GALLIPOLI CRUISE FAQs

The Anzac Centenary is a once in a lifetime chance to experience a profound historical event. Commemorating the landing at Gallipoli promises to be stirring and poignant, on land or at sea.

Some passengers have questions about commemorations, ballot tickets and how these affect the Gallipoli-2015 cruise. Some common enquiries have been answered here.

Q: I have won a pass in the ballot. Why should I consider the Epic Cruise?


A: Because not all tour operators have simple means to help you get to and from the Dawn Service. The cruise also includes a two day battlefield pilgrimage, military museum visits and the narratives by some of Australia’s leading Gallipoli experts.

Q: I was unsuccessful in the ballot and I really wanted to go. What are my options?


A: The Epic Cruise is your best choice. Not only will you enjoy an Anzac-themed itinerary, but Azamara Journey will be moored off Anzac Cove as dawn breaks on 25th April. This is exactly how most of the original landing force spent their morning in 1915.

Q: What does the Epic Cruise fare include?

A: A dignified shipboard Dawn Service and pretty much everything else, from your welcome cocktail to the grand black tie ball. Beverages include wine at lunch and dinner plus all taxes surcharges, gratuities and shore excursions are covered. Airfares are extra.

Q: I won a double pass in the ballot but there’s someone else I’d like to take too. Is that OK?

A: Until 15 July, when you book for two aboard Azamara Journey, any 3rd or 4th passenger sharing your cabin pays half fare. You will be transported to and from Official Dawn Service while non pass-holders remain on the cruise ship.

Q: I heard some tour companies have their own Dawn Service organised at Gallipoli. Where is your dawn service for those without ballot tickets?

A: Authorities have ruled out any non-official commemorations at 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. A respectful pre-dawn tribute and Dawn Service broadcast will be held aboard Azamara Journey.

Q: What if I’m booked on the Premium Tour and don’t have ballot tickets?

A: As the only tour operator providing both cruise and land tours for the Anzac Centenary, we hope to offer non-ballot ticket holders the chance to participate in the on board Dawn Service*, featuring New Zealand soprano, Dame Malvina Major.

Q: There are lots of companies on the internet and some offer very attractive prices. Why can’t you offer the same?

A: Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Smarttraveller website warn that “without an Australian Travel Agent, you are on your own”. For peace of mind and guaranteed quality, a reputable company is worth the extra for this once in a lifetime event.

Q: I have not heard of Fairy Chimneys Travel. Who are you?


A: Fairy Chimneys Travel was established in 2001 and specialises in travel to Turkey. For over 13 years we have organised Anzac tours on behalf of Rotary clubs, Schools, Government Representatives, Film Makers, Community Clubs and Church Groups. We have our own tour company in Turkey that makes local arrangements with our own staff and contractors.

Q: Why should I book my Gallipoli 2015 trip now? Can’t I decide 6 months out?

A: If you hold a pass, you will need to satisfy the DVA about your travel documents no later than 26 October 2014. Many tours and most accommodation for April 2015 are booked out. The later you leave it the more difficult finding the right travel choice will get.

Q: Can you book my air travel?

A: Absolutely, we’d prefer it that way! That way we can look after all your travel needs. Fairy Chimneys Travel has negotiated special fares from most major airlines. Do your research and you’ll be pleasantly surprised what good fares we have for you.

Q: All I want is to fly from Australia to attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli. Can I do that?

A: Most certainly. We have a most effective 7 day program that includes airfares and allows you to fly in/out, attend the Dawn Service and take a day tour of Istanbul. It’s called the “Gallipoli Anzac Centenary 2015” program.

Q: What are the program details for Anzac Day?

A: Proposed arrangements for ticket holders and non-ticket holders are published below. All program details depend on local authorities and remain subject to change.

