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Cruise — By Liz Lewis on May 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm
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Pacific Dawn Offers Unique Way to See Rugby World Cup 2011

Rugby fans planning on heading to New Zealand next year for the latter stages of the 2011 Rugby World Cup can book a berth on P & O’s Pacific Dawn.

P & O's Pacific Dawn

The sporting division of TUI Travel PLC has charted this 70,000 tonne luxury liner to accommodate some 2000 rugby fans as they make their way around New Zealand to watch  Rugby World Cup matches.

The 18 day rugby-themed cruise will start in Christchurch on 7 October 2011,  just in time for the quarter-finals. After the quarter-finals, the Pacific Dawn will cruise up the coast to New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington for a couple of days of sightseeing, head up to Napier for some wine tasting,  make a detour to Auckland for the semi-finals, then sail to the Bay of Islands and Tauranga for further sightseeing before returning to Auckland for the finals.

It sounds like a perfectly relaxing way of enjoying both New Zealand’s scenic wonders and the rugby.  Not only will you only have to unpack once, being on this floating ‘rugby clubhouse’ will be like having your own moveable village, with numerous bars, restaurants, and lounges, as well as a jogging track, gym, and spa. Plus there’s the added bonus of being surrounded by like minded rugby fanatics, including former international rugby stars, to converse with.

Cruise packages can be booked through UK based Gullivars Sports Travel and Australian based We Love Rugby.

Just be aware that listed prices might not include match tickets. These may need to be obtained separately.

(photo courtesy of P & O Cruises)

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