Seventeen-time singles and doubles Grand Slam tennis champion Ken Rosewall will be among the passenger contingent travelling from Sydney to Melbourne on P&O Cruises as part of the line’s annual adventure to the Australian Open tennis tournament in January next year.
The five-night round-trip cruise includes in its fare price, two days general admission to Melbourne Park and the Australian Open (which can be upgraded to reserved seats at one of the main arenas if so desired), as well as accommodation, meals and a host of tennis-themed entertainment onboard the ship. This will feature table tennis tournaments, trivia and Nintendo Wii virtual tennis competitions. The tournament itself will also be broadcast on the ship’s poolside giant screen to ensure travellers don’t miss a moment of the action.
As the line’s special guest, Rosewall will host a number of special events during sea days where he will share his insight into the tournament as well as make himself available for photo opportunities with guests.
In addition, greeting the ship on its arrival into Melbourne will be 23-time Doubles and Mixed Doubles Grand Slam champion Todd Woodbridge, who won 17 of those titles with Mark Woodforde as part of the famous “Woodies” pairing. Woodbridge will host a special breakfast at the pier for guests to enjoy before they head to their first day’s Australian Open action.
“The Australian Open cruise is always a hit with tennis fans and cruise fans alike; it’s an easy, value-for-money option for guests to get courtside and in front of the action of the tournament,” P&O Cruises president Sture Myrmell commented.
Fares for the five-night tennis voyage are currently priced from $849 per person quad share, including ground transfers between the ship and Melbourne Park Tennis Centre.