Super Bowl Weekend Kicks Off at Sea

February 2, 2007

Okay, guys, we know it didn't go over so well when you asked your wives to reschedule the yearly cruise vacation because embarkation fell on the most important day of the year -- Super Bowl Sunday. But you can relax because the big game is getting touchdown treatment, even at sea. What's your cruise line doing to celebrate the beer, the hot wings, the commercials and, oh yeah, the game? Read on....


In addition to showing the game in various lounges and bars, including the huge 270-square-ft. LED screen on Carnival Liberty, Carnival will be offering beer specials -- with buckets of beers available at an especially discounted rate -- along with food stations at all viewing venues with chicken fingers, southwestern-style egg rolls, coconut shrimp, steak sandwiches and other fare.

Holland America

The game will be shown in theaters fleetwide as well as on in-stateroom TV's and other monitors located in various areas around the ships -- including the sports bar, natch, but also in the Explorations Cafe and other bars/lounges. Look for decorations featuring the battling teams' colors from balloons to streamers. There will be special buffets.

Note: Due to the location of Ryndam (at sea in the South Pacific this Sunday), satellite transmission of the game may not be available. A spokeswoman for the line tells us that HAL will make every effort possible to make the satellite link work in order to air the game.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The big game will be televised in one venue on all ships (location varies depending on the ship). Drink specials (including a special drink themed to each team) and game-appropriate food will be served, including tortilla chips with salsa and cheese dip, popcorn, hot dogs, pizza, chicken wings, and nachos. In addition, there will be special activities and prizes throughout the game.


Football fans onboard Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Sea Princess and Grand Princess will be able to follow the action, broadcast by ESPN International, on 300-square-ft. super-size "Movies Under the Stars" screens. Tailgate treats include specially prepared chili, pigs in a blanket, hamburgers and pizza. Most Princess ships without "MUTS" screens will also show the game (depending on satellite availability) and host game-related parties in one or more of the ship's public lounges.

And ladies -- if you're not into the sport, we suggest heading up to the spa. He'll never know you're gone (until he gets the bill...).

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor