Alaska Dance Cruise + NW Dance Fest (June 9-18, 2023)

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The Alaska cruise is now completely sold out.

I'm sorry we missed you this time through, but please join us for our dance & travel adventures in Mexico, the Galapagos, Croatia, and more!


for details & dates

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to keep our lead-follow balance, all single follows will be placed on a wait list.  Single leads and lead-follow pairs can still get in right away. Single follows, please DO register if you would like to attend and we will try to get you off the wait list as soon as possible.

Join Worldwide Dance Adventures  this Summer for a fabulous 2-in-1 Alaskan Adventure!

 Alaska Dance Cruise plus "Dance Fest NW Weekend!" 

Join us Fri-Sun (June 9-11, 2023) in Seattle for a fabulous pre-cruise "Dance Fest NW Weekend", followed by a one-week Inside Passage Alaska Dance Cruise round-trip from Seattle (June 11-18), and a wonderful after-party in Seattle when we return! (June 18 

The cruise will be onboard Holland America's majestic Westerdam, taking in the beauty and splendor of the Inside Passage, Alaska's spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Juneau, and more! 

ALASKA DANCE CRUISE:  June 11-18 (Sun-Sun)

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Dance Fest NW Weekend (June 9-11)
and the After-Cruise Party in Seattle (June 18)

Check out our ship with the beautiful "Music Walk" and 
"B.B. King Blues Club" stage! (described at 2:40 in the video): 


The cruise has limited space and they are selling out quickly, so you will want to reserve your spot soon and make sure you get on the ship! Pricing and availability can change at any time, so it's best to register soon.  We can reserve and hold the room for up to 7 days prior to paying the deposit.  The deposit is fully refundable through March 12th.
  • CLICK HERE to go to the registration page and reserve your spot for a room on the ship.  Once you fill out the registration form, you will have 7 days to complete the payment of the deposit ($350).  
  • FOR COUPLES, for DANCERS WITH TRAVEL PARTNERS, or for SOLO TRAVELERS:  You can reserve your spot on the ship today and get confirmed, no worries.
  • FOR DANCERS SEEKING ROOMMATES:  We can hold a room for you on the ship, but please let us know you are seeking a roommate on the REGISTRATION page and we will do our best to match you up with other single travelers.
  • Scroll down this page for details and pricing for the Alaska Cruise, including special offers for our group.

Alaska Dance Cruise Overview:



June 11-18, 2022 (Sun to Sun).   Departing at 4:00pm (Jun 11), returning at 7am (Jun 18) from Seattle onboard Holland America's "Westerdam"


Ports of call include Seattle, the Inside Passage, Alaska's spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Juneau, Victoria (B.C) and more!  We have organized  dance classes and parties with the folks in Ketchikan and Juneau, so there will be wonderful opportunities to meet and mingle with local dancers there!


Group classes on the ship will include a mix of morning and/or afternoon sessions in a variety of dance styles (swing, blues, ballroom, Latin, blues, fusion, WCS, tango, etc), with a strong focus on both partnering & connection as well as introducing fun new step patterns and stylings.  Other group activities may include afternoon & evening dances; a cocktail social hour, games night, special dance outings in ports; as well as many other fun "non-dancing" activities onboard the ship and on dry land.  


Sailing some of the most popular cruise vacation destinations in the world, this amenity-filled ship is a crowning jewel of the Holland America fleet.  


Pricing and availability may change at any time at Holland America's discretion so we encourage you to sign up ASAP to confirm your room and pricing.  

     Additional Amenities:  Book now through us to receive Holland America’s “Have It All” best value offer ($50/day) with four amenities included: $100 Shore Excursion Credit, Drink Package (non-alcholic), Specialty Dining, and Wi-Fi!   CLICK HERE for details. (This offer is good up to 10 days before the ship departs)

Prices listed below are as of May 14, 2023, based on double occupancy and are "all-inclusive".  Price includes room & board, port fees, taxes, dance classes, dedicated group concierge, all group activities, Anchorage workshop & dance.  Not included: Onboard sundries, any extra amenities/excursions beyond those already provided, transport to and from ship, and tip.

      Listed below are the current costs per category. Prices may change any time at Holland America's discretion. 

PRICING: (prices are per person based on double occupancy)  *We were just informed by our travel agent that our group will receive a $100+ per person discount for anyone who registers prior to Mar 29th.  Rooms are going fast -- sign up soon!


