In a colourful sea invasion from the north, a ship load of 2000 footy fans and ex-players will set sail from Brisbane tomorrow on the first ever Holden State of Origin cruise, heading south for Wednesday’s series opener in Sydney.
The cruise is due to depart Brisbane at 4pm tomorrow with a predominantly Queensland crowd onboard as well as some rugby league greats including Queenslanders Steve Price and Petero Civoniceva and Blues legends Steve Menzies, Paul Harragon, Steve Roach and Paul Sironen.
The seven-night roundtrip cruise arrives in Sydney on June 1 for an overnight stay after calls to Moreton Island and Newcastle, with all guests receiving entry and transfers to ANZ Stadium as part of their cruise fare.
Footy-themed activities will include Origin trivia hosted by Foxtel presenter Steve Hart, touch footy on Moreton Island plus photo opportunities and Q&A sessions with the former players.
As the ship sails home to Brisbane, there will also be a Holden State of Origin post game wrap up featuring Steve Roach, Paul Sironen, Petero Civoniceva and Steve Price.
P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line’s expansion to a five-ship fleet had allowed it to bolster its event offering to include one of the biggest fixtures on the local sporting calendar, with the cruise proving to be a sell out.
“Whether or not the Maroons take home the Origin trophy in 2016, this cruise is a big win for Queensland footy fans. As well as transport, accommodation, food and entertainment, guests on the inaugural State of Origin cruise will be getting some of the hottest tickets in town included as part of their cruise fare - it’s seriously great value,” Mr Myrmell said.
“The only thing some of our Queensland guests love more than cruising is the Maroons so look out Sydney - Pacific Dawn and her ship load of Queenslanders is coming!”