I just checked out the Cunard site, and it looks amazing...very high class! However, the prices are a little steep for our budget, and we were looking to go to Alaska. They don't have anything going out to Alaska this year. Thank you so much for the recommendation though!
My wife and I took Radiance of the Seas in Alaska this summer. Lots of opportunity to dance with excellent bands and large floors. Very nice lounge/dance floor with plenty of windows at the stern of the ship. We're not great dancers but we had fun and learned a lot from others.
You can be sure that the instruction on the ships has gone downhill severely. My husband and I used to teach on several of the lines and they would give us a cabin and tripM. We have been all over the world and taught together for about 12 years on the ships. Most recently they are trying to save money and so they let the kids int the show TRY to teach the ballroom classes...yuk,,,,huge mistake. Pathetic, but I feel sorry for them, because I don't think they want to do it either. My husband and I are educated, hold degrees in teaching and also have years of ballroom experience. We have watched as passengers, the ballroom classes nowadays, full of people, interested in learning and by the end of the cruise,,,,,there may be 2 couples in the class. Breaks our hearts, because we love dance and love to teach it...so be aware, that if you are really interested in learning something about ballroom on a ship,,,,you probably won't learn much of anything any more.
My agency, books my wife and I on Norwegian, Princess, Holland America, Orient, Azamara, Royal Caribbean, Costa and Celebrity, but you should check before you book, 'cause there aren't instructors on every cruise. Also, we aren't all "professional" dance teachers onboard. My wife and I are advanced dancers continually learning gold/advanced steps, but work as "dance instructors" on cruises. Reality is, that we only get to teach beginner steps on any such cruise, but would be available for private lessons where we'd teach some advance steps.
I also teach dance on cruise ships.Do you ever get booked out of the new york or new jersey ports? The agents i use never seem to get those. which ports do go out of ? I would like to talk with you if possible since we only did our first cruise so far
My husband and I are looking to go on an Alaskan cruise. It looks like they usually ship out from Seattle or Canada. We have taken many lessons already. Now we are ready to apply what we learned! I would hope that cruises don't all contain club dancing. So far, Cunard seems to be the ideal of what we're looking for, but the prices are high and they don't go to Alaska.
My wife and I have taken several cruises, on Royal Caribbean and Princess. Both usually have (low-level) instruction aboard, and several places to dance. Usually they have live music of several varieties available in the different clubs. You may have to deal with "dance floors" made of marble, however. The last cruise we took was an Alaska cruise on Princess. They offered some dance classes led not by regular instructors but by some of the professional dancers from their shows; they were very good.
I have been to as many as 20 cruises but I only use Princess cruise, holand america and lately celebrity (infinity). My experience on these ships are as follows:
Princess(Biggest and smallest ships): The big ships have two ballroom dancing lounge where they play ballroom musics every night. They also have a disco lounge (gorgeous place) at the top end tail of the ship. They play mostly hustle musics and disco but sometimes they play latin musics. They also have a country lounge where they play country music. In other words, they have 4 dance floors to enjoy.
Princess small ships: They have two dance floors where they play ballroom musics. In addition, before every show on the show lounge, people can dance on the stage with the orchestra, about 30 minutes everytime.
Holland america: They have both disco and ballroom dance floors. Two or three dance floors.
Celebrity Infinity: They have three dance floors. Two for ballroom and swing and a third one mostly hustle, swing and disco. There was a ballroom dancing compition which I was not prepared because I did not know and I did not bring a partner with me. There were several ballroom dancing professionals who compete. I met one and we decided to join the competition. It was my first time to compete although, I have been dancing for 45 years. We were voted by the passengers as one of the finalists. The grand final was on the stage where the show is held everynight. believe it or not, my partner and I won the championship. It was very memorable. On the final, before we danced, we were interviewed like what they do on OSCAR NIGHT in Hollywood and the interview was flsahed on the screen where we were about to dance and all the pasengers were there sitting and waiting for us. After the performance, our dance was also viewed on the ship TV everyday and night. As a remembrance, I was given a CD of the performance, a trophy and $200 credit.
Cunard is my far the best with a full size ballroom. For the first cruise it is more expensive than other lines. After your first trip the past passanger discounts offered makes the price comparable to the other lines.
Next I would say NCL. They have a floating floor underneath the stage and will extend that floor and have good ballroom dancing.
Next would be Princess that although no ballroom floors large enough floors to dance and usually good 3 piece band before and after dinner.
I think Clelbrity is the worst, myself. The floors are very small and not worth it! Wonderful line, just not for dancing.
Same pretty much on Carnival... Just not a ballroom crowd so the line does not offer much in the type of music we would want to dance to.
