SPORTY CRUISE FOCUS

Monaco's port is busier than ever during the Grand Prix when luxury yachts share the harbour with visiting cruise ships.
Monaco’s port will be busier than ever during next year’s Grand Prix.

THE thrills and spills of major sporting events have become the focus of many holidays at sea.

Passengers on Celebrity Solstice will have commanding views of the celebrated America’s Cup yacht race finals in San Francisco Bay this week with an overnight stay there during a 10-day cruise from Seattle to Ensenada in Mexico, www.celebritycruises.com

The cruise lines Windstar, www.windstar.com, Crystal, www.wiltrans.com.au,  and Azamara, www.azamaraclubcruises.com will each have a ship sailing into the tiny Principality of Monaco on the French Riviera for the excitement of Formula One racing at the Monaco Grand Prix from May 22 to May 25 with race ticket packages available for cruise passengers.

MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina, will sail from Miami on an 18-night cruise to Brazil in time for the kick-off of FIFA’s World Cup football tournament in June. australiancruisingnews.com loves the relaxed focus of this cruise itinerary which takes in Caribbean ports before sailing south to Brazil where passengers have an overnight stay onboard in Rio de Janeiro before disembarkation, www.msccruises.com.au

Tennis fans can attend the Australian Open in January on a 3-day pre-cruise ticket/accommodation package with Silver Shadow that is tied to a January 19 cruise from Melbourne to Bali (Indonesia) via Sydney, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Thursday Island and Darwin, www.silversea.com

P&O Australia’s 4-night cruise to the Australian Open on Pacific Pearl from Sydney to Melbourne on January 20 includes transfers and general admission to Melbourne Park Tennis Centre. Earlier in November, Pacific Pearl has a 6-day cruise from Sydney to Melbourne to coincide with horse racing’s Melbourne Cup festivities, www.pocruises.com.au

Back on the international front, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade, www.ncl.com  and several other cruise ships will become floating hotels in the Black Sea during the Winter Olympics in Sochi (Russia) in February.

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