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Join Ari Levitt & Roll Up The Rug this summer for a fabulous

Alaska Inside Passage DANCE CRUISE 
onboard Princess's majestic Ruby Princess
August 28 - Sept 4 (Sun-Sun) 

Departing from and returning to Seattle, WA.  

  • CLICK HERE for Full Details, Pricing, & Registration
  • CLICK HERE  If you are coming from out of town and would like to take a day or two before the cruise to explore Seattle (and to join in our Friday &/or Saturday Seattle Social Dances!)
  • To reserve your spot, please contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at (412) 571-0220 (phone); (800) 734-0493 (toll-free); (412) 344-3937 (fax)or email her at


In order to maintain lead/follow equilibrium, currently ALL SINGLE FOLLOWS WILL BE PLACED ON A TEMPORARY WAITING LIST.  For those follows, please all Malori at (412) 571-0220, or (800) 731-0493 (toll-free) to reserve your spot none-the-less.  When a space opens up, you will have that next spot in line!

All SINGLE LEADS and LEAD/FOLLOW COUPLES will continue to be admitted without delay.  Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause to our solo follow applicants.  Please encourage more leads to sign up!.

Come on, leads!  We have follows waiting for you to get them in! 


DATES:  Aug 28 - Sept 4, 2016 (Sun to Sun), departing at 4:00pm, returning at 7:00am from Seattle

ITINERARY:   Ports of call include Seattle, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord (Glacier Cruising),  Juneau, Skagway, Victoria BC, and two days at sea.

DANCE CLASSES & GROUP ACTIVITIES:  Group classes on the ship will include a mix of morning and/or afternoon sessions in a variety of dance styles (swing, social, 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.  We also have two very special on-shore dance events planned with the local communities in Juneau and in Victoria (unique to our group!)

THE RUBY PRINCESS:  Sailing some of the most popular cruise vacation destinations in the world, this amenity-filled ship is a crowning jewel of the Princess fleet.  Our trip will be her last Alaskan run before repositioning to the Caribbean, so be sure to get your tickets early as it promises to be quite popular and will undoubtedly sell out soon!  Incidentally, if you want to buy anything in Alaska, this is the week to go because everything will be on sale for the end of the season!

PRE-CRUISE 1 or 2 NIGHT PACKAGE IN SEATTLE:  If you are coming from out of town and would like to take a day or two before the cruise to explore Seattle (and join in our Friday or Saturday night social dances), check out the pre-cruise package options at:  

CRUISE PACKAGES & COSTS:  There are several cruise packages available for interior, balcony, or suite cabins.  Rooms at our guaranteed group prices are available through April 29th.  After these sell out, prices will be subject to change by Princess Cruises.  For full details, registration, & pricing information, CLICK HERE (or go to, or call  Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at 412 571-0220



  • For questions about cruise pricing, registration, booking your cruise ticket, or any other travel plans, contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at 412 571-0220.    
  • For dance-related questions, please feel free to contact Ari at


Why you should join us and what makes this cruise so special:


--> IT'S ALL TOP SHELF!:  You'll get world-class dance instruction during the day, with many more opportunities for one-on-one coaching, dancing, socializing, and mingling during the afternoons and evenings. Add to this the ship's own special amenities and many available activities such as the fitness center, spa, pools, live music, sports, golf, theater, lectures, shows, entertainment, and more, as well as the comfort of the ship's 5-star hotel and dining facilities, and you've got yourself one incredible week of no-worries, hassle-free fun!


--> A GREAT ITINERARY, A FABULOUS SHIP, AND THE PERFECT WAY TO SEE ALASKA!:  We'll cruise glaciers at the famed Tracy Arm Fjord; We'll visit the quaint Alaskan seaside towns of Ketchikan, Juneau, & Skagway; We'll enjoy a beautiful night in Victoria, BC; and we get two days at sea!  Sea days are frequently a cruise passengers favorite - they're wonderfully relaxing (or as busy as you want to make them), with opportunities to take advantage of everything the ship has to offer.  We'll do most of our dance classes and privates during the sea days.  

--> IT'S A DANCE ADVENTURE, TAILORED TO YOU!:  You'll meet people from all over the USA and abroad, form great memories, and make lasting connections.  We'll have games, mixers, special discussions, and plenty of non-dancing social activities planned, with lots of room for spontaneity, improvisation, and your input in our activities.  As for dancing, classes will move swiftly, and we'll really be able to take advantage of the many opportunities the ship provides for music and dance, all this while at play with a fun group of fellow dance-enthusiasts!    


