of season two of the show “Ink Master;” Reese Hilburn, seen on Spike TV’s show “Tattoo Nightmares Miami;” Bobby Moss and tattoo model Heather Moss; plus tattoo expert Paul Gambino. In addition to the opportunity to get inked by these celebrity artists throughout the cruise, the itinerary includes an onboard welcome party with the artists, a tattoo parlor crawl in one of the ports, contests to win a free tattoo from one of the artists onboard or $200 towards a favorite tattoo shop, brunch Q&As with topics including ‘Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask a Tattoo Artist’ and the ‘History and State of Modern Tattooing,’ plus more.

“It’s important for us to continue to innovate in ways that inspire our guests and provide them with experiences that they won’t find anywhere else,” Bettridge added also in press materials. “The launch of these two cruises is just the beginning for our themed concepts onboard U.”

U’s themed itineraries include open bar throughout the cruise, three daily meals, select shore excursions, complimentary WiFi, onboard local U hosts, and other activities such as mixology classes, silent discos, a local DJ, paint and wine classes, as well as rooftop yoga. Rates for the themed cruises start at $3,199 pp.

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