Cruise ships have always had evening entertainment options that include late night disco dancing to a DJ, and ballroom dancing to a trio or quartet. But the popularity of TV shows like Dancing With the Stars and So You Think you Can Dance has prompted cruise lines and dance groups to sponsor special cruises themed to various music and dance styles, from ballroom to salsa. Sail into the past with these music and dance theme cruises for the rest of 2011 and early 2012 —
Big Band and Ballroom — Whether you think you can dance, or know you really can’t, avid and novice dancers alike will have the opportunity to show off, and hone, their dancing skills aboard Crystal Cruises’ “Big Band and Ballroom Dance” voyage from Lisbon to Miami aboard the recently redesigned Crystal Serenity. With the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra headlining, guests can waltz their way across the southern Atlantic, accompanied by the classic and retro sounds of a 20-piece live orchestra—or just enjoy the magical moves and mesmerizing music from the sidelines. It’s a 13-day dance party-at-sea departing December 8. Fares start at $4,235/person, double occupancy, including either complimentary air from/to two dozen 24 North American cities, or a substantial air credit, plus airport transfers, and a $500/person shipboard credit to spend however you like. There will be extra Ambassador Hosts to dance with women without dance partners, double the usual number of dance instructors for dance lessons ranging from swing to salsa, daily live performances of Big Band music, lectures about artists such as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington by Columbia jazz professor Robert O’Meally, and afternoon and evening dancing until the wee hours.
Malt Shop Memories — Inspired by Time Life’s popular Malt Shop Memories CD series, the entire Carnival Inspiration ship will be transformed into a “floating malt shop”. Sail back in time with performances by some of the biggest artists of the era, including the Beach Boys (celebrating their 50th anniversary), Chubby Checker & The Wildcats (celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Twist), Little Anthony and The Imperials, Jay Black (former lead singer of Jay and The Americans), Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, Kenny Vance & The Planotones, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, Lou Christie, The Fireflies, The Devotions, and the Del Rays. Hosted by America’s favorite oldies DJ, Jerry Blavat aka “The Geator with The Heater,” the cruise was developed in association with Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC and will be held on the majestic Carnival Inspiration. Malt Shop Memories cruise cabin prices starting at $799 which includes meals, entertainment and onboard activities. Malt Shop Memories Cruise will set sail on October 27, 2011 from Tampa to the Grand Bahamas, returning on October 31st, 2011. There also will be a couple of Elvis tribute artists aboard — these guys are no longer called impersonators — and a tribute contest.
Elvis Cruise — The King sails aboard the Carnival Fascination for the 5th Annual Elvis Cruise. Several kings, actually — nearly one dozen Elvis tribute artists perform practically 24/7, plus actors and actresses who were in films starring Elvis, plus other Elvis tribute bands playing hits Elvis made famous, Elvis-themed lectures and anything else you or the promoters can think of with an Elvis theme, including Elvis fashion shows, and nightly screenings of Elvis movies. One of the bands is Elvis’ Imperials, who actually performed with him in Las Vegas 1969-1971. So grab your sequins and blue suede shoes and join the Elvis Cruise, Jacksonville, Florida, to Nassau, Bahamas, January 12-16, 2012. Cabin prices start at $599.