Holland America Line has added the talents of professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev to the remaining two 2014 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruises. Both currently performing on the ABC hit show “Dancing with the Stars,” Burgess and Chigvintsev will join ms Westerdam for the theme cruise departing Nov. 29 and the Champions Cruise that sets sail Dec. 6. Both cruises sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean.
Burgess and Chigvintsev will be joined onboard the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” cruises by dance professional and Mirrorball Trophy winner Kym Johnson, and celebrities Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan.
Sharna Burgess has been a dance pro on “Dancing with the Stars” since 2011, performing this season with author and late-night television talk show host Tavis Smiley, and previously with Olympic gold medalist Charlie White, football-great-turned-ESPN personality Keyshawn Johnson and funnyman Andy Dick. She’s also toured with dance shows “Burn the Floor” and “Strictly Ballroom” as well as appeared on “Dancing with the Stars Australia” and “So You Think You Can Dance Holland.” Burgess was a choreographer on the film “Street Dance 2 – 3D.”
Dancing as a pro for the first time on the current season of “Dancing with the Stars” with actress Lea Thompson, Artem Chigvintsev was a troupe member on the show last season and won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy during his first season on the U.K. version of the smash hit “Strictly Come Dancing.” He also was a finalist on the FOX television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Each “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruise features guest performances from the professional dancers and stars, who dazzle the audience with routines from the television show. Additional events include dance lessons with the ship’s professional dancers, a special fashion show featuring glamorous show costumes and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them.
The Dec. 6 cruise also is the Champions Cruise and will feature 15 guests representing each ship in the fleet competing for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy and title of Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion.
Winners of the guest competitions with the highest scores from each Holland America Line ship earlier this year will compete for the Mirrorball Trophy in a dance-off finale.
The Nov. 29 theme cruise will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private Bahamian island known for its pristine beaches, diverse shore excursions, exclusive beach cabanas and kid-friendly activities. The Champions Cruise on Dec. 6 swaps a port call in St. Maarten with a visit to St. Thomas and features the other ports.
On each cruise, experiences such as steel drum performances and classes, cooking demonstrations of dishes such as Caribbean Pepper Pot and Jerk Grouper, and Caribbean rum tasting are part of Holland America Line’s “On Location” program. The itinerary sets the scene for guests to indulge in localized experiences that make time on board as enriching as visiting the ports of call through lectures, demonstrations and performances.
Fares begin at $349 per person, double occupancy for a seven-day cruise. Visit Holland America Line’s website,www.hollandamerica.com, and browse the extensive menu of Caribbean options, contact a travel professional or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) for more information.
For more information about the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program and Holland America Line, contact a travel professional or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com. Complete rules for the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” dance competition are posted at www.hollandamerica.com.
The 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars” currently airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. (Eastern) on ABC.