First-ever Zumba cruise sails from Fort Lauderdale in January

The five-day Zumba takeover cruise departs Port Everglades Jan. 30, 2016

What's billed as the first-ever Zumba cruise is scheduled to sail from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 25 aboard Royal Caribbean International's Independence of the Seas cruise ship.

The five-day Zumba takeover cruise departs Port Everglades and will stop in Falmouth, Jamaica and Labadee, Haiti before returning on Jan. 30, organizers say.

Onboard activities will include daily themed classes led by 130 celebrity Zumba instructors; Beto "Unplugged" sessions led by Zumba creator Beto Perez and parties with live music and DJs.

While other cruises may offer Zumba classes, this cruise is specifically geared to fans of the energetic fitness craze.

"We wanted to create a way to keep the party going and offer Zumba fans around the world a chance to celebrate and dance together outside the class setting," Zumba CEO and co-founder Alberto Perlman said in a statement.

The Latin-inspired fitness program first launched in 2001 when creator Alberto "Beto" Perez, a Colombian, took the concept to Miami. Since then, more than 15 million people in more than 180 countries worldwide have enrolled in weekly Zumba classes, according to

Prices for the cruise start at $644 per person double occupancy in an interior cabin.

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