Trucking magnate, Lindsay Fox, never does things by halves. To mark his 85th birthday, Mr Fox is throwing a birthday bash like no other, inviting a string of who’s who in Melbourne business community, to his 12-day cruise on board the luxury Seabourn Quest from New York to Montreal at an estimated cost of $5 million.
Fellow billionaires Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, retail king Solomon Lew, property billionaire John Gandel, SEEK founder Andrew Basset, Linfox board members Bill Kelty and Simon Crean, tv presenter Eddie McGuire and Infrastructure Partnerships chair Rod Eddington are expected to turn up on Seabourn Quest, complete with pool deck, piano bar, observation bar, sky deck and the must-have water toys.
Seabourn Quest is renowned for its fine dining options including The Grill by Thomas Keller, the culinary American chef exclusive to the fleet. The elegant dining room prides itself in serving table-side preparations of Caesar salad and favourites such as Lobster Thermidor served with creamed spinach. The timeless menu which draws on the freshest products from artisan purveyors is complemented with a wine list of domestic and old-world labels.
Birthday festivities will include a pyjama party with sleeping gear provided by Mr Lew’s popular Peter Alexander brand to all guests and a fireworks display.
It is understood guests will pay their own way to get to the cruise while Mr Fox will pick up the tab for all expenses on the cruise.
Prices of a 12-day cruise on the same itinerary on a similar luxury liner start from $10,000 pp for a standard cabin to $25,000 pp for a penthouse suite.
Mr Eddington, a 1974 Rhodes Scholar confirmed he will be on the birthday cruise adding that Mr Fox often jokes that he is also a Rhodes Scholar but spelt “r-o-a-d-s” scholar, according to the Australian Financial Review.
This is not the first time that Mr Fox has celebrated his birthday with a luxury cruise. When he turned 80, he also charted a luxury liner and invited about 400 guests for a Mediterranean cruise from Athens to Venice. His guests included former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett, Lloyd Williams and Andrew Forrest. Celebrations culminated in a extravagant fireworks display in Venice.
Mr Fox has already turned 85 birthday on April 19.