The South Sydney Rabbitohs have welcomed aboard P&O Cruises to the Rabbitohs partnership family, with P&O Cruises to sponsor the Rabbitohs’ game day in Cairns when the men in red and green take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Barlow Park on Sunday 3 July.

As P&O Cruises prepares to base its first ship in Cairns, the cruise line has announced it will get behind the city’s honorary footy team – the South Sydney Rabbitohs – during their annual home game in the Far North.

The cruise line will be the official game day sponsor with punters set to be treated to a cruisey half-time show which will include the chance to win a holiday at sea with P&O.

The move is the first time the cruise line has sponsored a league fixture and further broadens P&O’s partnership with the NRL. The cruise line was the first to screen live games at sea and this year offered cruises to the NRL Auckland Nines and the State of Origin.

P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the cruise line was looking forward to its game day sponsorship.

“Just as the Rabbitohs have embraced their tropical home, we’re thrilled to be getting involved with the Cairns community before our first local cruise season kicks off in September,” Mr Myrmell said.

Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly is looking forward to heading to Cairns for the round 17 fixture against the Cowboys.

“As a Club we look forward to heading north to Cairns each season and we want to thank P&O for coming on board with us to make this game day that much more special,” Mr Solly said.

“We always enjoy great support in Cairns, and I’m sure the Cowboys will have a lot of supporters in Far North Queensland as well, so it’s shaping as a wonderful game day experience.

“With P&O jumping on board for this game, we can partner with them to provide our Members and supporters with a fantastic prize as part of our half time entertainment, and we can highlight the fact that P&O will be servicing cruise lovers in the Far North from the port in Cairns.”

The 1500-guest Pacific Eden will offer nine cruises from Cairns between September and December to destinations including Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and the Whitsundays.

Her inaugural Cairns season will inject more than $8 million into the local economy in passenger and crew spending, supplies and port charges.

For more information visit pocruises.com.au, or see a licensed travel agent.

For more information regarding the Rabbitohs vs Cowboys match in Cairns visit www.rabbitohs.com.au. Tickets are available by visiting www.ticketek.com.au/rabbitohs.

The Rabbitohs are playing in Cairns thanks to the support of Tourism and Events Queensland.