On 5th November 2013 Cruise and Maritime’s newest ship Astor sets sail for Australia from Rome’s Civitavecchia port. A week earlier the England Cricket captain Alastair Cook rounds up his men and also heads down under to begin their defence of The Ashes urn. In truth the team’s journey will be far shorter than the Astor’s 36 night southbound voyage (and will ensure they will be in Brisbane and Adelaide for the first two tests) but they will not have luxury of the Astor nor take in some wonderful countries enroute!


In yester year the England cricket team would always sail to Australia and build team spirit and camaraderie on their voyage, something that is harder to establish aboard a 26 hour flight (despite Australian batsman David Boon’s best efforts by famously devouring 52 cans of lager between Sydney and London).

The Astor arrives in Fremantle (Western Australia) on the 11th December, just two days before the start of the 3rd and possibly decisive Ashes test at the WACA just ½ an hour from the Fremantle dock. After the WACA the series moves on to Melbourne for the iconic boxing day test then finishes in Sydney shortly after the new year, where England hope to lift the little urn aloft once again and win their fourth consecutive Ashes series. With prices starting from £1,599 per person for the 36 night voyage taking in destinations such as Sri Lanka, Singapore, Jordan, Thailand and Bali this is a unique way to head down under.

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