Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Sail the Seine with Strictly’s Shirley Ballas

The latest series of Strictly Come Dancing is reaching its glittering climax – and if you’re wondering where you’ll get your next ballroom fix, this dance-themed French river cruise is the perfect remedy.

On our memorable eight-day trip, you’ll experience the romantic scenery of the River Seine while learning to dance with Strictly’s very own head judge, Shirley Ballas.

You’ll visit Normandy’s picturesque towns, including the beautiful and historic city of Rouen, famously the place where French national hero Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431, aged just 19.

Finale: Your unforgettable cruise includes two nights in Paris, when you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the romantic City of Light, above

Finale: Your unforgettable cruise includes two nights in Paris, when you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the romantic City of Light, above


You will be joined by Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas will join you 

Shirley Ballas, a ballroom dancer who has served as the head judge for Strictly Come Dancing since 2017, is Shirley Ballas. When she was 15, she started dancing at age 15. She has been a champion in International Latin dance divisions and several other championships. As a dance coach, she has published Behind The Sequins: A Personal Biography in 2020.

You’ll also travel to pretty Les Andelys and Caudebec-en-Caux, passing blossoming meadows and dense forests, and peaceful Vernon, where you can stroll through Claude Monet’s famous garden or wander in the lovely park at the Chateau de Bizy.

However, the main event of your cruise will undoubtedly be Shirley’s masterclass in Latin dance and performance on board ship.

You will learn how to refine your moves. She’ll also give a talk on her career with lots of secrets from Strictly.

Your holiday’s grand finale will be two nights spent in Paris, also known as the City of Light. You’ll have time to explore the capital’s iconic sights, elegant boulevards and classy cafes.

Reasons to Book

Shirley Ballas Events: You’ll get the inside track on Strictly from its head judge, Shirley Ballas, who will teach you some moves during an on-board dance class. She will also host a talk and Q&A session in which you’ll be able to ask her about her life and career and everyone’s favourite dance TV show.

Paris, Explore You’ll have two nights to discover all the romantic sights, cultural highlights and chic shopping streets of the French capital. Browse the famous Parisian boutiques, visit the Eiffel Tower, wander the Champs-Elysees… or just stop in a buzzing cafe to rest your feet and watch the world go by.

Amazing foodNormandy is known for its delicious cuisine. From creamy cheeses to silky chocolate, and ciders made by the orchards. Rouen, the 2,000-year-old capital of Normandy, was recently named Unesco City of Gastronomy, and you will have an opportunity to try all these mouthwatering specialities while you’re there.

Historical RouenThis charming Norman city, located on the banks the Seine, has stunning architecture including half-timbered structures and church towers.

Comfortable sailing: A-ROSA VIVA, a stylish, modern river cruise ship, features a sundeck with comfy recliners, an outdoor pool, giant chessboard, putting green, and outdoor whirlpool. There is also an outdoor bar, dining area, and a lounge. On board the ship you’ll enjoy daily buffet meals of regional and seasonal specialities, with live cooking from the experienced chefs, as well as all drinks, including fabulous wines in the bar.


  • A seven-night cruise on A-ROSA VIVA 
  • Fly back between London and Paris
  • £50pp discount early- booking offer, valid until February 28, 2022.
  • An hour-long class, demonstration and talk with Shirley Ballas.
  • Enjoy all-inclusive, premium food and beverages served buffet or a la carte. Live alfresco cooking on the sundeck.
  • There are more than 100 wines, beers and spirits from around the world, as well as mocktails, cocktails and speciality teas.
  • On-board entertainment.
  • You can use the facilities on board, including the gym and sauna.
  • Get 15% Off on Spa-Rosa Treatments
  • A English-speaking cruise director can provide services.
  • Shared overseas transfers and port charges

YOUR ITINERARY DAY 1. Paris, welcome to DAYS 2 & 3 Rouen DAY 4 Caudebec-en-Caux Day 5 Les Andelys – Vernon Day 6 Paris DAY 7Paris dance class, chat and question-and answer with Shirley Ballas DAY 8Retire to the UK


These dates are:June 2, 9, and 20,22 The cost: From £1,889pp*.

For MOS SHIRLEYSEINE, call 01858 5589 612. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/shirleyseine.

Terms and conditions: * Price is per person, based on two people sharing a Deck 1 Outer Cabin. Single supplement from £639 per person. The prices shown may be subject to changes and are subjected to availability. Upgraded cabins are available for an extra charge. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/shirleyseine.