For sports fans, there is nothing quite like experiencing the thrill of a race or the roar of a crowd first hand. The baited breath as you wait for a decision from the referee, the tension of a winner decided at the very last hole, and the smell of fuel and burnt rubber in the air. These are the sporting spectacles cruising can show you in 2018.
British Isles & British Open
The British Open is the oldest major championship in professional golf, the sport’s world-leaders and amateurs joined in a tense four-day battle fought across 72 holes. Azamara Club Cruises’ ‘British Isles & British Open’ sailing spans 13 nights, 10 ports of call and six rounds of golf, all of them played on Royal Club, Open Championship and Ryder Cup courses. Finally, you’ll attend the final day’s play of the 147th British Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links. When you cruise with six-star Azamara, you want for nothing, and the same can be said for your golfing arrangements; PerryGolf partner with the cruise line for its golf sailings, taking care of everything from pairings and caddie arrangements, to setting up your golf clubs at each course ready for your arrival.
Sun, Sea & Monaco Grand Prix
Cruise the Mediterranean on Fred Olsen’s ‘Sun, Sea & Monaco Grand Prix’ sailing. The Monaco Grand Prix is a race of superlatives; the most talented racing drivers in the world, unleashed on the sport’s most iconic track, speeding through the streets of the Mediterranean’s most glamorous enclave. For Formula 1 fans, it is the ultimate sporting experience. With a full day in Nice, you’ll see the race through from its brooding build up, to the rapturous applause of the crowd as the first car crosses the finish line, victory signalled by the wave of a chequered flag. The itinerary also sees Fred Olsen’s recently refurbished Black Watch visit ports of call including Barcelona, St Tropez and Palma, amongst others, making it perfect for those with a need for speed and a craving for some sun.
The World Cup Cruise
Forget Pukka pies and pints in a Russian city square-cum-fanzone; we prefer the sound of a World Cup with a side order of ‘Modern Luxury’. Celebrity Cruises’ exciting Signature Event Sailing is taking you to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with special excursions set to be offered on the 14-night Scandinavia & Russia Cruise aboard Celebrity Silhouette. The cruise line’s VIP World Cup experience plays out over three days in St Petersburg and includes not only tickets to a third-place match in the city, but also tickets to the final game in Moscow (details subject to change). It’s basically a dream come true for any football-mad cruiser!
Film Stars & Classic Cars
Every other May, the biennial Monaco Historic Grand Prix sees the glitzy principality evoke the era of car racing’s golden age, in an event that is one of the most nostalgic and anticipated on the calendars of classic car enthusiasts. The Monaco street circuit still uses the very same roads as it did for its very first race back in 1929 and the Monaco Historic Grand Prix serves as perhaps the world’s most exciting warm up, taking place just weeks before the F1 Grand Prix takes to the same iconic track. The smell of burning rubber permeates the warm Mediterranean air as super-tuned automobiles from various eras battle it out for a place on the podium. What’s more, with Fred Olsen’s ‘Film Stars & Classic Cars’ sailing, your time in the Côte d’Azur coincides with the annual Cannes International Film Festival, too.