Despatches: How To Get An Upgrade

Posted by Marcus Falay on July 29, 2014

Greetings.  There are just nine short months until the 100th year of Anzac.  Thank you to all those guests who have advised they were successful in this year’s ballot.  If you have received Dawn Service tickets, please let us know.  That way, firm arrangements can be made for passengers attending official proceedings to be transferred from the cruise and tour.

Recently, on board expert, Brad Manera, was part of The Assassin special for 60 Minutes.  See his extended interview with Charles Wooley here.  Read on for:

Cruise News

How to get an upgrade?

Feel like travelling in a plush veranda stateroom rather than that inside cabin you booked?  You’re in luck!  Here’s how you can get aboard Azamara Journey in style ...

  • FREE upgrade
    ?Refer a family member or friend who books the Gallipoli Cruise and get a complimentary Club Veranda Stateroom upgrade.
  • 50% discount?
    Make your own upgrade* and get 50% off the price difference between your new stateroom and current booking.

This offer is only available for a limited number of Club Veranda Staterooms.  So take advantage of this fantastic upgrade deal now!


Contact Us to find out more.


*Excludes suites.

The Scoop

Heads Up for Early Birds

Early Bird season is almost here.  All you seasoned travellers will know that means discount airfares and tours.  Usually things are pretty quiet until September, but we’ve put you in the early running with these great deals:


  • Business Class Airfares
    from $6,050 AUD, travelling with Thai/Turkish Airlines.?Turkish Airlines has been voted Europe’s Best Airline four years running.

  • Enjoy up to 25% Savings
    Offer temporarily extended!
    *?Groups and families travelling together enjoy a 50% fare discount on 3rd AND 4th passenger fares.  That means prices as low as $6,154!
  • Pre & Post Cruise Tours
    Sale prices and special deals* on these tours, timed perfectly with the Epic Cruise:? Treasures of Asia Minor, Persian Slipper and Enchanted Lantern.

*Only available until 1 September 2014.

See Gallipoli-2015 for more info. Or

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Trench Talk

It’s time to fly ...

These days, every second pest company has one name.  In fact you’ll even hear “buzz off” in children’s games, toys and entertainment.  But it wasn’t always so.  ANZACs popularised the everyday phrase and they used it in the same context we still do. 

This extract is from an essay by Bert Smythe of Jerilderie in western NSW who took part in the Anzac Day landing.  The piece is dated August 1915 and is titled “Four Days at Anzac”:

“You’re the mess orderly, buck ___”
“I’m not. Tell that whopper to yer granny”
“Yes you are. Buzz off at once” Brown “buzz’s off” at about a mile an hour & after a few minutes interval the breakfast appears.

On the Radar

Pass-holder travel confirmation

If you’ve been fortunate enough to secure a pass to the official dawn commemoration at Gallipoli in 2015, time is running out to book your travel.

You must provide DVA with evidence of the intention to travel before October 26th 2014.

Azamara Journey will be docked at Canakkale and includes complimentary transfers to and from proceedings at Anzac Cove, as well as pre-packed catering.

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

Last Post

Hidden World of the Great War

Our last post to strike a chord with Facebook fans was this one: 

An observation post guards the ramparts of one of a ring of forts that protected Verdun, in northeast France. The forts’ elaborate underground shelters and tunnels were the scene of harrowing battles, including repeated attempts by German troops to drive French defenders out of tunnels with flamethrowers.


The photo is from “World War I Underground” a recent story by National Geographic.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this edition of Despatches.  Please share the newsletter with friends and family too.  And don’t forget to visit our Facebook community, where Gallipoli-2015 updates are always published first.