Australian Cricket Legends Bowl Up Memories For Charity On P&o Cruises' Oriana

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November 6, 2010

Australian Cricket Legends Bowl Up Some Memories

for Charity on P&O Cruises’ Oriana

Some of Australia’s greatest cricketing legends -

including Neil Harvey and Alan Davidson –


reunited at a special charity event onboard P&O Cruises UK’s Oriana in Brisbane today to reminisce

about an era when the world’s top players spent months travelling to their Test Matches by sea.

The players were all members of the 1961 test team  -

the last Australian cricket team

to cruise on a

P&O Cruises ship to the UK for a Test Series, before the introduction of mass air travel saw players start

to fly to their games.

Today five of the team – Vice Captain Neil Harvey, Bob Simpson, Alan Davidson, Brian Booth and Frank

Misson – shared their memories of their travelling days at a lunch onboard Oriana, supporting the charity


Almost 50 years after their Australia-UK voyage, the players tried the superliner’s cricket nets on her top

decks and posed for a photo beneath a 20 metre-wide moustache, worn by the ship in honour of the

charity Movember.  Movember is an official charity partner of Cricket Australia, raising funds and

awareness for men’s health.

Renowned Australian Test batsman Michael Slater acted as MC for the charity lunch, attended by 150

cricket fans.

Launched in 1995 by her Majesty the Queen, 69,000-tonne Oriana was the first cruise ship purpose-built

for the British cruise market and is a favourite in both the UK and Australia.  Oriana features a three tier

atrium with a Tiffany glass ceiling, a panoramic Crow’s Nest bar, the aptly themed Lord’s Tavern sports

bar and Oriana Rhodes, a restaurant by British celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes. 

Oriana arrived in Brisbane from Sydney this morning and will sail to the Whitsundays and Cairns this


P&O Cruises Managing Director Carol Marlow said she was delighted to welcome the players onboard

for the charity event.

“Cruising and cricket are two of the great traditions that bond Australia and England,” Ms Marlow said.

“For decades, P&O Cruises’ ships carried players from both countries’ cricket teams back and forth

across the oceans for Test Matches that captivated us all.

“Almost 50 years after we carried the last Australian cricket team to sail to the UK, it is fantastic to have

so many members of that team back on our ships again  - and for such a worthwhile cause,” Ms Marlow


Cricket Australia Chairman Jack Clarke celebrated the occasion and the reunion of the 1961 team.

“It’s a great opportunity to acknowledge the historical import of the 1961 Australian team and their

journey to England nearly 50 years ago,” Mr Clarke said.

“We’re delighted that members of the 1961 team accepted the opportunity to celebrate their voyage to

England and help raise funds and awareness for men’s health via Cricket Australia’s official charity

partner, Movember.

“It is especially fitting that members of the team relive their series win in England in 1961 on the eve of

the highly anticipated Ashes series in Australia.”

The 1961 team sailed to England from Fremantle on March 21, 1961 on the P&O liner Himalaya,

travelling via Colombo, where they played a one-day match against Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Australia

won the five-Test series in England 2-1.

Oriana is one of seven ships in the UK based P&O Cruises fleet, which is tailored to those who enjoy a

British cruise experience.  As the trusted cruise experts, having established cruising over 170 years ago,

P&O Cruises offers genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail ensuring passengers

have a holiday of a lifetime, every time.  

Oriana is one of three P&O Cruises ships to visit Australia on a world voyage this season. Aurora and

Arcadia will call at a range of Australian ports in February.

Media information:

Libby Moffet/Larissa Kaye

MG Media Communications

02 9904 0011

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