Out to Sea column for Jan. 17/15
(c) By Jim and Barb Fox
Canadians dominated as the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars took to the seas for the Champions Cruise in the Caribbean.
Brenton Mitchell of Halifax danced his way to victory, capturing the coveted Mirrorball Trophy during a week of intense competitions on Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam.
|Finalists taking part in the Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Champions Cruise on the Westerdam. (Jim Fox photo)|
Ian Alldritt of Ottawa (Nepean) ended up in second place while Caroline Chan from Vancouver was the third Canadian among 15 finalists.
Dancing with the Stars: At Sea is one of several innovations Holland America has added to its entertainment lineup for cruisers.
Along with the B.B. King Blues Club, the ships have greatly enhanced their stage shows with professional singers and dancers in the showrooms at sea that have LED rear projection walls and state-of-the-art digital and laser technology and sound systems.
Back on the dance floor, the competitions were intense in the Vista Lounge with standing room only while a second showroom was opened for the overflow to watch the finals on video screens.
For the competitors – selected from cruise guests over the past year on the cruise line’s 15 ships – the Champions Cruise was no waltz in the park.