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Dance comp Strictly for P&O cruises

09 October 2014 09:38

P&O Cruises are now offering passengers the chance to participate in their own version of Strictly

P&O Cruises are now offering passengers the chance to participate in their own version of Strictly

A leading cruise line company is exclusively offering passengers the chance to take part in its own Strictly Come Dancing competitions.

Any P&O Cruises trip featuring at least three days at sea will see guests given the opportunity to don their dancing gear.

The firm already stages voyages which are themed around the popular BBC show.

Now they're going one better by offering competitions which follow the exact format as the dancing-based programme.

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Guests aboard P&O's Strictly ships will get into the mood of the contests by being screened footage of judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman exclusively recorded for the trips.

Goodman will publicise the competition at the start of each cruise with a pre-recorded message for customers.

There will also be able to view clips of celebrity dancers from shows gone by as well as Strictly voiceover man Alan Dedicoat.

But don't worry if you haven't got a partner or if you have a other half has two left feet. Solo contestants are encouraged to join in. They will be given a dance partner from the ship's staff.

Entrants will be invited to pick a dance mode that suits them and also create their very own routines to dance to music which has featured on the programme.

Passengers can train for the live show with rehearsals earlier on in the trip.

Judges and the famous mirrorball will give an even greater sense of authenticity and even the stage set will mimic that of the well-known one seen on Strictly.

All cruisers have to do is provide a costume - they'll even get their own make-up and hair sessions.

The competition has already begun on the Aurora and Oceana and will roll-out across other cruisers before Christmas.



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In addition to P&O Cruises popular Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises, passengers can now slip on their dancing shoes as P&O Cruises ups the tempo with its first "official" Strictly Come Dancing contests on all ships.

The new shows, to be held on all holidays with three or more sea days, build on the success of the line's Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises. They follow the same format as the popular TV show and are launched in partnership with BBC Worldwide.

Exclusively recorded clips of judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will be shown along with footage of celebrity performers from the show and the "voice" of Strictly, Alan Dedicoat.

P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: "All passengers will have the opportunity to enter the competition, giving them an exclusive chance to become part of the Strictly magic - a real money can't buy experience, which is only available with P&O Cruises." The competition will be announced at the start of each cruise with a specially-recorded message from Len Goodman. Each couple that enters chooses a dance style and devises their own routine to selected music based on famous routines from the show. Solo entrants are also welcome and will be partnered with a member of the ship's company.*

Rehearsals take place during the sailing, culminating in a live show on a stage set resembling the famous Strictly TV studio in the main theatre, complete with judges' desk and the distinctive mirrorball. Contestants are expected to provide their own costumes, but will be given exclusive back-stage access and offered hair and make-up sessions.

Performances will be scored by the judging panel, armed with the famous golden paddles, and comprising members of the onboard entertainment team, senior officers, guest entertainers and fellow passengers.

The couple accruing the most points will be crowned Strictly champions and presented with the famous mirrorball trophy, while their photo will be published on the front page of their own personalised copy of the ship newspaper Horizon.

The Strictly Come Dancing competition is already running on P&O Cruises family friendly ships Oceana and Aurora and will be introduced to the line's other ships later this year.