With the 2015 Formula One season reaching the halfway mark – we’re already looking forward to next season. If you love the high intensity of racing and the beauty of cruising on the open seas – why not combine these into one stunning holiday. Here we have picked our five highlights of the 2016 season (sorry Silverstone) and paired them with exceptional cruises.
Australian Grand Prix – 3 April 2016
The opening race of the 2016 season is taking place in Melbourne. With the track positioned around the stunning Albert Lake Park and only a few miles from the city’s cruise terminal – why not enjoy a day of racing before cruising aboard the Golden Princess from Melbourne to Hong Kong and getting a flight home? The 23 day cruise stops off in a number of Australian ports before making its way to tropical Bali and Singapore.
Cruise Deal: Australia and Asia
Spanish Grand Prix – 15 May 2016
A little bit closer to home, the Spanish Grand Prix takes place in the Circuit de Barcelona. A stunning city to spend a few days in, Barcelona is an enduringly popular destination for cruise fanatics looking to enjoy the sights, sun and local cuisine. Held in the middle of May – the grand prix benefits from the stunning weather of Barcelona in spring. The Barcelona roundtrip aboard the MSC Poesia embarks on 6 May and takes in Marseille, Genoa, Naples and Sicily before returning to the Catalan capital on 13 May – giving you two days to enjoy the sights before the grand prix comes to town.
Cruise Deal: Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Tunisia
Monaco Grand Prix – 29 May 2016
Widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious races in the world – the Monaco Grand Prix has been wowing crowds for more than 85 years as cars navigate the narrow streets of Monaco. Located in the Monte Carlo region of Monaco – the rich and the famous turn out in droves for the event. The Mediterranean Romance cruise aboard the MS Eurodam departs from Venice before visiting Croatia, Montenegro and a number of Italian destinations before arriving in Monte Carlo on 27 May. Check with the cruise line if you can leave the cruise at this point and enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix two days later.
Cruise Deal: Mediterranean Romance
Singapore Grand Prix – 18 September 2016
Another street course, the Singapore Grand Prix will celebrate its 50th anniversary next season. The 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was the first ever night race of the Grand Prix season – adding a little extra magic and excitement to proceedings. Lewis Hamilton also has a strong record on this course – winning twice in the last six years. The Treasures of Asia cruise aboard the Sea Princess gives you a week to enjoy the sights of Singapore before cruise around Asia and on to Australasia.
Cruise Deal: Treasures of Asia
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 27 November 2016
The last race of the season – everything could hinge on the results of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Held on the stunning Yas Marina Circuit, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has proven to be popular with race drivers since the first event in 2009. The striking skyline and sights of Abu Dhabi mean it is one of the world’s must-visit destinations. The Spices & The City of Gold cruise is a 12 night roundtrip from Abu Dhabi, embarking the day after the Grand Prix. Taking in Mumbai, Goa and New Mangalore – the trip offers fantastic culture following the climax of the 2016 Grand Prix season.
Cruise Deal: The Spices & The City of Gold
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