Holland America Line Adds More Pro And Celebrity Dancers For 'Dancing with the Stars: At Sea' Theme Cruises

Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:35pm EST

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SEATTLE,  Jan. 24, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line has added even
more star power to its 2013 "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" theme cruises
featuring professional and celebrity dancers from ABC's smash hit "Dancing with
the Stars." Professionals scheduled to appear are two-time champion  Mark
Ballas, champion  Kym Johnson,  Chelsie Hightower,  Tristan MacManus  and  Lacey
Schwimmer. Celebrities scheduled to sail are singer  Joey Fatone, actress 
Sabrina Bryan  and television personality  Carson Kressley.

The theme cruises on select ships are part of the line's recently announced
"Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" on-board experience that also features an
exclusive "Dancing with the Stars" program on all ships in the fleet including
dance lessons and an opportunity to dance center stage in a live dance-off
performance. These activities will showcase the ships' professional dancers and
will be developed in collaboration with the show's dancers and choreographers.

"The 'Dancing with the Stars: At Sea' theme cruises are all the more exciting
with the addition of such popular professional dancers and celebrities from
ABC's hit show," said  Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing,
sales and guest programs. "We know our guests are going to be thrilled with the
opportunity to see such incredible talent live on these cruises."

The six theme cruises in 2013 and early 2014 will feature "Dancing with the
Stars: At Sea" events including dance lessons, a chance to meet the dancers, ask
questions and take photos, and a dazzling production starring the celebrities
and famed dance pros, complete with glamorous costumes and routines from the TV
show. Performers are subject to change.  

Professional dancers  Lacey Schwimmer  and  Mark Ballas  are scheduled to appear
on  ms Eurodam'sFeb. 16, 2013,  Eastern Caribbean  cruise. Joining the pros on
the seven-day voyage are celebrities  Joey Fatone  and  Sabrina Bryan.  

Chelsie Hightower  and  Mark Ballas  are scheduled to sail  Jun. 22, 2013, on 
ms Veendam's  seven-day  Canada  and New England voyage. Celebrities to be

Kym Johnson  and  Tristan MacManus  are scheduled to sail on  ms Oosterdam'sJun.
30  and  Jul. 7, 2013, seven-day  Alaska  cruises along with celebrity  Carson
Kressley. Additional celebrity to be announced.  

2014 "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" theme cruises are on board  ms Nieuw
AmsterdamJan. 5  for a seven-day  Eastern Caribbean  sailing and  Jan. 12 
seven-day  Western Caribbean  cruise. Celebrities to be announced.

For more information about the "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" theme cruises
and Holland America Line's cruises and CruiseTours, consult a professional
travel seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit 
www.hollandamerica.com  or the Plan a Cruise tab at 

The 16th  season of  Dancing with the Stars  will premiere on  Monday, March
18th  at  8:00pm (ET)  on ABC.  

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: 
CCL and CUK)]  
Holland  America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415
ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies.  One- to 110-day itineraries
visit all seven continents and highlights include  Antarctica,  South America, 
Australia/New Zealand  and  Asia  voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular
sailings to ports in the  Caribbean,  Bermuda,  Alaska,  Mexico,  Canada/New
England,  Europe  and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order
from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in fall 2015.

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than  $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine - a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes - Explorations Cafe powered by The  New York
Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all
new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.  

World's Leading Cruise Lines
Holland  America Line  is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Princess
Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and
a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people
to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.  Visit us at  www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

About  Dancing with the Stars
The  Dancing with the Stars  format launched as  Strictly Come Dancing  in the
UK in 2004.  Dancing with the Stars, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions,
premiered on ABC in 2005 as the U.S. version of the smash hit series. Both 
Strictly Come Dancing  and  Dancing with the Stars  continue to attract mass
audiences on both sides of the pond. Additionally, the  DWTS  format has been
licensed to more than 40 countries across six continents and has been broadcast
in over 75 countries around the world. The Guinness Book of World Records named 
Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing  officially the world's most
successful reality TV format in 2010 based on format sales, viewing figures and
spin-off shows. The format was also named the most-watched entertainment show in
the world by trade publication TBI in 2008. The show has been lauded by viewers
and critics alike and has won countless awards. In 2009,  DWTS  made Emmy
history, garnering 10 nominations, the most for any non-fiction programming in a
single award year.  Since 2006, the show has won10 Emmys and has been nominated
55 times.   DWTS  has also been the recipient of two People's Choice Awards
(2008 and 2009), the first ever Game Show Award (2009) and in 2012, the NAACP
Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series, the GLAAD Media Award for
Outstanding Reality Program and the Critic's Choice Award for  Tom Bergeron  as
Best Reality Show Host.

About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is one of five core businesses under BBC Worldwide
America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned
subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Led by 
Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide Productions is based in  Los Angeles  and develops
and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast
networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible
for various titles currently on air and in production including  Criminal
Justice  (HBO),Getting On  (HBO),  Top Gear  (HISTORY),  Torchwood:  Miracle Day
 (Starz),  Richard Hammond's Crash Course  (BBC AMERICA),  What Not to Wear 
(TLC),  The Week the Women Went  (Lifetime) and the cultural phenomenon, 
Dancing with the Stars  (ABC).

About BBC Worldwide Ltd.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary
of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to exploit the
value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in
public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core
businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer
Products and Global Brands. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits
of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to
the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review
website:  http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview.

 CONTACT:  Sally Andrews          
 PHONE:    800-637-5029           
 FAX:      206-262-5934           
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SOURCE  Holland America Line

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