After four years in the making, soccer fans around the globe are eagerly awaiting one of the world’s most exciting sporting events. And now passengers on MSC Cruises will be able to enjoy a voyage while watching the big games.
Beginning June 12, 2014, 32 teams from five continents will meet in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where the best soccer nation in the world will be crowned, a title that only a few teams in the world have had a chance to claim.
Known as the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world, the FIFA World Cup is considered the most widely viewed sporting event worldwide. An estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany.
To ensure that passengers don’t have to miss the important games, MSC Cruises has entered a fleet-wide partnership with Sport 24 so that guests can watch all 64 games of the tournament.
To make the cruise event more exciting, themed entertainment and other activities will be offered along with games being broadcast live in public area of MSC ships.
In days leading up to the competition, a “Sailaway Pool Party World Cup Edition” will be held aboard all MSC ships.
Themed games include the MSC World Cup Championship, a table soccer tournament where many teams will compete against one another for MSC prizes; the MSC World Cup Game, a competition where teams have to challenge each other in funny water games to win MSC prizes; and World Champions Quizzes, where guests can take part in a soccer-related quiz competition.
Passengers also will have a chance to make their own soccer shirt, by creating t-shirts with the colors of their favorite teams.
During the final stages of the tournament, guests will have the option to bet on who will win the match. Bets will be collected in two boxes (one per team) and at the end of the match, the name of the winner will be chosen from the winning box and awarded MSC prizes.
For some soccer tournament background, there have been 19 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments won by eight different national teams. Brazil has won five times and is the only team to have played in every tournament. The other winners are Italy, with four titles; Germany, with three wins; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two; and England, France and Spain, with one title each.
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