Though it is a little bit down the list of what is important while cruising :
Will I be able to catch a few bowl games while cruising the Mexican Riviera on the Ryndam from 12/23-12/30?
Will the room tv broadcast them?
Thanks in advance.
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It depends on many variables including download 'rights' from satellites, position of ship, whether they authorized the huge expenditure etc
It costs a ton to download from the satellites. It isn't always permitted either by source or bean counters.
We have been on ships and seen Superbowl, Olympics, World Series. We've been on ships when they tried to receive a game but couldn't get a signal.....or got it for a while and then lost it.
We saw the Patriots play on Noordam last January. And sometimes we've been able to see games on our cabin TV. IF they show a major game, they often set up a wonderful event. The put out an appropriate 'game day' buffet with hot dogs, popcorn, great nibbles and it's a blast!
I hope you have a great cruise and get to see a game or two.
Back in 2004 on the Volendam, the olympics where going on . the only sports coverage on the TV was the BBC channel and they showed some olympics. I just got off the Zuiderdam 5 hours ago. We came from Vancouver to Los Angeles. There is a sports bar,,but the only sports channel on the ship was ESPN (sports bar and cabins). Sat night we got the ESPN NCAA game (which bummed me out, I am a Trojan fan and was hoping to get that) which I think was FSU. Sunday somehow the ESPN channel changed from our USA vesion to maybe a Mexico (?) version of ESPN. The entire day seemed to be soccer. Monday night football was on,,the annoucers were all in spansih, but somone found the SAP button (in the ships control room?) which changed the commentators to the ones we hear in the US, but most of the commercials and other stuff was spanish announcers. So a good guess is if you are on a ship with ESPN,,you'll get whatever they cover.
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