7-day Cup journey cheaper than flights?

Floating hotels: this is what a quaddie of P O and Carnival tour ships docked during Station Pier in Melbourne looks like.


For around $1000 a head, cruisers and Melbourne Cup initial or second-timers will be spending 6 nights on a ship, will attend a Melbourne Cup and indulge in all tour ships have to offer.

Australia’s largest tour user Carnival Australia will send a quaddie of ships to a Melbourne Cup from Friday, with 4 superliners delivering 8000 guest to a competition that stops a nation.

For a second year in a row, a 4 ships — P O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Spirit — will broach 8000 punters to a Cup. This represents a singular biggest organisation to attend a eventuality (about 8 per cent of altogether attendees) as good as a largest fortuitous of widespread visitors (about 16 per cent).

More than 160 coaches will ride a guest between their ships and a racetrack, with ubiquitous acknowledgment to a eventuality enclosed in a tour fares.

Ship to shore: P amp; O tour ships docked during Station Pier in Melbourne for a 2014 Melbourne Cup.

Ship to shore: P O tour ships docked during Station Pier in Melbourne for a 2014 Melbourne Cup.Source:Supplied

Three of a ships will be branch heads as they take adult their positions during Station Pier in Victoria, while a fourth boat — P O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn — will emanate a fantastic steer sailing underneath a Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge to berth upstream during Victoria Dock, tighten to a heart of Docklands.

With a mountainous atmosphere breeze of 47.6m, a 70,285-tonne Pacific Dawn done story final year when she became a initial superliner to tour underneath a Bridge.

Ship Pacific Dawn: P amp; Os largest tour boat will tour underneath a West Gate Bridge. Picture: Eugene Hyland

Ship Pacific Dawn: P O’s largest tour boat will tour underneath a West Gate Bridge. Picture: Eugene HylandSource:News Corp Australia

The philharmonic will be steady again on Melbourne Cup morning, subsequent Tuesday, when she is approaching to pass underneath a overpass around 7.15am.

Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, that represents P O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line, pronounced a Emirates Melbourne Cup remained a organisation favourite among tour guests.

“We’ve been promulgation ships to a Cup for tighten to 50 years, and a fact that it’s now turn a four-ship eventuality usually shows that a Emirates Melbourne Cup cruises have turn a winner, not usually for a guest though also for a Victorian economy,” Ms Sherry said.

Pacific Pearl, Pacific Jewell and Carnival Spirit are seen docked in Melbourne brazen of a Melbourne Cup in 2014. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Pacific Pearl, Pacific Jewell and Carnival Spirit are seen docked in Melbourne brazen of a Melbourne Cup in 2014. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Ms Sherry pronounced a 4 boat revisit was approaching to inject tighten to $7 million into a economy in guest and organisation spending as good as pier charges and fees, with a ships spending a total 11 days in Melbourne.

All 4 ships will lift a margin of Melbourne Cup personalities, competition callers and jockeys, as good as conform and character experts, good famous Australian entertainers and even a Melbourne Cup or two, enabling racegoers to get in a mood from a impulse a ships tour from Sydney and Brisbane this weekend.

In a 48th year of cruising to a Melbourne Cup, Australia’s usually homegrown tour line P O Cruises is charity a line adult of on-board talent and party including conform parades featuring Australian designers and a initial betting master classes.

Three P O ships will tour with Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl departing on six-night itineraries from Sydney and Pacific Dawn charity a seven-night Cup tour from Brisbane.

Ensuring a scarcely 6000 guest put their best put brazen during a premier racer race, a horde of Australian designers will be represented on-board as partial of a Fashions during Sea events.

There will be styling workshops on-board Pacific Dawn with Naomi Bell and fascinator-making workshops opposite a swift while racing-themed on-board activities will embody presentations and print opportunities with racing stalwarts such as Melbourne Cup winning manoeuvre Michael Clarke; owners of winning equine Rogan Josh, Wendy Green; manoeuvre and trackwork supplement for Bart Cummings, Joe Agresta; and manoeuvre Greg Childs.

Melbourne Cup bound: a Carnival Spirit is streamer to a races.

Melbourne Cup bound: a Carnival Spirit is streamer to a races.Source:Supplied

For a initial time a tour line is charity betting master classes with racing experts to safeguard all guest know how to have a trackside punt.

Other highlights embody a Hats and High Tea event, a haunt competition call and quintessential Aussie party including Steady Eddy, Glenn Shorrock, The Tap Pack and Peter Byrne.

P O Cruises President Sture Myrmell pronounced a tour line had been promulgation ships to a Melbourne Cup given 1969, with a annual voyages remaining one of a tour line’s many renouned offerings.

“Cruising is a ultimate approach to knowledge a competition that stops a nation,” he said.

“It offers unbeatable value for a world-class eventuality with transport, accommodation, dishes and entrance included, and also combines dual of Australians’ good loves — cruising and equine racing. With a margin that includes some of a best talent from Australia’s conform and racing industries, a guest will be race-ready when they arrive in Melbourne, and will suffer a tour as most as a occasion,” Mr Myrmell said.

With a 8000 guest accounting for about 5 per cent of punters on a day, P O Cruises will again offer a possess VIP area during Flemington — a P O Cruises’ Lawn. .

Cruise gests poise inside a P amp; O Lawn as partial of a Melbourne Cup during Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Cruise gests poise inside a P O Lawn as partial of a Melbourne Cup during Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

*Melissa Hoyer will be an on-board guest and guest orator on house Pacific Pearl streamer to Melbourne for Cup Day.

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