Around 2000 New South Wales rugby league fans have cruised to
Brisbane onboard P&O Cruises' Pacific Jewel to cheer on the Blues for the
first Holden State of Origin clash tonight.
The 70,000-tonne Sydney-based ship will provide the biggest
single injection of Blues fans into Queensland for an Origin game, boosting the
number of NSW supporters at Suncorp Stadium by around 50 per cent.
seven-day roundtrip cruise departed Sydney on Friday and included calls to
Gladstone and Moreton Island, before it arrived in Brisbane today, where all
guests received transfers to the stadium and entry to the game as part of their
Fans have been joined onboard by former Blues greats
Steve Menzies, Steve Mortimer and Eric Grothe, and enjoyed a ship load of
footy-themed activities such as Origin trivia hosted by Fox Sports presenter
Steve Hart, State of Origin touch footy on Moreton Island plus photo
opportunities and Q&A sessions with the former players.
Menzies said he was excited to be joining thousands of fellow
NSW fans onboard ahead of the first Origin match in Brisbane.
"We've had a fantastic time cruising up the coast and warming up for the big
game. I can't wait to join the group at Suncorp - this kind of support can be
the difference between NSW winning and losing," Mr Menzies said.
Former Queensland rugby league stars Steve Price and Brent Tate were
also sailing, along with former NRL referee Bill Harrigan who came out of
retirement momentarily to oversee the State of Origin footy match on Moreton
P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the Pacific Jewel cruise offered a
memorable and easy way for fans to get to the game and support their team.
"We're excited to be able to bring together some of the
legends of the game and a ship load of passionate supporters to create a very
special State of Origin experience. This Blues cruise offers the rare chance
for fans to spend time with their idols before enjoying the incredible action
of Australia's greatest sporting rivalry," Mr Myrmell said.
Mr Myrmell said the cruise was one of a series of special
holiday offerings which reflected P&O's role as the official cruise line of
the NRL in 2017. In January this year, P&O offered a cruise to the Auckland
Nines, while in early May guests enjoyed a voyage with some Rabbitohs legends.
"We'll be lining up for a second State of Origin cruise in
June so our Queensland guests have the chance to get behind their team," he
As with P&O's other Main Event itineraries, including the
Melbourne Cup and Australian Open cruises, all guests on the State of Origin
cruises receive admission and transfers as part of their cruise fare making
cruising a great value and easy way to attend the event.
Rugby league fans can still book to join the next State of
Origin cruise, with fares starting from $699* quad share for the seven-night
cruise departing Brisbane on June 18, 2017, and arriving in Sydney on June 21
for the second game in the series. Details of P&O's 2018 State of Origin
cruises will be revealed later this year.
*subject to availability, conditions apply
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