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Three Great Cruises for Reality TV Fans

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Princess Cruises | Theresa Norton | August 06, 2015

Three Great Cruises for Reality TV Fans

Whether cooking, singing or dancing, TV reality competition shows are increasingly taking to the high seas. The newest partnership: Princess Cruises and “The Voice.”

Calm down, it doesn’t look like Adam Levine is sailing on the Love Boat any time soon. But the ships will host singing competitions onboard, complete with mentors, the swiveling red chairs and a live finale performance.

“Guests will feel like they are part of the globally popular TV show performing on a high-tech set almost identical to the hit show, including rotating red chairs and a live Princess band with back-up singers,” said Adrian Fischer, vice president-entertainment for Princess Cruises.

The “Voice of the Ocean” competition includes karaoke try-outs for vocalists who are 16 or older and mentor sessions with a Princess musical entertainer or vocalist. The three coaches each will pick teams and then finalists and the audience will select the winner who will receive a trophy and title as the "Voice of the Ocean.”

The vocal competition will debut aboard Regal Princess in October, followed by Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess in November. Eight additional ships will offer the singing contest as it rolls out between January and May 2016.

Meanwhile, Holland America Line once again will welcome competitors, judges and professional dancers from the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” on Nieuw Amsterdam's Jan. 3 and Jan. 10 cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

Scheduled to sail are dance pros and Mirrorball Trophy winners Tony Dovolani and Kym Johnson, along with celebrity competitors Carson Kressley and Florence Henderson.

They’ll appear on the Jan. 3 “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” theme cruise and the Jan. 10 Champions Cruise, when a winner will be selected from the yearlong competition on all the line’s ships.

These are the final two cruises with the dance competition, as the partnership will be ending immediately afterward.

The “DWTS: At Sea” cruises include dance lessons with the ship’s professional dancers, a fashion show of costumes from the TV show, and a chance to meet the stars, ask questions and take photos with them.

“It’s been a wonderful partnership between Holland America Line and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ over the last few years,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The program added an engaging element to our cruises that many guests embraced with passion and dedication. We are thankful to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and BBC Worldwide for an amazing run.”

Finally, the “MasterChef” cruise will return to Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam on the Nov. 6 weeklong cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

Special guests will include MasterChef All-Stars Luca Manfe, the winner from Season 4, Elizabeth Cauvel, runner-up on Season 5, Sean Le, a Season 2 contestant and the Season 6 winner, who will be revealed on the Sept. 16 finale.

Programming will include interactive cooking demonstrations, meet-and-greet and autograph sessions, a Mystery Box challenge and more.


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