One of history’s greatest opera singers, Jose Carreras, will perform on a South Pacific cruise from Sydney next year as part of his farewell world tour in 2017. Cruise Express has cabins available so Australians can say bon voyage to the acclaimed Spanish tenor.
A singer since he was six, Carreras, 69, has sung in the world’s top opera houses and is most famous as one of the Three Tenors, joining Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in hugely successful concerts, albums and videos from 1990 to 2003, which are credited with introducing opera to a wider audience. Surviving cancer in 1987, Carreras set up the Jose Carreras Leukemia Foundation and after retiring from performing, the singer has said he plans to fully devote himself to his foundation and its fight against the disease.
Carreras will headline the seven-night ‘Bravo! – Cruise of the Performing Arts’ cruise, which will also feature 36 other leading artists and acts including Australian singers Marina Prior and David Hobson, with TV identity, Ray Martin, also on board as a special guest.
Bringing together a stellar cast from musical theatre, opera and classical music, Royal Caribbean International’s 2100-passenger Radiance of the Seas will sail from Sydney on 31 October 2017, on a roundtrip cruise to New Caledonia, visiting the French-flavoured port of Noumea and the idyllic Isle of Pines.
Other leading artists who will entertain passengers during the cruise include internationally renowned maestro David Gimenez, Taryn Feibig, Jud Arthur, Jonathon Welch, Silvie Paladino, Emma Pask, Joseph and James Tawadros, Julie Lea Goodwin, Martin Buckingham, Tania Ferris, Christopher Hillier, Guy Noble, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Andrew Mercado.
The special cruise will feature theme nights, autograph signings with the stars and a passenger choir led by noted choral conductor Jonathon Welch.
The ‘Bravo! – Cruise of the Performing Arts’ cruise is available from $2614 per person, twin-share, including concerts by the world-class performers. Solo travellers can also share a cabin with three other solo music fans from $2303 per person, with Cruise Express allocating same-gender solo passengers in quad-share cabins.