The Reading / Listening - Luxury Cruise - Level 3

Have you ever wanted to go on a luxury cruise? The cruise of a lifetime set sail from London on Sunday. It could set the Guinness World Record for the longest cruise ever. It is called the Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day voyage will visit 51 countries on six continents. The cruise ship Viking Sun will dock at 111 ports as it sails all the way around the world. The chairman of Viking 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 Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry....I am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests."



The luxury cruise isn't cheap. The 930 passengers have paid a minimum of $81,000 each to sail around the world. Even at this price, all tickets have been sold. Guests will be able to live in luxury while on the high seas. The ship has eight restaurants that offer 245 different menus - a different menu for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create special menus to reflect the destination. A Viking 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 Nordic spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the ceiling.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Luxury Cruise - Level 0 Luxury Cruise - Level 1   or  Luxury Cruise - Level 2

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. LUXURY CRUISES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about luxury cruises. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       luxury / cruise / lifetime / voyage / continents / connecting / travelers / comfort /
       cheap / passengers / minimum / seas / menu / destination / food / imagine / snow
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TRAIN TRAVEL: Students A strongly believe train travel is better than travel by ship; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LUXURY TRAVEL: What things can you do in these types of luxury travel? What are their good and bad points? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Luxury Things

Good Points

Bad Points

Ship

 

 

 

Plane

 

 

 

Train

 

 

 

Car

 

 

 

Coach

 

 

 

Other _____

 

 

 

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5. LIFETIME: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "lifetime". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CRUISES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about cruises at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • other passengers
  • entertainment
  • sea air
  • fishing
  • cabins
  • destinations
  • food
  • sea views

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. lifetime a. Any of the world's main areas of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America).
      2. set sail b. Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.
      3. ultimate c. The length of a person's life.
      4. continent d. The best.
      5. dock e. Start a journey on a sea, river, lake, etc.
      6. explore f. Stop a ship or boat in a port.
      7. unique g. Travel in or through an unfamiliar country or area to learn about it.

    Paragraph 2

      8. minimum h. Gave something to someone to say yes or no to.
      9. offer i. A person paying to stay at a hotel or on a ship.
      10. guest j. The subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic.
      11. destination k. The least or smallest amount or quantity possible.
      12. imagine l. The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.
      13. theme m. Make a mental image of something.
      14. nutrition n. The place to which someone or something is going or being sent.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A luxury cruise will set sail from London next Sunday.     T / F
  2. The cruise is set to be the longest cruise ever.     T / F
  3. The cruise ship will stop at 111 ports on its 245-day voyage.     T / F
  4. The cruise company has been helping travelers for over 20 years.     T / F
  5. The most expensive ticket on the cruise is $81,000.     T / F
  6. Guests will enjoy a different menu every day for the whole voyage.    T / F
  7. A spokesman said there might not be enough food at the end.     T / F
  8. The cruise ship has eight swimming pools.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. set sail
  2. ultimate
  3. voyage
  4. committed
  5. itinerary
  6. minimum
  7. offer
  8. destination
  9. theme
  10. spa
  1. health club
  2. devoted
  3. journey's end
  4. best
  5. give
  6. travel plan
  7. leave port
  8. topic
  9. journey
  10. lower limit

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The cruise of a
  2. The 245-day voyage will
  3. connecting
  4. allow them to explore
  5. I am pleased to offer such a unique
  6. The 930 passengers have paid a
  7. Even at this price, all tickets
  8. a different menu for
  9. There is more food than you
  10. snowflakes fall
  1. minimum of $81,000
  2. experience
  3. can ever imagine
  4. visit 51 countries
  5. every day of the cruise
  6. lifetime
  7. from the ceiling
  8. travelers
  9. have been sold
  10. the world in comfort

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
continents
travelers
unique
lifetime
available
sails
longest
comfort

Have you ever wanted to go on a luxury cruise? The cruise of a (1) ____________ set sail from London on Sunday. It could set the Guinness World Record for the (2) ____________ cruise ever. It is called the Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day voyage will visit 51 countries on six (3) ____________. The cruise ship Viking Sun will dock at 111 ports as it (4) ____________ all the way around the world. The chairman of Viking said: "For more than 20 years we have been committed to connecting (5) ____________ to...experiences that allow them to explore the world in (6) ____________. Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary (7) ____________ in the industry....I am pleased to offer such a (8) ____________ experience for our guests."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
menu
price
imagine
minimum
ceiling
special
seas
nutrition

