Friday, 17 January 2014

Cunard & P&O Get Sporty

One of the things we often here at World of Cruising is, "How do I stay in touch while I'm at sea?" And that is especially true during a big sporting year like this one, when sports fans are desperate to keep tabs on all the action even while they're cruising.

And it's especially true in 2014, when there is the summer World Cup in Brazil, the winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, in February and Andy Murray defending his Wimbledon title in July

But both P&O Cruises and Cunard have announced that they will provide a guaranteed haven for sports fans on their two fleets this year. All coverage will be shown in public areas on board, starting with the Winter Olympics.  

The second half of the Premier League season will also feature, ahead of the FIFA World Cup in June and July. German Bundesliga matches will be shown, together with Formula 1 motor racing, the Australian French and US Open tennis tournaments and golf’s Ryder Cup, Open Championship and US Open.

Live coverage will be available to all P&O Cruises and Cunard passengers on Sport 24, and is satellite dependent.

Chief commercial officer Gerard Tempest said: “We are delighted to be able to include coverage of these major sporting events on board. We don’t want passengers to miss out on any of the excitement of the games by taking a cruise holiday – and now they won’t. Besides, I can’t think of a better way to watch the World Cup, or see Murray serve to retain his Wimbledon title, than sipping a mojito in the Med!” 

For summer cruises to watch the World Cup or Wimbledon:

P&O Cruises is offering a selection of seven and 14-night fly-cruise holidays in the Mediterranean on family-friendly contemporary ship Ventura from £999pp (N413B cruise, dep June 25), including return flights from Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester, a seven-night cruise in an inside cabin, full board meals and entertainment on board.

More info: visit or call 0843 373 0111.

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 (pictured, above) will undertake 18 seven-night Atlantic crossings between Southampton and New York, with fares from £1,099pp, including one-way flight.

More info: visit or call 0843 374 0000.

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