Australians and New Zealanders who didn’t receive a spot in the Anzac Day centenary land ballot, can still take part in commemoration ceremonies on a series of cruises next year.
The ballot, which closed in January this year, received 29,000 applications for the 8,000 places reserved for Australians and 2,000 for New Zealanders.
Fortunately, cruise lines have created Anzac centenary itineraries to give guests an at-sea view of the ceremony.
But they too are selling fast.
Captain’s Choice says its two 100th Anniversary Gallipoli Centenary itineraries aboard chartered Silversea ships – Silver Wind and Silver Cloud – are sold out.
“We are now fully sold out with a strong waitlist,” the company told Cruise Passenger.
We compiled a list of some Anzac centenary cruises that are still available for purchase:
Worldwide Cruise Centres
Worldwide Cruise Centres is offering a series of Gallipoli Centenary 2015 cruise holidays in conjunction with Karavan Travel and Louis Cruises.
Guests embark on Louis Cristal for a seven-night cruise to Greece and Turkey with a tour of Gallipoli.
On Anzac Day, the ship will anchor off the coast, allowing guests to view the Dawn Service live from screen on the ship.
A special guest speaker specialising in war history and the Gallipoli campaign will also be onboard to share his knowledge during visits to Anzac sites.
Prices start from $2,616 per person twin share for the seven-night cruise.
APT has charted luxury vessel Le Soleal for a 17-day Ancient Mediterranean Luxury Cruise.
The voyage includes visits to Mykonos, Santorini and Dubrovnik as well as Gallipoli where guests can pay their respects on Anzac Day 2015.
The ship will also dock along the Gallipoli Peninsula near Anzac Cove to allow guests who have obtained an attendance pass to be escorted ashore.
During dinner, guests onboard will enjoy a presentation detailed the journey of the ANZACs and the reason behind the battle.
On The Go Tours
On The Go Tours is selling a 36-day Gallipoli Cruise aboard MSC Divina departing from Fremantle, Western Australia to Rome, Italy.
The cruise leaves on 26 March 2015 and takes guests to Albany in Western Australia, Colombo and Egypt before arriving in Turkey.
Guests will spend 19 and 20 April exploring the sights of Gallipoli without the crowd. They’ll then continue the cruise to Istanbul and Santorini in Greece before returning to Anzac Cove on 25 April for the Dawn Service.
The ship will anchor off shore and will have a live telecast of the service.
Following the event, the cruise will continue on to Athens, Palermo, Capri and then Rome.
The cruise is priced from $23,769 per person twin share.