On April 25, 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed in Anzac Cove. For eight months it was the base for army troops during the Battle of Gallipoli where thousands of lives were lost on both sides.
On April 25, 2015, Saga Sapphire will be anchored off the cove and a commemorative service on board will mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.
There will also be visits to the Gallipoli battlefield and the Greek island of Lemnos, near the entrance of the Dardenelles, which acted as the muster point for the landings.
The World War One theme continues with musical acts ‘to entertain the troops’, from tea dances to singers evoking the wartime era, plus fundraising activities for the Royal British Legion.
Passengers will also be invited to join the ship’s War Literature Club – a chance to read and discuss poetry, novels and letters from World War One, accompanied by an expert on this literary genre.
The all-inclusive cruise also offers passengers the chance to discover the architectural wonders of Greece and its islands. There will be an overnight stay in Piraeus with ample time to visit Athens and explore its ancient treasures.
Iraklion, Crete's largest city, offers a maze of historical delights, including the 16th century Venetian Koules Fortress and Fountain of the Lions built in 1628.
Saga Sapphire departs Southampton on April 5, 2015 for 31-nights visiting El Ferrol, Cartagena and Palma, Spain; Tunis, Tunisia; Piraeus, Syros, Thessaloniki and Lemnos, Greece; Canakkale, Istanbul, Anzac Cove, Turkey; Iraklion, Crete; Valletta, Malta and Gibraltar.
Price from £3499, includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, all meals, all drinks (house-branded spirits), entertainment, 24-hour room service, travel insurance and cancellation cover.
For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit saga.co.uk/cruises
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