With everything from American football to walking the shores of the Rhine, there’s a sports cruise for everyone. Here are six of the best cruises for sports fans.
The Eagles have landed
Fans of American football and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles can cruise alongside the team’s players and alumni on a seven-night trip around the Bahamas. Taking place on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, the itinerary gives guests the chance to become immersed in themed events and activities all centred around the Eagles – think parties, meet and greets, trivia competitions, photo opportunities and even a chance to have dinner with some of the players. An interior stateroom starts at approximately £1,300pp, departing on 21 March 2021.
Tee off at sea
Golf lovers can combine a few rounds of their favourite sport with a relaxing holiday on selected Hapag-Lloyd voyages. Golfers with a handicap of -36 or better can play on the first-glass course with PGA professionals in locations around the world, including Wellington, Dublin and Valencia. While at sea, the golf simulator and modern video analysis invite passengers to perfect their technique while meeting with fellow golf lovers. An eight-day sailing on the Europa 2 from Lisbon to Mallorca on 14 July 2020 starts at £4,400pp, plus the golf package, starting at £1,172pp for three courses.
Need for speed
Guests with a need for speed can get their fix with on the New England Discovery package, which features the Canadian Grand Prix. Sailing on Holland America Line’s Zaandam, the 12-night trip departs on 5 June 2020 from Boston, Massachusetts. Costing £3,299pp with flights, hotels and transfers, it includes two-day seated Grandstand tickets to the Grand Prix to watch the qualifiers and final day races at one of the biggest sporting events in Canada, taking place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal.
Passengers can take their love of tennis to the next level with P&O Cruises’ package to the Australian Open. The line has partnered with Tennis Australia and is offering a deal that includes a round trip from Brisbane on Pacific Explorer, two tickets to the Open in Melbourne, a meet and greet with tennis personalities and a chance to hold the trophies for a perfect photo opportunity. Departing on 16 January 2021 for eight days, prices start at £580pp based on two people sharing an inside stateroom.
Cruise and walk
The partnership between Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Ramblers Walking Holidays means that passengers can enjoy the best of both worlds with a cruise and walk holiday, exploring the coast and hills or the cultural cities on ports of call. There are sailings to various destinations such as the Caribbean, Norway and Canary Islands, all designed to showcase the best sights and benefits of walking. A 13-night voyage on Black Watch sailing around Portugal and the Azores, departing from Liverpool on 12 September 2020, begins at £2,175pp.
On your bike
Guests can cycle their way through the sights along Europe’s rivers with Uniworld’s cycle and cruise tours. Bikes are available for use at no extra charge and are a perfect way to take in the local cultures. Departing on 13 September 2020, a Rhine river cruise biking tour for eight days from Amsterdam starts at approximately £6,470pp, on S.S Antionette.