The 2015 Singapore Grand Prix was held in late September, and a few thousand passengers from the Diamond Princess were there to see Sebastian Vettel take first place. It’s just one of the options in the increasingly popular world of event cruising, where sports fans can combine a cruise with their favourite game anywhere in the world. The cruise lines will also guarantee tickets to the event and often run exclusive extras like themed dinners, celebrity guest speakers and behind the scenes access. Here are five major sporting events you can reach on a cruise.
Monaco Grand Prix / Windstar Cruises / May 23-30, 2016 Arriving in Monaco onboard the 212-passenger Star Breeze is about as close to a luxury superyacht experience as you can get. This seven-night cruise from Rome to Nice includes two days at the Grand Prix, with reserved grandstand seats, a private Grand Prix themed cocktail party and an expert host with behind the scenes insights into the legendary race. Fares start from $6,599 per person.
Wimbledon / Cunard / June 27-July 10, 2016 It doesn’t get more English than the combination of Wimbledon and Cunard. This cruise and land package from Keith Prowse Travel includes return economy fares from Australia, eight nights accommodation at the Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park and two days of premium seating on Centre Court and Court No 1 at Wimbledon, followed by a nine-night Scandinavian cruise onboard Queen Elizabeth. Prices start from $15,325 per person.
Melbourne Cup / P&O Cruises / October 31-November 6, 2015 Cruise from Sydney or Brisbane to experience the race that stops a nation. P&O will be sending three ships – Pacific Jewel, Dawn and Pearl – south for six- and seven-night racing themed cruises that include VIP transfers and general admission to Flemington Racecourse for the big day. There are also options to upgrade to any of the premium areas on the track or the exclusive P&O Enclosure available only to guests. Fares start from $1,249 per person.
British Open at Royal Troon / Azamara Club Cruises / July 11-22, 2016 This is one of the few tours that gives passengers the opportunity to play some of the sport they will be watching. The 11-night cruise departs Dublin and travels around Ireland, Scotland and England, calling at some of the world’s best golf courses including The K Club, Fota Island, Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes, and Gleneagles. The cruise also includes admission to the final day of play for the British Open at Royal Troon. Fares start from $5,649 per person with the five-round golf package an additional $4,375 per person.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix / Silversea / November 18-December 6, 2016 This 18-day Indian Ocean voyage starts in Dubai and then heads straight to Abu Dhabi for two days of Grand Prix action. Passengers can purchase exclusive one-or two-day packages to the race, held at the Yas Marina Circuit which sits on its own island just outside the city. Packages also include a private dinner with a Formula 1 driver or expert speaker. Fares start from $8,450 per person.