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CurtB January 6th, 2006 10:20 AM

Gentlemen dancing together?
Greetings, all:

My partner of 16 years and I will be sailing aboard the Golden Princess in March. We are both gentlemen of a certain age. It will be our first time cruising with Princess. We have been taking ballroom dance lessons and have a question for experienced Princess cruisers. What do you think the reaction would be of your average Princess cruiser if we were to dance together? We don't wish to frighten the horses, but figure this might be a wonderful opportunity to practice our steps.

Any thoughts?

RachelleTX January 6th, 2006 11:23 AM

Dance the night away...
Everyone is going to have an opinion of everything... but you cant let that cause you to miss out on a great experience... That is so cool you are taking ballroom lessons... You'll have so many opportunities on board to use them. You can even go to the ballroom classes that they offer and show em how its done :)

venice January 6th, 2006 12:39 PM

Rachelle's right..if anything people will be jealous of you because they probably tried to convince their spouse to take ballroom lessons also and people that love to dance, love to dance so they could give a 'rats behind"about your dancing together

be prepared, several female passengers who love to ballroom dance and have spouses (or traveling by themselves or with another woman) will try to break you up so they can receive an opportunity to dance with each of you

I don't think it will be an the night away !!!

just curious, which ballroom dance was the hardest to learn ? I'm thinking about taking some lessons

Princesscruisers January 6th, 2006 02:58 PM

I couldn't agree more with both posts. On board the Diamond in 05 there was a gentlemen couple dancing and they drew quite an audience. Trust me, they were envied not judged.

CurtB January 6th, 2006 05:25 PM

Venice -

Many thanks to you and everyone else who has responded in such an encouraging fashion.

As far as the hardest dance to learn, we've only worked on the salsa and foxtrot to date. Although the salsa looks harder, the basic steps were easier to master. Being slower, the foxtrot appears simpler but requires much more attention to detail.

In any case, we've been having a wonderful time taking the lessons and can highly recommend the experience to anyone interested.

Thanks again to all.

venice January 6th, 2006 08:45 PM

One of my favorite all time movies is "Out To Sea" with Jack Lemon and Walter Matheau and I think it was filmed onboard HAL Westerdam and they were posing as dance escorts

Perhaps you two will be invited by Princess to be guest dance partners onboard the Princess lines and get free cruises

With the growing popularity of ballroom dancing on tv, more and more people will be taking lessons also and there is no better venue then the cruise ship

The Captain's cocktail party will be the best night to show your stuff

Judgemental people onboard cruise ships are too busy eating to worry about anything else (VBG)

John Cruise January 7th, 2006 10:06 AM

You go guys!! It is your cruise and your life.

redrn13 February 11th, 2006 02:21 PM

Although I may not agree with the situation, you are entitled to dance with whom ever you wish to, and to heck with others who have a bigger problem with it. I do agree that you should let some of the ladies have a whirl with you two, since most husbands don't ballroom dance.

Pam in AZ February 12th, 2006 01:45 PM

I say go for it! Have you seen the way the girls dance together these days in the night clubs? They way they grind against each other? At least the two of you will look totally elegant! We are on the Golden Princess March 11. Maybe we will see you on the dance floor!

bpd457 February 13th, 2006 12:03 PM


Fern February 13th, 2006 08:14 PM


I don't know exactly what "activities" you are talking about. The OP asked about ballroom dancing.

If a very young child asks their parents why two men are dancing together (and I doubt that they would) all the parent has to say is they enjoy dancing. As for an older child, unless they are VERY sheltered, they already know and wouldn't ask.

IMO, a good parent would have an appropriate answer for any age child.

These children are going to grow up to be part of this world, and in this world there are many people who do things differently. IMO, the younger they learn this, the better.

Men dance together, women dance together, groups of people dance together! I really don't think children care at all! I know I don't!

venice February 14th, 2006 03:59 AM

younger kids take their cues from their parents !!!!

don't know what part of the USA you live in, but have you been watching PBS lately?..they have been showing the ballroom dancing national championships and it has been just awesome to watch

eveline February 14th, 2006 09:50 PM

I will be sailing on the Grand in March and have 2 young children. I agree with Fern; I can tell them that you both enjoy dancing if they ask. I don't have any objections to you ballroom dancing in front of me or my children.

Have a great cruise!

Pam in AZ February 15th, 2006 12:11 AM

I think most of our young adults/teens are much more accepting of the alternative life styles today. I also agree that the younger kids will take their cue from the parents. It's just not that big of deal.

purplefan February 15th, 2006 08:22 PM

I agree it's your cruise - have fun! I sailed the Grand last Sept and made a few gay men cruising together and single. You'll have a great time and be the envy of all of us with two left feet!

Mike M February 15th, 2006 10:07 PM

Go ahead and dance the night away.

I also second or third the other posters suggestion that if you can share yourselves for a few dances with the ladies or maybe a couple of gentlemen who's partners don't dance it would be great.

My mother always told me that learning to dance is the best way to meet a lady and she wasn't wrong. LOL The only problem is that I have two left feet and no rhythm. :cry: But at least I met a great girl and we can fake it pretty well.

Take care and have a great time.

ColoradoSweetheart March 25th, 2006 01:16 PM

Besides, life is too short and if someone is too busy on their vacation/cruise worrying who someone else is dancing with, they really need to get a life. Have a fantastic time.

venice March 26th, 2006 01:35 PM

great point winner !!! you are absolutely right that it is a cultural thing..funny how sometimes we "world class travelers" have tunnel vision

jmoreira3030 March 29th, 2006 07:25 AM

Dance all night enjoy !!!!! your cruise

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