SEA DANCES

As cruise lines lift the bar even higher to attract passengers, Holland America is appealing to those with “twinkle toes” by introducing a Dancing with the Stars at Sea theme to its 15-ship fleet.

Passengers will hit the ships’ polished wood floors for dancing lessons then take part in dance-offs before the top talent is paired with onboard dance professionals to be judged in a star-spangled show that will be watched by fellow passengers.

Winners will be awarded a free Caribbean cruise to compete – one representing each of Holland America’s ships – for a Mirror Ball trophy as the fleet’s Grand Champion.

Dance classes are a favourite onboard activity on most cruise ships, and australiancruisingnews.com recalls the excitement of learning the samba on Celebrity Millennium while sailing to Brazil’s carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Dancing with the Stars at Sea cruises will soon be held on:

  • Veendam’s 7-day Canada and New England cruise that leaves Quebec City for Boston on June 22.
  • Oosterdam’s 7-day round cruise to Alaska from Seattle on June 30, and again onJuly 7,  www.hollandamerica.com.au
Pacific Jewel's guests enjoy a "sail away" party en route to South Pacific islands.
Pacific Jewel’s guests enjoy a “sail away” party en route to South Pacific islands.

Cruise news log: The latest figures from Cruise Line International Association (Australasia) shows Australians enjoy short break cruises of 1-4 days, often to test out life on the ocean waves before booking a longer cruise. Passenger numbers on these short cruises rose 38 per cent last year to almost 77,000. The most popular longer cruise was to the South Pacific islands, especially New Caledonia and Vanuatu, while Europe was the biggest fly-cruise market for Australian travellers.

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