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Food and wine cruising with P&O. Supplied picture

Cruisers can cook gourmet dishes, play golf, or swoon over Elvis impersonators on themed cruises in coming months.

The cruise ship Athena, which has its home port in Fremantle from November, has a four-night rock'n'roll themed cruising round trip from Fremantle to Albany and Bunbury from April 2. It includes daily gigs by the resident band as well as the Deadliners, plus music trivia quizzes and dance classes, with fares from $795 per person twin-share. classicintcruises.com

In a similar vein, Rhapsody of the Seas has a three-night Elvis tribute cruise round trip from Sydney on November 11 with a number of Elvis impersonators on board. The cruise costs from $860 per person for an inside cabin. cruising.com.au

Luxury expedition ship Orion offers guests a chance to play at top-rated golf courses including Royal Wellington during an eight-night New Zealand cruise departing Lyttleton on February 16. Diverse touring for non-golfers includes time to sip a crisp white at one of New Zealand's renowned wineries. Fares cost from $7825 per person twin-share. orionexpeditions.com

Botanica has an 11-day Gardens, History and Birdlife cruise of the British Isles from $7595 per person twin-share on the small luxury ship Island Sky that sails from Edinburgh on May 24 to London. Excursions in Zodiacs to out-of-the-way places are included. botanica.travel

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A cruise for wine enthusiasts to Sicily and southern Italy on MV Voyager sails
round trip from Salerno from July 7-14 next year. There will be wine experts on board and tours of wineries in Pantelleria, Licata, Castellammare del Golfo, and Salina in the Aeolian Islands, from $8500 per person. winetours.co.uk

On the home front, a three-night food and wine cruise on Pacific Jewel on November 9 this year includes cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and chocolate appreciation events, from $559 per person twin-share. pocruises.com.au

Silversea has culinary celebrity Maggie Beer on board Silver Shadow for lectures between Auckland and Fremantle in February next year. silversea.com

Singer-songwriter Glenn Shorrock, of Little River Band, performs on Helen Wong's 12-day tour of China's Yangtze River in October. The tour takes in Beijing and Shanghai before cruising the Three Gorges aboard Victoria Cruises' Jenna. It costs from $5400 per person twin-share, including flights from Sydney. helenwongstours.com