Holland America Line is extending its highly successful “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program with six theme cruises in 2014. Once again the program will culminate with a Champions Cruise guest dance-off competition on the Dec. 6, 2014, Caribbean sailing of ms Westerdam. The hugely popular onboard experience brings the excitement of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” to all 15 premium ships of Holland America Line.
Like 2013, the 2014 schedule will feature “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” programming on all sailings throughout the year, in addition to six special “Dancing with the Stars” theme cruises featuring the show’s professional dancers and celebrities. Scheduled to sail on all six theme cruises in 2014 are professional dancers Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson and television personality Carson Kressley and actress Sabrina Bryan.
Celebrity Carson Kressley, center, after the fashion show. Thanks to dace pro Emma Slater for the photo! @emmaslaterfans
Six Theme Cruises and the Chance to Sail with Dance Pros and Celebrities from the Hit ABC Show
The “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” 2014 theme cruises are: Jun. 14 and Jun. 21 aboard ms Zuiderdam, 7-day Alaska from Vancouver, British Columbia; July 26 and Aug. 2 aboard Westerdam, 7-day Alaska from Seattle, Wash.; and Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 aboard Westerdam, 7-day Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Each theme cruise features guest performances from the dance pros and celebrities, dazzling the audience with routines from the television series. 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.
“Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Dance Competition for Guests
Beginning with cruises that depart on or after Nov. 26, 2013, every sailing on all 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet including the theme cruises will feature an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program. Included are complimentary dance lessons with the ship’s dance professionals and a dance-off competition for participating guests to compete for a chance to represent their ship on the 2014 Champions Cruise on Dec. 6, 2014. There will be a total of 15 winners, one per ship. Sailings with departure dates through Oct. 17, 2014 are eligible.
Winning guest Mary Suttles with partner Chase T. onboard Prinsedam.
Following preliminary rounds on each cruise, finalists will be paired with a Holland America Line dance professional to perform one of the show’s routines and compete against their fellow guests center stage in the ship’s main show lounge. A judging panel — senior 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 Cruise Champion for each cruise. Judges onboard the six theme cruises may also include some of the “Dancing with the Stars” dance pros or celebrities onboard.
I competed [in the “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” guest competition] and was a champion on ms Eurodam the week of Oct 27-Nov 3, 2013. It was so much fun and I was so happy to be crowned the Champion at the time, and I am hoping to be a winner for the Grand finale since I love to perform in front of the audience and especially Pro-Dancers Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus. — Guest Austin Tran
Guest Austin Tran and his shipboard pro dance partner.
Beginning Oct. 31, 2014, winners of the guest competitions with the highest scores from each of Holland America Line’s 15 ships will be notified they have won a free ocean view stateroom on the Dec. 6, 2014, Champions Cruise to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy and title of Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion.
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