P&O Cruises is kicking off its first year as the official cruise line of the NRL with an action-packed line up of league cruises.
For the first time, the cruise line is offering two State of Origin cruises including its inaugural itinerary from Sydney to Brisbane for the series opener at Suncorp Stadium. Departing on May 26, 2017, the seven-day cruise includes calls to Gladstone and Moreton Island.
The second seven-day State of Origin cruise departs Brisbane on June 18, and includes calls to Moreton Island and Newcastle with all guests receiving entry and transfers to ANZ Stadium for game two on June 21.
Punters will be joined onboard by rugby league greats including Queenslanders Steve Price and Petro Civoniceva and Blues legends Steve Mortimer, Matt Cooper and Paul Sironen with a ship load of footy-themed activities including Origin trivia hosted by Foxtel presenter Steve Hart, State of Origin touch footy on Moreton Island plus photo opportunities and Q&A sessions with the former players.
The cruise line’s first league offering of the year heads to sea at the end of the month with Pacific Pearl cruising from Sydney to Auckland on January 30 for the NRL Auckland Nines. League personalities Brad Fittler, Steve Price, Steve Menzies and referee Bill Harrigan will join the four-day voyage, with packages including entry to Eden Park for two days of Nines action.
P&O Cruises has also hopped onboard as an Official Membership Partner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2017, with members and supporters offered a special four-night roundtrip cruise from Sydney to Moreton Island departing May 4, 2017.
Onboard the cruise, fans will be able to meet with Rabbitohs’ legends as well as current players and coaching staff, and take part in a range of special events including a cocktail function, a Q&A and a Rugby League themed trivia night.
During the visit to Moreton Island, guests will be able to enjoy a special Rabbitohs Legends Touch Football game in addition to plenty of exciting activities from quad-biking to parasailing.
P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was thrilled to be bringing more rugby league action onboard.
“Many of our guests are big fans of the game, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer such an exciting line up of league action this year,” Mr Myrmell said.