Cruising hits the centre court next summer with the announcement of an exciting new partnership between P&O Cruises and Tennis Australia. The package offers passengers five nights on board the Pacific Pearl as well as a general admission ticket with access to Margaret Court, bus transfers to and from the grounds and an optional upgrade to the legendary Rod Laver Arena.
The package is the perfect opportunity for tennis lovers to swap the couch for courtside seats and soak up all the energy that the world famous Aussie sporting event has to offer!
What is on offer?
The exclusive one-off itinerary runs from Jan 19-Jan 24 2015 and is scheduled to depart from Sydney, call at Melbourne and then return back to Australia’s most famous harbour.
Pacific Pearl is the jewel of the P&O fleet and offers passengers an array of on-board luxuries, services and amenities spread over 11 decks. The 1800 passenger floating resort boasts two swimming pools, whirlpool spas, a casino, state-of-the art fitness and gym facilities, six bars/lounges, a kids club and an amazing in-house entertainment line-up. Passengers can also enjoy additional perks such as full buffet breakfast, buffet or a la carte lunch, four course evening meal, in-cabin televisions, complimentary toiletries and access to all the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
Whether cruisers are viewing matches from the privacy of their cabins or the lively atmosphere of the ship’s public areas, the Pacific Pearl is the ideal place to watch all the on-court action unwind.
What makes the Australian Open so exciting?
Celebrated as one of four world renowned grand slam sporting events, the Australian Open was first held in 1905 and always promises to start the professional tennis season off with a bang. The courts of its Melbourne Park venue have been graced by tennis champions throughout the decades, from Rod Laver, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi to Margaret Court, Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis. 2015 Aussie Open goers can expect yet another stellar line-up featuring world number ones, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams as well as other exhibition tournament titleholders such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.
The illustrious Australian event is loved by fans and competitors alike, tennis legend, Stanislas Wawrinka saying “It’s a tournament that I love so much, where the warm conditions are good for me and there is a good crowd.”
Event organisers are dedicated to making the event as appealing as possible to talented international players, Stephen Healy, president of Tennis Australia explaining “There is more interest in the Australian Open than any other sporting event in the country, so what we’re working with is a sport which people have a phenomenal amount of interest in. What we’ve got to do is make sure we offer something that makes people want to get out and play.”
The tournament boasts a collection of prestigious sponsors including Rolex, Kia, ANZ and Jacob’s Creek. Prize money for the 2015 grand slam has hit an all-time high with the winners set to take home a huge $33 million. With an enormous cash prize at stake and a prestigious title up for grabs, spectators can expect to see players undertake an all-out battle for Australia Open victory!
How much does it cost?
With prices starting at just $989, the exclusive package represents incredible value for lovers of luxury cruising and tennis. Passengers can choose from a selection of Pacific Pearl luxury cabins including Inside Staterooms, Outside Staterooms, Ocean View with Porthole and Mini Suite with Balcony.
For more information, take a look at the limited-edition package from P&O Cruises.
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