Can you take private lessons from those celebrities during the cruise? If so, how much do they charge? I have not been on Holland American; however I have been on Crystal Cruises. They do have professional ballroom dancers on their cruises. They and/or Crystal charge $100 for a 45 minute session. Of course they are not in the same celebrity status as those on Holland American. I know that I have seen and I have met a number of people who do take the private lessons. I was wondering if you could do that on Holland American ballroom dance themed cruises?
Other than that, all the Holland America cruises offer Dancing with the Stars at Sea classes, at least for the next year. The ship's dancers teach you a simplified version of one of the routines from the show. Then, after a half hour or so, they will pick out the people they think are doing the best with the routine and have a competition where you are paired with one of the ships dancers, similar to the way it's done on the show. The winner from each class then competes at the end of the week to determine a champion for the cruise. On the special weeks where the TV pros are aboard, often one of them will sit in as judges. There are six sailings this year with the TV pros and celebrities aboard. It's really sort of cool, because other than their official functions, the pros and celebrities are passengers on the ship with you and you can interact with them on the ship or sometimes shore excursions.