As a Dance Teacher, I have been aware of the need to find different events for my pupils; from tea/dinner dances, cabaret nights and dance weekends. It was with this in mind and using my experience in the cruise industry, that I arranged for my own school to Cruise & Dance on board MSC Lirica in 2003 and what a fabulous experience for my dancers it was! They have gone on to cruise many times creating such great memories (but of course always forgetting the routines we taught!!) At the time, I was fortunate enough to be able to know the ship we cruised on, what type of floor it had for lessons as well as the type of music played on-board (and how often).


Taking a group of pupils on a cruise is a great way to supplement their joy of dancing and also encourage pupils from across all of your classes to get to know one other and socialise though dancing. Having the opportunity to organise this kind of event with confidence also further enhances your standing amongst these adults; taking classes whilst on-board is great fun for them with specially arranged times for lessons, get-together’s whilst cruising and matching dining arrangements.


Cruise & Dance Holidays offer:

  • A tailored holiday to suit your schools requirements based on dance styles, the sought after ship facilities, pricing, and suitable dates

  • Free spaces on-board for teachers (subject to numbers)

  • Escorted pre-cruise ship visit for the school’s principal to familiarise themselves with the ship

  • Fully backed and ATOL/ABTA bonded travel agent with vast experience in organising group trips (Ponders Travel)

  • Extensive experience of cruise ships, ports of embarkation/ports of call

  • On-hand advice from a dance teacher of 32 years!

  • UK sailings on many cruise ships/cruise lines available: saving on flights, baggage restrictions and flight costs

  • UK, Mediterranean, Aegean and Caribbean cruises available  

  • Ballroom – Latin – Salsa – Argentine Tango

Cruising has never been so popular, and with all meals included as standard you will be very pleased to know that prices are very competitive in comparison with land-based hotels. The service onboard is excellent and the food wonderful! Being at sea and dancing seems to be a dream many have, so here is your chance to bring the dreams of your pupils to a reality.


Grahame Mizen (IDTA Licentiate)

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Here at Cruise & Dance Holidays we offer a truly unique experience for dance schools and pupils alike.


When you are looking at the pricing, please don’t think that you can find a price online for the same holiday, as this simply isn’t true... The packages that we offer are unique and cannot be bought online or indeed via any other travel agent.

Here is why:


  • In many instances, the price may appear to offer a saving but in many cases there may be some prices within the group that actually result in a higher expense.


  • We work incredibly hard to encourage the cruise lines to 'bend' the group rules to actually allow your dance group members to have lessons on board.


  • We work closely with the cruise lines to ensure that everyone in the group is linked: we arrange same time dining, group members being sat together in the restaurant and do our best to ensure that we can offer the best located cabins on the ship at the time of booking.

  • We visit the ship prior to your cruise departure and liaise with the Cruise Director/Events Manager to ensure that he understands the needs of your group and to ensure that all the lesson times are suitable for your dance group.

  • Cruise & Dance have to cover the cost for the sound, lighting and use of the stage/dance floor for all the groups that practice

  • Your Cruise & Dance representative is committed to being available 24/7 at the time of the cruise departure and during your time away to ensure that if any element should not be as expected, we are on hand to resolve any issues as quickly as we can.

These few elements along with the administration and support that we offer each group make the experience truly unique and therefore some of the prices may vary.  However, you have our assurance that we will always strive to get the best price for you and on many occasions we do indeed pass on great savings to your group. Click here to take a look at some example pricing for our Cruise Breaks.


Whilst Managing Director Grahame Mizen’s company is unique to offering this type of Cruise and Dance holiday, he does not rest on his laurels. Having been in the dance industry for over 32 years (Ballroom and Latin American M.I.D.T.A.) and involved in the cruise business for 20 years, he always strives to find more opportunities and different cruise lines for pupils to experience. Having holidayed on over 40 cruise holiday packages he brings this experience to bear when offering impartial advice on which cruise line will suit your school.

Cruise Performers work closely with their travel partners Ponders Travel. Managing Director Clare Dudley Adams has recently been Chairlady of the Leading Cruise Agents and still remains as a Director in this well established and prestigious foundation. 


Clare's involvement helps to assure you that your cruise arrangements are being handled by staff who have over 25 years travel experience. When you combine fantastic prices,  personal experience and the latest in technology that are all achieved due to being part of a multi-million pound group you can believe and trust in Ponders.  For your peace of mind Ponders Travel have full financial protection as we are members of ABTA, IATA and ATOL – the complete package!

From a teacher’s point of view, Ponders can handle all of your families' extra requests: for example, pre cruise hotels, upgrading cabins etc.




Samples of ships and prices, all based on 2 people sharing one cabin 

with tailored dance lessons onboard.


UK Sailing:

Cruise and Maritime Voyages ship Columbus

29/9/19 from Tilbury Essex

7 nights from £651pp inside cabin and £817pp outside cabin


Mediterranean sailing:

Norwegian Cruise Lines ship The Epic


7 nights from Rome £1,250pp inside cabin £1,560pp balcony cabin

(Premium all-inclusive drinks, gratuities and internet are included)

Sailings from Miami to Cuba:

(Ideal for Latino/salsa cruise)

MSC Armonia


7 nights, including overnight in Havana and one night in Miami pre cruise

£569pp inside or outside cabin


All above prices are plus flights and transfers, which we can arrange or can be organised independently




49 Dukes Ride

Bishops Stortford


CM23 4BY

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