Although Brits seemed to be less keen to visit the World Cup in Russia due to security issues and draconian visa rules, England’s 6-1 win over Panama – England’s largest-ever margin of victory at the World Cup -, has led to more interest in going to Russia to cheer the England team on now that it’s winning at the World Cup. The Association of British Travel Agents is reporting a rush on requests from England fans trying to get to Russia for the World Cup.
Having said that, not all of us can drop our plans at the drop of a hat to go support the team. Besides, watching the action on a luxury cruise is so much less stressful and possibly even more enjoyable, and most mainstream cruise ships are happy to show all the World Cup matches on board.
Here is a lowdown of Cruise Lines Screening the World Cup (in Alphabetical Order):
Footie fans traveling with Azamara Cruises could be lucky enough to spend up to three days in St Petersburg to enjoy a game or two in person. And if you’re travelling with someone who really isn’t really that into football, they will still have a great time enjoying the majestic and picturesque city. Azamara’s other cruises will also allow guests a lot of opportunity to get caught up in the hype of the beautiful game.
Football fans can view all the major football games onboard via the line’s broadcasting partners, Sport 24, as well as seeing some games screened in the casino and on the Rooftop Terrace. And if that’s not enough for you, you can join in a whole host of onboard football-related activities, including footie-themed quizzes, a football shootout, and a Xbox penalty shootout in the famous Quasar night club.
They are going all out aboard the Magellan, even decorating the pubs with England colours. The games will be shown in The Pub on Magellan, Scott’s on Marco Polo and The Dome on Columbus. A spokesman said: “CMV will monitor closely England results and will make available bigger locations if required!” This will allow England fans to more screening areas if they continue doing so well.
They will be screening world cup matches onboard, in some public spaces and in cabins on their sports TV channel. All England matches will be shown in main venues.
They have bought special rights to show the matches on Koningsdam and Rotterdam to please their large number of international passengers. On the line’s other ships, it will be available in-cabin via ESPN but only for the games the local channel has the rights to. Check onboard if you’re not sure.
They will be screening all the World Cup games across its entire Europe-based fleet. The line will also host tournament-themed events, including World Cup quizzes; a table football tournament with prizes; a welcome pool party to celebrate the beginning of the World Cup; and create-your-own team T-shirt events.
The following ships will be broadcasting the games: Bliss, Dawn, Gem, Norwegian Joy, Escape, Spirit, Epic, Breakaway, Getaway, Jade and Star.
P&O is another cruise line which offers lucky football fans a chance to attend live games in St Petersburg during their tour of the Baltics. They will also be showing all the games across the fleet.
All World Cup games will be broadcast on the Movies Under the Stars outdoor screens on nine Princess ships: Sea Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Majestic Princess, Pacific Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess and Sapphire Princess. Football fans will also be able to enjoy World Cup-themed activities including interactive game play with PlayStation units on the Movies Under the Stars screens, obstacle course competitions and penalty shoot outs with prizes.
The RC ship, the Independence of the Seas, will be based in the UK during the World Cup and will show all the matches in its Playmakers Sports Bar & Lounge. Certain games will also be screened in the Casino Royale and the Ale & Anchor pub. Navigator of the Seas will air the games in Vintages and the Cosmo Club and all England matches will be available on the big screen.