P&O Cruises Celebrates a Fashion-Filled Melbourne Cup Program with International Model Madeline Stuart

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

P&O Cruises Australia has revealed a bumper Melbourne Cup cruise 2018 line up headlined by Madeline Stuart, the world’s first professional adult supermodel with Down Syndrome, a star renowned for bringing style and flair to the catwalks of Paris, London and New York fashion week.

Almost 2000 guests on P&O’s flagship, Pacific Explorer, will have the opportunity to see Brisbane-born Madeline open the cruise line’s highly anticipated ‘Fashions at Sea’ catwalk show featuring more than 20 local and international designers and brands including Leona Edmiston, Allanah Hill, Swarovski, Nicola Finetti and Sportscraft. P&O’s biggest fashion show in history will be produced by esteemed Australian fashion stylist Fernando Barraza and choreographer Amé Delves.

Madeline, the international diversity game changer, who has had astonishing success and captured media attention both in Australia and internationally, will be joined by her manager Rosanne Stuart who will partake in a live Q&A about her daughter’s rise to fame and how she is changing society’s perceptions of people with disabilities one photo shoot at a time.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was honoured to have Madeline Stuart headline this year’s ‘Fashion at Sea’ catwalk show which is now in its 49th year.

“Our Melbourne Cup cruises are stand out events in the calendar where guests look forward to donning their finest racing wear to enjoy the fashion parades at Flemington and on our ships at sea,” Mr Myrmell said. 

“This year we’re extremely proud to host Madeline Stuart and to launch a first-of-its-kind fashion campaign that promotes diversity and inclusion on and off the fashion circuit. P&O Cruises is a contemporary brand and this year’s show supports the essence of modern Australia.” 

Nearly 6,000 guests will depart Pacific Dawn from Brisbane and Pacific Explorer and Pacific Eden from Sydney to enjoy a jam-packed line up of fashion-themed activities including workshops hosted by one of Melbourne’s most in-demand milliners Kim Fletcher who will share the latest trends for statement head pieces and fascinators.

Racing enthusiasts will hear from experts including jockey and twice-winner of the Melbourne Cup John Letts and legendary track-work rider Joe Agresta known for his success with renowned Australian racing family, the Cummings. 

Celebrations will continue after the race itself when guests onboard Pacific Explorer will be treated to a live set from X Factor Australia duo Jess & Matt. 

Guests looking to maintain their winning streak will also get the chance to participate in P&O’s signature onboard annual seahorse racing event where thousands of dollars will be up for grabs in a sweepstake race.

With accommodation and meals all included in the cruise fare plus transfers and entry to the races, cruising to the Melbourne Cup with P&O is a great value way to experience the race that captures the attention of Australians nationwide.