Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Dance with Strictly star Shirley Ballas on a Seine cruise

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Dance with Strictly star Shirley Ballas on a Seine cruise

If you’re a Strictly fan and don’t want to wait until fall for your next dose of glittery magic, here’s an offer you can’t refuse: a dance-themed river cruise where you’ll learn with own Chief Justice, Shirley Ballas.

Our memorable seven-night vacation begins on the magnificent Seine in Paris and will visit fascinating and picturesque towns in Normandy, including the historic city of Rouen, famous as the place where French national heroine Joan of Arc was burned on the stake in May 1431.

The cruise will also take you to pretty Andelys and Caudebec-en-Caux, passing through flowery meadows and dense forests, and peaceful Vernon, where you can stroll through Claude Monet’s famous garden or the charming park of the Bizy castle.

Highlight: Visit the Eiffel Tower on a two-night stay in the “City of Lights” at the end of your Seine cruise


You will be joined by Shirley Ballas

You will be joined by Shirley Ballas

Professional ballroom dancer Shirley Ballas has been Strictly’s head judge since 2017. She has been competing in dance competitions since she was 15 and has won multiple championships in the International Latin Division, earning her the nickname “the queen of Latin”. She also works as a dance coach and has published an autobiography, Behind The Sequins: My Life.

The highlight of your trip will be a dance masterclass and demonstration aboard your ship with Shirley Ballas, a world-renowned Latin dance champion. Shirley will show you how to perfect your moves and give an exclusive talk about her career – with plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets from Strictly.

The grand finale of your vacation will be two nights in Paris, known as the “City of Light”. You will have time to explore its iconic sites, elegant boulevards and chic cafes.


Events with Shirley Ballas: You’ll learn about Strictly from its head judge, Shirley, who’ll also teach you some moves during an onboard dance lesson. She’ll be hosting a talk and Q&A where you can ask your questions about her life and career and everyone’s favorite TV dance show.

Discover Paris: There will be two nights to discover all the romantic sites, cultural highlights and chic shopping streets of the French capital. Browse the famous Parisian boutiques, visit the Eiffel Tower, take a walk on the Champs-Élysées… or simply take a break in a lively café to rest and watch the world go by.

Fabulous food: Normandy is famous for its rich cuisine, from creamy cheeses and silky chocolate to cider and calvados produced by its orchards. Rouen, the two-thousand-year-old capital of Normandy, was recently named a Unesco City of Gastronomy, and you can taste all these tempting specialties during your stay.

Historic Rouen: This beautiful Normandy town is full of stunning sights, including church towers and half-timbered buildings.

Navigate comfortably: A-ROSA VIVA is a sleek and stylish river cruiser featuring a spacious sundeck with comfortable reclining chairs, an outdoor hot tub, putting green, giant chess board and a outdoor bar and dining area. You will enjoy daily buffet meals of regional and seasonal specialties on board, with live cooking from experienced chefs, as well as all drinks, including fabulous wines from the bar.


  • Return flights between London and Paris.
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the A-ROSA VIVA.
  • Early Bird Offer of £50 per person, valid until 28 February 2022.
  • One-hour dance class and demonstration, plus conversation with Shirley Ballas.
  • Upscale all-inclusive meals and drinks served a la carte or buffet style, plus alfresco dining on the terrace.
  • Over 100 international and local wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, mocktails, specialty teas and coffees, and soft drinks served complimentary all day and evening, daily.
  • Entertainment on board.
  • Free use of onboard facilities such as sauna and fitness room.
  • 15% discount on treatments at SPA-ROSA.
  • Services of an English-speaking cruise line.
  • Shared overseas transfers and port fees

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrived in Paris DAYS 2 & 3 Rouen DAY 4 Caudebec-en-Caux DAY 5 Les Andelys – Vernon DAY 6 Paris DAY 7 Paris, dance class, talk and Q&A with Shirley Ballas DAY 8 Return to UK


The dates: June 2 to 9, 2022. The price: From £1,889 per person*.

Call 01858 589 612 quoting MOS SHIRLEY SEINE. To learn more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/shirleyseine.

Terms and Conditions: * Price is per person, based on two people sharing an outside cabin on Deck 1. Single supplement from £639pp. Prices shown are subject to availability and change. Upgraded cabins are available for an additional charge. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/shirleyseine.


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