Where does the ship leave from and how do I get there?  The ship leaves from the port of Seattle, WA.  You would need to arrange your own travel to the port which is very accessible from the SeaTac (SEA) airport.  There are many shuttles and taxi's available throughout the region.   

Who is the organizer and administrator for this cruise?  This cruise is being organized by Ari Levitt at "Roll Up The Rug & Dance, Inc"; and administrated by the travel professionals at "Amazing Journeys, Inc."  

  • For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at (412) 571-0220 (phone); (800) 734-0493 (toll-free); (412) 344-3937 (fax), or email her 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.  Alternatively, you can direct any specific questions or requests to Malori at Amazing Journeys and she will be more than happy to help arrange room sharing for you. You can reach Malori at (412) 571-0220 or at

How can I find out more about the ship?  More information about the ship can be found on the Princess website at:

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. A deposit of $100 is due with your reservation for the pre-cruise package. Full payment is due June 8, 2016.

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

Are prices guaranteed?  Yes, but only through April 21st, 2016, or until the number of group cabins allotted to us by Princess are sold out.  After that, the pricing cannot be guaranteed, and will fluctuate based on Princess's current room charges and availability.  Please check with Malori at Amazing Journeys to confirm the latest status and pricing for rooms (Princess frequently runs special deals that Malori can help you negotiate, so be sure to call her and check on the latest offers rom Princess)

What is the refund policy?    To review the refund policy, please refer to the "Terms" page at (Click on the "Terms" tab at the top of the website to access this page)

What is the typical day's dance schedule?  Dance workshops will take place from 10am-noon during the two days at sea, and on the free morning when we don't dock until the 3pm.  Other classes will be inserted during cursing 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 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 adv-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 August 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 typcically 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.   

Do I need any special immunizations for international travel?  While you should make sure that your regular shots are up-to-date, no special immunizations are needed for travel to these ports.  


If I have any questions, who should I contact?  

  • For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please contact Malori (with Amazing Journeys) at (412) 571-0220 (phone); (800) 734-0493 (toll-free); (412) 344-3937 (fax)or email her at  
  • For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Ari at


Statistics about the Ruby Princess (from online source)

  • Guest Capacity: 3,084 lower berths
  • Tonnage: 113,561
  • Inaugural Cruise: November 8, 2008
  • Last Refurbished: December 2015
  • Christener: Trista and Ryan Sutter, TV celebrities from "The Bachelorette"
  • Dining and Snacks: Three main dining rooms, SHARE by Curtis Stone, Salty Dog Gastropub, Crown Grill – Steak and seafood grill, International Café – Coffee and snacks, light meals and desserts Vines – Wine and seafood bar, Café Caribe – Caribbean/Mediterranean Buffet, Horizon Court – Buffet restaurant, Prego – Poolside pizza, Trident Grill – Hamburger and hot dog grill, Scoops – Ice cream bar, Ultimate Balcony Dining, 24-hour room service

  • Dinner Seatings:  2
  • Seating Assignments in Main Dining Room:  Our Group has been assigned Late Seating 
  • Dining Hours:  6:15 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
  • Main Dining Room Dress Code: 2 formal nights, 2 informal nights, 3 casual nights. No shorts at night in the main dining room.  If you would like to dine more casually or in shorts, you can always eat at the Cafe Caribe or Horizon Court Buffets.  
  • Tipping Recommended?:  Not necessary.  All gratuities have already been covered in your group pricing.
  • Showrooms/Lounges: Princess Theater, Explorers Lounge, Club Fusion, Wheelhouse Bar, Skywalkers Nightclub, Adagio Bar, Crooners Bar, Speakeasy Cigar Lounge
  • Guest Services: The Sanctuary, Movies Under the Stars poolside screen, Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, Piazza Atrium, Kid's and Teen's Centers, Wedding Chapel, Gatsby's Casino, Sports Deck, Internet Café, Library, Art Gallery, Photo/Video Gallery, Duty-free Shops, Guest Services Desk, Shore Excursions Desk, Medical Center
  • Number of Crew: 1,200
  • Registry: Bermuda
  • Length: 951 feet
  • Height: 195 feet
  • Number of Decks: 19
  • Guest Cabins: 1,542 total
    • 26 Suites with private balconies - Square footage: 461-687*
    • 2 Family suites with interconnecting cabins - Square footage: 607*
    • 178 Mini-suites with private balconies - Square footage: 324*
    • 682 Balcony cabins - Square footage: 233-285*
    • 218 Ocean view cabins - Square footage: 158-182
    • 436 Inside cabins - Square footage: 163
      • *includes balcony
  • Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: 31
  • Cabins with Private Balconies: 882 (80 percent of all outside cabins)
  • Pools: 4
  • Whirlpools Spas: 7