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A cruise with an NFL theme? Yup, Shula and Csonka are on board

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

For football fans, it's a cruise dream come true: NFL greats including former coaches Don Shula and Dick Vermeil, past Super Bowl MVP Larry Csonka and NFL referee Jim Tunney will set sail in May on a Crystal Cruises journey from New York to Dover, England. 

During the 16-day New World to Norway cruise, each sports figure will host an individual presentation and talk about their football years, then team up for a sports-themed panel discussion and Q&A with passengers. The cruise starts in New York and stops in U.S. and Canadian ports -- Newport, R.I.; Boston; St. John's, Newfoundland -- before heading to ports of call in Iceland, Denmark and Norway and ending in England. 

Date: The cruise leaves New York City on May 8 and arrives in Dover on May 24.

Price: Cabin prices start at $5,055 a person, based on double occupancy, for reservations made by Feb. 28. (Crystal Cruises wouldn’t reveal the cost after that date, saying only that travelers who book early receive the best fares.)  It includes the cruise, meals, wine and spirits plus open-bar service throughout the ship, gratuities, the featured sports sessions plus other entertainment and classes aboard ship and more. International airfare is extra.

Info: Crystal Cruises, (888) 722-0021 or contact a travel agent


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