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Jour­neys de­signed to in­dulge your pas­sions

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - LINER NOTES - AN­DREA BLACK

Love mu­sic? Fash­ion? Gar­den­ing? Head to the high seas. Wel­come to the rise of themed cruises. These days there’s a cruise for what­ever you might love. Take Elvis for ex­am­ple. This year fans of the king of rock ’n’ roll sailed on the in­au­gu­ral three-night Elvis trib­ute cruise.

At the re­cent World’s Lead­ing Cruise Line Sum­mit, P&O Cruises pres­i­dent Sture Myrmell said the Trib­ute to the King sail­ing has been so suc­cess­ful that Elvis fans will sail on a larger ship in 2019, this time the 2000-guest Pa­cific Ex­plorer. They can ex­pect to see trib­ute artists per­form, sing karaoke and sam­ple Elvis’s favourite dishes in­clud­ing south­ern fried chicken (Love Me Ten­ders?) and a peanut but­ter and banana sun­dae.

What­ever your pas­sion, here are some cruises that might ap­peal.

FASH­IONS ON THE DECK

For­get Fash­ions on the Field – on Car­ni­val Cruise Line’s 2019 Mel­bourne Cup Cruise on­board Car­ni­val Spirit, you can view some of the best fash­ions on deck on a cruise sail­ing from Syd­ney to Mel­bourne.

Me­dia per­son­al­ity Deb­o­rah Hut­ton will host Fash­ions on the Spirit, a show fea­tur­ing es­tab­lished Aussie de­sign­ers. Best of all, cruis­ers can get in­volved. Bring your best frocks and fas­ci­na­tors as Deb­o­rah will also step into the judg­ing panel for the guest fash­ion pa­rade.

If you want tips in the fash­ion stakes, per­sonal stylist and co-founder of luxe gift­ing brand My Style Box, Naomi Bell, will host a style work­shop for cruis­ers to per­fect out­fits while milliner Ser­ena Lin­de­man will run a fas­ci­na­tor work­shop.

Car­ni­val Spirit de­parts Syd­ney on Novem­ber 3, 2019, for a six-night cruise to Mel­bourne. The fare in­cludes gen­eral ad­mis­sion to the Mel­bourne Cup and Oaks Day at Flem­ing­ton, plus trans­fers. CAR­NI­VAL.COM.AU

CHERRY BLOS­SOM SEA­SON

It’s a dream for many gar­den lovers to catch Ja­pan’s famed cherry blos­soms bloom from late March to early April and the easy way to do it is by ship with ex­perts. Aus­tralia’s lead­ing spe­cial­ist in gar­den-themed travel, Botan­ica, has char­tered bou­tique ship MS Cale­do­nian Sky to cruise Ja­pan’s coast­line dur­ing the peak of the cherry blos­som sea­son in 2019. Guests can ex­pe­ri­ence the glo­ri­ous blooms on land and on­board, and gain in­sight into hor­ti­cul­ture and Ja­pan’s his­tory at lec­tures hosted by botan­i­cal guide and celebrity gar­dener Si­mon Rickard. Ex­pect to tour some of Ja­pan’s finest gar­dens, plus cas­tles and tem­ples. BOTAN­ICA.TRAVEL/

BACK TO THE ’80S

If you fondly re­mem­ber singing to Madonna, Cyndi Lau­per or Du­ran Du­ran with hair­brush in hand while look­ing in the mir­ror, there’s a cruise for you. P&O Cruises Aus­tralia’s new 1980s Trib­ute Cruise is a three-night jour­ney where you can show off your big hair and flu­oro frocks. There will be per­for­mances from authen­tic 1980s bands plus trib­ute acts, par­ties, fancy dress and screen­ings of the best TV shows and films from the decade.

The 1980s Trib­ute Cruise de­parts Bris­bane on Fe­bru­ary 1 and the sec­ond sail­ing de­parts April 3, 2020, from Syd­ney. POCRUISES.COM.AU

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