Published on Friday, May 21, 2010

P&O Cruises' ships to show World Cup


World Cup matches are to be shown on board P&O Cruises, Cunard Line and Ocean Village ships this summer.  

All 64 matches will be screened across the Carnival UK fleet, rather than selected groups of games as previously planned. 

The three brands will show the initial group stages, quarter finals, semi finals, play-off for third and fourth place and the final on July 11 regardless of which teams get through.

MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean International are among other cruise lines screening the World Cup from South Africa. 

by Phil Davies

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  • But it's not the audience that's the problem.

    The majority of cruise passengers have no interest whatsoever in football - but it's not their decision as to whether or not to screen the matches. That is the decision of the cruise companies involved, and I am not convinced that river cruise companies are any more likely to make an informed decision than any other. Like the decision-makers at Carnival and P & O, they will believe the hype: "Everyone wants to watch the world cup - we must show it on board". It is noteworthy that the most successful and rapidly growing pub company in the UK - J D Wetherspoon - has not in the past screened sporting events and I have every reason to believe they will stick to this policy.

    By Richard English, Tuesday, May 25, 2010

  • Methinks......

    a different audience who may be more interested in sightseeing and relaxing in their region of choice rather than being glued to the telly watching footie!

    By Stuart Perl, Tuesday, May 25, 2010

  • In fact I have...

    ...taken and enjoyed a river cruise. But what is there that's inherent in river cruising or cruise vessels that prevents their operators from polluting their ambience with foul football? Apart from common sense, of course.

    By Richard English, Tuesday, May 25, 2010

  • Why not a River Cruise?

    Perhaps you should consider a river cruise then - there will certainly be lots of ships without huge fat screen TVs taking over the public areas and imposing on the cruise experience!

    By Stuart Perl, Tuesday, May 25, 2010

  • Groan...

    That's another cruise company I won't be using then. I truly hope that Fred. Olsen don't succumb to the belief that the whole population - or even more than a small minority of the UK's population - have the slightest interest in this boring and overhyped sport. Were they to install big-screen TV to show these anoetic events, that would remove probably my last cruising option for 2010.

    By Richard English, Friday, May 21, 2010

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