Fall is an amazing time to cruise. In many parts of the world, the scenery takes on a magic that only this season can bring. The holidays are in full swing during Fall too, which means activities on a cruise ship during this time of year are often grander than ever. But, football also takes place during Fall. What are you to do if you’re a football fan and avid cruiser? What do you do about your weekly NFL games? You still enjoy this important part of your life, while soaking up the merriment of a Fall cruise, if you sail on one of the cruises for football fans we’ll tell you about.
Many cruise lines go out of their way to accommodate passengers who don’t want to miss their Sunday football games (or midweek games). They roll out the big screens, throw elaborate parties, and do all kinds of other special things to make sure football fans can cruise with them and still cheer on their favorite team.
Here’s how some of the major cruise lines are luring travelers on their ships during the fall football season.
If you sail with Princess Cruises during football season, you’ll be able to enjoy games on a “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor movie screen. Fun game-related things to do on a Princess cruise during football season include participating in “Tailgate at Sea” parties, where football fans indulge in beer buckets and team-inspired drink specials, and enjoying festive décor about the ship.
Princess Cruises broadcasts almost 100 football games on most of its cruises, including Thursday, Sunday, and Monday-night games. You’ll also be able to view wildcard and divisional playoff games, as well as conference championships and the Super Bowl, when cruising with Princess during football season.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney telecasts NFL games on all of the ships in its fleet. On 4 ships, games are broadcast via Funnel Vision, an outdoor movie screen. The line’s other ships allow you to depend on the TVs in the sports bars for access to the can’t-miss games of the week.
Disney Cruise Line shows all Thursday, Sunday, and Monday-night games. It also airs wildcard, divisional playoffs, conference championships, and the big game. NFL-themed activities on your Disney cruise will depend on the ship you’re sailing and itinerary you’ve chosen. Some cruises feature an ESPN Dream Team Draft Day experience. Most include activities like an interactive fantasy football draft, sports trivia, and a Partner Playoff event.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean is another cruise line that offers NFL fans the opportunity to view games on all of its ships. Fleet wide, you have the chance to see weekly football games on outdoor movie screens or in the ship’s sports bar. Cabin TV’s also air many NFL games on Royal Caribbean cruises.
Royal Caribbean televises 14 Thursday-night games, 34 Sunday-afternoon games, and 2 Thanksgiving games. It also broadcasts 2 wildcard playoffs, 2 divisional playoffs, 1 conference championship, the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl. This cruise line features football-themed activities during games, such as food and drink specials and football trivia. Ships are often decked out in football décor during games.
These are just a few of the cruise lines that pull out many stops for football fans. Other cruise lines, such as Norwegian and Carnival, also cater to travelers who want to explore the world via cruise but can’t miss their football. If you feel inspired to cruise during Fall, but are loyal to your team and don’t want to let them down by skipping a game, opt for a Fall cruise on one of the lines we’ve mentioned.