Are you interested in learning how to belly dance or do you prefer to watch? No matter what your interests are in belly dancing, there are several fun ways to learn and to observe. You can watch belly dancing at a nightclub or learn how to belly dance at a dance studio or health club. You can even find cruises that offer belly dance!
Belly dance can be traced back to ancient times in both Egypt and Turkey. It can be defined as â€œa Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen.â€? Contrary to popular belief, all belly dancers are not females. Some dancers are male, and the performance is typically something that is reserved for family members only. In America, belly dancers can be seen everywhere from restaurants to nightclubs, performing for men, but again, this isnâ€™t what the dance was created for.
Outside of the traditional use for belly dance, many are intrigued by it for itâ€™s health benefits (exercise), and itâ€™s entertainment value. Because of this, in recent years, more and more individuals are learning how to belly dance in order to lose weight, and perform for audiences. Either way, you can learn how to belly dance on a cruise that offers belly dance, as well as view a variety of belly dance performances while on board.
One of the most popular and longest running belly dancing cruises is the Middle Eastern belly dance seminar cruise called â€œArabian Nights At Sea.â€? This 3-night/4-day Baja cruise travels to Ensenada, Mexico from Long Beach Cruise Terminal, on board Carnival Cruise Linesâ€™ Carnival Fun Ship, M.S. Paradise. The Arabian Nights At Sea cruise typically sets sail on a Friday, and returns on a Monday.
The Carnival Fun Ship M.S. Paradise has 1,026 staterooms, 10 decks, and a passenger capacity of 2,052. For your entertainment, the ship is chock full of lounges, bars, a library, several dining venues, an elaborate dance club called Rex Dance Club, a unique cafÃ©, and a lively casino.
Currently in itâ€™s 11th year, Arabian Nights At Sea features roughly 10-15 individual belly dance workshops, and performances by nearly a dozen dancers and musicians. The cost for this belly dance cruise varies depending on accommodations. An Inside Cabin (Category 4) costs $405.00 per person; Ocean View (Category 6) $455.00, per person and 3rd or 4th passenger (any category) costs $275.00 per person with limited availability.
The price includes all meals, entertainment, two workshops of your choice, a Gala Show, a private cocktail party and more. Port charges and taxes are $123.94 per person and additional workshop tickets are available â€“ three for $60 prepaid or $25 each (also prepaid). Payment plans are available. To book a room on an Arabian Nights At Sea belly dance cruise, call 925.458.3300 or visit the Arabian Nights At Sea website.
For information about other cruises that offer belly dance, contact your local cruise travel specialist or contact Carnival Cruise Lines, which hostâ€™s belly dance cruises fairly often.