Melbourne Cup cruises to see you arrive in style in 2021

Arrive in style to the Melbourne Cup on a cruise with all-inclusive accommodation and the chance to mingle with fellow race-lovers.

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It's the race that stops the nation: the Melbourne Cup. This year it's on 3 November, though due to the pandemic is playing a little differently.

Gone are the track-side celebrations, crowds, and yes, also the cross-border cruises.

On the upside, there are a few local cruises running where you can still dress to the nines and catch all the live action on the big screen.

We've outlined what's available this year as well as in 2021 so you can arrive at that much-anticipated party in style.

2020 Melbourne Cup cruises

Sydney Harbour Melbourne Cup Cruise

Sydney Harbour Melbourne Cup Cruise from Viator


  • 3-hour sail
  • Includes coffee and tea
  • 3-course set menu with seafood
  • TV on board to watch the race
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Melbourne Cup Special Event at Airlie Beach

Melbourne Cup Special Event at Airlie Beach from


  • 3-hour sail on the Bay
  • Includes welcome glass of bubbly
  • BYO drinks is allowed
  • TV on board to watch the race
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Top 2021 Melbourne Cup cruises

Melbourne Cup: 7-night P&O cruise from Brisbane

Melbourne Cup: 7-night P&O cruise from Brisbane from Flight Centre - Cruises


  • 7-night cruise with P&O departing 31 October 2020
  • Includes private ensuite and 4-course meals
  • Melbourne Cup themed activities and entertainment on board
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Where do Melbourne Cup cruises depart from?

This year, cities and towns such as Sydney and Airlie Beach are hosting small sailings from local wharves.

Otherwise interstate Melbourne Cup cruises usually depart from Sydney and Brisbane. These are cancelled for 2020 but available to book for 2021.

Which cruise lines offer Melbourne Cup cruises?

Luxury cruise lines that offer Melbourne Cup cruises are:

Local cruise companies that offer Melbourne Cup cruises are:

  • Vagabond Cruises (Sydney)
  • Wings Sailing Charters (Airlie Beach)

Top Melbourne Cup cruise deals


Up to $300 OBCs + $1 deposits on Tasmania cruise

Verified 4 days ago Expires 14 Sep 2021
Available on 2 December 2022 departing from Melbourne with P&O Cruises. T&Cs apply.

Sydney cruises from $248

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on cruises in 2022-2023. Destinations include Brisbane, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is for a 2-day cruise from Sydney-Melbourne.

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