‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Continues for 2015-2016 Cruise Season

‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Continues for 2015-2016 Cruise Season

Exciting news! Holland America Line will continue the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program in 2015/2016 due to its overwhelming popularity and success. For the third year, the collaboration brings the excitement of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” to all of the premium ships in the Holland America Line fleet. The program will culminate with the annual Champions Cruise competition on ms Nieuw Amsterdam’s Jan. 10, 2016, western Caribbean voyage.

The 2015 schedule will continue to feature “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” programming on all sailings in addition to six special “Dancing with the Stars” theme cruises highlighting the show’s professional dancers and celebrities. In 2013 and 2014 select theme cruises featured professional dancers Tristan MacManus, Kym Johnson, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater, Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, along with television personality Carson Kressley, singer Joey Fatone, actress Sabrina Bryan and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.

“On every cruise throughout the year our ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ lessons are a huge draw and the competition to dance for the Champions Cruise is intense, which tells us we have a very successful and engaging program,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president, sales, marketing and guest programs. “Dancing always has been a feature activity on our ships, and the partnership with ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has enabled us to provide guests with a very special and exclusive experience.”

"Dancing with the Stars" cast members have a great time on every theme cruise. In addition to performing, they also participate in a Q&A.

“Dancing with the Stars” cast members have a great time on every theme cruise. In addition to performing, they also participate in a Q&A session with guests.

Sail with Dance Pros and Celebrities from the ABC Show on Theme Cruises
The six “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises in 2015/16 are:

Jan. 3, 2015: Seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise aboard ms Westerdam that sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Jan. 10, 2015: Seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise aboard ms Westerdam that sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
June 6, 2015: Seven-day Bermuda cruise aboard ms Veendam that sails roundtrip from Boston, Mass.
June 13, 2015: Seven-day Canada/New England cruise aboard ms Veendam that sails from Boston, Mass, to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Jan. 3, 2016: Seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam that sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
• Champions Cruise: Jan. 10, 2016: Seven-day western Caribbean cruise aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam that sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Each theme cruise features lively guest performances from the professional dancers and celebrities who dazzle the audience with routines from the television show and exciting new choreographed dances. Additional events on theme cruises include dance lessons with the ship’s professional dancers, a special fashion show featuring glamorous show costumes and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them. Celebrities and professional dancers for 2015 will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Dance Competition for Guests
Beginning with cruises that depart on or after Sept. 21, 2014, and continuing with sailings departing through Nov. 24, 2015, every sailing on all 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet will feature exclusive “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” programming. Included are complimentary dance lessons with the ship’s dance pros and a dance competition that gives guests an opportunity to compete for a chance to represent their ship on the Champions Cruise. The range of eligible dance competition cruises vary slightly by ship based on actual departure dates; specific eligibility schedules and complete rules for the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” dance competition are posted at www.hollandamerica.com.

Following preliminary rounds on each cruise finalists are paired with a Holland America Line dance professional to perform center stage in the ship’s main show lounge. A judging panel — ship officers, shipboard professional dancers and other cruise staff — will score participants’ performances and combine those scores with audience appreciation scores for a total tally to determine the winning guest. Judges onboard the theme cruises may also include some of the “Dancing with the Stars” dance pros or celebrities.

Allyse Ishino, the first Champion, accepts the Mirror Ball trophy following her win.

Allyse Ishino, the first Champion, accepts the Mirror Ball trophy following her win.

Winners of the guest competitions with the highest scores from each of Holland America Line’s ships will win a free ocean-view stateroom for two on the Champions Cruise to compete for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy and title of Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion. There will be one winner from each ship on the Champions Cruise sailing aboard Nieuw Amsterdam Jan. 10, 2016.

