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Does anyone know if they have dance hosts on cruise ships?

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We have found that on the smaller ships like Oriana & Aurora many of the entertainments officers often know how to ballroom & sequence dance, and are often happy to have a dance!  I know one of them mentioned to my friend that on themed ball nights they are there soley for dancing with passengers, and helping out the dance hosts...

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It is not P&O policy to employ Dance Hosts. When they have time available from hosting quizzes etc. the Entertainment Officers usually attend ,at least, the formal balls and dance with single passengers as do the Dance Instructors when hosting the evening.  The latter are not actually Dance Hosts in the accepted sense as they have to liase with the bands and draw up the programme for the evening so are not always free to dance but are generally willing to do so.

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On Arcadia in June the dance teachers were Peter and Pamela. They danced all evening with the passengers. I was alone and dancing with Pamela and Peter turned my cruise into a memory of a lifetime, rekindling my passion for Ballroom and Latin American Dancing in particular and also my interest in Modern Sequence dancing (along with Old Tyme, Line, Folk, Salsa and any other dancing you could mention. How I wished that I had asked them if they would exchange e-mail addresses so that I could have kept in touch and maybe book another cruise where they would be hosting the dancing. Now, 2 months later I am still 'buzzing' but, unfortunately, there are no ballroom dancing classes in my home town, or near enough for me to attend. I guess that Modern Sequence will have to suffice for the moment (when I have found myself a partner). Meanwhile, many thanks to Peter and Pamela, such a lovely, genuine, couple.

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Cunard ships have dance hosts but if you are looking for any degree of expertise in ballroom dancing they will not come up to scratch. Their dancing ability is extremely limited from what we have seen. However if it is just a 'turn around the floor' they would fit the bill.

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Hi  I was wondering whether the employment of male dance hosts on some cruises is open to the possibility of a sexual discrimination claim from male passengers if the company does not employ female hosts? 

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When we were on Fred Olsen "Braemar" in July there were 2 elderly male & 1 female dance hosts. They seemed very popular especially with the ladies.

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Hello,my wife and I cruise with Cunard ,and although we don't dance we spend some time most evenings in the Queens Room watching the dancing.In our experience the hosts are a mixed bunch.We actually socialised with three of them on QE earlier this month.They were lovely lively people and although I readily admit to not being qualified to say so,were very good dancers and hosts.

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Further to earlier posts about Entertainment Hosts on P&O attending evening dance sessions and acting as dance hosts, this no longer seems to be the case. On a recent 14 day cruise we saw no sign of Ents Hosts on any evening and when we asked why this was, we were told that this was no longer policy. However, the Dance Instructors did dance with passengers whenever possible

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This is another thing I disagree with of late from P&O. I'm a fan of the cruise line and always have been but I fear they are not making many popular decision of late and this is another example. On another thread I have been putting across an argument for P&O to up their game when it comes to entertainment and modernise their offerings to passengers. At the moment you could call them an analogue player in a digital world but this is one aspect of the analogue world that they should have maintained. 

You can never please everyone, it's impossible, especially as a cruise line with so many different interests and preferences to meet. What you can do though is focus on what you're good at. At the moment P&O don't seem to be sure of what that is and whilst failing to attract new customers when compared with Royal Caribbean and NCL on entertainment standards, they're now also alienating loyalists by taking steps like this. 

In my opinion, they need to develop an understanding of their foundation and what they want to build on for the future. They have a great many loyal passengers who travel with them year in year out so ask them what they like, what they don't and then drip feed new concepts in as you go in an attempt to attract new passengers but without removing such features that made them so successful in the first place. Like I said, it's impossible to cater for all and to please all but they have a real opportunity here to get it right and their blowing it.

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I have to agree sammy Sun with all you say,  my husband and I have been loyal P & O passengers for a few years now and like to travel on the adult only ship ( I do like children but not on holiday when the parents think it is up to everybody else to look after them) going back to the entertainment I find it to be the same shows year on year, the entertainment team seem to think that because a lot of the passengers are retired they need to play the old songs.  I have spoken to the crew on board and explained to them that I might be retired but was born in the 50's and am getting fed up with being treated like I was born during the war. 

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sammy sun and Countrygirl, you both make some very valid points.

However P&O have a dilemma. I think it fair to say that their loyal fans are in the 50+ age group, not all, but a high proportion. They as a cruise line are looking to the future of 10-20 years time so have to appeal to the 30-40 year olds of today to keep their current passenger base. People of 30-40 don't want P&O current style entertainment with tribute groups and stage shows that leave a lot to be desired. This is why for example RCI on their large ships are providing shows from the 'West End and Broadway' with the original casts such as We Will Rock You, Live.Love.Legs, The Dream and the dynamic settings of Spectres Cabaret. At present P&O can only dream of such productions and is one reason RCI are attracting so many new followers. 

P&O also need to do something about their loyalty club. It must be the only one at sea where you have to spend more money to get something back unlike others that give free wi-fi, free drinks, free speciality restaurants, free cabin upgrades and much more.

P&O are trying to combat their problem by ordering a new mega ship that, with the promised features, may attract new customers but probably upset the loyal followers. Perhaps the answer is to split P&O into two sections, small adult only ships for those that like them and then have the large ships taking a leaf out of the books of RCI, NCL and Princess to appeal to the new generation of cruisers. Just my opinion as always.

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