Monday Night Football — not the REAL Attraction

Princess Cruises is promoting the fact that passengers can now watch Monday Night Football on 11 of its ships, all of them with U.S.-based departures. Watching NFL games on a big screen on a cruise ship is nothing new. 

The first time for us was a game between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. It was four years ago, a time when there wasn't as much interest in the Seahawks as there is these days, and the game didn't attract a sell-out crowd at the back of the BigScreen-footballship. Maybe it was the teams, which finished that season with a combined record of 12-20.

What is new, and clever, about the Princess promotion is that they're calling it a different version of a tailgate party. Specifically, it's called a Tailgate at Sea.

Makes sense, doesn't it?

The big screens are always around outdoor food areas at the back, and where's there's food there's drink. Drinking is what tailgate parties are all about and the bad thing about when they're outside a stadium is that the participants then have to drive home. On the ships, home is only a deck or two away.

There's also a pool, and probably a hot tub, so you can eat and drink by the pool, swim or lounge in bubbling hot water, and see a game that's hand-picked to be competitive, at least when the season begins that's the way it's perceived.

All that and Jon Gruden, too.

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
4 nights
December 9, 2013
Port Canaveral (return): CocoCayNassau 
Inside: $159
Cost per day: $39


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