‘Dancing with the Stars’ Pro Derek Hough Joins Jan. 12 Champions Cruise

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Pro Derek Hough Joins Jan. 12 Champions Cruise

Derek Hough, the Emmy Award–winning dancing professional best known for his role on the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars,” is scheduled to perform on the Jan. 12, 2014, “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Hough will join fellow professional dancers Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson and actress Sabrina Bryan, who were previously announced to sail on the Champions Cruise as well as the Jan. 5, 2014, theme cruise departure aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Both seven-day Caribbean sailings also will feature singer Joey Fatone, television personality Carson Kressley and professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater.

While onboard, the dance pros and celebrities will perform for guests, dazzling the audience with routines from the television series in the ship’s main show lounge. Additional events on the theme cruises include dance lessons with the shipboard professional dancers, a special fashion show featuring the glamorous show costumes, and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them.


The Jan. 12 Champions Cruise will feature 15 winning guests (one from each ship) from the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” competitions currently being held on all ships in the Holland America fleet. Holland America Line has already featured four “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises this year.

The winning guests and their professional shipboard dance partners will perform in the main show lounge for guests and the “Dancing with the Stars” talent. The winning couple will walk away with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy and title of Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion.

The Jan. 5 cruise sails to the eastern Caribbean with calls at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the line’s award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. The Jan. 12 Champions Cruise visits the western Caribbean with calls at Half Moon Cay; George Town, Grand Cayman, and Key West, Fla.

Hough received his first Emmy for his choreography work on “Dancing with the Stars” at the awards show held Sept. 22 in Hollywood, Calif. He is a five-time winner on “Dancing with the Stars,” including just being named champion of Season 17 on Nov. 26 with celebrity partner Amber Riley. Full episodes of “Dancing with the Stars” can be found at ABC.com.

Follow Derek Hough on Twitter @DerekHough or Instagram at http://instagram.com/derekhough.


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  1. Arlene Kirby December 5, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I would love to see Derek and the other Dancing-with- the-Stars Personalities. Is there any way I could transfer from the World Cruise on the Amsterdam for the short time they would be cruising and then back again to finish the WC? Just joking. I’m sure both cruises will be fantastic!

  2. Stephani Long December 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Where can a list of winners be seen?

  3. janet rohde December 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I would love to see the names of the guests who will be performing- How did they pick the guests going on the cruise? I won for the Hawaii cruise on the Satendam in Oct but have not heard who won the Statendam competition- just curious to see that winner that will be going on the January cruise and the dance they did

  4. Bill McLaughlin December 15, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    When will the winners from each ship be announced? And how will they be notified ?

  5. Kai Marks December 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Hi, Happy Holidays I am still waiting to hear back if I am one of the finalist. I won on the samba. I am free to travel anytime. Did I misunderstand do the winners win the trip to compete in the next round.

  6. Vanessa Reyes December 30, 2013 at 2:14 am - Reply

    This is the first time I wish I had money. I’m just a teacher on salary but if I had some money to spend on travel I definitely be on board in this cruise. I love DWTS and specially Derek! I live in Puerto Rico, one of the islands the cruise is visiting and I’m dying to meet him. I only hope I will. Wishful thinking! God is listening.

  7. gerry donaldson January 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Its going to be a fantastic cruise and adding Derek Hough to the line up is a real plus. Counting down the days to the start of the cruise and meeting the Pro’s again.

  8. William Mathis May 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    We were on the DWTS cruise with Derek and it was a blast. Derek has a lot of followers and we were groupies for a week. It was our funniest cruise yet.

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