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It's Carnival time at Flemington
The ultimate combination of Australian sport and glamour, the Melbourne Cup is just around the corner. And what better way to enjoy the horse race that stops a nation than on a cruise trip from Sydney or Brisbane to Melbourne. Special deals from P&O Cruises and a brand new itinerary from Carnival Cruise Lines offer incredible rates, including tickets to the Flemington showpiece on November 4, 2014, transportation to the track, entertainment onboard and up to eight-night holidays.
The race that stops a nation
An annual ritual in Australia, the first Tuesday of every November is devoted to the thoroughbred horse race, the Melbourne Cup. But seeing this premiere event via a cruise ship is a truly unique experience - and incredible value for money. New to the Melbourne Cup cruise market, a Carnival Cruise Lines itinerary gets you a ticket to Flemington race course and return trips to and from the ship. The amazing bonus is a six- to eight-night holiday on Carnival Spirit, one of the most impressive luxury cruise ships in the world. But Carnival isn't your only option, P&O cruises are also experts in generating a wonderful Cup adventure and will celebrate their 45th Melbourne Cup anniversary in 2014. You have two stunning ships, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel, to choose from. But what can you expect onboard?
- Get in the Carnival Spirit: Carnival Cruise Lines' Melbourne Cup Itineraries range from 7-8 days with two nights in Melbourne. Then it's time to get frocked up or suited and booted for Carnival's pre-race entertainment. Expert Richard Callendar will be onboard to offer his tips - and as a regular on 2GB and Channel Seven's racing coverage, there's no-one better to talk to. Fashion stylists, including Campitelli Clarke and Giselle Clarke, will take your glamour to a whole new level with workshops, before the real thing - a runway parade. You can also enjoy some one-on-one time with the style gurus. Look out for special deals on spa treatments, along with sweepstakes and virtual betting. Get set for an incredible party atmosphere.
- P&O put on a show: Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel have six- to seven-night itineraries from Sydney and Brisbane to Melbourne, with VIP events such as the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Flemington race track on offer. Enjoy three nights in Melbourne and a range of festivities. Of course Pearl and Jewel have some of the best facilities of any cruise ship, with adults retreat The Oasis, Luke Mangan's signature restaurant, entertainment in The Dome (on Pacific Jewel) and 11 passenger decks. You won't have time to fit everything in.
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