Cruise to the Melbourne Cup 2023

The race that stops the nation awaits!


Celebrate one of Australia’s favourite events, and have a lot of fun and adventure on the way, with a Melbourne Cup Cruise in 2023.

Sail from one Australian icon to another. Start your trip in Sydney Harbour and finish it by watching the race that stops a nation.

Your trip down will take two days, where you can make the most of the fun and adventure onboard, as well as special Melbourne Cup themed celebrations and activities.

Then spend another three days in Australia’s sporting capital enjoying both Melbourne Cup and Oaks day as well as some of the best restaurants, bars, and cafes in the world before a final fun-at-sea day on your way back to Sydney.

Make the 2023 Melbourne Cup one you and your family will remember forever.

Commonly Asked Questions


The 2023 Melbourne Cup cruise is the perfect way to experience one of Australia’s favourite events, and do it in style. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the social event of the year and 2023 will be no different. Celebrate everything there is to love about race day with our Melbourne Cup 2023 packages which include:


The Melbourne Cup Cruise features a stellar line up of racing and fashion events as well as more than 45 activities to enjoy onboard Carnival Splendor. Some of the fun activities include:


Shelly Horton - TV Journalist, MC and Confidence Coach

Shelly Horton is the personification of confidence. She’s a journalist, TV presenter, MC and runs her own company ShellShocked Media, where she teaches media and presentation training. Shelly runs The Confidence Course, where she helps people find their inner Beyonce. For nearly eight years, Shelly has appeared weekly on Channel 9’s TODAY, TODAY EXTRA and Weekend TODAY, delivering opinion segments. She’s also the lifestyle presenter for 9Honey, the host of 9Honey’s Talking Honey, He Said/She Said and Married At First Sight’s spin off show Talking Married. She’s an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Too Good and Pink Hope. Her 25 year career highlights include 11 years reporting for the ABC, eight years as a presenter on Channel Seven, six years as a journalist at Fairfax and five years as the South Pacific correspondent for Entertainment Tonight USA.

Shelly will be hosting Fashions on the Splendor, will appear on the judging panel of our guest fashion parade and will be presenting her Confidence Workshop - How to Find Your Inner Beyonce.

Greg Miles

The “voice of Victorian Racing” for 36 years and renowned Melbourne Cup race caller, Greg Miles OAM, will host the Q&A sessions with our racing legends, share his betting tips at our Betting Masterclass and make hearts gallop as he runs a Phantom Race Call featuring the legends of the last 24 Melbourne Cups.

Naomi Bell - Personal Fashion Stylist and Commentator

With over two decades of experience, recovering fast-fashion addict Naomi, is on a mission to help women create a hardworking and stylish wardrobe. Through her virtual styling service, Naomi helps create the dream wardrobe by defining her client’s personal style, body shape & colours. Naomi will be styling Fashions on the Splendor, will appear on the judging panel for our guest fashion parade and will host our Style Masterclass at Sea, where she will help define your personal style, body shape and the colours that best suit you. 

Jim "Pumper" Cassidy

Jim Cassidy has two Melbourne Cup wins under his saddle, 104 Group One wins and an indictment into both the Australian and New Zealand Racing Halls of Fame. Cruisers can get to know the legendary "Pumper" through an exclusive Q&A session and photo opportunity with both his Melbourne Cups onboard.

Gary Willetts

Riding 1493 winners over his exceptional career, Gary Willetts has achieved many notable wins including; riding champion horse Manikato in 25 of his 29 wins, riding 130 Australian feature winners in such notable meets as the Cox Plate and Sydney Cup and has represented Australia in South Africa, New York, Canada and Japan. Nominated the New Zealand Racing Personality of the Year in 1974 and Caltex Sportstar of the Year in 1976, Gary will share some of his many stories in an exclusive Q&A session and photo opportunity onboard.

Guest speakers are confirmed to date, but may change at Carnival Cruise Line’s discretion due to unforeseen circumstances.


Kiri Cooper (

Kiri is the founder and CEO of Ahua Model Management and an experienced, commercial and editorial model. Kiri is passionate about encouraging and opening authentic discussions around mental health, body, positivity and the liberation that comes with self-acceptance.

Caitlin Robertson (@caitlin_robertson__)

Caitlin is an experienced model with a passion for bringing representation to the fashion industry. With a background in psychology, Caitlin's journey has taken her from a self-love and body acceptance coach to the world of modelling. Rooted in a deep desire for representation, Caitlin's decision to become a model was driven by her wish for women, of all body types, to find themselves reflected when shopping. Caitlin is committed to empowering women to pursue their passions and to embrace their authentic selves

Justina Hurrell (@justina_hurrell)

Justina is a commercial curve model and content creator with a passion to break the many stigmas of plus-sized women of colour within the fashion and beauty industries. She endeavors to utilize her platform to continue to represent diversity, inclusivity and self- acceptance and to embolden the next generation of all ages to believe their ambitions within the industry are achievable.

Britt Munt (@the_tails_of_us)

Britt is the creator behind The Tails Of Us - an Instagram profile specializing in outfit inspiration for curvy women, lifestyle, beauty, motherhood and self-care related content. She showcases her positive and fun personality through her daily posts and her social media presence is centred around body positivity, loving yourself and motherhood honesty. Her goal is to inspire other women and mothers through her relatable moments, and she hopes she can bring laughter and light to all of her audience.

Elise Grey (@elise.grey)

An artist, author, publisher and retired architect, Elise ventured into her new career as a mature-age model five years ago. Since then, she has graced the cover of many magazines and modelled for an array of fashion brands.


Set sail on a Melbourne Cup Cruise