Melbourne Cup Cruises

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Attend the Melbourne Cup in style - via Cruise ship! This once a year tradition is definitely one to consider on your cruise itinerary. Departing from either Sydney or Brisbane you can combine a cruising holiday with an attendance at one of Australia's premiere events. The Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November is a horse racing spectacular. Combine cruising, socialising, wining and dining with a Short Cruise down to Melbourne for this special occasion.

We have a range of Cruises from Sydney and Brisbane for 6, 7 and 8 nights arriving in Melbourne just in time to experience Melbourne's most glamorous event. The Birdcage or Members Car Park is just a Cruise away! Indulge in a beauty treatment on you're way down, or relax by the pool - the choice is yours.


Departing Sydney & Brisbane in 2017 / 2018

P&O Cruises Melbourne Cup Cruise 7 nights onboard the P&O - Pacific Dawn
  Save up to 43% * Departs: 04 Nov 2017

From $869

Carnival Cruises Melbourne Cup Cruise 6 nights onboard the Carnival Spirit
  Departs: 04 Nov 2018

From $994

Carnival Cruises Melbourne Cup Cruise 6 nights onboard the Carnival Spirit
  Departs: 05 Nov 2017

From $1042

P&O Cruises Melbourne Cup Cruise 6 nights onboard the P&O - Pacific Jewel
  Save up to 21% * Departs: 04 Nov 2017

From $1081

P&O Cruises Melbourne Cup Cruise 6 nights onboard the P&O - Pacific...
  Save up to 33% * Departs: 04 Nov 2017

From $1518

Before you go - here are a few things you should know about the Melbourne Cup:

  • The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861.
  • The first winner "Archer" (from NSW) collected £170 and a gold watch as prize money!
  • It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world.
  • It is affectionately known as the "Race that stops a nation".
  • The event starts at 3pm on the First Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse.
  • The current record holder Kingston Rule (1990) won in a time of 3m 16.3s.
  • Prizemoney is $6.2m AUD (2013).