Re: Cruises with ballroom dancing Posted by hanow 9/8/2010 11:14:00 PM
Dancing is my passion and I've done several cruises where I was a dance host. I've also cruised with groups of 50- 60 or more dancers from my favorite Florida ballroom studio.
Costa Lines has several ships sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale that ballroom dancers love--the Magica, Atlanta, Fortuna, Mediteranea, among those I've enjoyed. Each has unusually large main ballroom(s) and several excellent live music groups onboard. These musicians also entertain at several other venues onboard with wood dance floors (a caberet, latin lounge, piano bar). There is a disco, too (which we try to avoid).
I've heard more than a few dancers grumble that Costa should try to improve the quality of their food and dining room service. Holland American gets thumbs up there, but their "dam" ship's ceramic-surfaced dance floors are so small that, unless they're skilled dancers, 6 or 8 couples ends to overwhelm the space.