INSIDE ROOM (Double)     =>NOW $1,395  (Save $100)

INSIDE ROOM (Solo)          =>NOW $1,998  (Save $200)

$2,100 = OCEANVIEW    =>NOW $1,900  (Save $200)  SOLD OUT

$2,355 = VERANDA       =>NOW $2,100  (Save $255)   SOLD OUT

$2,445 = VISTA SUITE   =>NOW $2,300  (Save $145)  SOLD OUT


1) $100 SHIPBOARD CREDIT:  To honor and thank first responders, healthcare workers, and active, retired and veteran members of the military from the U.S. and Canada, Holland America is offering a $100 shipboard credit to individuals in those groups.

2)  $100 SHIPBOARD CREDIT:  Anyone who owns 100+ shares of Carnival Cruise Lines stock (CCL) will get a $100 shipboard credit (can be combined with other offers).  Shares are currently selling for around $10 if you are planning to buy any

3)  The "Have it All" Package:  For $50/day/person ($700 total per cabin) you can get the following 4 amenities:

1.  Signature Beverage Package  (non-alcoholic drinks only, normally $55/day alone)

2.  $100 Shore Excursion Credit

3.  Wi-Fi Surf Package ($100 value)

4.  One Night Specialty Dining in Steakhouse Restaurant ($50 value)

WI-FI AVAILABILITY:  Three Wi-fi packages are available on the ship:

  1. The $14.99/day "Social Voyage" plan allows you to connect to Facebook and other popular social websites and applications. The weeklong rate is $69.99
  2. The $24.99/day "Surf Voyage" plan allows access to email, news, sports and more standard web browsing. The weeklong rate is $99.99. 
  3. The $29.99/day "Premium Voyage" plan supports audio/video calls and streaming on top of email, websites and apps. The weeklong rate is $139.99


If you need to cancel the trip due to COVID, you may do so and receive a full credit toward future travel on Holland America within one year.  Otherwise you can purchase additional "Trip Cancelation" insurance to cover the following items.  

1)  GENERAL: Refunds 80% of your base fare plus all taxes and port fees. Can cancel up to 2 days before sailing.

2) PLATINUM: Refunds 90% of base fare plus all taxes and fees. Includes $25k medical insurance. Can cancel up until sailing.

     Charges are based on room price and would be as follows:

Inside Cabin:            General $109 /  Platinum $129

Oceanview Cabin:   General $119 /  Platinum $149

Veranda Cabin:        General $139 / Platinim $179

CLICK HERE for more details


CLICK HERE  to go to the REGISTRATION page and reserve your spot for a room on the ship.  Once you fill out the registration form, including your room preference and any amenities you may want, we will confirm your room availability.  Invoices will be sent out shortly after that.  You do not need to pay at this time. DO NOT use the Payment page to pay for this cruise


  • At this time, there are no COVID restrictions in Alaska or Canada (meaning you do NOT need proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to sail).  If those rules change anytime prior to the trip and it precludes you from being able to attend, you will receive a full refund.

           See bottom of FAQ below for more details about the ships COVID policy


Where does the ship leave from and how do I get there?  The ship leaves from the port of Seattle, WA.  If coming from out of town for the cruise only, you will need to arrange your own travel to the port which is very accessible from the Seattle (SEA) airport, and anywhere in Seattle.  There are many shuttles and taxi's available throughout the region, as well as Uber, Lyft, and other shared ride services.  

If you are participating in the NW Dance Fest workshops, we will try to arrange a carpool for you on Sunday, June 11, leaving from Om Culture at around 12:30pm following the last workshop.  

Who is the organizer and administrator for this cruise?  This cruise is being organized by Ari Levitt & Jae Gregory at and Susan Stansbury at Holland America

  • For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please contact Susan Stansbury at 800-355-3017 ext. 29419 or by email at  
  • For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Ari at 

If I am single and would like to share a room, how can I find other participants who would like to do the same?   If you are interested in connecting with other single participants who would be interested in sharing a cabin, please indicate this on your registration form.  

How can I find out more about the ship?  More information about the ship can be found on the Holland America Website

When do I need to have my down payment submitted by?   A deposit of $350 ($700 for single occupancy) is due with your reservation of the cruise.  Full payment is due within 7 days of registering.

What is included in the price?  What additional charges/fee's should I anticipate?  The price includes your cruise, taxes, port charges, dance workshops, and all onboard gratuities. It does not include transportation, optional onboard amenities, excursions, or incidentals.

