The high-energy, high-excitement voyages bring the hit ABC show to the stages of Holland America Line ships, featuring the professional dancers, celebrities and costumes worn by the stars while on television.
For those of you who missed the news, guest Allyse Ishino was crowned the line’s first “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion. She performed against 14 other guests (one from each ship in the fleet) in three rounds of competition to get to the finals where she performed in front of a judging panel that included “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus and Sharna Burgess; dancer and choreographer Jaymz Tuaileva; and Cruise Director Eric Dowis.
This exciting video shows highlights from the Champions Cruise and gives an inside look into the work and preparation it takes to make it to the finals.
While not every cruise is a theme cruise, “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” experiences are on all cruises and include complimentary dance lessons led by the ship’s resident professionals that were developed in collaboration with the show’s dancers and choreographers. Guests from all skill levels of dance who choose to take their lessons to the next step can enter a guest dance-off competition to win a chance to compete on the 2014 Champions Cruise aboard Westerdam’s Dec. 6 Caribbean sailing.
The guests in the photos below made it all the way to the final competition on their particular cruise, and some were even crowed the winner! One of these talented guests might even be chosen to compete on the Champions Cruise at the end of the year.
Had a blast in Dancing with the Stars:at Sea on the ms Eurodam. Our show was on March 29 this year — my birthday. Tropical beach paradise by day, Dancing with the Stars by night — what a great way to spend your birthday! Thanks for this awesome experience! — Guest Adèle Poirier
Whether you get up and dance in front of the crowd or prefer to take in the show from the comfort of the theater, Dancing with the Stars: At Sea is an incredible experience. For more information about Dancing with the Stars: At Sea theme cruises, including the itineraries that featuring Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus, Sabrina Ryan and Carson Kressley, click here.
Have you had the opportunity to enjoy the show, or have you danced yourself? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!