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Sports-themed cruises are on the rise with itineraries built around major events, from the Monaco Grand Prix to the Melbourne Cup. Bernadette Chua looks at some of the best on offer.

Australian Open

P&O

The Australian Open starts the year’s tennis season and there is always a great vibe in Melbourne. P&O’s Australian Open cruise is a great way to get into the spirit before the prestigious tournament. The five-night round-trip cruise from Sydney includes a two-day pass, transport to and from the games and onboard entertainment. Since P&O has partnered with Tennis Australia, lucky passengers will also get the chance to upgrade their general admission ticket to Rod Laver Arena or Margaret Court Arena. pocruises.com.au

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Crystal Cruises

For race car lovers, luxury line Crystal Cruises will be hosting a special cruise for guests to attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. During the 17-day Indian Ocean Discovery voyage from Dubai to Mauritius, the ultra-luxury Crystal Symphony will overnight in Abu Dhabi on November 25 to catch the Formula 1 race at the famed Yas Marina Circuit. The most exclusive Crystal package transports guests by luxury coach to the heart of the action with Formula TEAM One Paddock Club™ access, with either Team Red Bull or Team Ferrari. Participants will walk the pit lane and enjoy premier seating in the air-conditioned upper floors of the pit building, as well as fine cuisine and beverage service throughout the day, open bar and access to the roof terrace to mingle with fellow VIP guests. crystalcruises.com

Melbourne Cup

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival has been running Melbourne Cup cruises for the past few years and they are growing in popularity. The six-night round-trip cruise from Sydney includes tickets to Crown Oaks Day and Melbourne Cup at Flemington and there are plenty of onboard activities to get you pumped for the races. On board experts share their picks to win and there are racing theme nights and fashion shows. carnival.com.au

World Cup Soccer

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara’s 12-night Baltic & World Cup Voyage sails from Stockholm to Southampton in June/July 2018. The ship will spend two nights in St Petersburg and guests can purchase seats to watch a round of 16 match at the new Zenit Stadium. azamaraclubcruises.com