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

Highlights:

  • 3-hour sail
  • Includes coffee and tea
  • 3-course set menu with seafood
  • TV on board to watch the race
From AUD

$85

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Melbourne Cup Special Event at Airlie Beach

Melbourne Cup Special Event at Airlie Beach from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • 3-hour sail on the Bay
  • Includes welcome glass of bubbly
  • BYO drinks is allowed
  • TV on board to watch the race
From AUD

$145

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Top 2021 Melbourne Cup cruises

Melbourne Cup cruise from Brisbane on Pacific Explorer

Melbourne Cup cruise from Brisbane on Pacific Explorer from P&O Cruises

Highlights:

  • 8-night cruise with P&O departing 29 October 2021
  • Includes tickets and transfers to Flemington Racecourse
  • Melbourne Cup themed activities on board
From AUD

$1,011.51

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Melbourne Cup cruise from Sydney on Pacific Adventure

Melbourne Cup cruise from Sydney on Pacific Adventure from P&O Cruises

Highlights:

  • 6-night cruise with P&O departing 30 October 2021
  • Includes tickets and transfers to Flemington Racecourse
  • Melbourne Cup themed activities on board
  • Book early to save big for next year's race
From AUD

$843.26

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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

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Up to USD$1,500 OBC with Princess Cruises

Plus get free drinks, upgrades, tips and Wi-Fi on board. Available on select voyages in 2021-2021 to Melbourne, Sydney, Vancouver, Los Angeles and more. T&Cs apply.

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Short break cruises from $312

Available on select dates in 2020 and 2021. Destinations include Auckland, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and more. Sample rate is for a 3-night Comedy Cruise.

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