Australian Open 2018 just around the corner, P&O Cruises is reminding
tennis fans that the ultimate Grand Slam experience is onboard their Australian
Open cruises, announcing a number of tennis greats as part of the program for
their 2018 sailings.
More than 3500 guests sailing to Melbourne on Pacific Eden and Pacific
Explorer will be treated to a packed program that will take them to the heart
of tennis at its competitive best. With tennis fever set to hit the nation soon,
fans should be quick to secure their place for 2019, with bookings now
Davis Cup winner Mark Philippoussis and Wimbledon champion Goran
Ivanišević will join the action in 2018 when the ship docks in Melbourne, hosting
a Q&A session with fans onboard Pacific Eden where they will reveal their
epic career moments and insider perspectives of the 2018 Open. Meanwhile,
multiple Grand Slam Doubles winner Todd Woodbridge will treat fans to a Q&A
onboard Pacific Explorer when it's in Melbourne.
The sessions will also give P&O guests the rare opportunity to be
photographed with these legends of international tennis.
As official Tour Operators of the Australian Open, P&O Cruises has
partnered with Tennis Australia to deliver the round trip tennis themed cruises
as part of their Main Events line-up, which take all the hassle out of going to
large events by including everything from tickets to transfers.
President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia Sture Myrmell said
the popular cruises were perfect for fans wanting a unique way to experience
"Australia is a great sporting nation and the Australian Open Grand Slam
is one of the highlights on the sporting calendar. Fans are choosing to make
more than a day of it, combining their love of tennis with a short break for a
truly memorable experience. Our tennis themed cruises are so popular, we added
an extra sailing for 2018," Mr Myrmell said.
Guests on both Pacific Eden and Pacific Explorer will depart from stunning
Sydney Harbour. Day two will be a leisurely day at sea with both ships hosting
tennis greats for the trip down, including a Q&A and photo opportunity.
Pacific Eden will welcome former top-ranking tennis player Ken Rosewall. A
Grand Slam winner, Ken claimed 18 major titles, made it to the final of
Wimbledon four times and was a member of the winning Australian Davis Cup team
on four occasions. Pacific Explorer will host Kim Warwick, an Australian Open
finalist and Davis Cup player who won four Grand Slam Doubles titles.
Day three of the cruise will be action packed, with day and night
sessions at Melbourne Park, and day four will kick off with player meet and
greets onboard as well as photo opportunities with the Australian Open trophies,
followed by a day session at the tennis.
Day five will be a chance to relax and wind down at sea, before the
final day cruising back to Sydney.
Guests won't miss any of the action while at sea with all day and night
games screened live on the big screen on the upper decks.
Passengers on Pacific Explorer can also enjoy a bespoke new tennis themed
high tea menu onboard, featuring strawberries and cream, scones and savouries,
all washed down with Pimms and champagne. The new high tea menu is available
for $20 at the Waterfront restaurant.
Passengers travelling on Pacific Eden can practice their backhand and
volleys at the outdoor tennis court on the top deck, while taking in the sea
breeze and spectacular panoramic ocean views.
Pacific Eden and Pacific Explorer will depart Sydney for Melbourne on
January 17 and 19 respectively. The cruises include general admission tickets
for two day sessions and one night session at the Australian Open, as well as
return transfers to Melbourne Park.
Bookings for 2019 are now available. Fares start from $798.66* quad
share for the 5-night round trip cruise departing Sydney on January 19,
more information visit pocruises.com.au, call 13 24 94 or see a licensed travel
*subject to availability, conditions apply
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