Experience the Monte Carlo Grand Prix
11th March 2015
March 15th marks the beginning of the 2015 Grand Prix Championship with the opening spectacle taking place in Melbourne, Australia. British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will look to defend his title over the course of 20 races, all around the world. Without question, the most glorious and recognised races out of the 20 is the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in Monaco.
Star Clippers can take passengers to the heart of the action with a seven night cruise on board the Star Flyer. You will set sail from Cannes on May 23rd in the midst of the glamorous Cannes International Film Festival, before visiting Corsica, Sanary sur Mer and St Tropez and, of course, Monaco in time for the Grand Prix race on May 24th.
Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix race track is laid out in the narrow streets of Monte Carlo and provides a challenge for even the most experienced of drivers. Since 1929 when the circuit was first introduced, drivers have endured elevation changes, tight corners and even a tunnel whilst zooming around the prestigious race track.
Prior to 1969, the race featured no safety barriers and drivers were at the mercy of the local surroundings. Trees, lamp posts, glass windows and even a train station were all damaged whilst there were no barriers in place. Some drivers even drove straight into the harbour water as there was no protection in place. In 1969 some Armco barriers were introduced and by 1972 the race-course was almost entirely lined with safety barriers.
Graham Hill was known as “Mr. Monaco” after winning the Monaco Grand Prix five times in the 1960’s; whilst renowned Brazilian racer, Ayrton Senna, won the race six times over the 1980’s and 90’s. Senna was extremely popular with the people of Monaco and the spectators for winning the race on so many occasions. Following the the 1987 race, which Senna had won, he was arrested for riding a motorcycle without wearing a helmet - but was shortly after released by officers when they realised who he was.
With so many new tracks entering the Formula One Championship; the race will always remain one of the most famous and glamorous in the Formula One calendar. This popularity has been emphasised following the announcement in 2010 of a ten year deal between Bernie Ecclestone and the race organisers.
Prices for this amazing Star Clippers experience start at £2,699pp based on two people sharing a category 6 inside cabin. Port charges, return flights, resort transfers, full board, general admission tickets to the Grand Prix race and a three night hotel stay in Monaco are included in the price. Additionally, you will also travel in style via a helicopter flight transfer on your final day in Monaco to Nice Airport. If you love adrenaline, fast cars and golden beaches then this is the perfect Western Mediterranean cruise for you.