The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-11-17T21:00:30Z Former Governors General Honour ANZAC Centenary on Gallipoli-2015 Cruise 2014-11-17T21:00:30Z former-governors-general-honour-anzac-centenary-on-gallipoli-2015-cruise The Right Reverend theHonourable Dr Peter Hollingworth and The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand have served their respective nations through noteworthy careers, community commitment and appointments of the highest calling.  Both will join the Gallipoli-2015 cruise and commemorate 100 years of ANZAC in the waters where the spirit itself was forged. These honoured guests join exemplary shipboard company and will make an important contribution to Anzac Day centennial commemorations on board AZAMARA Journey. This voyage plays host to world-renowned soprano, Dame Malvina Major, and respected Gallipoli experts, including Brad Manera and Dr John Basarin.  Highlights include a minute-by-minute re-enactment of the ANZAC voyage from Lemnos to Gallipoli and a solemn dedication where Australia’s AE2 submarine lies in the Sea of Marmara depths. The only Anzac Centenary travel endorsed by Australian Geographic, the Epic Cruise is a private charter of AZAMARA Journey, in the top 25 luxury cruise liners of its class globally.  The cruise is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Not just to participate in one extraordinary moment.  But to glimpse back in time, from ancient civilisations to futile conflict.  And discover their astonishing stories. Governors General Peter Hollingworth and Sir Anand Satyanand will be keynote speakers, representing Australia and New Zealand respectively at the Rotary Gallipoli 2015 Peace Conference to be held in Istanbul on 18 April 2015, prior to joining AZAMARA.  The theme of the Conference which is organised by Turkish Rotarians is:  “Promoting peace building through showcasing the friendship which developed between Turkey, Australia and New Zealand following the tragic campaign of Gallipoli in 1915”. Gallipoli-2015 is proud to be one of the major sponsors of the Peace Conference and welcomes the contribution of Dr Peter Hollingworth and Sir Anand Satyanand during the proceedings. For Rotary International, this Conference proposes to be an important step in the formulation of peace related initiatives in the Istanbul Declaration to be promulgated to coincide with the occasion. It is hoped that location of historic Istanbul where Asia and Europe come face to face will be inspirational for Rotary principles of Peace and Conflict Resolution to be influential around the world with the proposed Declaration. This would be in keeping with the tragic Gallipoli campaign becoming a platform for peace and friendship that developed between Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.  The Right Reverend the Honourable Dr Peter Hollingworth Dr Peter Hollingworth was sworn in as Australia’s 23rd Governor-General on 29 June 2001. His career began as Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s North Melbourne 1960; then Chaplain to the Brotherhood of St Laurence where he served for 25 years, eventually as Executive Director. Having also served as a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne he was made Bishop in the Inner City in 1985 and was elected Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane in 1989, overseeing several major reforms in the Diocese over the next 11 years. Dr Hollingworth was Australian of the Year in 1991, Chairman of the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless National NGO Committee and served on the Centenary of Federation Council eventually as its Chair.  In 1998 he was elected as one of Australia’s ‘National Living Treasures’. Since resigning from office in 2003 Dr Hollingworth’s continuing interests include:  mentoring disadvantaged young people, working with the homeless, building local community development initiatives and serving on a number of welfare bodies and chairing their boards. Dr Peter Hollingworth graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts (1958), a Licentiate of Theology (1960), a Diploma of Social Studies (1970), a Master of Arts in Social Work (1979) and a Doctorate of Letters Lambeth 2001.  He also has been conferred with honorary doctorates from six Australian universities and is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Melbourne and St John’s College Brisbane. The Rotary Club of Melbourne (where he is an involved member) was recently awarded Dr Hollingworth a Paul Harris Fellowship.  He continues to be active as a retired Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne with Permission to Officiate. The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand, former Governor General of New Zealand Rt Hon Satyanand was sworn in as New Zealand's 19th Governor-General in August 2006.   Sir Anand is New Zealand's first Governor-General of Indian and Pacific ancestry.  In addition to English he speaks Fijian, Hindi and Māori.  