March 16, 2017
(5:30 p.m. GMT) -- P&O Cruises has announced the names of the stars joining this year's Strictly Come Dancing-themed cruises.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood will once again head up the cruises, passing judgement on the dancers who take to the floor on the four cruises -- three in the Mediterranean and one in the Baltic on the ships Azura, Ventura and Britannia.
The 2016 winner Ore Oduba will join Ventura in April, where he will be reunited with his Strictly professional partner Jo Clifton. Other Strictly stars who will be dancing on the decks include Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse, Karen and Kevin Clifton, Gorka Marquez, Neil and Katya Jones, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec and Oksana Platero.
On each cruise passengers will be able to meet the BBC show's professional dancers, see costumes from the show, and take part in question and answer sessions and photo opportunities with the Strictly team. Highlights of the 14-night itineraries will be the spectacular Strictly Come Dancing showcase performances and the passenger dance competition, the latter culminating in a final in the ship's main theatre, with the judging panel headed by Craig Revel Horwood.
P&O Cruises' senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: "As the only holiday company to have this partnership with one of the country's best loved shows, we are thrilled to welcome Craig Revel Horwood and the Strictly dancers back onboard. We are also delighted to have last year’s winner Ore join us onboard. These Strictly themed cruises have huge appeal – those who can dance, those who want to learn to dance or those who just like to sit back and admire the glitz and glamour in person."
The dates and stars appearing on the Strictly Come Dancing-themed cruises are:
- A 14-night Western Mediterranean cruise on Azura (A708) departing April 2, with Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse, Kevin and Karen Clifton, Gorka Marquez and Craig Revel Horwood. Prices start from £999 per person.
- A 14-night Western Mediterranean cruise on Ventura (N711) departing April 30, with Giovanni Pernice and Joanne Clifton, Neil and Katya Jones, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, Craig Revel Horwood and Ore Oduba. Prices start from £999 per person.
- A 14-night Baltic cruise on Britannia (B716) departing June 4, with Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse, Oksana Platero and Craig Revel Horwood. Prices start from £1,229 per person.
- A 14-night Central Mediterranean cruise on Britannia (B718) departing June 25, with Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, Karen and Kevin Clifton, Natalie Lowe and Craig Revel Horwood. Prices start from £1,249 per person
--By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor