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WW1 Memorial Themed Cruise

Includes a Unique Dawn Service onboard The Astor

Secure your choice of cabin by calling:

(08) 9847 4999

or 1800 960 007

or by filling out the form below:

I am interested in attending:

Your information will be kept private.

Honour the Legend Through this Amazing Cruise

Key Components of this experience:

  • First time ever dawn service onboard The Astor off Middleton Beach.
  • Special talks hosted by guest Jon Doust
  • Invite-only visit to the “Recollections of War” private museum
  • Tour through the world recognised National Anzac Centre in Albany
  • Special RSL afternoon tea with Ret. Brigadier Geoff Hand AM.RFD.
  • Dusk service at the monument on Mt Clarence including playing of ‘The Last Post’

“They Gave Up All They Had For Us”

The last light is shinning on the iconic Desert Corps Memorial on Mt Clarence in Albany.

The photo is soft and hazy which brings to mind the uncertainty of the young digger’s destiny. They marched through the streets and embarked their ships.

It is hard for us to imagine their thoughts as the last ship sailed out of sight. For our diggers this was the last part of Albany they would ever see.

Too many didn’t return. Spare a thought for the families who lost their sons, husbands, fathers, what must of been going on in there minds?

People would have stood on this very spot, saw this very view as the last ship vanished out of sight, praying for there safe return. 100 years on and forevermore we will remember them.

They were young and full of courage and hope, leaving behind loved ones.

They gave up all they had for us. 

Why is this WW1 Memorial Cruise in January 2018?

ANZAC DAY – 25th April would be the perfect time, unfortunately there are no cruise ships available for this date.

It’s uncanny… If you have visited Gallipoli, and also stood at the base of Memorial Monument, Mt Clarence you can instantly recognise how similar the terrain appears.

Close your eyes and imagine what it must of been like for the ANZACs as they waited to storm ashore at ANZAC Cove.

If you are like me… You can’t, as it is so far from our perspectives of reality. However, what you will do with this Unique Dawn Service is experience visually a similar landscape that created the ANZACs. Albeit without the same threats and dangers

This unique world first dawn service off shore Albany, has never been held before. Our gratitude must go to the captain of the Astor for agreeing to arrive in Albany earlier than scheduled.

There is no guarantee this will ever happen again.

Fremantle to Albany onboard the Astor

To prepare you for Albany, we have invited special guest Jon Doust, who is passionate about Albany’s ANZAC.

Jon is regularly invited by cruise lines visiting Albany to host tour groups through the National Anzac Centre.

Jon’s Talks will include:

  • Brief history of Albany
  • Who was here first – the Menang Noongar meet the Garrison from NSW
  • How it settled – early relationships
  • The Anzac horses
  • The Dousts the Bakers
  • Particular Battles
    • The Nek
    • Beersheba
    • Maghdaba
    • Jerusalem
    • Damascus

On Arrival in Albany

The Captain of the Astor will hold a unique World First Dawn Service in King George Sound, right where the service men & women departed Albany.

You will also gain a perspective of what it may have looked like to the soldiers as they approached ANZAC cove in Gallipoli.

The similarities of Mt Adelaide and Gallipoli are uncanny.

Shortly after, The Astor will dock at the port, in Albany.

Your Day in Albany

A number of interesting & insightful ANZAC history activities are available to you.

  • Tour through the world recognised National ANZAC centre. Includes a “Firing of the Canon” ceremony (this is usually reserved for special occasions).
  • Explore The Princess Royal Fortress, one of Australia’s best outdoor military museums.
  • ANZAC themed history trail tour – this tour is still being developed and will be customised to highlight some little known WW1 history
  • Visit the “Recollections of War” private museum – only available by special invitation. (Click for more info). Includes fresh farm scones with tea or coffee.
  • Afternoon tea onboard the Astor with special guest Ret. Brigadier Geoff Hand
  • Dusk Service at the Desert Corps Memorial including a short stroll through the Avenue of Honour. (For more details click here)
  • Or you can have the day at your own leisure.

Recollections of War Museum

“In a modest building in the backyard of a family farm between Albany and Denmark in Western Australia, an impressive collection of military memorabilia attracts visitors from around the world.” 

… “The private collection contains thousands of historical artefacts from the Boer War onwards, meticulously exhibited in four purpose-built showrooms.”

( Extract from ABC News Article )

National Anzac Centre

World recognised NAC visit, including a firing of the canon. This is usually reserved for special occasions.

“Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, The National Anzac Centre is an award-winning facility that uses multimedia, interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.”

(read more:

Memorial Monument, Mt Clarence

Dusk service at Memorial Monument, Mt Clarence, where the days many emotions will all come together. You will have time to slowly walk though trees in the Avenue of honour.

The stark reminder of war will hit you as you slowly wonder from tree to tree.

As you read the plaques at the base of each tree, it will remind you how young these men and women were, and how important it is to prevent future conflicts that involve our great nation. –

At around 7-10pm the Albany RSL will host an exclusive Dawn Service to close out the day.

As the bugler plays “the Last Post” to the final rays of daylight, I’m positive you will experience emotions and a sense of gratitude like no other.


Just over 100 Years ago, a young soldier woke up in his family home for the last time. Lying about his age was easy. Telling his mother, was much harder than he ever imagined. He was going to see the world as promised by the posters, have an adventure of a life time with new brothers and comrades. After donning himself in his uniform, topped with the rising sun kissing his mother goodbye he hurriedly grabbed his sketchbook to capture the glorious ships that filled King George Sound. He must be quick, as its almost time to go.

This is an artists impression of what he saw from Albany’s shore. A shore, he would never stepped on again. Captured by local artist, Tilly Junairo.
Prints of this drawing can be ordered at

Lest We Forget

Listen in as Andrew Collins from ABC radio interviews John Spark on his unique memorial dawn and dusk services cruise to Albany in January 2018

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or email [email protected] 

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