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Adventure guide to don’t-miss moments aboard HALs Dancing With the Stars cruise

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Holland America offers six theme cruises in 2014 featuring “Dancing with the Stars” events, including dance lessons; a chance to meet the dancers, ask questions and take photos; and a dazzling production show starring the celebrities and famed pro dancers. It gets better: Every sailing on all 15 ships features an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars” program, including dance lessons and dance-off performance. And better still: 15 guests will receive a free cruise and chance to compete on the 2014 “Champions Cruise” set for Dec. 6.

INFO: Holland America Cruises, www.HollandAmerica.com.

Read my "Bucket List Adventure: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam" here. You'll need to pack your dancing shoes, and plenty of others, on this cruise; get the right bag.

Half Moon Cay
Half Moon Cay Kathy Witt

Half Moon Cay

Lounging in a super squishy chaise in a wooden, sherbet-colored cabana at Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private Caribbean island, and enjoying a misting fan, a fridge stocked with cold drinks and an afternoon snack of tortilla chips, veggies, fresh fruit and assorted dips. Oh, and sipping refreshingly delicious margaritas from the pirate-ship bar mere steps away.

Ken Hall and Emma Slater
Ken Hall and Emma Slater Kathy Witt

Ken Hall and Emma Slater

Bumping into the DWTS celebs while ordering a latte at Explorations Cafe, lounging in the Silk Den, sipping a cordial in the Piano Bar and working out on the elliptical machine in the fitness center. The beauty of the HAL DWTS theme cruises is the accessibility of the stars. You can pass the time of day with them, swap gossip – even pose for a quick photo.

Foods
Foods Kathy Witt

Foods

Sampling different foods, atmosphere and gastronomical theatricality each evening: spa cuisine at the two-tiered Manhattan Dining Room, Southeast Asian delicacies at Tamarind, Italian share-size dishes at Canaletto, artisanal nibbles at Pinnacle Grill.

Cabana Club
Cabana Club Holland America Line

Cabana Club

Enjoying poolside lounging and ocean views from the comfy confines of your (rented) cabana on Lido deck. It’s stocked with lots of goodies and the wait staff brings champagne in the afternoon. Even better: renting one of the more private and exclusive Cabana Club tented retreats on the 11th deck. It comes with all the amenities, plus snob appeal.

Allyse Ishino
Allyse Ishino Holland America Line

Allyse Ishino

Being front row center at the Dancing With the Stars: At Sea Championship Finale and seeing the first-ever DWTS Mirror Ball Trophy at sea awarded. Allyse Ishino, who represented HAL’s ms Westerdam, came from behind and knocked the audience on its collective ear with her impassioned tango, snatching the trophy from Todd Greenquist (ms Amsterdam) and Kristin Capaldo (ms Noordam) with her professional-level dancing and showmanship.

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