Maybe you've dreamed of taking part in Rio de Janeiro's annual Carnival -- or maybe you're a sports fan and want to attend the British Open or Monaco Grand Prix in person. No matter which 2019 events and festivals you hope to attend, you might be surprised to find out you can cruise there.

Cruising to major world events -- from elite sporting competitions and races to cultural festivals and street parties -- marks a popular segment of theme cruising. Lines like Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, for instance, have designated portions of their cruising portfolio to itineraries focused on big-name 2019 events.

Even better, cruising to marquee events can often save you money over putting together a land-based visit on your own. For example, there's potentially huge savings in cruising to the Monaco Grand Prix, since the markup on a cruise fare is likely far less than that of a hotel stay combined with restaurant meals during race weekend in Monte Carlo (not to mention inflated rates on flights).

Adding to the value -- and convenience -- of these types of trips, show or race tickets are often included in the cruise fares or sold by the excursion team, sometimes at less of a premium than those offered by land-based ticket-sellers. Packages might include transfers, as well as cool extras tied to the event theme, such as cocktail parties, events-related experts onboard or meet-and-greets with pro athletes and celebrities.

Here's a look at some of the big-name 2019 events that you can attend via a cruise.

Event

Month

Australian Open

January 2019

Carnival

March 2019

Mardi Gras

March 2019

New Orleans Jazz Fest

April–May 2019

Cannes Film Festival

May 2019

Monaco Grand Prix

May 2019

British Open

July 2019

Edinburgh Tattoo

August 2019

Melbourne Cup

November 2019