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Combine your passions with an incredible cruise

Combine your passions with an incredible cruise

Some cruise holidays are destination focused, while others are really just about soaking up all the relaxation and indulgence you can before you have to return to the real world - and there’s nothing wrong with either of those options. But there’s another kind of cruise holiday which has attracted all kinds of positive attention over the last few years, and it’s one which P&O does particularly well: themed cruises.

These holidays at sea aren’t so much focused on lazing around (though you can still do plenty of that if you feel like it!) but instead have a particular theme that a lot of the entertainment, activities and sometimes even meals revolve around. This is a really fun way of taking a holiday that’s all about something you’re passionate about - whether that’s good food, rugby, racing, comedy or great music. Read on to find out a little more about some of the most well-loved themed cruises that P&O have to offer.

Melbourne Cup Cruises

Embrace your inner fashionista aboard a P&O Melbourne Cup cruise.

Of all the sporting events Down Under, it’s hard to think of one that brings more people together than the Melbourne Cup. If you’re keen to really make the most of this extravagant event, you can’t do better than booking a Melbourne Cup Cruise with P&O. There’s essential raceday perks like admission to Flemington Racecourse and return transfers from the ship to Flemington, but that’s far from all these cruises have on offer. There’s Cup themed entertainment onboard as you make your way down to Melbourne, previous winners often come aboard to share their racing experiences and of course there’s always fashion events onboard in the spirit of Australasia’s most popular fashion-focused day.

The Big Laugh Comedy Festival

Laugh till your cheeks hurt aboard the P&O Big Laugh Comedy Festival cruise.

Free entertainment is a big drawcard on any cruise but The Big Laugh Comedy Festival, exclusive to P&O, takes that idea to a whole new level. With all kinds of comedy oriented events over the course of the cruise and a side-splitting headline comedy act every night, you’ll be chuckling all the way out to sea and back. It’s not just about sitting there and waiting for the comedy to come to you though. There are comedy workshops you can get involved in and opportunities for you to dust off your own jokes and be the star. So whether you’re keen to try your hand at a bit of stand up or are happy to simply let the laughs come to you, a comedy themed cruise can be an incredibly fun getaway.

Dark Mofo Cruises

P&O’s Dark Mofo cruises bring the vibrancy of culture to cruise holidays.

In the darkest depths of winter there’s a festival that brings light, music, fun and great food to the artsy city of Hobart: Dark Mofo. Exclusive to P&O, a Dark Mofo Cruise will carry you from Sydney to Hobart and give you all you need to enjoy this iconic Australian winter fest to the fullest. With two days and two nights set aside for staying in Hobart, you’ll have plenty of time to discover all that this vibrant festival has to offer. Guests will also get admission to MONA (the fascinatingly bizarre Museum of Old and New Art, which runs Dark Mofo) and a one night pass to Winter Feast, a joyous medieval-style banquet. The offbeat and culturally rich Dark Mofo festival makes for the perfect counterbalance to the stereotypical cruise experience - and this is certainly a case of opposites which attract.

State of Origin Cruises

The exclusive P&O State of Origin cruises are the perfect way for league fans to enjoy the big games.

When it comes to league events, there’s not many that inspire fierce rivalry and passion like State of Origin. Footy fans can combine their love for State of Origin with their love of cruising aboard one of P&O’s exclusive Holden State of Origin sailings. Get into the competitive spirit and cheer on your team amongst crowds of other supporters, enjoying matches streamed live onboard the ship itself. With everything taken care of for you, from food to entertainment, all you have to think about are the games themselves - no great hardship for avid State of Origin fans.

As enticing and varied as these sailings may be, these are just a handful of the Event themed cruises offered by P&O. To find out more and discover a themed cruise that connects with you and the things you love, get in touch with the team at Cruise Sale Finder. We’ll find you a cruise that’s just right for you!

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From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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