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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Guarantee Your Place At Gallipoli Centenary


The ballot for Australians and New Zealanders hoping to attend the official Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli is now open, but attendance onshore is set to be very limited.

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Those looking to secure their spot at this important historical event can guarantee their attendance with Battlefield Memorial Travel’s Gallipoli Centenary Cruise departing 12 April 2015, round-trip from Southampton, England.

The voyage will follow in the footsteps of the Anzacs on a historic Mediterranean journey of discovery and remembrance. From the luxury of a floating hotel offshore, participants will have the opportunity to trace their family heritage with three days exploring the Gallipoli region, with tours commencing on 26 April to avoid the Anzac Day rush. They will commemorate the Centenary in comfort, away from the crowds, with an onboard Dawn Service off Anzac Cove on 25 April 2015 with a view of the rugged Gallipoli peninsula as the Anzacs would have seen and approached it.

The Gallipoli Centenary Cruise 2015 is supported by the RSL. Through the RSL, Battlefield Memorial Travel is making a donation from each sale to DefenceCare, which helps current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in times of injury, illness or crisis.

The cruise aboard Fred Olsen’s 804-guest Black Watch takes in the ports of Gibraltar; Valetta, Malta; Iraklion, Crete; Lemnos Island, Greece; Anzac Cove, Gallipoli Peninsula; Canakkale, Turkey; Piraeus, Greece; Catania, Sicily; Naples, Italy; Marseilles, France, and Lisbon, Portugal. Highlights include the Centenary Dawn Service aboard Black Watch as she is docked off Anzac Cove; two days of shore excursions in Canakkale taking in the Gallipoli battlefields, Lone Pine, Cape Helles and other renowned locations, as well as historic sites such as Troy; an acclaimed team of historians offering extensive lectures and workshops for the duration of the cruise, and a focus on World War I and II, with historical elements in each port of call.

Cruise-only fares start from AU$5995 per person, double occupancy for an inside cabin or AU$6985 for an outside cabin. Included in the fare are port taxes; all meals; tea, coffee and afternoon tea; facilities including gym, swimming pool and Jacuzzis; activities and lectures with an expert team of historians; the Centenary Dawn Service on board and two full days of shore excursions in the Gallipoli region, and onboard entertainment including “wartime favourites”, dancing and live music.

Multiple shore excursions are on offer in each port of call at additional cost, and passengers can also choose to upgrade to an all-inclusive package priced at AU$700 per person, which includes soft drinks, house wines, selected beers and house spirits in the bars, restaurants and buffet areas.

To book, call 1300 28 27 88 


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