Carnival Cruises have devised a unique itinerary aboard the Carnival Spirit to celebrate the 2015 Melbourne Cup in October. The eight-night cruises feature a selection of horse racing specials – helping fans get in the mood for one of the biggest events in Australia’s sporting calendar.
Departing on 30 October, the cruise even involved a little Halloween fun with the ‘Spooktacular’ event held the day after embarkation before race fever hits.
Before arriving in Melbourne, guests aboard the cruise will be able to soak up the knowledge and tips from a number of horse racing experts including famed race caller John Tapp. Celebrating his 50th year in the business, Tapp’s enthusiasm for horse racing has never dwindled. He is suitably excited about the cruise: “Not only will it be a relaxing way to travel, but it’s also going to be a great opportunity to meet fellow race-goers and share some tips ahead of the big day.”
Tapp will be hosting a horse racing Q&A session and a Melbourne Cup-themed degustation dinner during the cruise. Other highlights of the cruise include a sweepstake for the cup and a series of dining experiences (such as the much-needed recovery brunch, the day after the race).
The fun is not restricted to the days on the sea, with Carnival organising a number of events and activities after docking in Melbourne including a behind-the-scenes tour of the grand event at Flemington Racecourse and access to the stunning Ladies Day. General admission for the cup is significantly reduced from $95 to $55.
The spooky Halloween celebrations include a ghoulish costume parade and trick or treating as well as the provision of a number of spooky culinary treats including witches brew and RIP chocolate pumpkin pie.
Carnival Cruise Line Australia Vice President Jennifer Vandekreeke enthused: “We like to go all out for Halloween so our guests will be in for a frightfully fun lead up to the Melbourne Cup.”
For more information about the cruise, call our dedicated sales team on 1300 857 345.
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