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The Theme: Dancing with the Stars: At Sea
The Dates: Various dates between June and December, 2014
Details: After a successful first year of Dancing With the Stars: At Sea, Holland America Line has added even more of the ballroom glitz and glam to its lineup of theme cruises in 2014. Professional dancers Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus, singer Sabrina Bryan, and television star and fashion guru Carson Kressley will be onboard six theme cruises between June and December. Onboard, the celebrities will perform routines based on the popular ABC television show while passengers also can enjoy dance lessons led by the ship's professional dancers, meet-and-greets, photos and more. Scheduled back-to-back sailings include seven nights roundtrip from Vancouver on Zuiderdam June 14 and June 21, seven nights roundtrip from Seattle on Westerdam July 26 and August 2 and seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean on Westerdam November 29 and December 6. Throughout the year, passengers can compete on regular non-themed sailings for a chance to return for the championship cruise December 6 -- when a total of 15 passenger finalists will compete in front of a panel of judges for the title and coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
The Theme: Ballroom at Sea
The Dates: Various dates in 2014 and 2015
Details: For three transatlantic sailings between 2014 and 2015, Crystal Symphony will be transformed into a "Ballroom at Sea." Headlined by the famed Harry James Orchestra, the dancing theme cruises (10 nights from October 5, 2014; 16 nights from June 12, 2015; and 11 nights from December 11, 2015) will feature lessons, celebrity instructors, live orchestra performances and more. Crystal Cruises' new Ambassador Hostess program, the female counterpart to the line's Ambassador Host program, also will be available to solo cruisers. The October 5 departure (fares starting at $2,695) leaves from Lisbon, Portugal and calls in Turks and Caicos before ending in Miami; the June 12 cruise (fares starting at $4,995) departs New York City and calls in ports throughout New England, Canada, Iceland and England before ending in London; the December 11 departure (fares staring at $2,810) leaves from Lisbon and calls in the Canary Islands and Turks and Caicos before ending in Miami.