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#41
Florida
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Joined Aug 2008
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!!
#43
Mississauga ON
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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.
#44
Mississauga ON
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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.
#45
Mississauga ON
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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.
#46
Singapore
124 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by ladydancer
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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#47
Oklahoma
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Joined Mar 2014
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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#48
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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.
#49
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Originally posted by Dancer Bob
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.

Mike
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#51
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Originally posted by BandMomsRock
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.
Oasis doesnt really have anywhere suitable for ballroom im afraid. i took a group on and we had to use night club for classes but it was difficult....i dont remember any ballroom music being played anywhere. apart from this....it was a great ship.
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#52
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Originally posted by BandMomsRock
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.
Oasis doesnt really have anywhere suitable for ballroom im afraid. i took a group on and we had to use night club for classes but it was difficult....i dont remember any ballroom music being played anywhere. apart from this....it was a great ship.
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#53
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Originally posted by Dancer Bob
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.
We do, but they're usually through ballroom message boards and just email groups. There are about 60 of us going on a Caribbean Cruise in February with Princess.
#54
Ft. Myers, Fl
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I spent a month on Royal Princess the atrium is very large. They had several hundred people learning ball room dancing. Also line dancing and several other forms of dancing.


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#56
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Originally posted by RKSue
I spent a month on Royal Princess the atrium is very large. They had several hundred people learning ball room dancing. Also line dancing and several other forms of dancing.


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Several hundred at once? Was it even possible to move, let alone learn ballroom dancing?
Could you please tell us how big the atrium is? What sort of flooring do they have?
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#57
Ft. Myers, Fl
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Originally posted by cafeDB
Several hundred at once? Was it even possible to move, let alone learn ballroom dancing?
Could you please tell us how big the atrium is? What sort of flooring do they have?
Thank you
The atrium can hold a lot of people. Since they were learning the steps and the teachers made sure they went in the same directions it helped. People also used other levels of the ship to dance. They would move all the tables and chairs out of the main floor area and if they had a lot of extra people they would even remove them to some of the back spaces. I cant tell you the dimensions but there is room for a band stand closer to the Vines bar. The Vines bar is 2 times the size of any other ship that I have been on. The atrium is really set up to accomdate a very large crowd as the ship holds over 4400 passageners. It intresting that when you do web search it states only 3600. We had closer to 4500 on our baltic cruise and it was very crowded.
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#58
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Dance portion of review, full review to be posted soon, HAL Westerdam, Eastern Caribbean, Nov 2014.
Music: There are TWO groups playing under the name HALCats, both 5-piece combos. No one could explain why, although it appeared I was the only passenger alert enough to notice. The groups are allowed to play only HAL's music. The group in the Ocean Bar tried, but were crippled by the music, which didn't have much after 1970 and worse, was arranged so the saxophone player was constant playing wildly off-tempo from the rest of the group. The other group played theme nights in the Queens Lounge, very monotonous and repetitious music.
Ocean Bar: Oval, 16' x 12', could be 16' x 20' with furniture pushed back. Floor in reasonable condition but too small for standard/smooth. Usually pretty much empty after 10 PM.
Queens Lounge: Semi-circular, 40' x 25', about 30' x 20' useable LOD. Floor is in good condition, but used as a multipurpose room, usually reduced to about half by furniture.
Crows Nest: Circular, 20'. Not normally used for dancing, covered with furniture.
Northern Lights “Disco”: 16' x 24', with one corner nibbled off, down to 16 x 12'. 18” pillar in the middle. Loud, obnoxious music. I spot-checked a few times, only once did I see anyone there after 11 PM.
DWTS “Classes”: These were really auditions for a Pro-Am passenger talent show, with what were called samba, tango and foxtrot. Samba started with Criss-Cross Bota Fogos, Criss-Cross Voltas and Corta Jacas. So far so good, except 90% of the women showed up wearing things like platform sandals! It quickly degenerated into prancing and arm-flailing. Tango started with a demonstration of ballroom hold, but there were only Argentine Tango-like movements. Foxtrot was absurd, with nothing that could really be called foxtrot.
The only woman in the class who could actually dance was not picked for the show, although they did take her partner, who was nowhere near her standard.

Although there is potential, do not expect HAL to deliver anything better than “poor”. I was traveling with a dance group, the dozen of us made up about 90% of the nightlife. If I had been solo, it would have been a disaster.
#59
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Ruby Princess, early December 2014, Eastern Caribbean. Grand class ship, 3,000 passenger capacity.

Entertainment (Since Princess is American, I've used USA Dance tempos).
Club Fusion Overall about 32' x 40'. Useable LOD about 30' x 20' due to odd shape and furniture placed on floor.
Explorers semi-circular, base about 30', radius about 17'. Useable LOD about 10x 20. There are two concentric metal rings which may be of concern.
Wheelhouse Roughly triangular base about 20' height 12'. Not suitable for standard/smooth, limited for latin/rhythm.
Skywalkers Disco L-shaped floor, about 8' wide with 12 and 20' legs. Plexiglass and tile squares with noticeable joints. Music less loud and obnoxious than most discos.
Lobby. Tile mosaic, circular, about 12'. Not comfortable for dancing.
Crooners. Advertised as a dance venue but does not have a dance floor, only a tile area in passenger corridor.
Music:
Atomic band- contracted as a group, with their own music. Trying hard, seem to want people dancing, but usually assigned to theme nights. Many tempos just not right, not receiving any useful guidance from Princess.
DJ Robin. Some good music but infrequently scheduled. The Caribbean band had some very danceable music, but were only scheduled in the lobby.
“Ballrom Blitz” dance lessons- tango, merengue, cha-cha. The instructors appeared to have seen the figures, although they had no idea how to actually teach them.

Rated “Poor”. Although Club Fusion has a decent floor and some of the musicians tried hard, it was obvious management just didn't care. They could have done much better, but except for the group I was with, there were no more than about a dozen couples who could be said to dance.
#60
Mississauga ON
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Joined Nov 2008
Was on Costa Luminosa in February. Trio Tringali and Duo Contatto alternate in the main lounge from 18.00 to 01.00. Best music I've heard on a cruise ship for a decade. Luminosa's dance floors are also very large for a cruise ship (of course, usefulness depends on how many people are dancing). Overall, with these groups playing, this cruise was the best for dancing for individuals/small groups I've been on in a long time.
Currently on Costa Mediterranea, an older version of the Luminosa, with a large group (Stardust). Unfortunately, the "improvements" on the two new ships (Deliziosa as well) involved removing three dance floors, so for a large group, Mediterranea is the better choice, although the music is a notch below Luminosa.