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The Five Best Cruise Ships For Sports Fans

Staying active during a cruise is something that many travellers like to do. Physical exercise is not only fun but also makes you feel less guilty about taking advantage of all the fantastic food available throughout the ship. For sports fans, though, it’s not just about participating in active activities; it’s about keeping up to date with the latest live events and ensuring that, even though you are on holiday, you don’t miss the big game.

Here are the best ships for sports fans.

Royal Caribbean – Anthem of the Seas

SeaPlex Ping Pong Tables

As one of the newest ships on the waves, Anthem of the Seas has something for everyone and that includes sports fans. Although there is no dedicated sports court, the SeaPlex is large enough to accommodate most sporting activities. Check the Cruise Compass (on board newsletter) for the times that the bumper cars are moved to make way for basketball and football sessions.

The upstairs parts of the SeaPlex will also keep sports enthusiasts busy. There are foosball and ping pong tables, as well as Xboxes for taking on your friends and family with a game of Fifa. When it comes to watching your favourite team, you can pull up a stool in Michael’s Genuine Pub and enjoy the game with a burger in hand.

Azamara Cruises – Azamara Journey

Azamara Journey Jogging Track

With space for just 686 guests, Azamara Journey’s sporting facilities are more limited than some but still provide you with a way of pursuing your passions. The ping pong tables and shuffleboard court on decks nine and eleven will offer an arena in which to let out your competitive side, whilst the Casino Luxe has a large flat screen behind the bar on which watching live events is a pleasure.

P&O Cruises – Britannia


The British love their sport and so you would expect the largest ship made for the British market to cater well for fans. Up on the sports deck there is an entire arena dedicated to activities like football, basketball and tennis, whilst there are also golf nets nearby if you would like to practice your swing.

As for watching the big game, the arena has an attached sports bar complete with widescreen televisions against the back wall. If the sun doesn’t show, though, you can always head to Brodie’s and enjoy the match within the pub-like atmosphere there. A Britannia cruise will ensure young sports fans are not left out either, as they will love the pool tables, ping pong and video games in the dedicated Reef area.

Disney Cruise Line – Disney Magic

Disney Diversions

By partnering with ESPN, Disney Cruise Line ensures it can offer plenty for its sports-mad guests. Within the adult-only After Hours section of Disney Magic, O’Gills provides the perfect environment for watching live sports. There are great beers on tap, an excellent light bites menu and plenty of different screens for multiple match-viewing action.

If you want to participate in some sporting activity of your own, then Goofy can host a number of different activities in his Wide World of Sports. Take part in football, basketball, table tennis and so much more.

Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape Ropes Course

The world’s newest cruise ship (at the time of writing) has multiple facilities that will appeal to sports fans of all ages. For practical participation the upper decks a perfect. Norwegian Escape has a sports court, crazy golf course, lawn skittles lane, golf nets and an extensive ropes course that involves conquering various different obstacles.

Back inside, there are multiple televisions throughout the Escape Casino, O’Sheehan’s and the Skyline Bar which show re-runs of recent games and live events as they happen.

All in all, there are many ships with state-of-the-art facilities for sports fans, with these being some of the best. If you would like to embark on a cruise on board any of these vessels, please call us for more information or submit your enquiry online.

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