If you like sports or if there is a big event on like the world cup, the ship will show the event somewhere. If the event is big enough, everywhere.

Watching sport on board ship is electric. The recent World Cup was an example. In the quarter final against Sweden, every venue open for the World Cup on the Britannia was FULL, standing cramped at the doors. The atmosphere on ship was electric and even the captain delayed his announcements until after the game. Just as dance lessons were cancelled in the Crystal Room, the quiz was delayed in Brodies, the Live Lounge became the venue, and the cinema was crammed. The Britannia had been in St. Petersburg, had left Sweden, and had just left Skagen where the last of the football shirts were being sold. They won’t be selling them now. The Britannia has now sailed for the Norwegian Fjords for the semi finals, and Neil, the entertainment manager may just have to open the Theatre too. The Captain also announced that the Oriana is to be no more and will leave service next year.

Look how incredibly international cruising is, these are the ships stopping in St Petersburg during the current World Cup, and Russia has other ports. This picture was Brodies pub on deck 4 of the Britannia watching the Panama match during loading at Southampton for the Baltic.  Many sports stars appear on ship in the Speaker Spot during the day, Derek Redmond is one of the sports stars who loves to cruise when he has time and is a fantastic showman and speaker.

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Take a look at some of our St Petersburg films, and we will be posting more this week having just got back.

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WORLD CUP

Feeling sorry for Sweden? TAKE A LOOK AT OUR ABBA – MAMMA MIA MUSEUM DOWN THE ROAD IN STOCKHOLM – the show is back in London, probably on a few ships too 

Third-place play-off

WORLD CUP FINAL

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