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To a diehard football fan, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—worse than missing a game. And, if you’re traveling in the fall, it’s all too easy to do. That is, it’s easy to do if you’re not traveling at sea. Unlike land-based vacations which can offer spotty coverage based on where you’re going and how you’re getting there, the following cruise lines go the whole nine yards to deliver some pretty intense onboard football action.

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Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line


Grab a bucket of beer, order your fave snacks (helloooo, hot pretzels), and catch the game at your new favorite bar… conveniently located on your Carnival cruise. It’s decked out with big screens, a panoramic ticker, and the latest sports games (aka the perfect way to spend half time).

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Disney Cruise Promenade Lounge

Disney Cruise Promenade Lounge | Photo: Courtesy of Disney Cruises


Want to experience the real magic of Disney? Catch a game on one of their ships. There are plenty of places to watch on board – the outdoor movie screen, the sports bar, or (on some ships) the Promenade Lounge – and NFL-themed activities with a Disney twist.

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Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Thursday night? Sunday afternoon? Thanksgiving Day? Check, check, and check! On board Norwegian, you’re almost guaranteed to never miss a game, as the cruise line broadcasts just about everything, including wildcard and division playoffs, conference championships, and the Super Bowl.

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Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises


If watching football on a giant outdoor screen is your perfect game-day, Princess may be the cruise line for you. The nearly 100 broadcasted games are accompanied by a smorgasbord of favorite game-day eats – pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and more – which can be washed down with buckets of beer and team-inspired drink specials.

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Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean

Football fans will find little fault in Royal Caribbean. Games are displayed on outdoor movie screens, at the sports bar, and on cabin TVs. Plus, for special games like on Thanksgiving, the cruise line goes all out. (Think football-themed decorations, trivia, and crew members dressed up in jerseys.)

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Katie Straw

Katie Straw

Katie is a writer, lover of words and pizza connoisseur currently living in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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