Trucking magnate Lindsay Fox doesn’t do things by halves. On the occasion of his 85thth On his 18th birthday, Mr Fox is throwing a birthday party like no other, inviting a number of who’s who of Melbourne’s business community to his 12-day cruise aboard the luxury yacht Seabourn Quest from New York to Montreal at an estimated cost of US$5 million.
Billionaires Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, retail king Solomon Lew, real estate billionaire John Gandel, SEEK founder Andrew Basset, Linfox board members Bill Kelty and Simon Crean, TV presenter Eddie McGuire and Infrastructure Partnerships chairman Rod Eddington will join expected Seabourn Questcomplete with pool deck, piano bar, lookout bar, sky deck and the must-have water toys.
Seabourn Quest is known for its fine dining options, including The Grill by Thomas Keller, American culinary chef available exclusively for the fleet. The elegant dining room prides itself on serving table-ready Caesar salads and favorites like lobster thermidor served with creamed spinach. Drawing on the freshest produce from artisanal suppliers, the timeless menu is complemented by a wine list featuring local and traditional wines.
Birthday celebrations include a slumber party with sleep gear provided to all guests by Mr Lew’s popular Peter Alexander brand, and fireworks.
It goes without saying that guests will pay for their own way to the cruise while Mr. Fox will foot the bill for all cruise expenses.
Prices for a 12-day cruise on the same itinerary on a similar luxury liner start at $10,000 per person for a standard cabin to $25,000 per person for a penthouse suite.
Mr Eddington, a 1974 Rhodes Fellow, confirmed that he will be on the birthday cruise, adding that according to the Australian Financial Review, Mr Fox often jokes that he is also a Rhodes Fellow, but spelled it out as a ‘road’ fellow will.
This isn’t the first time Mr Fox has celebrated his birthday with a luxury cruise. When he turned 80, he also chartered a luxury liner and invited around 400 guests on a Mediterranean cruise from Athens to Venice. His guests included former Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett, Lloyd Williams and Andrew Forrest. The celebrations culminated in an extravagant fireworks display in Venice.
Mr. Fox turned 85 on April 19.