The Best Cruise Ship Sports Bars to Watch NFL Games

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The NFL season comes every fall, and we know that plenty of football fans also are avid cruisers.

Guess what? You can have your cruise and football, too.

You don’t have to miss out on the action if you book a cruise on one of the many ships out there that feature awesome sports bars.

Cruise CompeteSure, it would be ideal to have the games shown on the poolside giant screen, so you can fully embrace the cruise vibe while also watching your favorite sport. But this option is not consistently available on many ships.

Some will offer games on the big screen. Princess Cruises, for example, regularly features games on its Movies Under the Stars poolside screen on most of its ships, and Disney Cruise Line shows the games outside, as well.

And most lines show the Super Bowl out there as part of a big viewing party.

For the rest of the season and on several other major lines, though, you can ensure your viewing pleasure by grabbing a seat at one of the best cruise ship sports bars on the high seas.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Horizon SkyBox Sports Bar
SkyBox Sports Bar on Carnival Horizon

Carnival offers several outstanding sports bars on a number of its ships.

SkyBox Sports Bar is available on the newer ships, Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, as well as 10 other ships in the fleet. This game-day hot spot is decked out with posters, jerseys, photos and other sports paraphernalia, making it a cool environment to hang with fellow fanatics. Seating is available at high-top tables, booths and along a long bar. Multiple screens can show a variety of available games.

Cruisers may also catch the games at the casino bar or on ships that have a RedFrog Pub venue. You can expect game-day beer and appetizer specials.

MSC Cruises

MSC Seaside, Sports Bar
MSC Seaside, Sports Bar

New ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview take it to the next level for fans with its Sports Bar venues. These massive facilities feature fantastic sports decor. Museum-quality, wall-mounted cases show off jerseys, trophies and pictures of top athletes across a range of sports.

Dozens of TVs show the games in a chic and spacious environment, and seating is arranged around a giant bar. Also, separate intimate seating pods are available to allow you to watch your own TV screen in privacy with just a few of your closest friends.

Norwegian Cruise Line

O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar and Grill on Norwegian Pearl
O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill on Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Cruise Line ships feature NFL games on the big screen in the atrium. O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill (available on many ships in the fleet) and The Local on Norwegian Bliss are the places to be on game day during your cruise — as these spots have views of that atrium screen.

You’ll be in your element here. These bars offer up appetizers like chicken wings, nachos, burgers and artichoke dip and is decorated with all manner of sports memorabilia and collectibles.

Royal Caribbean

Playmaker Sports Bar and Arcade on Mariner of the Seas
Playmaker Sports Bar and Arcade on Mariner of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas all feature a Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade.

This bar and restaurant is connected to the ship’s bustling Boardwalk area and features dozens of TV screen showing the games.

It also offers plenty of seating, with bar stools, booths and tables inside and out, all with good views of screens.

Royal Caribbean ships with Royal Promenades – this covers a dozen ships in all in the Voyager-, Freedom-, Quantum- and Oasis classes — feature British-style pubs that also will show NFL games. These venues are a bit smaller, so you will want to try to grab a seat early if you plan to go there to watch a game.

Disney Cruise Line

Pub 687 on Disney Dream
Pub 687 on Disney Dream

We know Disney is dedicated to delivering an outstanding cruise experience for families. The line didn’t forget the football fans, young or old. All Disney Cruise Line ships show the games on the big screen outdoors as well as in dedicated sports bars.

Disney Dream’s Pub 687, Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy’s O’Gills Pub, and Disney Wonder’s Crown and Fin Pub all feature large flat-screen LCD TVs. Pull up a stool at attractive wood-finish bars or plop into a plush leather chair to order a cocktail or craft beer and watch the action.

You can also catch the games in the Promenade Lounge on Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.


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