One of the problems BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing causes is everyone instantly wants to become a dancer, but expert dance classes are often overbooked or hard to find. If you’re still eager to release your inner Fred or Ginger, venturing off on a cruise holiday might not be such a bad idea.

Combine your passion for dance with a cruise holiday and you’ll have covered all bases. Themed dance cruises are all the rage at the moment. Let’s face it, what could be better than sailing to an idyllic destination, learning how to dance and watching your favourite Strictly stars perform right in front of your eyes?

Dancing with stars

When the awe-inspiring TUI Discovery first launched in 2016, its dance credentials were boosted even further thanks to the ever-popular Anton du Beke joining the ship on its inaugural cruise around the Med.

Just because Anton’s left the ship doesn’t mean that the dance fun has stopped. Strap on your dancing shoes and prepare to launch yourself onto the dance floor, as Thomson Discovery is the ship for you if you want to be taught by Anton via the very latest technology. Supported by the onboard professional dancers, take part in virtual dance classes taught by the superlative Mr Du Beke himself when taking a cruise onboard this splendid ship.

Let the dance fun continue

Whatever your age and wherever your destination, you’ll soon find a cruise that will allow you to fulfil your ballroom ambitions. Ships in the majestic Cunard fleet have some extraordinary dance opportunities. The Queen Mary 2 travels through all corners of the globe and not only boasts the largest dance floor on the waves, but also hosts regular dance classes for its passengers.

Sequins and glitter are very much encouraged, for you’ll be in good company when putting your best foot forward on the dancefloor of the Queen’s Room. Before long, the secret to the perfect foxtrot will no longer be a mystery and you’ll be able to dazzle everyone with your Paso Doble.

Trip the light fantastic

Booking a holiday with Celebrity Cruises® and jive your way across the seas by signing up to one of their popular ‘Let’s Dance’ classes. Each of the lessons onboard are led by professional dancers, so from ballroom to hip-hop, you’ll soon have the confidence to let your feet do the talking.

Travel in Strictly style

The ultimate in dance cruises has got to be the perennially popular Strictly themed cruise, setting sail annually with P&O Cruises. If your ambition has always been to dance under a glitter ball with a professional dancer from the TV programme – here’s your chance. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to watch dancing rather than take part either, as you’re free to simply bask in the reflected glory of watching Kevin Clifton or Ian Waite performing a heel lead around the ballroom.

Not only that, but you’ll be treated to a wonderful hour-long dancing masterclass. And who knows, you could even bump into glamorous Janette Manrara by the swimming pool or have coffee with Karen Clifton. Lovers of sequins and bling will be in awe of the displays of the professionals’ costumes that’ll be part and parcel of this cruise, too.

Dancing is infectious and once you’ve been bewitched by the professional dancers, you may very well catch the dancing bug. Finding yourself in the company of the wasp-tongued Craig Revel Horwood can classify as an event in itself, although he’s a pussycat really. P&O Cruises set sail with Strictly every year and if you’ve been enthused by the TV programme, a dance-themed cruise may be just what it takes to fulfill your passion.

Dancing rules the waves

Of course you don’t have to book a specifically Strictly themed cruise to satisfy your dance mojo. Most cruise holidays include dance lessons of some variety, while those that don’t teach you how to dance will certainly allow you access to all kinds of opportunities for yourself.

Whether it’s rocking away at the evening disco or taking part in an elegant ballroom experience, you’ll soon discover that cruising and dancing work very well together – just like the perfect waltz. Book your cruise holiday now and find your dancing feet.

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