So you’ve booked your cruise holiday for this year, you’ve arranged your flights and you can sit back and look forward to a few days R&R. Then, disaster strikes! The World Cup’s on while you’re away, or maybe it’s this year’s Wimbledon coverage that you’re worried about missing.

Thankfully, you can watch your favourite sports on board the cruise ship, and all with a cold glass of beer in your hand. Continuing from the success of last year, cruise companies P & O and Cunard are once again offering live coverage of the 2014 sporting highlights on board their fleets.

The satellite channel Sport 24 provides world sporting coverage specifically for cruise and airline passengers. Showing in selected bars around the cruise ships, the channel will give lucky holidaymakers the chance to see everything from the Sochi Winter Olympics this February to the start of England’s Brazilian campaign for the FIFA World Cup in June.

Further events you can watch on deck include Formula 1 motor sport, the golf Ryder Cup, the US Open tennis tournament, as well as live coverage of the German Bundesliga football tournament and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour.

The dedicated Sport 24 website shows the sporting schedules 4 weeks in advance, allowing you to plan your downtime to the minute. So after you’ve powered through a session at the on-board gym or recreated Andy Murray’s Wimbledon bid with a game of deck tennis, you can relax to the sound of the ocean waves and catch up with the real thing.

Whether you’re sunning yourself in the Med or heading for the Caribbean Seas, you won’t need to choose between your holiday and your favourite sports this year. To find a cruise with access to sports coverage, see our website for details of Cunard and P & O departures in 2014.

Image by Robbie Dale, used under Creative Comms licence and P&O. 

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