Carnival Cruise Line Bets Big on Melbourne Cup Carnival Cruise

Guests on Carnival Cruise Line’s 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival cruise can be confident they have backed a winner, with the cruise line announcing an itinerary packed full of fun and plenty of racing revelry to get punters ready for the big event.


Departing on October 30, the six-night cruise on Carnival Spirit features three days of racing festivities in Melbourne, including entry to the Emirates Melbourne Cup and – exclusive to cruisers on Carnival Spirit – admission to Crown Oaks Day.


During the cruise from Sydney, guests will be able to enjoy a variety of special themed events, seminars and activities, including a fashion presentation hosted by popular television presenter Erica Davis of Sydney Weekender, in partnership with Australian fashion designer Karen Gee.


Multi-talented Erica has been a regular face on the Seven Network for more than a decade, as well as working as a radio host and guest speaker at various events.

Karen launched her self-titled fashion label in 2013. Specialising in dressing women of all shapes and sizes, her collections have become a hit with women all over the world, including local television personalities such as Samantha Armytage, Melissa Doyle and Lisa Wilkinson.


The cruise will also see the return of well-known race caller John Tapp to the high seas following his successful appearance on last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival cruise. While onboard, John will share his knowledge – and stories – about   Australia’s premier horse race during an informal session, which will also include tips and expert advice ahead of race day. During his career, John called more than 50,000 races.


Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the cruise line had upped the stakes for this year’s Cup cruise.


“We’re excited to welcome Erica and Karen to our Melbourne Cup line-up with John. Both women have both achieved amazing success in their respective fields and we’re sure they’ll be a huge hit with our guests during our popular fashions at sea presentation”.