SEATTLE - During the Jan. 12 Champions Cruise aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line crowned guest Allyse Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif. the line's first "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Champion.
Ishino, who represented ms Westerdam, triumphed over 14
other guest competitors to claim the title and take home the coveted
Holland America Line's "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" Mirror Ball
Ishino danced in the ship's main show lounge in three elimination
performances before making it to the finals where she executed a
passionate Tango in front of a judging panel that included "Dancing with
the Stars" professional dancers Tristan MacManus, Kym Johnson and
Sharna Burgess, dance troupe member Jaymz Tuaileva and Nieuw Amsterdam
cruise director Eric Dowis.
"Congratulations to Allyse! We've been building up to the 'Dancing
with the Stars: At Sea' Champions Cruise all year and the 15 champions
gave stunning performances that excited everyone onboard and impressed
our judging panels of professional dancers," said Richard Meadows,
Holland America Line's executive vice president, sales, marketing and
"All of the guest competitors put their heart and soul
into each performance and they all deserve to be congratulated."
Before Ishino was named champion in the final round, three elimination
rounds were held to whittle the 15 competitors to three finalists. Todd
Greenquist of Scarborough, Maine, representing ms Amsterdam, and
Kristin Capaldo of Cumberland, R.I., from ms Noordam, also advanced from
the early rounds to dance in the final evening's competition.
The 15 Champions Cruise competitors represented each of the ships in
the Holland America Line fleet. They were selected as the winning guests
with the highest overall score from their ship's "Dancing with the
Stars: At Sea" dance competitions that were held onboard every cruise
throughout the past year.
Joining the Champions Cruise to perform in a special production show
were "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancers: Emmy Award--winner
and five-time "Dancing with the Stars" champion Derek Hough, two-time
winner Kym Johnson, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater and Tristan MacManus.
Celebrities who performed included actress Sabrina Bryan, singer Joey
Fatone and television personality Carson Kressley.
Additional events on the cruise included a special fashion show
featuring the glamorous show costumes, a chance to meet the dance pros
and celebrities, and a question-and-answer session.
Holland America Line has extended its partnership with "Dancing with
the Stars" and will feature the shipboard program through the 2014
sailing season, culminating with another Champions Cruise guest
dance-off competition on the Dec. 6, 2014, Caribbean sailing of ms
The 2014 schedule also will include six special "Dancing with the
Stars" theme cruises featuring the show's professional dancers and
celebrities. Currently scheduled to sail on all six theme cruises in
2014 are professional dancers Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson,
television personality Carson Kressley and actress Sabrina Bryan.
For more information about the "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" theme
cruises, 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 www.Facebook.com/HALcruises. Complete rules on the "Dancing with
the Stars: At Sea" dance competition are posted on
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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; four
annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean,
Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line
currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery
in February 2016.
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 --
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powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom
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About Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars is the U.S. version of the BBC's international
smash hit series, Strictly Come Dancing, where celebrities are paired
with professional ballroom dance instructors and compete for a coveted
Mirrorball trophy. Dancing with the Stars is produced by BBC Worldwide
Productions for ABC. The fan-favorite has garnered 64 Emmy(R)
nominations and 10 wins since its inception, breaking the Emmy(R) record
in 2009, 2012 and 2013 for the most nominations for a non-fiction
program in a single award year. DWTS has also been honored with various
main program awards including the GLAAD Media Award, NAACP Award,
Realscreen Award, Imagen Award, and two People's Choice Awards. Veteran
host, Tom Bergeron has also been honored with two Critics Choice Awards
in addition to taking home the 64th Primetime Emmy(R) Award for
About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business under BBC Worldwide North
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 including the
upcoming Getting On (HBO), Criminal Justice (HBO), Intruders (BBC
AMERICA) as well as Americans in Bed (HBO), Top Gear (HISTORY), What Not
to Wear (TLC), Richard Hammond's Crash Course (BBC AMERICA) and the
cultural phenomenon, Dancing with the Stars (ABC).
About BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide
exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits
on its behalf. It does this through investing in, commercialising and
showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is
consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also builds the
reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champions British
In 2012/13, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of GBP156m and
headline sales of GBP1,116m and returned GBP156m to the BBC. For more
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