Part of the 2013 Blogging A to Z April Challenge
I know what you’re thinking: “Off topic, dude.” World’s collide and suddenly I find my guilty pleasure (Dancing with the Stars) merging with my favorite pastime (travel) in Dancing with the Stars: At Sea from Holland America Line. I’m sure weirder things have happened, I just can’t think of any.The idea of entertainment cruises is not new. One of my favorites, the Smooth Jazz Cruise celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year, and there are a slew of similar cruises featuring bands from all genres. We’ve seen specialty cruises before, as well, from astronomy cruises to see an eclipse, to Shakespeare at Sea, an idea that I still like. There was a Star Trek cruise a few years ago (on the ocean, not in space), so DWTS is not the first TV show themed cruise, but I think this is the first cruise devoted to a reality/competition show. (I could totally be wrong – feel free to let me know in the comments!)
DWTS: At Sea is bound for Canada and New England in June, followed by a couple of Alaska itineraries, then hitting the Caribbean in January 2014. Personally, I would be excited to be on the Canada/New England cruise as it features Olympic Gold Medalist – and Mirror Ball winner – Shawn Johnson as the Star, with pro dancers Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas, two of the show’s standouts. You can meet the dancers, take lessons (much needed by me!) and pose for some photo ops with the cast.
But here’s the best part, if you fancy yourself a ballroom champ: Passengers can compete in Dancing with the Stars: At Sea! Finalists will appear on the main stage with Holland America’s professional dancers to compete for points from the judges and the audience. The Cruise Champions from each ship will then be invited to perform as a finalist on the complimentary Champions Cruise to the Caribbean in January! 15 finalists will go and dance for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy and the title of Holland America Line’s Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Grand Champion. (Going to need a really big mirror ball to fit that title!)
Have you ever been on a themed cruise or entertainment cruise? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below!