And They’re Off! – P&O Cruises Offers Exclusive Melbourne Cup Experiences

The race is on for Melbourne Cup fans, with P&O Cruises offering exclusive tickets to two very special Cup events – the celebrity-packed VRC Oaks Club Luncheon and a behind-the-scenes tour of Flemington, including a visit to the legendary Birdcage.

In a sporting coup, the cruise line has secured limited spots at both events and is offering them to passengers who have booked on Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl’s 2013 Melbourne Cup cruises.

The tickets are expected to sell out quickly, with only 60 spots available for the Flemington behind the scenes tour and a very special 20 tickets available for the Oaks Club Luncheon.

Priced at $199, the Flemington tour will see passengers out of the stalls on Monday November 4 to head to the race course where they’ll be met by an expert guide.  After visiting the Grandstand, the betting ring, the mounting yard, horse tunnel and parade ring, guests will make a call at the exclusive Birdcage and millionaires’ row before enjoying morning tea in the Perch marquee.

For those keen to experience all the glamour of the Melbourne Cup, the VRC Oaks Club luncheon on Wednesday November 6 is a highlight of the Cup Carnival calendar and the place to be seen - and P&O Cruises has the last 20 tickets to the sell-out event.

Priced at $299, each ticket includes transfers to Crown Melbourne’s stunning Palladium, a three-course lunch prepared by award winning chefs Guillaume Brahimi and Neil Perry, entertainment from some of Australia’s best theatre and musical performers, sensational door prizes including Emirates flights and a free gift for each guest.

Announcing the exclusive offers, P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Tammy Marshall said the cruise line was thrilled to have unprecedented access to the events and urged agents to get in quickly to secure a spot for their customers.

“We love to deliver special experiences to our passengers, but these tickets go above and beyond anything we’ve done before,” Ms Marshall said.

“Regardless of which horse they back, the passengers who snare these tickets are going to be winners.”

Bookings for the exclusive tours can be made by calling 1300 725 417 (AU) or 0800 780 708 (NZ) with tickets on sale from 10am (AEDT) on Tuesday October 8.  The booking line will be open during business hours until the tickets are sold out.

For more information on the Behind the Scenes tour visit here and for the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon visit here