For those for whom Super Bowl fever lingers well after the Big Game, ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises is offering a showdown of gridiron greats during a spring “NFL Legends”-themed voyage. The May 8, port-packed Trans-Atlantic sailing from New York to Dover features a football-focused “Ocean Views” panel discussion and each guest individually sharing inspiring personal stories from decades on the field, as well as hard-won tools for success in any field, since everyone faces teams, competition, and occasional losses and victory dances in work and life. Scheduled motivational speakers include:
Coach Don Shula: Hall of Famer who holds the most wins in National Football League history as coach of the only undefeated NFL season record-holders, the Miami Dolphins, as well as the Baltimore Colts—both Super Bowl teams under his leadership.
Larry Csonka: Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame All-Pro running back for Shula’s undefeated Miami Dolphins and the NY Giants.
Jim Tunney: “The Dean of NFL Referees,” with thirty years’ experience as a pro game Official.
Coach Dick Vermeil: Former Rose & Super Bowl-winning head coach of UCLA, the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.
“Sports fans know these guys as experts of the pig skin, but they’re also quite wise about the thick skin required to face hurdles in anything,” 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.”
The experts will each host individual sessions, then gather for the “Ocean Views” confab to share opinions on sports and next season’s predictions (instead of world events, as usually discussed in “Ocean Views”). In addition to Q&A, audience members will be able to weigh-in anonymously during the panel with individual electronic polling devices that are new for the program this year.
The unusual Trans-Atlantic itinerary, with only three of its sixteen days spent at sea, overnights in New York before sailing on to Newport, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; St. John’s, Newfoundland; Reykjavik and Heimaey (maiden call), Iceland, Tórshavn/Faeroe Islands, Denmark; Ålesund, Norway; Hellesylt/Geiranger and Bergen, Norway; and London/Dover. The voyage also marks Crystal Serenity’s first “All-Inclusive” experience, with complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff all included. Until February 28, per-person “Book Now” fares start at $5,055, with attractive air add-ons from more than 90 North American airports.
Crystal’s award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive on-board choices for cultured world travelers.