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The race that stops the nation is drawing close, real close. Melbourne’s famous Flemington Racecourse will be pumping come Tuesday the 7th of November 2017, when the Emirates Melbourne Cup, one of the world’s richest turf races, takes place. Why not get there in style with Melbourne Cup Cruises 2017?!

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This year Sportsnet Holidays have partnered with P&O Cruises to design select travel packages that will take your Melbourne Cup experience to the next level. From the glamour of the high seas to the glitz of exclusive gala cup events, all the finer details will be taken care of with our expert personalised service. Considering getting on board? Read on to learn more about Melbourne Cup cruises 2017!

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The P&O Pacific Dawn cruise ship recently underwent a major refurbishment. The princess of the sea is now more sparkly than ever. A favourite vessel for the cruise inclined, this ship is equipped with an on-board waterpark (handy if you’re traveling with family). There’s also a casino should you want to practice your roll of the dice anytime.

Entertainment options are endless with live music, stand-up comedy nights, and cabaret shows all on board. Wind down in the day spa, or work up a sweat in the huge gym and many sports courts on offer. All meals are included in the 2017 Melbourne Cup cruise package, from silver service restaurants to the daytime grills. Spend 7 luxurious nights sailing from Brisbane to Melbourne, and wake every day to stunning ocean vistas aboard the aptly named Pacific Dawn.

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Departing Sydney Harbour and cruising past the world-famous Opera House is really something special. Add to that the veritable smorgasbord of fun on offer aboard the Pacific Explorer and you’re guaranteed to have a hell of a time. The Pacific Explorer is the newest addition to the P&O fleet and features the next evolution of their signature modern Australian interiors.

With plenty of open plan, fresh spaces that are stylish yet relaxed, you never feel enclosed. Quite the opposite really as you’re totally free to roam. There’s 12 dining options on this ship – yes 12, so prepare to loosen your belt. She’s also a great choice of vessel for adventurous types, with zip lining courses, rock climbing, and a waterpark ready and waiting. Like all P&O cruises there’s always excellent nightly entertainment on board too. Disembark in Melbourne and keep the good times rolling for the annual Melbourne Cup!

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This elegant cruise is the epitome of a luxury escape at sea. The Pacific Jewel has 11 levels of hidden gems to discover at your own leisurely pace. Relax in the world class Aqua Spa and then promptly undo all that rejuvenation with jazz at one of many bars and clubs to be found. Consider yourself a foodie? Well you’re in luck, go ahead and indulge in a dining extravaganza. There’s 6 excellent restaurants aboard the ship, and it’s a convenient 6 night cruise…how fortunate. Adrenalin junkies are invited to get their fix at the P&O Edge Adventure Park anytime they like. Top tip: spend the last day horizontal by the pool and take in those stunning east coast Australian views. Your best bet is to conserve your energy for horseracing’s day of days – the Emirates Melbourne Cup!

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All Sportnet Holiday guests that select one of the above packages also gain entry to the exclusive Sportsnet “The World’s Greatest” Cup Eve Gala. This is held in the Grand Ballroom at the Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne on Monday the 6th of November from 7pm, and is a fantastic evening of live music, dancing and fine food. There’ll also be a special guest panel to give insights & tips for the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup, plus roving entertainment throughout the evening. What a way to end a stylish cruise and to start getting ready for the race that stops the nation. Put your best foot forward and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having all your travel arrangements organised by us here at Sportsnet Holidays.

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