Playmakers is quickly becoming a favorite hangout on Royal Caribbean ships… and for good reason. What’s not to like about a casual hangout where you can grab a beer, shoot some pool, be surrounded by TVs showing sports and eat some good food?
If you haven’t visited this sports bar on a cruise yet, then you’re in for a treat. Not every Royal Caribbean ship has them just yet but they are being added to many during refurbishments. We visited during a recent trip about Mariner of the Seas.
On that ship, Playmakers is located on the Main Promenade — right in the middle of the action.
What Is Playmakers? What Is the Atmosphere Like?
Above all, Playmakers is a sports bar. Step inside and the place is dimly lit. That’s ideal because it makes it easier to see the dozens of TV screens showing sports.
Put simply, if there is a game on that you want to watch, then there is no better spot on the ship or that we’ve seen on any other cruise line.
We cruised and visited Playmakers during a weekend in the fall. On Saturday there were multiple college games going, with fans for each team sitting around their respective games. Depending on who scored, there were huge cheers or groans.
On Sunday the place had multiple NFL games going — including the afternoon and evening games — that drew tons of fans. In short, if you’re worried about missing a big game because you’re taking a cruise, it will be showing at Playmakers.
In addition to the TVs there is a full-service bar with beers on tap, cocktails, and more. There is also a small menu of food with burgers, wings, nachos and other bar food.
What Sort of Food Is Served?
The fare is your typical bar food that you’d expect at any neighborhood sports bar. There are nachos, potato skins, wings, burgers, and a chicken sandwich.
There are also kids items (chicken tenders and burgers), plus desserts.
In total the menu isn’t that large, but it hits all the high points of what you’d expect while watching a game.
How Much Does Playmakers Cost?
If you want to watch the game, it’s free to have a seat in Playmakers. You only have to pay for food and drink while you watch. (We did see people bring in food from other parts of the ship.)
Prices are reasonable for what you get. We saw someone with a massive plate of nachos that costs only $7. The Playermakers Burger includes a double patty, bacon, onion rings, and all the trimmings — plus fries — for only $9.
Keep in mind there is an 18% gratuity tacked onto your bill.
Beers and cocktails are inline with what you’ll find on the rest of the ship. Beers run between $7-8 each. Crafts and international brews are 12 ounces while domestic and drafts are 16 ounces. Cocktails were $13 each.
We’ve put the full menu below. Click each image to enlarge.
What Else Should I Know about Playmakers?
1. Most of the time, Playmakers has plenty of space and tables. However, if there is a big game that you want to watch, then it can be a bit tougher to find a seat. We’d suggest getting there early for a game that you want to watch just to make sure you can get your spot.
2. Also, unlike your favorite spot back home, the sports bar won’t have every game possible. Games that play on niche channels like ESPN-U or the SEC Network may not be available on your sailing.
3. Right now Playmakers is on only a handful of ships, including Oasis of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, and Mariner of the Seas. There are plans to increase the number of ships with the sports bar, including the Freedom, Allure, and Explorer of the Seas.