Hey guys so how do you apply for the cruise ship dance instructor job, what I mean is do youl ike need an agent or you can do it somewhere? Reason I am asking I am not from USA si its kinda new for me :) Thanks for any info on that
Peter, WE got connected with a travel agent who books dance groups on cruises through someone who had been on the cruise and suggested we contact the agent. She then booked us to go with her cruise and liked us enough that she has booked another cruise for us this year. We work for the travel agent and not the cruise line. However, the pay is free air fare and a cruise. We can make extra money by selling private lessons to the group. We are in need of additional hosts for a cruise Nov 28 - Dec 5. Hosts pay their own travel to Ft. Lauderdale but get the cruise free. It would be a good way to break in to the business. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to explore this opportunity more. Thanks.
Do not go to the agents who charge you to teach for them. You don't end up getting paid and you don't end up even getting your cruise free, by the time you pay them around 60 dollars a night for your cabin...,create your own agency. You won't get as many gigs, but the ones you do will be free! besides, the agents expect you to jump when they call you last min. very disorganized and things change at the last second. Sometimes you can be scheduled and they will rip the cruise away from you at the last min. Other times, out of nowhere, the agent gets dropped by a line and all the cruises you are scheduled to teach on, are cancelled. Do your own promoting and placing.,,you will be happier.
We have cruised on both Royal Caribbean and Princess. Both have several lounges, etc., where you can dance, with a variety of music styles. (Sometimes the best music is in the place least well suited to dancing.) There are usually also some dance classes. Don't forget: Their mission is to start with absolute beginners and get them to DO SOMETHING on the dance floor right away. Don't expect more unless you are on a dance cruise. On one cruise we took, instead of hiring an outside instructor the cruise line had two of the professional dancers from the onboard shows teach the classes. They did a good job.
Dancing is my passion and I've done several cruises where I was a dance host. I've also cruised with groups of 50- 60 or more dancers from my favorite Florida ballroom studio.
Costa Lines has several ships sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale that ballroom dancers love--the Magica, Atlanta, Fortuna, Mediteranea, among those I've enjoyed. Each has unusually large main ballroom(s) and several excellent live music groups onboard. These musicians also entertain at several other venues onboard with wood dance floors (a caberet, latin lounge, piano bar). There is a disco, too (which we try to avoid).
I've heard more than a few dancers grumble that Costa should try to improve the quality of their food and dining room service. Holland American gets thumbs up there, but their "dam" ship's ceramic-surfaced dance floors are so small that, unless they're skilled dancers, 6 or 8 couples ends to overwhelm the space.
All cruise ships I've been on have bands and places to dance (though the "dance floor" close to the best band may be marble). Some also have instructors. On one cruise the instructors were professional dancers from the show troupe; they did a good job. But remember the time constraints. The instructor tries to teach you something today you can do tonight. For more, you may need to arrange private lessons.
Hello: My wife and I have been doing ballroom dancing for 30 years and tried most of the cruise ships that come to our town (San Diego) If we want to take a cruise from the East Coast, then Royal Caribbean has started to advertise that they are now offering Dancing at Sea cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They seem to have a brass orchestra (brass is not generally good for ballroom dancing, particularly when it replaces wind/string instruments. If it is used with mutes or only occasionally, it is tolerable. But we don't like Royal Caribbean food, service, and care of passengers in general. The best cruise lines we found, 5 stars, are Holland-American. Cunard ships are good too, but expensive and only sail across the Atlantic to English or formerly English ports. Holland American has some two or three member groups, who play some requests, but only of voyages of 14 days or more. There are also clubs, like "Dancers at Sea" and a few others, but they seem to want people,[who can probably dance better than they can] to take lessons from them on the ship. On the Holland American ship "Zaandam" they provided a DJ who only had hip-hop music and no dance floor. Not appropriate for older people (over 20. I was so disgusted with the Bryant club from Phoenix that I flew home from Mexico as soon as the ship docked. We took Princess Sapphire to Alaska from Seattle and they had the "Dancers at Sea" club giving lessons on the dance floor. They provide partners if you are single and want to dance. It was tolerable but not good. Brassy and no requests. The best cruiselines for ballroom dancing, with a good uncrowded dance floor, and without noisy brass, we discovered is the Cunard and Celebrity ships. We took the Celebrity Century from San Diego to Hawaii a year ago, and they had 3 dance orchestras. Small, but very experiences and accomodating. The Filipino group,called: "Cielo" had an excellent singer, took nearly all requests, and even looked up "Never on Sunday" for me. They also played any latin favorites, and had tables with restaurant and bar service at tables next to the dance floor.