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“Dancing With the Stars: at Sea” – a Cruise Blockbuster

Live from the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise is electrifying the waters and ports across the Caribbean.

Cruise guests sailing on the “DWTS: At Sea” Champions Cruise are enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they get to rub elbows with the stars and dancers throughout the week all around the ship, in the Northern Lights dance club, at Q&A and Autograph sessions and ashore in the beautiful ports such as beautiful Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. While guests were enjoying time ashore in Grand Cayman yesterday, the DWTS team were busy rehearsing and getting ready for the big performance.

Carson Kressley and Kym Johnson share a laugh. (Photo via Jason Leppert

Carson Kressley and Kym Johnson share a laugh during a press conference onboard Nieuw Amsterdam. (Photo via Jason Leppert

During the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Production Show several lucky cruise guests were brought up on stage to perform with the stars and professional dancers including five-time ABC’s DWTS Mirror Ball Trophy Winner Derek Hough, two-time Winner Kym Johnson and celebrities Joey Fatone, Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan.


Derek Hough (Photo via Jason Leppert

The DWTS production cast all teamed up in different combinations for one intricate and stunning dance routine after another. The costumes, music and stage sets enhanced the atmosphere as Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson danced a show-stopping Jive while crowd-favorite professional dancer Tristan MacManus and star Sabrina Bryan thrilled with their elegant rendition of a Marilyn Monroe-inspired “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” World-renowned dancer and choreographer Jaymz Tuaileva was a surprise treat for the electrified crowd who learned that his artistic résumé includes working on Michael Jackson’s final tour, “This Is It” and will be touring with Cher soon. One fan commented that,

“It was just like being at a live performance of the TV show, non-stop action and fun!”

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson (Photo via Jason Leppert

The guest champions and stars of Dancing with the Stars: At Sea. (Photos via Chris Owen,

The professional dancers and stars of “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea”.

Prior to the action-packed professional performances of last night and throughout the cruise, the “DWTS: At Sea” guest winners representing each of the 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet were lighting up the stage with their dance competitions. Each guest winner won a free cruise along with the honor to perform and compete to be named the 2013 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion.


Just as on ABC’s hit show, the “DWTS: At Sea” contestants performed in groups. Below are Todd, far left, winner of Amsterdam’s 2013 dance competition, and his partner Larissa, and Kristin, far right, winner of Noordam’s 2013 dance competition, with her partner Ken.


Below are the results to date as the guest competitors advance toward the Final Round to compete for the “DWTS: At Sea” Mirror Ball Trophy.

Top 15 – Round 1 performed on Monday, Jan. 13

• Cha Cha – 1. Chaz (Rotterdam) & Erin 2. Joyce (Volendam) & Ken 3. Allyse (Westerdam) & Tiago
• Tango – 1. Austin (Eurodam) & Larissa 2. Omar (Oosterdam) & Lauren 3. Dorothy (Maasdam) & Donnie
• Samba – 1. Daniel (Statendam) & Erin 2. Mimi (Zuiderdam) & Donnie 3. Trudy (Veendam) & Ken
• Waltz – 1. Randy (Nieuw Amsterdam) & Jennifer 2. Julie (Prinsendam) & Tiago 3. Tanya (Zaandam) & Tiago
• Jive – 1. Todd (Amsterdam) & Michelle 2. Kristin (Noordam) & Mario 3. Jennifer (Ryndam) & Joey

Top 10 – Round 2 performed on Tuesday, Jan. 14

• Cha Cha – 1. Todd (Amsterdam) & Larissa 2. Kristin (Noordam) & Ken
• Tango – 1. Mimi (Zuiderdam) & Donnie 2. Trudy (Veendam) & Ken
• Samba – 1. Julie (Prinsendam) & Tiago 2. Tanya (Zaandam) & Mario
• Foxtrot – 1. Daniel (Maasdam) & Erin 2. Allyse (Westerdam) & Tiago
• Jive – 1. Omar (Oosterdam) & Lauren 2. Randy (Nieuw Amsterdam) & Jen

Top 6 – Round 3, to perform on Friday, Jan. 17

• Cha Cha – Mimi (Zuiderdam) & Donnie
• Samba – Randy (Nieuw Amsterdam) & Jen
• Foxtrot – Omar (Oosterdam) & Lauren
• Waltz – Kristin (Noordam) & Ken
• Tango – Todd (Amsterdam) & Larissa
• Jive – Allyse (Westerdam) & Tiago

DWTSFinalCollageTop left, Tanya from Zaandam – did not advance; top right, Mimi from Zuiderdam – advanced; bottom left, Randy from Nieuw Amsterdam – advanced; and bottom right, Omar from Oosterdam – advanced.

Stay-tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter news-feed to find out which three guest dancers advance to the Final Round to be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 and who is the ultimate 2013 “DWTS: At Sea” Champion.

Special thanks to Chris Owen of and Jason Leppert of for photography provided and. See more event reporting of the action-packed Champions cruise and all of the week’s activities at their websites.


Carson Kressley (Photo via Jason Leppert

  • Shelley

    Love watching this. Will there be any stars on the Amsterdam on the May 18, 2014 cruise to Alaska?

  • Mary ONeill

    Love DWTS at sea. Statendam, South Pacific oct. 2013was so much fun to watch and participate in the dances too. Loves every minute, would love to do it all over again!!!,!

  • randy

    I am glad to be one of the contestants of this show. I met so many wonderful people on this ship

  • nl

    Great pictures. can you post some videos of the DWTS pros dancing? Also, fyi, Derek Hough has won DWTS 5 times! (#4 was with singer Kellie Pickler & #5 was withAmber Riley from GLEE)

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