It is all well and good bunkering down in the sports bar, so that you don’t miss out on any sporting action whilst at sea, but today’s cruise lines go way beyond big screens and beers when it comes to the big events. If you thought cruising was all piña coladas and pool days, think again sports fans, because you’ve never been better catered for on the seven seas. Whether you prefer to watch from the sidelines or get hands-on in the thick of the action, these are the sports cruises that are top of our list for 2017/18.
Azamara Club Cruises
Baltic & World Cup Voyage
17 June 2018 – 12 nights – Azamara Journey
The FIFA World Cup 2018 will see footie fans from 32 nations descend on the Russian capital, Moscow, but following your home nation needn’t be all about dodgy hotels and cheap beer in plastic cups.
Setting sail from London, voyaging along the River Thames in the shadow of the Tower Bridge, Azamara Journey will embark on a journey through the waterways of the Netherlands and Germany, and on into Russia. Here, you’ll experience an AzAmazing evening of football at St Petersburg’s Zenit Stadium, thanks to the match day ticket included with your cruise fare. With three whole days in the city, you’ll have plenty of time to check out the fan zones, retiring to Azamara Journey’s lap of luxury when you’ve had your fill of beers and banter.
Arctic Haute Route
23 March 2017 – 3 nights – MS Nordstjernen
Fancy skiing beneath the Northern Lights? Us too. Gstaad and Whistler are so last year; we’re all about skiing above the Arctic Circle now.
Hurtigruten’s brand new Arctic Haute Route sees you ski with certified mountain guides in Northern Norway’s best ski spots. The Lofoten Alps and the mountains of Andørja and Kvaløya are well off the beaten track, even for Norwegian’s, and they’re fjords, peaks and coastlines promises some seriously epic adventures.
Après ski is served on your ship, the MS Nordstjernen, and the adrenaline-fuelled activities don’t stop at skiing; hiking, sea kayaking, whale safaris and deep sea fishing are also on the agenda.
APT River Cruises
Bordeaux by Bicycle
6 July 2017 & 28 September 2017 – 8 days – Aria
If skiing sounds a little too strenuous, see the world on two wheels instead. APT River Cruises has launched a selection of ‘Cycling Cruises’ for 2017, including the ‘Bordeaux by Bicycle’ itinerary. Eight days of lengthy trails and more meandering rides will see you cycle the banks of the Dordogne, utilising APT’s hybrid bikes and the services of a support vehicle along the way. If you’ve always fancied seeing Europe by bike, but didn’t like the thought of bedding down in anything other than luxury after a long day’s peddling, a cycling cruise is ideal.
Bordeaux is famed for its wine and you’ll imbibe plenty between ports of call, but APT aren’t about to let your drink and bike. Other Freedom of Choice sightseeing excursions filling your days include visits to chateaus and citadels, cheese and caviar tastings, and lazy afternoons in picturesque harbours and quaint rustic French villages.
Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Grand Prix)
22 May 2017 – 9 days – Silver Spirit
Sail into the playground of the rich, famous and fabulous with Silversea, arriving in time to take in not only Cannes Film Festival, but the main event; the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
It’s the most glittering race on the Formula 1 calendar and Silversea’s six-star service compliments the trackside glamour perfectly. If you’ve always wanted to experience the spectacle, this is the way to do it, plus there’s the added bonus of a jaunt around the Mediterranean in between the big events.