For football fans, it all leads up to February, when the champs of the NFL meet in the gridiron spectacle of the Super Bowl. Worried about missing the big game while you're out at sea? Don't. Cruise lines know that, for many people, the Super Bowl is a can't-miss event -- and prepare accordingly. Many even provide food near the screens so passengers don't have to go to the dining room to eat; the onboard atmosphere is such that some people specifically book a Super Bowl cruise.
One note for those who watch the game more for the clever ads than the sport itself: Ships that are using satellite feeds for the broadcast will not show the commercials. The halftime show will still be broadcast, however.
Here is a rundown of what you'll find on a Super Bowl cruise (held February 2 in 2020, February 7 in 2021 and February 6, 2022):
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- Azamara Club Cruises
- Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Celebrity Cruises
- Crystal Cruises
- Disney Cruise Line
- Holland America Line
- MSC Cruises
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Oceania Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas
- Royal Caribbean International
- Seabourn Cruise Line
- Viking Ocean Cruises
Updated January 13, 2020
Azamara Club Cruises
The game will be shown in the Living Room on Azamara Pursuit; in the Cabaret and Spirits Bar on Azamara Journey; and in the Den on Azamara Quest. Due to the time difference in South Africa, Azamara Quest will also replay the game in the Cabaret later in the morning of February 3. Special drinks or food might be served on all ships. Passengers will also be able to watch the game in their cabins.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
The game will be shown in the Crow's Nest and Encore Lounge, with a festive tailgate buffet party and even special guest appearances from NFL players Darren Studstill, A.J. Johnson, DaJuan Morgan and Emanuel Cook. Special drink specials include beer bucket and souvenir glass promotions.
Carnival Cruise Line
The game will be broadcast on the big screen at the pool, at the sports bar and at other venues around the ship. Ships might offer beer buckets and other drink specials (including cocktails inspired by each team), as well as complimentary snacks, decorations, trivia and "sailgating" games. If an Elegant Night is normally scheduled for that day of the cruise, it will be moved.
The game (as well as the halftime show) is usually broadcast in the theater on the large screen (Celebrity Xpedition excluded). Special tailgate-style food is served, as well as drinks, and you might see decorations in the teams' colors. The game will also be shown on outdoor movie screens and in passenger cabins.
The Super Bowl will be broadcast on all Crystal ships in venues such as the Galaxy Lounge or on other large screens across the ship. Crew will create a tailgate atmosphere with themed food, drinks and decorations.
Disney Cruise Line
The line will show the game on all of its ship on its main screen, Funnel Vision, which can be viewed from the upper decks. It will also play at other "tailgate" locations onboard. The line will have game day menu items, as well as sports trivia and giveaways. Parties for children will be held in Vibe, Edge and Lab.
Holland America Line
HAL broadcasts the game onboard and will also throw a tailgate party that includes Super Bowl trivia, games, special food and more.
On MSC Cruises' U.S.-based ships -- MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia -- passengers can watch the Super Bowl poolside on the big screen (weather permitting) and in all sports bars and pubs, as well as MSC Armonia's business center. If outside viewing is not ideal due to weather, the Big Game will be broadcast instead in one of the ship's lounges. On MSC Seaside, passengers can rent the booths in the Sports Bar for their own personal Super Bowl party, complete with snacks and drinks included.
Typical tailgate food and drinks -- including burgers, hot dogs, nachos, chili and sandwiches -- will be served during the game, and passengers can purchase beer bucket specials.
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Super Bowl will be broadcast on the ships' large venues such as the atrium, Spice H20 and the pool deck, as well as in the pubs, such as The Local and O'Sheehan's. It will be shown on all ships except Norwegian Jade, Jewel and Spirit.
Oceania ships will carry the game live on all ships except Marina and Nautica. On those ships it will be rebroadcast. On ships with a live feed, there will be a Super Bowl party with pom pom decorations, football flags, crew dressed in cheerleader uniforms and plenty of traditional tailgate food and drink including wings, burgers, hotdogs, ribs, nachos, chips and dips.
The Super Bowl is telecasted across select Princess Cruises ships and can be seen in many venues onboard, including the Movies Under the Stars screen (weather permitting). The cruise line offers "Tailgate @ Sea" parties, complete with favorite tailgate foods and drinks.
Regent Seven Seas
Ships will show the game live and also offer a secondary showing at a more convenient time (to account for time differences). Each ship will host a main viewing in the Constellation Theater, as well as run the game on an in-suite TV channel. Restaurants will feature football-themed ice sculptures and decorations, and serve football-inspired food and beverages including burger sliders, Buffalo chicken bites, pizza wedges, loaded potato skins, large pretzels and more.
Royal Caribbean International
The Super Bowl will be broadcast at the outdoor movie screens, various public areas and in cabins on all ships except Voyager of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas. There will also be food and drink specials.
Seabourn Cruise Line
Seabourn ships will hold a big Super Bowl viewing party in the Grand Salon with food and drinks.
Viking Ocean Cruises
The Super Bowl will be broadcast on all TVs onboard, including those in-cabin.