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Carnival Cruise Line ups the stakes with stellar talent line-up for 2017 Melbourne Cup Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line today announces its impressive line-up of onboard talent who will be equipping guests with everything they need to win big and dress to impress at the “race that stops the nation” this year.
A variety of special themed events covering everything from fashion to fillies will be on offer onboard the six-night round-trip Melbourne Cup cruise from Sydney to Melbourne.
For the third consecutive year, legendary race-caller John Tapp will return to the Melbourne Cup cruise, providing insights and knowledge gained from three decades of experience while calling over 50,000 races. Tapp will be joined by a Melbourne Cup winning jockey and the duo will host a session on racing ahead of Australia’s premier horse race, providing guests with top tips to back a winner.
Those looking for fashion expertise won’t be disappointed, with popular television presenter, Erica Davis, of Sydney Weekender, being joined onboard by Melbourne stylist and online boutique owner, Trish G.
Trish G’s passion is helping women and men rediscover their confidence through fashion. While onboard Ericia and Trish will host a Race Day Style show that caters to every shape, size and taste. During the show guests can ask the fabulous fashionistas all of their style questions and a couple of lucky attendees will be treated to a makeover.
In addition to the amazing talent, all guests will enjoy a General Admission ticket to the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup with transport to and from the venue as part of their cruise fare, plus entry to Crown Oaks Day (transfers excluded). As well as enjoying other racing themed activities such as an exclusive degustation dinner* fascinator making classes* and sweepstakes with prizes.
Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia, Jennifer Vandekreeke says, “Every year our Melbourne Cup cruise gets bigger and better. In 2017, we’ve raised the bar with new racing experts and fashion stylists sharing their hot tips to make the most of the races.”  
Carnival’s Melbourne Cup cruise departs Sydney on November 5 and features three days of racing festivities in Melbourne. People looking to book in for the 2017 cruise should hurry as there are only a few cabins left. An interior twin room on the 2017 cruise starts at $1,799pp or an interior quad from $899pp, plus up to $400 onboard credit per cabin.
For those looking to book in on the 2018 Melbourne Cup cruise, cabins are on sale now. Punters should book early to avoid disappointment.
For more information and bookings call 13 31 94 or visit

 About Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world with over four and a half million guests travelling every year. Carnival Spirit is the largest and newest cruise ship to call Australia home and she is joined by her sister ship, Carnival Legend every Summer. With 45 activities from zen to adrenalin to enjoy each day, Carnival Spirit offers fun-loving families and couples memorable and great value holidays.