Two New Dance Pros Added to Holland America Line’s Remaining 2014 ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Theme Cruises
Before the 2015 season kicks off, there’s still time to sail on a 2014 theme cruise with dance pros and celebrities from the show. In fact, Holland America Line has added the talents of professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev to the remaining two 2014 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises. Both currently performing on the ABC hit show “Dancing with the Stars,” Burgess and Chigvintsev will join ms Westerdam for the theme cruise departing Nov. 29 and the Champions Cruise that sets sail Dec. 6. Both cruises sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean.

Burgess and Chigvintsev will be joined onboard the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” cruises by dance professional and Mirrorball Trophy winner Kym Johnson, and celebrities Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan.

Artem Chigvintsev, left photo, and Sharna Burgess, far right, join the cast of "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" pros.

Artem Chigvintsev, left photo, and Sharna Burgess, far right, join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” pros. Right photo courtesy of Jason Leppert, www.popularcruising.com.

About Burgess and Chigvintsev
Sharna Burgess has been a dance pro on “Dancing with the Stars” since 2011, performing this season with author and late-night television talk show host Tavis Smiley, and previously with Olympic gold medalist Charlie White, football-great-turned-ESPN personality Keyshawn Johnson and funnyman Andy Dick. She’s also toured with dance shows “Burn the Floor” and “Strictly Ballroom” as well as appeared on “Dancing with the Stars Australia” and “So You Think You Can Dance Holland.” Burgess was a choreographer on the film “Street Dance 2 – 3D.”

Dancing as a pro for first time on the current season of “Dancing with the Stars” with actress Lea Thompson, Artem Chigvintsev was a troupe member on the show last season and won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy during his first season on the U.K. version of the smash hit called “Strictly Come Dancing.” He also was a finalist on the FOX television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Will you be booking a “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruise in 2015 or participating in the onboard dance competition? Tell us your plans below!

All photos courtesy of Holland America Line/RobComeau.com.


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  1. Clive Peterson October 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    well want to win a cruise, but careless about dancing with and hope its not on my up coming HAL cruise!

  2. Aftab Hussain October 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I would like to dance on the cruise ship

  3. Bonita Rainey October 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Would like to win this trip. I have been sick for a long time, needed a kidney. I got my transplant 2 years ago May 25. I have not been able to go very far from home. Kidney is working great and can now am free to go.

  4. Carol Johnson October 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    would love to sail with Dancing with the stars!!!! So excites!

  5. Carol Coraci October 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Hope I can dance with the stars.

  6. Astrid Simola October 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    PICK ME.

  7. D. Gunnlaugson October 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    love to win a free cruise with dancing with the Stars.

  8. Linda Lopez October 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Would so love to win. Dance with the Stars is our favorite show !

  9. Kathleen L Widor October 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Love cruising and dancing with the the stars.A perfect combination for fun and enjoyment!

  10. Kathleen L Widor October 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Perfect combination of fun and excitement.

  11. Lily Wilson October 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I wouldn’t be participating as I do not seem to have much in the way of rhythm. Would love to win the cruise and watch the competition.

  12. eileen October 27, 2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Would like to enter Contest.

  13. Ruby Boggs October 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Love the show. Love cruising. I need this cruise.

  14. Barbara Tate October 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Love cruising with HOL and watching Dancing with the Stars!!!!!!!!

  15. Diane Philips October 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Love DWTS and Holland America.My husband and I enjoyed the Alaska Cruise.

  16. Tita Florentino October 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Would likecto explore and experience

  17. Joe Greene October 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    We, love HAL!

  18. Markae Rupp October 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Have always wanted to go on a cruise, and can’t think of a better “virgin cruise” than one with “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea”! I LOVE dancing, especially ballroom dancing, although I’ve never had the right teacher!

  19. Pam Lafrenz October 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I would love to win a cruise and dance

  20. Florence Hession October 27, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I would love to be booking a cruise with Holland America especially with Dancing with the Stars on the Ship. Unless something changes a lot I will not be able to afford to go on a cruise. Have been on Holland America a couple of times or so and find them to be very fine ships in all ways. Cleanliness , food, staff.

  21. susan Cannon October 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    I would love love love this cruise. What more can I say!!

