The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil may be less than two weeks away but visitors are already pouring into the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and 10 other host cities to begin their pre-celebrations. Undeterred by ongoing construction woes and escalating costs (at $11.5 billion, the Brazil games will be the most expensive World Cup ever), fervent sports fans are appreciating Brazil’s beautiful beaches and majestic mountains as they count down to the 20th edition of soccer’s flagship event.
Given the intense anticipation surrounding the World Cup (which like the Olympics, is only held every four years), game tickets have been in high demand, according to the FIFA Marketing Director Thierry Weil. Weil recently told The Wall Street Journal that his organization has received over 10 million requests for 3 million seats, with demand especially high for the opening and final matches.
Lodging is also scarce but while the majority of hotels have been fully booked for months there are some reasonable deals now popping up as airlines and hotels try to fill their remaining inventory. The one exception is the week of the final match; according to Bloomberg, hotel rooms for July 13, the day of the final game at the revamped Maracana stadium in Rio, are currently going for as much as $15,000 per night.
Luckily, guests on board a Celebrity Cruises’s sailings to Alaska, Bermuda or Europe have nothing to worry about in terms of getting to see their favorite teams. From June 12 to July 13, cruisers can enjoy broadcasts of the full international tournament—64 matches between 32 national teams over 32 days—from the comfort of their spacious staterooms or in designated public venues.
Celebrity is also getting guests in full fútbol mood by offering a menu of soccer-themed CelebrityLife Activities, including a lineup of interactive video game tournaments, viewing parties, challenges and more, which will be appropriate for fans of all ages.