  • All Ballot Ticket Holders
  • 24 Apr, 8:00pm - Ballot ticket holders depart Azamara Journey to attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli.
  • 24 Apr, 11:00pm – Transfer from Canakkale to Eceabat by ferry.
  • 25 Apr, 12:00am – Enter Gallipoli Peninsula. First checkpoint, bus number and wristband allocation.
  • 25 Apr, 01:00am - Arrive in North Beach Anzac Commemorative Area.
  • 25 Apr, 05:30am - Official Anzac Centenary Dawn Service ceremony begins.
  • 25 Apr, 07:00am – Official Anzac Centenary Dawn Service ends.
  • 25 Apr, 07:30am – General public may leave North Beach for Lone Pine (3.1km) or Chunuk Bair (8km).
  • Australians
  • 25 Apr, 09:00am – Arrive at Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery (Australians only).
  • 25 Apr, 10:00am – Official Lone Pine Anzac Centenary ceremony begins.
  • 25 Apr, 12:00pm – Official Lone Pine Anzac Centenary ceremony ends.
  • New Zealanders
  • 25 Apr, 11:00am – Arrive at Chunuk Bair Memorial (New Zealanders only).
  • 25 Apr, 12:00pm – Official Chunuk Bair Centenary ceremony (New Zealanders only) begins.
  • 25 Apr, 02:00pm – Official Chunuk Bair Centenary ceremony (New Zealanders only) ends.
  • All Ballot Ticket Holders
  • 25 Apr, 04:00pm – (estimated) Return to Azamara Journey cruise ship by bus, then ferry.
  • 25 Apr, 06:00pm – (estimated) Sail for Istanbul.

Notes

  • In the early morning on Anzac Day, it will be extremely cold. Warm, water and wind proof clothing is strongly advised.
  • Scarves, beanies, gloves are all recommended to keep warm.
  • Afternoon sun can be harsh. A sunhat for Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair services is suggested.
  • Local vendors sell hot food and drinks, soft drinks, souvenirs and blankets within the Anzac Commemorative Area as well as at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.
  • Alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the Peninsula.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs may provide mobility assistance, but this must be registered and booked with DVA in advance.
  • Breakfast boxes (sandwich and juice) will be provided. Plastic can be recycled and other rubbish should be disposed of responsibly.
  • Port-a-Loos are available in all commemorative areas. A personal supply of toilet paper, travel tissues and wet wipes is recommended.
  • 25 Apr, 12:00am – Azamara Journey departs Kepez Port, Canakkale.
  • 25 Apr, 03:00am – Cruise ship moored off Anzac Cove as directed by local authorities.
  • 25 Apr, 04:45am – On board 100th Anzac Day pre-dawn tribute begins on Deck 9.
  • 25 Apr, 05:15am – On board 100th Anzac Day pre-dawn tribute ends.
  • 25 Apr, 05:30am - Official Anzac Centenary Dawn Service broadcast begins.
  • 25 Apr, 07:00am – Official Anzac Centenary Dawn Service broadcast ends.
  • 25 Apr, 07:30am – Depart mooring for Kepez Port, Canakkale.
  • 25 Apr, 10:30am – Arrive Kepez Port, Canakkale.
  • 25 Apr, 06:00pm – (estimated) Sail for Istanbul.

Notes

  • In the early morning on Anzac Day, it will be extremely cold. Warm, water and wind proof clothing is strongly advised.
  • Scarves, beanies, gloves are all recommended to keep warm.
  • It is a personal decision to attend the pre-dawn on board commemoration and official Dawn Service broadcast.
  • Passengers are free to return to their cabin and sleep when proceedings conclude.

Q: We have ballot tickets. What do we need overnight at Gallipoli? Will there be supplies from our cruise ship to take with us?

A: You will need is warm, water and wind proof clothing and sun protection for later in the day. Apart from these personal items, a breakfast box packed by the catering team aboard will be provided.

If you have another question or would like to know more about Anzac Day commemorations with Gallipoli-2015, please contact us.