Despatches: Why make your own ANZAC landing

Posted by John Basarin on January 21, 2014

Dear friend,

Welcome to Despatches, the Gallipoli-2015 Epic Cruise and tours newsletter.

The Gallipoli 2015 ballot is behind us now, with only a fortunate few to hear good news. If you’ve entered but not confirmed travel arrangements yet, don’t forget the Epic Cruise deposit refund guarantee. That’s available for bookings right up until 31st March 2014, around the time ballot tickets will be announced.

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In this issue:

Cruise News – Cooking it up Azamara Journey style
The Scoop – Why make your own ANZAC landing?
Trench Talk – Plagued by pesky little insects
On the Radar – Red Alert ... Adelaide this weekend!
Last Post – Said the man with an emu feather in his hat


Cooking it up Azamara Journey style

With its superior appointment levels, you’d expect Azamara Journey dining to be exquisite. And passengers will certainly enjoy the culinary experience.

Offering a choice of six distinctive dining options, including room service, there’s everything from gourmet cuisine to home-style cooking to enjoy. The freshest ingredients, careful preparation and a wide menu choice keeps quality high in every venue. Plus lunch and dinner include house wines.

Suite guests enjoy complimentary dining in speciality restaurants Aqualina and Prime C. And there’s over 8,000 bottles of wine waiting to delight your palate in the onboard wine cellar.

Discoveries is the main dining venue, with casual options available at Windows or Mosaic Cafe, the Pool Grill or Looking Glass. Windows Cafe serves dinner until late as well as one of the best buffet presentations on the high seas.

For full cruise ship details, including a deck plan, see the Gallipoli-2015 website. Or if you’ve got a question about our deluxe charter vessel amenities and services, call a friendly team member on 1300 766 595.


Why make your own ANZAC landing?

Come ashore in port. Just two cruise ships have Anzac Centenary docking approval. Azamara Journey is one. That means stepping off the vessel directly onto the pier at Canakkale ... as and when you choose.

Boat Landing

Come ashore in port. No lifeboat transfer required

Back in 1915, the ANZACs were towed ashore in life boats. They were off-loaded in the chilly Aegean Sea shallows to make for the beach. A ship to pier lifeboat tender is the way some Anzac cruises plan to transfer passengers for the 100 year anniversary too. But we don’t think you need to make your own ANZAC landing.

Two Cruise Ships Docked Side By Side

Azamara Journey has Anzac Centenary docking approval

From a confirmed berth, Epic Cruise passengers will enjoy direct access to the inviting town of Canakkale and many local attractions, including the Gallipoli peninsula. Those attending the official Dawn Service at Anzac Cove will move to and from the cruise ship with ease.

BOOK NOW to experience Gallipoli in 2015 aboard Azamara Journey. No lifeboat transfer required.


Plagued by pesky little insects


Lieutenant Colonel Carew Reynell picking lice from his clothes

The soldiers at Gallipoli were plagued by lice. So much that they actually had a name for it. These days, if you feel a bit lousy, the meaning’s pretty broad. But back on the battlefields, it meant just one thing ... those pesky little insects.

Corporal Alec Riley wrote home on 15th June: "We itched and scratched until we were tired with scratching. We turned our clothes inside out, and ran the burning ends of cigarettes up the seams. The crack of a frizzled louse was one of the sweetest sounds we knew."


Red Alert ... Adelaide this weekend!

travel show

Don’t forget to save the date for an expo near you. You’ll find Gallipoli-2015 at capital city holiday and travel shows between now and April. Come on in and meet us at:

   • Adelaide Convention Centre: 8 & 9 February
   • Crown Perth: 15 & 16 February
   • Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre: 22 & 23 March
   • Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre: 29 & 30 March
   • Hordern Pavilion Sydney: 5 & 6 April

Of course, you can still BOOK NOW and take advantage of our deposit refund guarantee. Then plan the rest of your Turkey tour with us at the show.


Said the man with an emu feather in his hat


Edward Harrington is often described as the last of the bush balladists. Born to a Shepparton farming family he fought with the Australian Light Horse during WWI and took part in the charge of Beersheba. After a short, unsuccessful foray in the Mallee, he found his writing mojo and eventually authored five collections of verse. A number of his short stories were also published.

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