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Re: Cruises with ballroom dancing
Posted by Roland Org
8/6/2013  10:04:00 AM
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.
Re: Cruises with ballroom dancing
Posted by Terry Walker
9/14/2014  3:20:00 AM
I recently had my first cruise with the Fred Olsen line from the UK having previously been a P & O cruiser. On the latter their dance areas are very small and they do not provide dance hosts for the benefit of single passengers.
On Fred Olsen I found the dance floor about twice the size,even for such a small ship ( about 850 passengers) and they had 1 lady & 3 gents hosts. Each evening at 7.30pm, after 1st sitting, the resident orchestra played ballroom music for 45 minutes before the first show after which there was a further 45 minutes dancing to records. I am 82 & still love ballroom dancing and find it keeps me very fit. Being able to dance with a good partner made the holiday so enjoyable for me as a widower & I have booked 2 cruises for 2015.I have created a CD of my favourite ballroom music in the hope that they will use it on my voyage to Tenerife in the New Year.
Re: Cruises with ballroom dancing
Posted by pakarinen
9/15/2014  3:06:00 PM
My wife and I sailed on the Crown Princess two years ago with one of the ballroom cruise providers. Although there was no provision made for private ballroom dancing per se, a subgroup of us "took over" one of the lounges in the evenings. There was a quintet playing there after dinner who played nothing but ballroom once they saw there was a group of serious dancers who appreciated and actually danced to ballroom music. The floor was rather small but adequate if you kept your traveling in check.

Unfortunately, so many passengers came down with norovirus that the cruise was cut short and we returned to Lauderdale 3 days early after sailing almost to South America with no stops. (See "Princess Noro-Cruise to Nowhere" on cruise boards.)

Princess did give us a full refund and paid our airfare home, but that was our last cruise. It's not worth the risk to us of having a pricey vacation ruined being trapped at sea while our fellow passengers are vomiting in the hallways. And in the elevators. It can happen on land too, but there you can at least crawl to the beach to die.

The saving grace of the cruise was the dancing. Although one instructor got sick and we didn't see her at all after the second day, the remaining instructor was outstanding and he made up for a lot of the hassle.

Your experience may vary, of course...
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