Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dance with the Crystal Stars - and the Glenn Miller Orchestra - on Big Band Transatlantic Voyage

As dance pros, celebrities and hopeful champions samba into living rooms worldwide, Crystal Cruises announces its own “Dancing with the Crystal Stars.”

Featured on Crystal Serenity’s December 1 Big Band and Ballroom Dance Experiences of Discovery Transatlantic voyage, Crystal’s ‘That’s Ballroom!’ specially-themed production showcases crew members who will perform with professional dance instructors after completing an intense Ballroom Boot Camp to master the steps, grace and nuances of various dance styles. Given the increasing number of dance enthusiasts, the ultra-luxury line is also adding advanced level classes in American Rhythm, American Smooth, International Latin and International Standard for more experienced dancers. Beginning classes (also complimentary) and private instruction (for a fee) are also available.

“The emergence of hit shows like Dancing With the Stars has created a renewed interest and excitement for dancing. Crystal’s dance classes have been increasingly popular for guests of all ages with and without partners. The days at sea on this southern Atlantic route presented an ideal opportunity for us to expand the music and dance theme,” says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment.

Headlined by the famed Glenn Miller Orchestra, the ocean crossing will feature more dance classes, added Ambassador Hosts for ladies without dance partners, live music and nightly dancing and performances by championship dancers.

Bullock adds, ”Even non-dancers will enjoy the timeless music and energetic dance performances lined up for Crystal’s Big Band and Ballroom Dance cruise.”

The 68,870-ton, 1,070-guest, award-winning Crystal Serenity is distinguished for its smooth sailing, spaciousness, multiple stylish venues for dancing and live music and extensive enrichment including Computer University@Sea classes, expert guest lecturers, Yamaha keyboard and Berlitz language classes (all complimentary).

The 10-day cruise departs Lisbon for Ponta Delgada, Grand Turk, and Miami. Promotional per person Two-for-One cruise fares start at US$4,000, double occupancy, including free air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways and US$500 per person ‘All Inclusive – As You Wish’ shipboard credits.

Crystal Cruises is consistently voted “World’s Best” by sophisticated travelers worldwide. In February, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler again named Crystal Serenity the best medium-sized ship in the world.

The Crystal Difference
In 2010, Crystal Cruises is celebrates 20 years of luxury cruising. Its cruises to six continents range from seven to 108 days. Among the highlights of the year is the World Cruise, which can be enjoyed in individual voyages of 12 to 21 days, and the annual Presidents’ cruise, which in 2010 travels from Dubai to Piraeus.

Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony are the two highest rated ships in the world, ranked #1 and 2, respectively. Aboard the ultra-luxurious vessels, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by warm, gracious service, abundant space, extensive choices and superior quality. Crystal Cruises was honored as “The World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.

For additional information or booking, please contact Miramar Express at +852 3960-0388 or email to; visit also the luxury line's website at

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