P&O ships tennis fans to Australian Open

The cruise will bring 1,800 people to the Australia Open (photo by FlashStudio)
The cruise will bring 1,800 people to the Australia Open (photo by FlashStudio)

A shipload of tennis fans set sail for Melbourne on Monday, to watch the Australian Open.

A total of 1,800 cruise passengers were onboard P&O CruisesPacific Pearl liner when it departed Sydney on Monday for a special voyage to Melbourne.

The cruise will deliver the tennis fans to the Victorian capital to watch two days of the tournament, in a visit expected to inject around AU$1 million (US$820,000) into the state economy. The passengers will represent one of the biggest single groups to attend the Australian Open on any one day.

The tennis cruise is now an annual event for P&O, following last year’s inaugural Australian Open voyage which visited the tournament for one day.

“Last year’s event was a huge hit with our guests but we think this year’s will ace it, serving up two full days and one evening of tennis,” said P&O’s senior vice president, Tammy Marshall.

“Australians love big sporting events and they also love cruise holidays, so being able to combine the two is a match made in heaven for many people.”

The price of the cruise includes transfers and tickets to the tournament. Pacific Pearl will arrive in Melbourne on Wednesday morning.

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