The Reading / Listening - Luxury Cruise - Level 2

Would you like to go on a luxury cruise? The cruise of a lifetime set sail on Sunday. It could be the longest cruise ever. It is called the Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day trip will visit 51 countries on six continents. The cruise ship will stop at 111 ports. The chairman of the cruise company said: "For more than 20 years 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 in the industry....I am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests."



The cruise isn't cheap. The 930 passengers paid a minimum of $81,000 each, but even at this price, all tickets were sold. Guests will live in luxury on the ship. The ship has eight restaurants that offer a different menu for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create special menus to match the destination. A spokesman said: "There is more food than you can ever imagine. But we also have a wellness theme throughout the cruise, so you can look after your nutrition." 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 1   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. The cruise of a lifetime set
  2. It could be the longest
  3. The 245-day trip will
  4. The chairman of the
  5. connecting
  6. allow them to explore the world
  7. the most extensive
  8. offer such a unique
  1. travelers
  2. trip available
  3. cruise ever
  4. experience
  5. visit 51 countries
  6. cruise company
  7. sail on Sunday
  8. in comfort

Paragraph 2

  1. The cruise isn't
  2. passengers paid a minimum
  3. all tickets were
  4. Guests will live in luxury
  5. restaurants that offer a different
  6. special menus to match
  7. more food than you can
  8. snowflakes fall
  1. menu for every day
  2. sold
  3. ever imagine
  4. from the ceiling
  5. the destination
  6. cheap
  7. on the ship
  8. of $81,000 each

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Would you like (1) ___________________ a luxury cruise? The cruise of a lifetime set sail on Sunday. It could be the longest cruise ever. It (2) ___________________ Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day trip will visit 51 countries on six continents. The cruise (3) ___________________ at 111 ports. The chairman of the cruise company said: "For more than 20 years (4) ___________________ committed to connecting travelers to...experiences that allow them to explore the (5) ___________________. Our...cruise is the most extensive [trip] available in the industry....I am pleased to offer such a unique experience (6) ___________________."

The cruise isn't cheap. The 930 passengers (7) ___________________ of $81,000 each, but even at this price, all tickets were sold. Guests will (8) ___________________ on the ship. The ship has eight restaurants that offer a (9) ___________________ for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create special menus to match the destination. A spokesman said: "There is more food than you (10) ___________________. But we also have a wellness theme throughout the cruise, so you can look (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

Wouldyouliketogoonaluxurycruise?ThecruiseofalifetimesetsailonSu
nday.Itcouldbethelongestcruiseever.ItiscalledtheUltimateWorldCru
ise.The245-daytripwillvisit51countriesonsixcontinents.Thecruises
hipwillstopat111ports.Thechairmanofthecruisecompanysaid:"Form
orethan20yearswehavebeencommittedtoconnectingtravelersto...e
xperiencesthatallowthemtoexploretheworldincomfort.Our...cruisei
sthemostextensive[trip]availableintheindustry....Iampleasedtooffe
rsuchauniqueexperienceforourguests."Thecruiseisn'tcheap.The930
passengerspaidaminimumof$81,000each,butevenatthisprice,alltic
ketsweresold.Guestswillliveinluxuryontheship.Theshiphaseightrest
aurantsthatofferadifferentmenuforeverydayofthecruise.Guestchefs
willcreatespecialmenustomatchthedestination.Aspokesmansaid:"T
hereismorefoodthanyoucaneverimagine.Butwealsohaveawellnesst
hemethroughoutthecruise,soyoucanlookafteryournutrition."Theshi
palsohastwoswimmingpools,aspa,andasnowgrottowheresnowflake
sfallfromtheceiling.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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