Cruise to the Monaco Grand Prix
You can up the glam factor and get in some good Grand Prix spectating with one of the luxury cruises which include the event in their itineraries. Both Azamara Club and Silversea line are offering Monaco Grand Prix cruises in 2016, and they are the perfect way to incorporate this legendary motor race into a holiday you'll never forget.
The Monaco Grand Prix Cruise on the Azamara Quest lasts for five nights, departing from Nice on the 24th of May to visit Livorno, Cannes, Saint Tropez and stop in Monaco to take in the racing. Passengers can add pre-purchased tickets to their cruise fare, guaranteeing themselves a spot at this most fabulous of motorsport events.
The Azamara Quest won't look out of place in Monaco's swanky harbour. It is a mid-sized boutique vessel with an elegant dark hull and beautiful finishings. The line is known for a luxurious experience, with gourmet restaurants, drinks included, a focus on "destination immersion" and fantastic service. These features, combined with an excursion to feel the excitement of the Grand Prix, make for a top-quality cruise experience.
The Monaco Grand Prix Cruise on the Silver Spirit is a little longer at nine nights, and takes in some more of the wonderful sights of the western Mediterranean. Departing from Barcelona on the 22nd of May, it sails to Sete and Cannes on the French Riviera, Ajaccio on the island of Corsica, Monaco for the race, Portofino and Livorno in Italy, then finishes in Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) on the 31st of May. Passengers can pre-book spectator packages, but will need to be in quick!
The Silver Spirit is an attractive luxury mid-sized ship, carrying 540 passengers. All accommodations are oceanview suites, the fares are all-inclusive and the dining, drinks and service are indulgent. Total relaxation and in-depth adventure are the two facets of Silversea cruises, which offers a fascinating range of entertainment, enrichment and onshore adventures as well as luxe decor and detailing. A cruise on the Silver Spirit is a great way to enjoy the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix 2016, and the beautiful Western Mediterranean region.
Motor race madness
The Formula One World Championship is a huge deal in the motor racing world, and the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most important races in the circuit. The cosmopolitan location, scenic and narrow course that winds through the city, and the long history which predates the Championship series all bring an air of mystery and glamour to this annual event.
The 2016 incarnation will take place from the 26th to the 29th of May, on the traditional route which skirts the harbour and heads up into the Monte Carlo hill. There, the famous twisty corners come into play, including the iconic hairpin near the Fairmont Hotel - a wonderful sight for those who are lucky enough to attend.
The first Grand Prix event for the year takes place soon, in Melbourne on the 20th of March, and the hype is well underway as the season kicks off. Renault is returning this year with a rookie at the wheel. There is a new team called Haas F1, testing regulations have changed, and many more tidbits of news such as these are keeping fans on their toes as they start to make picks and speculations.
If a trip to the Grand Prix is a little out of your capabilities this year, you can still find a cruise that suits you! Azamara and Silversea both offer cruises in the Australasia region, putting them a little more within reach for Aussie and Kiwi cruisers. If it's more the sport than the luxury which takes your fancy, you can do that closer to home to - sports cruises are becoming more and more popular Down Under. What would be your ideal cruise-sports combo?