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    Keeping up with sports while cruising


    Your eagerly awaiting cruise vacation is coming up and you're excited about unwinding, exploring new things, making new friends and disconnecting from the world. If you're a sports fan, however, scheduling is paramount. When an upcoming cruise interferes with the big game of the season, you may feel torn between two things you love.

    Cruising in international waters, you won't be able to tune in on the radio to listen to the game. But you may still be able to watch the game. These days most cruise lines have a variety of onboard television options perfect for following your teams while at sea. Some cruise lines have dedicated sports bars and sports lounges where you can mingle with other sports fans and watch the game.

    One Carnival Cruise ship even has a dedicated EA Sports Bar where you can take on the other passengers in video games during the halftime show. Other cruise lines have started offering concierge lounges where passengers who have purchased a premium package can unwind. You may be able to watch the game on a big-screen TV with free cocktails if you've scored concierge privileges on Holland America, MSC Cruises or Norwegian Cruise Line.

    Once you identify a suitable onboard venue for watching the game, ask the bartender or another cruise staff member whether you will be able to watch your game there. The television may be reserved for another game if you're hoping to catch a regular match-up. But if you're looking to watch the playoffs, rest assured that you're probably not the only one hoping to catch the game. For extremely popular events, the large poolside TV (if the ship has one) may even broadcast the game.

    If you brought a laptop or tablet along, you may be able to watch the game in real time. DirecTV subscribers with NFL Sunday Ticket Max can stream content remotely, according to www.direct.tv. Most ships offer in-room wi-fi these days. If your ship does not have wi-fi in the rooms or if you forgot your personal computer, many ships have Internet cafes that would allow you to watch the game for a fee.

    With so many options, your hardest problem might be remembering what time it is back home so you can catch the big game live. Cruise entertainment including sports events, comedy shows and love music might allow you to meet other sports fans. Look for the guys decked out in their team's hats or jerseys so you can make plans to watch the game. It's always better to watch in the company of other people also pumped about the game. If you run into fans of your team's major opponent, a little onboard rivalry makes things fun.

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    Carnival has the amazing EA Sports bar available on a number of ships right now with more coming soon. Currently, the Dream, Sunshine, Conquest, Triumph, Liberty, Glory and Breeze have the bar and all of them also have the Seaside Theater with a stunning 70,000 watt sound system! If you ask the cruise director and if the feed is available on the stations the ship gets he or she is generally receptive to putting the game on the jumbo screen out on the Lido Deck! Having seen the SuperBowl on board I can tell you that it's one fantastic experience!!!

    I'm a big basketball fan and LOVE our San Antonio Spurs! Getting to cheer for them onboard is a fabulous time!!!

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    The EA Sports bar is really cool! We have caught several games on board and loved it. Packing my football jersey to represent on our upcoming cruises... Just gotta remember to get your fantasy football teams in order before you set sail :)

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    Probably the best Super Bowl party we’ve ever been to was aboard Carnival Pride a few years back! (And there were some pretty impressive Super Bowl parties when we lived in Las Vegas!)

    I've done SuperBowl twice on Carnival and you're right... one HECK of a party! I don't even remember who won!!!!

    :laugh:

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    About the only disappointment we had last yr. on the Equinox to the med and Greek islands was the lack of US sports coverage. The baseball World Series was on then and they did not show it. The previous yr. on the Connie they did televise it and we were in the same area and in fact we went to some of the same ports.

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