Prior to his appointment, he enjoyed a long legal career as lawyer, judge and ombudsman as well as contributing to community, professional and sporting organisations. After graduating from the University of Auckland, he began work at the Crown Solicitor's Office before joining an Auckland law firm where he rose to partner.  During this time, he served on the Government Criminal Law Reform and District Court Rules Committees. Later, during 12 years as a Judge in the District Court, Sir Anand helped develop judicial orientation and professional education programs and served on the National Parole Board.  He then became a Parliamentary Ombudsman.  His governance board memberships include Asia New Zealand Foundation, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and Transparency International.  Sir Anand was a member of Auckland District Law Society Council, Freeman's Bay Community Committee and Council of New Zealand Rugby League.  In 1990 he received a New Zealand Commemoration Medal and became a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005.  In 2006 his almer mater conferred an Honorary Doctorate.  On his appointment as Governor-General he became a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (since redesignated as a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) and a Companion of the Queen's Service Order in 2007.  In 2011 The Rotary Club of Wellington awarded Sir Anand a sapphire pin for his Paul Harris Fellowship.  During that year, he was also recognised with a Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the President of India. Born and raised in Auckland, Sir Anand is married to Lady Susan and they have three adult children.  ENDS AE2 Submarine Tribute an Anzac 100 Cruise Highlight 2014-07-04T01:49:45Z ae2-submarine-tribute-an-anzac-100-cruise-highlight Following the return of Anzac Ballot ticket holders on Anzac Day 2015, Azamara Journey departs for Istanbul.  En-route the cruise makes a sail-past at the actual Sea of Marmara site where the Australian AE2 submarine lies.  Dr John V Basarin, 2010 RSL Anzac Peace Prize recipient, will share stories of its daring feats aboard.  There will also be a short acknowledgement and floral tribute. In 1915, as the ANZACS made land at Gallipoli, one allied vessel made it through the Dardanelles Strait.  An Australian AE2 submarine ran the gauntlet of mines, Turkish guns and enemy ships as it negotiated the Narrows and slipped into to the Sea of Marmara. The AE2 harassed Turkish shipping for five days before being hit by a torpedo fired from the Sultanhisar.  It was scuttled by her crew and went to the bottom, 73m down, where it lay until rediscovered in 1998.  Dr John V Basarin has been involved in research undertaken by a team sponsored by the Australian Geographic as well as the establishment of AE2 memorials in Australia and Turkey.  His co-authored book Beneath the Dardanelles: The Australian Submarine at Gallipoli is the definitive guide to AE2 story. Today AE2 is a beacon of peace and co-operation between two nations that symbolises a common Turkish and Australian heritage.  AE2 did not sink any Turkish ship and all of her crew was saved by the Turkish sailors aboard Sultanhisar. The only Anzac Centenary travel endorsed by Australian Geographic, the Epic Cruise is a private charter of Azamara Journey, in the top 25 luxury cruise liners of its class globally.  The cruise is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Not just to participate in one extraordinary moment.  But to glimpse back in time, from ancient civilisations to futile conflict.  And discover their astonishing stories. ENDS Sydney Anzac Memorial CEO Confirms Aboard Gallipoli Cruise 2014-06-18T04:01:52Z sydney-anzac-memorial-ceo-confirms-aboard-gallipoli-cruise Mr Manera is described by the NSW RSL as a “war history guru”.  His life-long passion for military history and battlefield archaeology has transcended both pastime and vocation.  Brad Manera has enjoyed a long career as curator and historian in some pre-eminent Australian museums, including the Australian War Memorial.  He is the subject of a NSW Parliament Tribute for his work as Executive Manager of the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial.  Mr Manera is also a member of the editorial team, writing the official history of NSW in the Great War.  As a historian for the award-winning documentary Gallipoli; The Front-Line Experience (2005) by Tolga Örnek, Brad Manera advised on events, weapons, uniforms and sets.  He is also historian for Waler; the Great Australian War Horse due for release next year and the International Gallipoli art exhibition Our Friend the Enemy; Gallipoli landscapes 1915 – 2015.  For 30 years, Mr Manera has also been leading tours to the places where Australian history was made.  Since attending the 75th anniversary of the Anzac landing with the last surviving Anzacs he has been a frequent visitor to Gallipoli.  His contributions will, no doubt, bring colour and life to this extraordinary historical travel event. Brad Manera joins the Epic Cruise as another speaker is forced to withdraw.  