Seattle, Wash., Mar. 4, 2013 — Professional dancers Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer and celebrities singer Joey Fatone and actress Sabrina Bryan headlined the first-ever “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruise aboard ms Eurodam while sailing in the eastern Caribbean. Debuting on February 20, Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” stage performance showcased the celebrities and famed dance professionals in a dazzling production in the ship’s main lounge. Other activities during the cruise featured a fashion show of dance costumes, photograph and autograph sessions, a Q&A with the group in the show lounge and special dance instructions by the shipboard dancers.
Five more exclusive theme cruises in 2013 and early 2014 are part of the line’s recently announced “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” on-board experience that also features an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars” program on all ships in the fleet, including dance lessons and an opportunity to dance center stage in a live dance-off performance. Whether you like to Tango, Quickstep, Paso Doble or sit back and watch the sizzling performances, the new program offers cruise guests an entirely unique experience and the chance to meet some of the stars from the hit ABC show on select cruises. These activities showcase the ships’ professional dancers and were developed in collaboration with the television show’s dancers and choreographers.
Recently added to the line-up of upcoming performers is Olympic champion and “Dancing with the Stars” season eight winner Shawn Johnson. She will perform on ms Veendam’s June 22 voyage and ms Oosterdam’s June 30 and July 7 cruises. Johnson won season eight of “Dancing with the Stars” with professional partner Mark Ballas, who will be sailing with her on the June 22 departure. Dance professional Chelsie Hightower is also scheduled to sail June 22, 2013, on ms Veendam’s seven-day Canada and New England voyage with Johnson and Ballas.
Dance professionals Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus are scheduled to sail with Shawn Johnson on ms Oosterdam’s June 30 and July 7 seven-day Alaska cruises along with celebrity Carson Kressley.
In 2014, the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises are on-board ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Seven-day voyages include an Eastern Caribbean cruise on January 5 and a Western Caribbean cruise on January 12. Celebrities are to be announced.
For more information about Holland America Line’s cruises and CruiseTours, consult a professional travel seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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