A few facts on Anzac Day 2015

Posted by Marcus Falay on July 10, 2014

Happy New Financial year to all and welcome to this edition of Despatches.  No doubt many readers have been caught up in the flurry of last minute fiscal affairs.  So now is the time to catch up on all the Gallipoli-2015 news.

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Brad Manera in case you missed it

Regular readers and Facebook visitors may already know.  But in case you missed it, Sydney Anzac Memorial CEO and Senior Historian, Brad Manera, has joined the Epic Cruise panel.

Described by NSW RSL as a “war history guru”, Brad has a life-long passion for military history.  In fact, he’s made a career of it.  So much so that documentary and film-makers, publishers and newsmakers all rely on his expertise.

Brad Manera has held positions in some pre-eminent Australian museums, including the Australian War Memorial.  He is the subject of a NSW Parliament Tribute for his work as Executive Manager of the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial.  Brad is also a member of the editorial team, writing the official history of NSW in the Great War. 

Brad Manera

Brad Manera

Having led many battlefield tours Brad’s contributions promise to add some real world insight to the historical nature of this voyage of discovery.

Some cabins still available if you

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A few facts on Anzac Day 2015

Recent media articles have appeared following a government warning about tour operators misleading travellers.  Gallipoli-2015 is not one of the agencies involved.


The Epic Cruise itinerary, daily land activities and 2015 Anzac Day commemorations remain unchanged.  Epic Cruise passengers will experience the Gallipoli dawn just as most of the original ANZACs did.  That’s because most of the 20,000 strong landing-force spent the early hours of 25th April 1915 standing on the deck of a destroyer.


But that’s just part of the Epic Cruise journey.  Azamara Journey passengers will:


  • Enjoy easy access to the Port of Canakkale ?the Epic Cruise is one of only two vessels allocated a berth at Kepez Dock.?Confirmed January 2014
  • Explore Gallipoli battlefields with expert guides?on itinerary days 4 & 5, well before the proposed Gallipoli peninsula closure.?Confirmed 2012
  • Stand in the Gallipoli dawn to mark 100 years?at anchor or adrift in the Aegean Sea, a safe distance off Anzac Cove and as directed by Turkish authorities.?Confirmed June 2014

See our Anzac Day 2015 page for more information.

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Falling down ker-plonk

The Australians had a reputation for coining slang, which ever soldiers they fought beside.  Most ex-Gallipoli ANZACs went on to the Western Front.  As the Somme Offensive began on 1 July, ANZAC and French soldiers battled as one force.

So it’s not really surprising the odd adaptation was made from the language of love.  “Plonk” is just one example.  Cutting right to the chase, Australian soldiers quickly shortened the French for cheap wine from vin blanc.

The word, and its suggestion of quality are with us still.  Who hasn’t called a quaffer “plonk”?  Or fallen down ker-plonk after a few too many.


Add a tour & save on fares

If you’re still thinking about a Gallipoli cruise in 2015, give the Turkey travel specialists a call.  There are still some cabins available aboard Azamara Journey if you’d like to join this voyage of discovery.  Every day we’re adding pre and post cruise tours to give you a mesmerising taste of Turkey.

Plus, some 2015 airfares have begun to come online.  There’s no need to trawl the internet for great deals ... we can get those for you.  But be quick because some flights have sold out!

Call 1300 7666 595.  Or BOOK NOW aboard the Epic Cruise.


The Ladies of Lemnos

Our last post to hit the high notes with Facebook fans was this one. 

Friday Fact File

?Did you know that, by evening on 25th April, 557 wounded were already aboard the Gascon?  Over the Gallipoli campaign, the ship ferried over 8,000 sick and wounded soldiers to Lemnos and other hospitals.

Photo by Anne Donald from the AWM collection:
Some of our boys of B2 Ward, myself in their midst. At No 3 Lemnos, Oct 1915

Photo by Anne Donald from the AWM collection:?Some of our boys of B2 Ward, myself in their midst. At No 3 Lemnos, Oct 1915

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