With much regret, Major General (Retired) Jim Molan AO DSC has advised his change in availability.  ENDS Anzac Centenary Cruise Operator Sets the Record Straight 2014-06-05T22:49:10Z anzac-centenary-cruise-operator-sets-the-record-straight This week Fairfax and Murdoch press have covered a story about Anzac Centenary tour operators misleading travellers.  Gallipoli-2015 is not one of the agencies involved. The Epic Cruise advertised itinerary, daily land activities and 2015 Anzac Day commemorations remain unchanged. Cruise passengers will make a Gallipoli battlefield pilgrimage over two days on 22nd and 23rd April 2015.  These tours remain unaffected by preparations for the centenary Dawn Service or speculation the Gallipoli Peninsula is to be closed from 24th April. As advertised, after transferring ballot ticket holders from the vessel, the cruise ship will relocate to the Aegean Sea, a safe distance from Anzac Cove and as directed by local Turkish authorities.  This will allow passengers to stand on deck in the breaking dawn. On board activities include a pre-dawn tribute, featuring Dame Malvina Major and live broadcast of official proceedings.  Later in the day, a further tribute is planned as Azamara Journey sails past the Australian AE2 Submarine site. The only Anzac Centenary travel endorsed by Australian Geographic, the Epic Cruise is a private charter of Azamara Journey, in the top 25 luxury cruise liners of its class globally.  The cruise is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Not just to participate in one extraordinary moment.  But to glimpse back in time, from ancient civilisations to futile conflict.  And discover their astonishing stories. ENDS   2015 Gallipoli Ballot Drawn - Travellers Urged to Book 2014-03-31T04:04:57Z 2015-anzac-travellers-advised-to-book Gallipoli ballot ticket holders may well face 2015 travel difficulty, with nearby accommodation sold out and limited tour options remaining.  A roll-out of notifications to 2,000 successful Anzac Ballot applicants begins in New Zealand today.  To coincide, all 42,000+ Australian registrants are expected to be notified by email and receive postal confirmation over coming weeks. Thousands of travellers are planning to visit Turkey over the Anzac Centenary.  “Successful ballot ticket holders are now contesting limited travel options”, says Marcus Falay of Fairy Chimneys Travel.  “They’d be well advised to book now and avoid missing out”. “Most people don’t realise the limited accommodation on Gallipoli peninsula has been booked out years ahead.  That’s why our cruise is attracting so much interest.  Azamara Journey has Port of Canakkale docking approval, so passengers lucky enough to hold tickets can get to and from the official ceremony with ease.” Agreement between the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand governments has limited capacity to the official Dawn Service and other Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015.  The fragile environment as well as safety and space constraints have limited public access to just 10,000.  “The only way to be sure of standing in the Gallipoli dawn to mark 100 years of Anzac is aboard a cruise ship.  It’s an authentic experience.  That’s what most of the landing force was doing in the pre-dawn on 25th April 1915.” “Australian travellers need to act fast to secure 2015 travel.  Few places remain and we expect our Anzac Cruise and tour could sell out within days.  It’s a genuine case of he who hesitates is lost.” ENDS Anzac Ballot Speculation Set to Rest 2014-03-28T03:06:59Z anzac-ballot-speculation-set-to-rest Successful NZ applicants for the ballot to attend Anzac Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli will be announced on 31 March 2014.  A senior source confirms the Gallipoli ballot process is complete and NZ Minister for Veterans Affairs will hold a morning press conference on 31 March 2014 to officially announce the roll-out of advice to ticket holders. All successful and unsuccessful Anzac Ballot applicants will be notified by email on 31 March 2014 and receive written confirmation by post. The suggestion is that travel arrangements should be made before 15 May 2014.  It is anticipated that Turkey-bound flights may sell out.    Ballot ticket holders travelling aboard Azamara Journey on the Gallipoli-2015 cruise are less affected by this issue.  The Epic Cruise departs from the port of Piraeus (Athens) and concludes in Istanbul.  However, passengers do have greater cabin choice and broader flight options by booking early.  All ballot ticket holders are required to produce evidence of travel before 26 October 2014.   Ease of movement for passengers attending the official Anzac Dawn Service at Gallipoli is assured.  