Strictly for cruising ... Anton Du Beke and Arlene Phillips join P&O Cruises’ dance line-up for 2015
Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer and household favourite Anton Du Beke and former judge Arlene Phillips are joining the P&O Cruises hugely popular Strictly themed cruises in 2015.
Du Beke will be guest judge on Azura’s 14-night Baltic escape in June, while Phillips will now be joining Britannia’s 14-night Canary Islands cruise in July.
As one of Strictly’s most popular professional dancers, Du Beke has been with the show since the series started in 2004 and will be returning to the BBC line-up for 2015. Phillips has also been a part of the Strictly family since its launch and most recently has been giving her expert views on BBC2’s It Takes Two.
This year’s Strictly cruises include 2014’s professional finalists Karen Hauer, Kevin Clifton and Kristina Rihanoff as well as series 12 winner Pasha Kovalev.
Each cruise will feature four of the show’s favourite professional dancers with the opportunity to meet them and maybe learn a move or two from the experts themselves during the regular dance classes. Also joining each cruise will be a guest judge to offer a Strictly experience to remember.
The Strictly team will offer up close and personal interviews on board, photo and meet and greet opportunities, and spectacular Strictly Come Dancing showcase performances produced by BBC Worldwide.
P&O Cruises will also be joined again by a team from DanceSport International, official designers and suppliers of dresses and costumes to the show: a stunning selection of these costumes will be on display around the ship, and available to buy, with organised fashion events to showcase them at their very best.
Passengers can also participate in a dance competition culminating in grand finale performances in the ship’s main theatre, with a judging panel including a Strictly professional dancer and guest judge.
Remaining Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises for 2015 include:
A 14-night cruise to Portugal, Monaco & Italy on Ventura departing May 28.
Strictly stars: Iveta Lukosiute & Tristan MacManus, Karen Hauer & Kevin Clifton and Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood.Early Saver prices from £949 per person
A 14 night cruise to Scandinavia, Russia & Estonia on Azura departing June 20.
Strictly stars: Robin Windsor & Kristina Rihanoff, Pasha Kovalev & Anya Garnis and guest judge Anton Du Beke.
Early Saver prices from £949 per person
A 14-night cruise to the Canary Islands & Iberia on Britannia departing July 25.
Strictly stars: Janette Manrara & Aljaz Skorjanec, Karen Hauer & Kevin Clifton and guest judge Arlene Phillips (replacing Artem Chigvintsev).
Select Prices from £1,649 per person.
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