  22. Stephen Clark October 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Love cruising with a Holland America!

  23. Cora Bucklin October 27, 2014 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I will join Dancing with the Cruise.

  24. Audrey Reed October 28, 2014 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful time! I never experienced a cruise, love music & dancing. A cruise is on my bucket list but figure it would not be fulfilled.

  25. Elizabeth Howard October 28, 2014 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I passed several auditions but had to leave the ship to go on Alaskan tour. Would love to see the finals

  26. Bob October 28, 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

    One of our ‘can’t miss’ shows.:-)

  27. Tammy Watson October 28, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I would love to win this cruise and take my mother! She took me on my first HAL cruise to Alaska! The most special time with her ever! I would just love quality time with her again & make more memories!

  28. Terry Bielecki October 28, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Would love this cruise! We have had a rough couple of years, having lost so many in our family, some very tragically… Could really use some joy and time away on one of your beautiful cruise ships!

  29. Isabel Hancott October 28, 2014 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I watch Dancing with the stars faithfully. Would love to win a cruise to see them in person.

  30. Zenaida Resplandor October 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Love the show and would love to join the cruise with the stars and get to learn a dance or two from them

  31. Marj Jorgensen October 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I would love to win a cruise! Did the New England cruise last year with Dancing with the Stars!

  32. Carole Armstead October 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    What an amazing opportunity to prove that anyone can learn to dance

  33. Rosaria squillante October 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Always watch the show I am 84 would love to be on the cruise with all the pros I love dancing also love holland American ships have beenon them mamy times

  34. Pamela Elbers October 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    We have watched EVERY Season of Dancing with the Stars!! What a great concept! Dancing and Sailing!! Groundbreaking!! Smart!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Susan Kernen October 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Love to dance, and Dancing With the Stars is my favorite show!!! My husband and I never really had a honeymoon. Winning a cruise would be a dream come true!

  36. Merrie Robyn beaman October 29, 2014 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Dancing is expressing who we are!!!

  37. Kenawi, Rosali October 29, 2014 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I would love to go on a cruise… After a few years ago on HAL Nordamm it’s time to come back and enjoy the great service and entertainment!

  38. Kellie Lamont October 29, 2014 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Would love to go cruising and try a little dancing with the stars & my hubby

  39. Harriet Bauer October 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Always wanted to be a dancer but fate and illness prevented it from happening. I have a passion for dancing and would welcome the opportunity to get back into it.

  40. martin jones October 31, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I was chosen for the final dance show, even though i had never danced the Waltz before i think due to my personality, unfortunately my nerves got to me performing in front of such a large audience, however i enjoyed the experience and i would recommend any one to enter the competition no matter what your skill leval

  41. Honey B. Marker October 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Iam 76 years old and I will dance till Iam gone!

  42. Honey B. Marker October 31, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Love to win a cruise age is no barrier at 76 I can keep up with the kids!

  43. Helen Harper November 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    My husband and I are booked on the November 29, 2014 Westerdam sailing from Ft. Lauderdale. We are looking forward to participating in the Dancing With The Stars At Seas program.

  44. C.B. January 3, 2015 at 3:17 am - Reply

    I’d love to have the chance to dance with any of the DWTS pros AND to take a cruise – which I’ve never, every done! And Holland America had alwayys had such a great reputation. I now wish I’d worked on one of your ships in my 20’s, as many of my friends did.

    That’s what drew me to click on this link.

    But, it appears that the only way to “win” a free cruise is by already being on one – which is not doable financially, for me, at the moment. :( So, “merde” to those that do compete!

  45. julie weaver March 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I will be 80 this year (not a typical 80 year old by any means) and doing a Dancing With the Stars gig is on my bucket list. I have danced all my life and it is my first love.

  46. annabelle May 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    I feel that the show should ask Dule Hill to join the show next season.

  47. R.L. Luitze January 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Can you inform me about the finalists from the championscruise d.d. 10th January 2016 and
    who was the winner from the DWTS.

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