The Reading / Listening - Luxury Cruise - Level 1

Have you been on a luxury cruise? The Ultimate World Cruise set sail on Sunday. It could be the longest cruise ever. The 245-day trip will stop at 111 ports in 51 countries on six continents. The chairman of the cruise company said: "We have been committed to connecting travelers to...experiences that allow them to explore the world in comfort. Our...cruise is the most extensive [trip] available....I am pleased to offer such a unique experience."



The cruise isn't cheap. Passengers paid a minimum of $81,000 each, but all 930 tickets were sold. Guests will live in luxury. The ship has eight restaurants. There is a different menu for every day of the cruise. Special menus will match the destinations. A spokesman said: "There is more food than you can ever imagine." The ship also has two swimming pools, a spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the ceiling.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Luxury Cruise - Level 0 Luxury Cruise - Level 2   or  Luxury Cruise - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/aug/30/around-the-world-in-245-days-just-67k-for-voyage-of-a-lifetime
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-7411227/Viking-Sun-aims-break-record-longest-continuous-passenger-cruise.html
  • https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/21447-viking-eyes-guinness-record-with-245-day-world-cruise.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. set
  2. The 245-day trip will stop at
  3. 51 countries
  4. The chairman of the
  5. connecting
  6. allow them to explore the world
  7. the most extensive trip
  8. I am pleased to offer such a
  1. in comfort
  2. travelers
  3. unique experience
  4. 111 ports
  5. available
  6. on six continents
  7. sail on Sunday
  8. cruise company

Paragraph 2

  1. Passengers paid a minimum
  2. Guests will live
  3. The ship has
  4. a different menu for every
  5. Special menus will match
  6. more food than you can
  7. The ship also has two
  8. snowflakes fall
  1. swimming pools
  2. of $81,000 each
  3. from the ceiling
  4. the destinations
  5. in luxury
  6. day of the cruise
  7. ever imagine
  8. eight restaurants

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Have you (1) ___________________ luxury cruise? The Ultimate World Cruise set sail on Sunday. It could (2) ___________________ cruise ever. The 245-day trip will stop at 111 ports in 51 countries (3) ___________________. The chairman of the cruise company said: "We have been committed to connecting travelers to...experiences that allow (4) ___________________ the world in comfort. Our...cruise (5) ___________________ extensive [trip] available....I am pleased to offer (6) ___________________ experience."

The cruise isn't cheap. Passengers (7) ___________________ of $81,000 each, but all 930 (8) ___________________. Guests will live in luxury. The (9) ___________________ restaurants. There is a different menu for (10) ___________________ the cruise. Special menus will match the destinations. A spokesman said: "There is more food than you (11) ___________________." The ship also has two swimming pools, a spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUltimateWorldCruisesetsailonSunday.Itcouldbethelongestcruis
eever.The245-daytripwillstopat111portsin51countriesonsixconti
nents.Thechairmanofthecruisecompanysaid:"Wehavebeencommitt
edtoconnectingtravelersto...experiencesthatallowthemtoexploreth
eworldincomfort.Our...cruiseisthemostextensive[trip]available....I
ampleasedtooffersuchauniqueexperience."Thecruiseisn'tcheap.Pas
sengerspaidaminimumof$81,000each,butall930ticketsweresold.G
uestswillliveinluxury.Theshiphaseightrestaurants.Thereisadifferent
menuforeverydayofthecruise.Specialmenuswillmatchthedestinatio
ns.Aspokesmansaid:"Thereismorefoodthanyoucaneverimagine."Th
eshipalsohastwoswimmingpools,aspa,andasnowgrottowheresnowfl
akesfallfromtheceiling.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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