Holland America Line’s Dancing With The Stars: At Sea, Champion’s Cruise sailed away from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale with a sold out ship of dance lovers Sunday and a full schedule of rousing entertainment. At an opening night preview show, guests aboard Nieuw Amsterdam got a taste of what the week ahead would bring.
The ship’s entertainers were on hand, showcasing various venues around the ship to give guests an idea of what to expect, and were well received. Based on the night’s preview performances, there is much to look forward to as the ship makes its way through the Caribbean itinerary. Still, headlining tonight’s show were the 15 finalists competing for the coveted mirror ball trophy, one from each ship in the Holland America line.
They came from Florida to California to compete and one by one, they are introduced as passengers began choosing favorites in what would be an integral part of the experience. It was just a preview of what was yet to come.
On the ship but absent from the night’s performance were singer Joey Fatone from Orlando (who I met at Port Everglades, during curbside luggage check-in), dancers Tristan MacManus, Kym Johnson, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater along and actress Sabrina Bryan. But it was Derek Hough, the Emmy® Award-winning dancing professional best known for his role on the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars, that drew the biggest round of applause from the crowd as Kressley announced each star on board.
No doubt, good seats will be hard to find at tomorrow’s round one of the championship contest. We have been advised to be in the theater at least an hour ahead of showtime for a good viewing position and I have no doubt that will be the case. Passengers on board from around the world are excited to be here, dead set on supporting their favorites and totally into the experience. Some contestants brought along their own cheering sections, others like Orlando’s Mimi Chan, Dorothy Hobart of East Amherst, New York and Charles Simonds of San Rafael, California were instant hits with the audience and considered (by me) top contenders without dancing one step.
Stay tuned as we back up a bit and go through the rest of a full day embarking Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, a story itself; go through the ship’s itinerary port by port and drop in a few surprises along the way.
Check in frequently on our Pinterest Dancing With The Stars board and Facebook photo album too. We’ll be adding photos all along the way. Catch up with all the action at our Sealog. We’ll be dancing our way through the Caribbean all week, reporting back all the way.