Are prices guaranteed?   The ships cabin pricing cannot be guaranteed and will fluctuate based on Holland America's current room charges and availability.  Please check with us to confirm the latest status and pricing for rooms (Holland America frequently runs special deals)

What is the refund policy?    To review the ships refund policy, please refer to Holland America "Refund" page.  In addition to the ship's policy, there is a $150 admin fee for any cancellations within 3 months of the trip, and a $300 admin fee for any cancellation within 1 month of sailing.  Also see the "COVID Safety, Regulations, & Policy" paragraph below

What is the typical day's dance schedule?  Dance workshops will take place from 10am-noon during the day at sea, and on the free mornings or afternoons when we don't dock until the late morning or come back in the early evening.  Other classes will be inserted during cruising times when not in port. The schedule will allow you to fully take advantage of all of the ship's activities and amenities during the rest of the day.  There will be plenty of music and dancing in the afternoons and evenings, as well as opportunities for more informal gatherings and "tune-up" lessons.

What kinds of dance classes will be offered?  Specific workshops topics will be decided closer to the sailing date (and on the ship) in order to best tailor the lessons to the group's abilities and interests.  Styles will be selected from among swing, latin (salsa, cha cha, merengue, rhumba), ballroom (waltz, foxtrot, etc), night club 2-step, 1-step, blues, and fusion.  We can be fairly flexible with how all of this is set up.

Will there be opportunities for private lessons?  Yes, these can be arranged individually with Ari onboard the ship or beforehand by email.  If you are taking advantage of the pre-cruise Dance Weekend in Seattle, we can also schedule lessons on shore then.

What level will the dance classes be geared toward and what will be their focus.  Group classes will be geared toward the non-novice beginner/intermediate level dancer (ie: you should be comfortable with beginning level dance steps, connection, and framework, and be ready to move forward from there).  If you still consider yourself a novice dancer, not to worry.  You have plenty of time between now and June, 2023, to sign up for some local partner dance classes and get ramped up! (I would recommend classes in swing, salsa, latin, or ballroom, although just about any kind of social partner dance would be fine).  

The class format will be very much geared toward fun, playful social partner dancing, which is to say that we will not be focussing on performance choreography, competition styling, or line-dancing.  In each workshop, we'll start by laying the groundwork for strong partnering foundations, imparting a clear understanding of how connection, framework, and energy can be utilized to create playful movement and improvisations, and reviewing basic steps and combinations. On top of this we build a wide-ranging repertoire of fun moves and variations.

What is the evening dress for the ship?  Each night on the ship, there is typically a different theme for dress.  Our week of cruising will include two formal nights, two informal nights, and three casual nights.  The recommendations for dress typically applies only to the ship's dining room and public areas after 5:00pm, and are as follow:

  • Formal attire:  For men this might include either a jacket & tie, a suit & tie, or a tuxedo; and an evening dress or gown for women.  
  • Informal attire:  For men this might include shirt, jacket, and slacks; and a summer dress, or slacks & blouse for women.  
  • Casual attire: This is fairly flexible, though the ship does request that you not wear shorts or jeans.

What travel documents will I need?  As per all international travel, you will need to bring a current passport from your country of citizenship.  A driver's license is also recommended.  No special visas or further documentation will be required for US citizens in these ports-of-call.  CLICK HERE for information on how to get a US Passport

Do I need any special immunizations for international travel?  You will NOT need proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  While you should make sure that your other regular shots are up-to-date, no other special immunizations are needed for travel to these ports.  


COVID Safety, Regulations, & Policies:

  • You will NOT need proof of COVID-19 vaccination 
  • You will NOT need a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure
  • All staterooms and public areas are frequently and thoroughly sanitized with medical-grade disinfectant proven to kill coronaviruses. Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout every ship.
  • We have enhanced the air-handling systems on board all ships using a combination of increased circulation of fresh air together with upgraded air filtration.    
  • Masks on board are recommended but not required indoors or outdoors* 
  • COVID-19 Protection Program (Free of Charge): 
    • 100% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) if you or your stateroom travel party test positive for COVID-19 within 30 days prior to embarkation
    • Complimentary onboard COVID-related medical center visits and testing of suspected COVID-19 cases, including reimbursement of expenses for COVID-related medical care required shoreside  
  • Flexible Cancellation Program (Free of Charge):  
    • Cancel up to 30 days before departure and receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit (FCC)
    • Receive a 100% FCC within 30 days and up until your embarkation date if you or someone in your immediate travel party tests positive for COVID-19
  • You can purchase additional Cruise Travel Insurance.  See details HERE