With our “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” shipboard program, you don’t have to be a celebrity or professional dancer to earn an opportunity to compete with some of the best dancers afloat. “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” is featuring a dance competition that culminates with 15 talented guests — one representing each ship in the Holland America Line fleet — receiving a free cruise and a chance to compete for a Mirror Ball Trophy on the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise on ms Nieuw Amsterdam Jan. 12, 2014.
Beginning with cruises that departed on or after Feb. 23 (specific ship launch schedule varies slightly and is available at www.hollandamerica.com) and continuing with those departing through Nov. 25, 2013, every sailing on all 15 ships in our fleet will feature an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program that includes complimentary dance lessons with the ship’s dance professionals and a dance-off competition.
Guests from all skill levels of dance who choose to take their lessons to the next step can enter a dance-off competition to win a chance to sail on the Jan. 12, 2014, “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise, which also will feature professional dancers and celebrities from the ABC hit show. 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. In December 2013, the guest Cruise Champions with the highest scores from each of Holland America Line’s 15 participating ships will win a free ocean view stateroom on the Jan. 12, 2014, Champions Cruise to compete for Grand Champion.
On the Champions Cruise, the 15 winning guests and their professional shipboard dance partners will perform in the main show lounge for shipboard guests and other celebrities and professional dancers from the show who will be onboard. 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” Grand Champion.
So get your dancing shoes on and if you see the competition or take part, send in photos to the blog!