Imagine going on a two-night Bahamas cruise on Celebration Cruise Line from West Palm Beach with your friends, family and loved ones. You’re sitting on the deck soaking in the Caribbean sun. You’re sipping cocktails and feeling fully relaxed. You’re… running away from zombies?
Yes that’s right – the zombie revolution has hit the cruise line circuit. And it’s changing up the way vacationers think of their cruise ship fun.
For horror enthusiasts, zombies are the bread and butter of the Halloween season. George Romero’s line of zombie-themed movies sounds like music to their ears this time of year. Films like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead have continued to wow audiences for generations. Shows like The Walking Dead dominate viewership far beyond October 31.
The truth is that zombies are the big draw for hugely popular attractions including a Celebration Cruise Line vacation. This holds true for movies to TV shows, walk-up spectacles and more. People love getting scared by zombies – no matter where they’re at.
Taking Zombie Fun to the Sea
It’s clear that zombies aren’t going anywhere within contemporary culture. And the best part is that you can now find them in places you might not expect. That comes directly in the form of a zombie-themed cruise vacation.
We caught up with Glenn Ryerson, Celebration Cruise Line SVP-Sales & Marketing who recently noted, the Halloween season is even more exciting with this new program. “Celebration has 15 bone chilling sailings to the Bahamas in the month of October,” Ryerson continued, “So far thousands of people have taken Celebration’s Halloween Horror Cruises this October and have them to be a bone chilling and thrilling experience.”
Most people don’t think of Halloween time as an opportunity for taking a cruise. But as this attraction shows, vacationers can get into the spirit while relaxing and having a great time.
“This fall is one of the best times of the year to take a cruise,” said Ryerson, “The prices are the lowest of the year, the weather is perfect this year and availability is generally better than in the spring and summer months.
“The ship has pulled out all the stops to make these cruises enjoyable Halloween horror experiences this October, with only a handful of cruises remaining. . “The highlight horror attraction is a walk through the Deck of Death in the boughs of the ship which is usually off-limits to passengers,” Ryerson mentioned. “This experience is sure to get the adrenaline flowing as zombies try to get passenger attention in many horrific ways. Other horror cruise activities include Dining with the Dead, the Zombie Ball, Killer Cocktail Party and some surprises we don’t wish to reveal.”
The Zombie Revolution is Here to Stay
According to a recent post from Esquire, the continuing push for zombie-themed shows, movies and attractions isn’t an accident. In fact, it represents something far greater than the brain eaters. And that’s precisely why this stuff remains so amazingly popular.
Contributor Stephen Marche got to the bottom of this phenomenon in his post. As he discusses, “You probably know that zombies are popular right now. You might not know just how outrageously, staggeringly, mindblowingly popular they happen to be. Zombies are the undisputed king of all genres. Not only do they top bestseller lists and video games and the iPad, the undead dominate television, too. The Walking Dead attracts somewhere between three to four times the viewers of Mad Men on a typical night. And this week, World War Z arrives in theaters — the Brad Pitt adaptation of the bestselling novel. It will complete the zombie apocalypse. They are now, officially, everywhere.”
Part of this high degree of popularity comes through the pervasiveness of themes throughout the zombie genre. “I think one of the most amazing things about zombies as a cultural phenomenon is how they can manage to apply themselves across so many platforms and serve so many functions,” Marche continues. “The George A. Romero films — Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead in particular — were pointed and often hilarious satires of American life besides being scary movies. The Return of the Living Dead made zombies into a commentary on the rising tide of meaningless hedonism in the eighties.
These underlying themes in zombie culture showcase the broad appeal of this genre. For thrill seekers, it’s always great to find the next big scare. That’s what makes zombie culture so great. It’s so expansive that today you can find it just about anywhere.
Zombies, Zombies Everywhere – Even On Your Cruise
There’s no telling where zombies and zombie-themed fun could strike next in the world. It’s easy to see why the revolution is so popular. People love to be scared. And they love to have thought experiments wondering what the world would seem like in a zombie apocalypse.
But in the end, these thought experiments and fantasies rest in being a fun but temporary look into a different world. Events like zombie-themed cruises help showcase these thoughts while maintaining a safe and fun environment. A Celebration Cruise Line zombie extravaganza brings out the best in both fright and fun – all in one package.