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Old April 7th, 2013, 12:23 AM
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There are several good ballroom dance groups that sail together on various ships. These are people who know how to dance and love to dance! Always a fun, friendly experience!! Look it up! Great fun!!
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Old April 8th, 2013, 08:31 AM
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Question Largest dance floors

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Gee, thanks ... where do I look it up
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Old April 9th, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Most dance groups never make it onto the Internet. The local group in January was just a bunch of friends who decided to book on the Mediterranea at the same time. Nobody was really in charge and we mostly dance International style at the bronze/silver level. Incidentally there were equal numbers of singles- sometimes we end up with more single guys than women. There was a dance studio group from Florida who hadn't posted either. dancinglist.com has some cruises, but I personally know of one with Southern Star chapter of USA Dance next October that isn't listed.
I decided a long time ago not to hire partners for social dancing. I did try one of the companies that provides hostesses, but it was quite expensive and not all that much fun. I do travel with Stardust. They were getting 500+ people when they were on Costa Fortuna but Adventure of the Seas (San Juan) a much smaller group and I didn't like the ship (should have done trip report, will dig out my notes). Linda says she wants to sail from Florida next year but is having trouble finding a ship.
If you want "cheap" and "dancing" then, for all its many and varied faults Costa is your only real choice, so the best odds of finding other dancers is on whatever ship they have sailing from the US.

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Old May 13th, 2013, 01:30 PM
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I just found out Costa will have the Luminosa in Miami this winter. I just got off the Deliziosa, which seems to be almost identical. These ships came out of the Fincantieri yard, there's a few differences from Atlantica/Mediterranea.
Ship reviews to follow as soon as I put my notes together.
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Old November 29th, 2013, 05:11 PM
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P&O Oriana, Eastern Mediterranean from Southampton, Nov 2014. Sea state in Bay of Biscay usually moderate.

Harlequin's: overall about 32' x 40' but reduced by furniture to about 24' x 34'. Live groups John James Trio, High Society. Almost all tempos were correct, even if the music was less than inspiring. Very good recorded music in breaks. I asked High Society for a merengue, after much searching got "Quando" at a nice samba tempo. Requested a samba, got "Quando" at a nice merengue tempo. They gave up trying to find a Paso Doble, and there was no Viennese Waltz over the whole cruise. Many sequence dances announced, but rarely more than six couples, and very few under age 65. Used as the nightclub after 23:30, but not well attended. The passenger mix on this sailing was strongly skewed towards elderly, and a generally low standard of dancing.

Pacific Lounge: oval, 20' x 26'. Used for various theme nights, not usually for dancing.

Crow's Nest: circular, 18'. On deck 12, susceptible to movement. Used for lounge music.

Lords tavern. currently used as a sports bar but has an area 30' x 25' that could be used as a dance floor.

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Old April 10th, 2014, 12:38 PM
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I've been on HAL twice -- and the only way to survive the sticky dance floors is to wear something over your shoes -- so they will slide on the floor. The floors are fine if one just wants to stand and sway to the music. We found it easier to dance on the carpet -- we could hear the music in the area where the elevators were, and just danced there. There wasn't much traffic through the area, and we had enough room to waltz and foxtrot.
I was on the Celebrity Solstice in Nov 2013, they had a decent size floor in the Sky Observation Lounge which they were always using for game shows and other nonsense AT NIGHT! We would get in there to dance with music from our iPhone before the nonsense started and it was actually quite fun to have the whole floor to ourselves to do our our nice lines and moves and people started coming up early to watch and clap for us!
However on the night when "Ballroom music" was finally scheduled they waxed the floor with said gunk, it was so sticky I almost twisted my ankle. Asked the DJ and the steward who had done it and they said this was the "correct" way for dancing!! We re-educated them and said that people were going to hurt themselves that night and they would be blamed - so they finally came and cleaned it up by washing the floor again! It was still slightly sticky but more manageable after that.

So the correct way to survive sticky dance floors is - Don't stand for it! Ask them to clean it up!
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Has anyone experienced Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas? What are the chance of us finding any ballroom dancing? My husband and I are taking ballroom dance lessons. We've only been taking them for a year and a half, but we enjoy it and we are hoping we might find ballroom dancing on the Oasis.
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Old April 16th, 2014, 07:16 AM
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No experience with Oasis. Vision had a nice floor, but only one hour of music was scheduled, conflicting with second sitting. Adventure, also a room with a nice floor, but I don't remember any music at all.
You'll probably find some rhythm if you check around, but no smooth.
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No experience with Oasis. Vision had a nice floor, but only one hour of music was scheduled, conflicting with second sitting. Adventure, also a room with a nice floor, but I don't remember any music at all.
You'll probably find some rhythm if you check around, but no smooth.
The Oasis has Dazzles, In my experience, has a very undersized dance floor, especially for a 2 story lounge. It has a band that plays more contemporary music.

Also, there's a Latin venue on the Promenade.
They have a very well done 70's night, but very common YMCA-style beginning, but it's something still is a great one experience.

Not much ball-room, though. You should find some beginner dance classes also.

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I'm glad I found this thread. Most of the responses have been extremely helpful.
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