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 If you love your Aussie spectator sports you will agree that just a few days a year is not enough for most events. Why not turn your favorite annual sports fixtures into a weeklong affair, surrounded by like-minded sports lovers, reliving, discussing, and assessing the games and races over a poolside cocktail? Combine your love of sport and the open seas with P&O’s range of sports cruise packages. Whether your passion is watching the tennis, dressing to the nines for the horse racing, or holidaying while also appeasing your NRL obsessed hubby, these cruises are for you.

Downer NRL Auckland Nines – 30th January- 6th February 2017 – $1,789 per person

Watch 31 exciting fast paced games at the NRL Auckland Nines knock-out tournament featuring NRL stars such as Jonathan Thurston, Jarryd Hayne, and Shaun Johnson. This P&O cruise package includes a 4-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland on the Pacific Pearl, transfers, three nights in an Auckland hotel, flights back to Australia, weekend passes to the footy, and entry to special NRL events.

https://www.pocruises.com.au/nrl/nrl-auckland-nines

Australian Open  – 19th January – 24th January – $1028 per person

Departing from Sydney this 5-night cruise aboard the Pacific Pearl will have tennis lovers in a frenzy! Including two days in Melbourne with entry passes to the tennis, bus transfers to the grounds, and plenty of time to stop in a few trendy Melbourne shops and bars before sailing back to Sydney. 

https://www.pocruises.com.au/cruises/australian-open-tennis/p704#/itineraryandexperiences

 State of Origin – 2017 details to be released

Sport your team colours and indulge in some friendly state rivalry aboard a P&O cruise ship this season! Get into the State of Origin Spirit as you mingle with former Rugby League players and enjoy themed events such as Origin Trivia. The 2017 packages are yet to be released, but the 2016 inaugural State of Origin cruise included transfers to and from the stadium and tickets to the game. To top it off the cruise also made port at Moreton Island and Newcastle. 

https://www.pocruises.com.au/cruises/state-of-origin

Melbourne Cup – 4th November – 11th November 2017 – $1,099 per person

Hop aboard the Pacific Dawn for 7 nights of Melbourne Cup festivities! Departing from Brisbane you will dock in Melbourne for two days to enjoy the racing events before cruising back to Brisbane. Included in your cruise fare are transfers and entry to the racecourse. P&O also offer exclusive optional shore excursions such as the Cup Day Gala Breakfast, the Victoria Race Club Oaks Club Luncheon, and a behind the scenes tour of Flemington Racecourse.

https://www.pocruises.com.au/cruises/melbourne-cup/w754

by Sarah Loughlin

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