Azamara Journey is one of the two cruise ships with Port of Canakkale docking approval over the Anzac Centenary period. Gallipoli 2015 Arrangements Announced by Turkish Authorities 2014-03-20T23:39:21Z gallipoli-2015-arrangements-announced-by-turkish-authorities On interview, the Turkish government Commissioner for Gallipoli 2015 commemorations, Hasan Aşan (former Melbourne consul-general to the Republic of Turkey), advised 2015 Anzac Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli have been agreed.  With security and well-being as the highest priorities, Turkish authorities announced consensus between Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments on:  ·        Restricting attendance to 10,500 for the commemorative event  ·        No other event will be permitted on the Gallipoli Peninsula  ·        Cruise ships to anchor a safe distance from Anzac Cove On Anzac Day 2015, the entire Gallipoli Peninsula will be closed to all visitors other than ballot ticket holders.  This includes tours groups currently intending to visit Gallipoli for any breakaway memorial.  Any visitors without an official ballot ticket seeking admission to the Gallipoli Peninsula on Anzac Day 2015 are likely to be redirected to the city of Canakkale, on the Asian side of the Dardanelles Strait.  Canakkale is the nearest centre to Gallipoli, where it is currently envisaged large screens will be erected for a live broadcast of proceedings at North Beach (the official Anzac commemorative site), Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. The port of Canakkale accommodates two cruise ships.  During the Anzac Centenary, these berths are reserved for the docking of Azamara Journey (chartered by Gallipoli-2015) and one other vessel. Cruise ships intending to join a flotilla that plans to approach Anzac Cove on the evening of 24th April and moor close to the official commemorative service are unlikely to be permitted in this location.  Turkish authorities advise the risk of damage from unexploded armaments, shells, torpedos and mines on the sea floor is too great.  All vessels will be directed away from Anzac Beach, to deep water in a safer location. ENDS Full Refund Offer Gets Vote of Confidence 2014-01-06T03:36:21Z full-refund-offer-gets-vote-of-confidence The refund guarantee applies to cruise bookings made between 1 January 2014 and 31 March 2014.  Passengers who apply for the DVA Gallipoli 2015 ballot to attend official Anzac Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli may request a full refund if unsuccessful in obtaining tickets**. Gallipoli-2015 recently announced a vessel upgrade for its Epic Cruise.  One of the top 25 luxury cruise liners in its class globally, Azamara Journey will be the most popular luxury cruise ship*** to make the 2015 ANZAC voyage.  A relatively recent launch, Azamara Journey was refitted during 2013 and offers superior deluxe standard: • Accommodation, including opulent luxury suites with full butler service,• Dining in two specialty restaurants, room service and a tantalising buffet,• On board facilities, including a full size fitness centre and day spa,• Guest attendance with a high ratio of crew to passengers. The Gallipoli-2015 Epic Cruise departs Athens’ port of Piraeus.  An itinerary including the world renowned ancient site of Ephesus makes a solemn battlefield pilgrimage, before concluding in Istanbul with a black tie event. *Gallipoli-2015 is the only Anzac Centenary cruise endorsed by the Australian Geographic Society. ** See Epic Cruise Deposit Refund Guarantee for terms. *** Cruise Critic 89% approval rating. Gallipoli-2015 Epic Cruise Upgrades Vessel 2013-12-23T02:36:38Z gallipoli-2015-epic-cruise-upgrades-vessel This superb alternative vessel offers the exemplary quality, personal attention and boutique cruising experience discerning passengers desire.  Now embarking in Athens at the historic port of Piraeus, the Epic Cruise itinerary has also been enhanced. One of the top 25 luxury cruise liners in its class globally, Azamara Journey represents a significant upgrade for passengers sailing with Gallipoli-2015 aboard the Epic Cruise.  One of Cruise Critics all time highest rated cruise ships, the vessel offers superior standard: ♦ Accommodation, including opulent luxury suites with full butler service, ♦  Five star dining in two specialty restaurants, room service and a buffet, ♦  On board facilities, such as a full size fitness centre and day spa, ♦  Guest attendance with a high ratio of crew to passengers (1:1.8). Although a relatively recent launch, Azamara Journey has been refitted in 2013 and thrown down the gauntlet on its 89% approval rating**. Epic Cruise passengers will now embark in Greece and conclude their journey at Istanbul.  This minor change has provided the opportunity to include an additional day tour to world-renowned Ephesus plus one night in the Aegean port of Kusadasi at no extra cost.  The remaining itinerary is unchanged. Further enhancements and special events are expected to be added to the Epic Cruise travel plan as its departure becomes imminent. *Gallipoli-2015 is the only Anzac Centenary cruise endorsed by the Australian Geographic Society. **Cruise Critic – aggregation of 355 passenger reviews.