Australian Open

P&O’s Australian Open Cruises

Posted January 4th, 2017

Calling all tennis fans! Start a new tradition and take your spectating from couch to courtside with P&O’s special Australian Open cruises. Departing 17 January and 19 January, 2018, these five-night voyages transport passengers from Sydney to Melbourne and back again. Whether you’re supporting heavyweights such as Williams, Djokovic, Federer, Murray or Kerber, or cheering on the underdog, you’ll love combining the excitement and festive atmosphere of the Australian Open with the relaxation and fun of a cruise getaway.


Setting sail from Sydney on the 17th January, the Pacific Eden will dock in Melbourne on the 19th January, before returning to Sydney on the 22nd January. Similarly, the Pacific Explorer leaves Sydney on the 19th January, reaches Melbourne on the 21st January and docks back in Sydney on the 24th January.

P&O have teamed up with Tennis Australia to provide cruises that coincide with the end of the tournament, so passengers will have the opportunity to visit Melbourne when some of the bigger, much-at-stakes matches are played. 

Other possible ways to spend your time in Melbourne include a behind-the-scenes Melbourne Cup tour, a guided exploration of the Dandenong Ranges and a trip aboard the Puffing Billy, or a six-hour excursion to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade at dusk.

Activities and Amenities

Wondering what you’ll be doing during time at sea? Whether you’re aboard the Pacific Eden or the Pacific Explorer, a wide range of experiences and facilities await you. Make the most of the beautiful January weather by taking a dip in one of the onboard swimming pools, visit the spa for some rest and relaxation, head to the fitness centre to get your heart pumping, take part in some trivia, sing your heart out at karaoke, get competitive with some deck games or learn new skills at one of many cooking demonstrations – the choice is yours.

When it comes to entertainment, the options are equally varied. Guest entertainers will make you smile, bop your head, tap your feet, sing along and more, while the onboard cinema will transport you to another world for a few hours. The Adults-Only Sit-Down Comedy Club is a passenger favourite, delivering hilarious anecdotes, quips and one-liners, and the laser light shows are sure to fascinate young cruisers.

Room Types

Guests can choose between five different types of rooms: Interior, Oceanview, Balcony, Suite and Penthouse. The Interior cabins have all the necessities, while the Oceanview rooms take things up a notch with a window or porthole, allowing passengers to gaze upon beautiful ocean views. To really make the most of the salty sea air and stunning views, however, you can’t go past a Balcony room.

Offering the high life on the high seas, the Suites boast a balcony, separate sitting area, complimentary laundry service, iPod music system, Nespresso coffee machine and priority embarkation. Finally, for five nights of luxury, choose a Penthouse and enjoy a large spa bath, spacious sitting area, separate dining area, balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Keen to see what P&O serves up on their Australian Open cruises? Make a booking today by giving us a call on 1300 954 661 and speaking with one of our friendly cruise consultants.

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Images courtesy of Getty and P&O Cruises.


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