In an industry first, Crystal Cruises is introducing Ambassador Hostesses on select cruises, expanding its popular onboard dancing program.
Female counterparts to the line’s Ambassador Hosts – professional dance partners for ladies without one – will debut on three Ballroom at Sea Experiences of Discovery voyages in 2014 and 2015.
Along with eight male dance hosts (double the usual number), the transatlantic sailings will each feature two Ambassador Hostesses to cha cha, swing and waltz with solo gentlemen during evening dance sets, live orchestra performances and dance classes in the ships’ lounges. The three voyages set to get guests’ tapping this year and next include:
!!! Oct. 5, 2014, Lisbon/Miami, Crystal Symphony (10 days);
!!! June 12, 2015, New York/London, Crystal Symphony (16 days)’
!!! Dec. 11, 2015, Lisbon/Miami, Crystal Serenity (11 days).
“Thanks to the suggestion of one of our popular dance instructors, we tested Ambassador Hostesses on a recent cruise and the response was fantastic,” says Bret Bullock, vice-president of entertainment. “Similar to tennis players who play better when they play with a pro, dance enthusiasts are inspired by partnering with experts who really know the steps and the more advanced nuances.”
Crystal is known for its welcoming atmosphere for solo travelers, with some of the industry’s lowest single supplement fares, assigned seating in the Crystal Dining Room, a singles get-together, and a “Table for Eight” program that joins single cruisers together for dinner in specialty restaurants like Nobu Matsuhisa’s Silk Road and the Sushi Bar.