Anybody Ready for More Football?

Maybe it’s because a week after the Super Bowl, I’m already in football withdrawal…but after a little arm-twisting I convinced my better half (and I do mean better) that we should write about a cruise with a football theme today.

It leaves New York for England on May 8, and it’s a re-positioning cruise for Crystal. The Symphony (above) stops in Newfoundland and Iceland and Denmark and Norway before disembarkation in Dover.

Along the way — and the way lasts 16 days — three football legends and a referee (sorry, referees never attain legendary status) will be taking part in an “Ocean Views” panel discussion and “sharing inspiring personal stories.”

Two of the four are coaches:

• Don Shula (left), who spent almost all his Hall of Fame career in Miami and coached in three Super Bowls and won twice, with the Dolphins;

• Dick Vermeil (right), who also coached in three Super Bowls and won twice, with Philadelphia and Kansas City.

The other legend is Larry Csonka, half of the backfield that powered the Dolphins to a still-unprecedented 17-0 record in 1973 and, like the coaches, a Hall of Famer.

The referee is Jim Tunney, an icon among the men who wear striped shirts, and the only NFL referee ever to work in consecutive Super Bowls.

The four of them will have a captive audience as they cross the Atlantic, or maybe the audience will have the four of them captive. Says Bret Bullock, Crystal’s vice president of entertainment: “All travelers on board can glean powerful coaching and playing tips for whatever game they’re trying to win in life.”

Maybe, but for the football fan, it’s all about the stories.

Holland America Oosterdam
7 nights
March 10, 2012
San Diego (return): Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas
Inside $549

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