Cruisin’ for a Bluesin’ 2015 ~ We got Ship-Faced!

Photo by Shane Karns

Photo by Shane Karns


As a newbie I felt like I was walking into a blues family of longstanding friendships, complete with great traditions and comfortability with each other that made it fun and easy to travel together!
~ Kelsy Petrykowski 2015, St. Paul, MN 

Crusin’ for a Blusin’ is hands down, bar none, my favorite dance exchange. You don’t have to drive anywhere. You always get a bed to sleep in. There’s unlimited supply of iced tea and lots of food, even at late night dances. Always great live music and DJs, which you dance to under the stars. And board games during the day? It can’t get any better than this.
~ Clyde Wright 2015, Washington DC 

“Thanks for bringing together such amazing Blues dancers. On a SHIP at that…dancing on deck under the moonlight and stars with live music??? Wow. Ok other than the dancing the food and service on The Inspiration was suburb. I have sailed with Carnival in the past and it looks like the bar was just raised. My expectations were exceeded. See you next year.”
~ Gina Garoogian 2015, Santa Barbara, CA 

There really is an environment of togetherness that you don’t get at other dance events. Its so easy and relaxed! Good food, sunshine, hot tubs, great dancing, great music both live and DJed, and of course fantastically awesome people, My favorite dance event all year!
~Amy Fitzpatrick 2015, Calabasas, CA 

“I’m shore that other events might clam to be great, but Cruisin for a Bluesin is one of the best dance events of the year and knot to be missed! It would take an act of cod to stop me from attending.”
~ Aaron Brown 2014, Los Angeles, CA 

A relaxed and social time with so many of my favorite people on a floating hotel that stops where I can get the worlds best tacos and tequila? Yes please. I can dance countless hours to great music as well? I could ask for nothing more.
~ Damon Stone 2013, St. Paul, MN 

This was am amazing time. Great dances, good people, music, games, etc., etc. Easily one of the best vacations I’ve ever had.
Christopher Gauntt 2013, Los Angeles, CA

A great blend of great live and recorded blues music, and fun opportunities to interact with the dancers on and off the dance floor: in the dining hall, singing karaoke, and daning on the Lido deck!
Carl Flores 2013, San Diego

The perfect break from winter, cruising and dancing on a boat is the ideal spring vacation!
~ Liz Gonzalez 2012, Chicago, IL

This was my first cruise and therefore my first time attending this event and it was everything I expected and more. Being on a cruise is awesome but dancing on a boat with all your friends makes everything unbelieveably fantastic! I’ll definitely be going again!
~ Cat Cooper 2012, SLO CA

The Blues Cruise isn’t a one-time vacation, it’s a yearly vacation that that my whole family enjoys and we can’t wait to get to the next one (we’ve all been three times)!!
~ Shane Karns and the Pants Family 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)

The cruise was off the hook from the moment we walked into the line. We were surrounded by other dancers immediately and the dance party began. We danced down the gangway and down the halls and wherever we could find a good beat. The band was one of the best I have ever heard and I loved that they performed every night.
The other dancers were so friendly and it was like being on a cruise with 80 of your best friends.
I’d go again in a heartbeat!!!
~ Brittany Tomasko  (Mill Valley, CA)

I’ve not had this much fun on a boat before. Dancers really do make everything better 🙂
~ Katie Belsky (Los Angeles, CA)

It was so nice to be able to keep my own schedule…I could sleep when I wanted to, lounge and spend time with new friends, and eat any time I was hungry (and the food WAS delicious)! I also enjoyed blues and lindy bombing different parts of the ship! With all of the live music and DJ’ed areas, if you’re not dancing, it’s your own fault! 🙂
~Erikka Tande (Arizona)

I have been to dozens of exchanges, slept on hard floors, cold showers, cramped in a carpool, have had all the good and bad experiences.  But a cruise ship for an exchange venue is so unbelievably awesome! Everyone is on the ship, no driving, food and drink available everywhere, dancing under the stars every night with cool ocean breezes, plus throw in a Casino and ports of call, a warm bed,  shower, pool and jacuzzi!  The price is about the same when its all said and done. I will always go on a cruise dance exchange from now on!   It is the best!
~FireMark  (San Diego)

A dance cruise is much like a highly condensed Exchange – the main difference is you have more of a say in who you get to sleep next to, the food is free and always available, and you don’t have to worry about waking up on a different schedule than your hosts. Have you ever accidentally woken up hours before anyone else in the house and could only sit there waiting? Yeah, it’s awkward. 😛
~Jesse Phillips (Seattle)

What a blast.  I think I upped my fabulous-dance quotient by %100.  These were the calibur of dances I’ve been missing in my local scene.   I am re-inspired to travel and meet new folks with like minds.  All thanks to one boat headed to Ensenada.
~Emily Zisman (San Francisco)