Despatches: Enjoy Big Savings

Posted by John Basarin on May 22, 2014

Hello and Welcome to this edition of Despatches.

There’s lots happening in preparation for our Anzac Centenary Cruise, not the least of which is Dr John Basarin’s inspection tour of Azamara Journey.

He’ll catch up with the team aboard our elegant charter cruise ship between 7-14 June, when it makes the Memories of WW II voyage, including sites in France and Germany.

A reminder that Ballot ticket holders risk attendance pass cancellation if passport and travel details are not provided to DVA before 25 October 2014.

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In this issue:

Cruise News – Enjoy up to 25% Savings
The Scoop – No Alternatives, that’s final
Trench Talk – Come in Spinner
On the Radar – Before and After
Last Post – Duffy’s Master


Enjoy up to 25% Savings

Azamara Journey

Azamara Journey

Right now, new groups and families booking aboard Azamara Journey can save $4,103 or more on Anzac Centenary Cruise fares*. Just by sharing a cabin!

Passengers 3 AND 4 enjoy a 50% fare discount* when travelling in a suitable cabin. That means fares as low as $6,154!

Visit Gallipoli-2015 to see the full Anzac Centenary Cruise itinerary. Or call 1300 766 595 to learn more from a friendly team member.

*Offer applies to Epic Cruise bookings from 8 May 2014 and paid in full by 15 July 2014.


No Alternatives, that’s final

Rising Sun

The Department of Veterans Affairs website advises

“The Government of the Republic of Turkey has also advised that no non-official activities will be allowed to occur on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 24-25 April 2015.

There will be no opportunity for those who do not hold official attendance passes to gain entry to the commemorative sites.”

This doesn’t change the two-day Gallipoli pilgrimage planned for cruise passengers and tour members. On 21st and 22nd April you tour the ANZAC, British and French areas at Gallipoli before visiting the Turkish areas to gain a full perspective.

Plus, passengers will still be able to stand in the Gallipoli dawn. The Azamara Journey cruise ship will moor a respectful distance off Anzac Cove to allow passenger participation in a dignified pre-dawn tribute and live broadcast of official proceedings.

In fact, this is exactly the way most of the colossal landing force spent the morning of 25th April 1915. Standing on the deck of a destroyer in the Aegean Sea off Anzac Beach.

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to be there 100 years on.


Come in Spinner

Two Up

WWI ANZAC soldiers play Two Up

The game of Two Up is inextricably linked with the ANZACs. In Australia, it’s only legal on one day of the year: Anzac Day.

Actually, Two Up was played by the convicts and in the goldfields. It’s thought that men who enlisted from mining towns introduced two up to diggers from every other corner of the country.

From the troop ships to trenches, ANZACs played the gambling game widely during World War I. Today, Two Up terms like 'Come in Spinner' remain part of everyday Australian speech.

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Before and After


Good news for cruisers! Until 31 May, enjoy a complementary upgrade from Club Interior to Club Veranda Stateroom when you book the Greek Isles and Amalfi Coast extension cruise. This exciting 11 day cruise sails from Istanbul to Rome, taking in Santorini, Crete, Amalfi and Catania (among other beautiful destinations.) Many of our passengers have decided to stay aboard Azamara Journey and take advantage of this attractive cabin upgrade. Why not join them?



Prefer to see a bit more of Turkey? Our very own Director’s Tour could be just the shot. Join Marcus Falay on this pre-cruise excursion to discover the Treasures of Asia Minor. Be quick though because this tour is limited to 12 guests and just 4 spots remain for April 2015. Marcus will accompany guests on the short flight to Athens where you’ll embark on the Epic Cruise together.

To secure your 2015 travel, call one of our friendly consultants on 1300 766 595.


Duffy’s Master

John Simpson

Our last post to get Facebook fans Liking and Sharing was this one, about the passing of John Simpson Kirkpatrick:

Today we remember the life of John Simpson Kirkpatrick who, during the Third attack on Anzac Cove - 19th May 1915, was struck by machine gun fire and died.?

He is buried at Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli.

One comment reads: Everyone's gotta rub the Donkey's nose.

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