The luxury cruise isn't cheap. The 930 passengers have paid a (9) ____________ of $81,000 each to sail around the world. Even at this (10) ____________, all tickets have been sold. Guests will be able to live in luxury while on the high (11) ____________. The ship has eight restaurants that offer 245 different menus - a different (12) ____________ for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create (13) ____________ menus to reflect the destination. A Viking spokesman said: "There is more food than you can ever (14) ____________. But we also have a wellness theme throughout the cruise, so you can look after your (15) ____________." The ship also has two swimming pools, a Nordic spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The cruise of a lifetime ______ London
     a.  set sale from
     b.  sets sail from
     c.  sets ail from
     d.  set sail from
2)  The 245-day voyage will visit 51 countries ______
     a.  on six contents
     b.  on six continence
     c.  on six continents
     d.  on six con tin tents
3)  experiences that allow them to explore the ______
     a.  world in comfortable
     b.  world in comfort
     c.  world in comforts
     d.  world in comforted
4)  Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available ______
     a.  in the industrial
     b.  in the industry
     c.  in the industries
     d.  in the in dust tree
5)  I am pleased to offer such a unique experience ______
     a.  for our guests
     b.  for our guest
     c.  for our gusts
     d.  for our gests

6)  The 930 passengers have paid ______ $81,000
     a.  a mini mum off
     b.  aim mini mum of
     c.  a minimum of
     d.  a minimum off
7)  Even at this price, all tickets have ______
     a.  be in sold
     b.  bean sold
     c.  being sold
     d.  been sold
8)  Guest chefs will create special menus to ______
     a.  reject the destination
     b.  deflect the destination
     c.  affect the destination
     d.  reflect the destination
9)  There is more food than you ______
     a.  can never imagine
     b.  can ever imagines
     c.  can ever imagine
     d.  can never imagines
10)  a wellness theme throughout the cruise, so you can look ______
     a.  after your nutritious
     b.  alter your nutritious
     c.  after your nutrition
     d.  alter your nutrition

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Have you ever (1) ___________________ on a luxury cruise? The cruise of a lifetime set sail from London on Sunday. It could set the Guinness World Record for the (2) ___________________. It is called the Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day voyage will visit 51 countries (3) ___________________. The cruise ship Viking Sun will dock at 111 ports (4) ___________________ all the way around the world. The chairman of Viking said: "For more than 20 years we have been committed to connecting travelers to...experiences that allow them to explore the (5) ___________________. Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry....I am pleased to offer (6) ___________________ experience for our guests."

The luxury cruise isn't cheap. The 930 passengers have (7) ___________________ of $81,000 each to sail around the world. Even at this price, all tickets have been sold. Guests will (8) ___________________ live in luxury while on the high seas. The ship has eight restaurants that offer 245 different menus - (9) ___________________ for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create special (10) ___________________ the destination. A Viking spokesman said: "There is more food than you (11) ___________________. 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 Nordic spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What city did the cruise set sail from?
  2. What is the name of the cruise?
  3. How many ports will the cruise ship dock at?
  4. For how many years has the cruise ship country helped travelers?
  5. What kind of experience did the chairman call the cruise?
  6. What is the price of the cheapest ticket on the cruise?
  7. How many tickets for the cruise have been unsold?
  8. How many restaurants does the ship have?
  9. What will passengers be able to enjoy every day in the restaurants?
  10. What will fall from the ceiling in a part of the ship?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What city did the cruise set sail from?
a) London
b) New York
c) Dubai
d) Sydney
2)  What is the name of the cruise?
a) the Global World Cruise
b) the Oceans World Cruise
c) the Ultimate World Cruise
d) the Longest World Cruise
3)  How many ports will the cruise ship dock at?
a) 115
b) 112
c) 110
d) 111
4)  For how many years has the cruise ship country helped travelers?
a) less than 20
b) over 20
c) exactly 20
d) 12
5)  What kind of experience did the chairman call the cruise?
a) a unique experience
b) a sightseeing experience
c) a fantastic experience
d) a crazy experience

6)  What is the price of the cheapest ticket on the cruise?
a) $85,000
b) $18,000
c) $80,000
d) $81,000
7)  How many tickets for the cruise have been unsold?
a) one
b) two
c) none
d) seven
8)  How many restaurants does the ship have?
a) seven
b) eight
c) twelve
d) twenty
9)  What will passengers be able to enjoy every day in the restaurants?
a) the sun
b) fishing
c) a different menu
d) a guest singer
10)  What will fall from the ceiling in a part of the ship?
a) balloons
b) snowflakes
c) water
d) money

Role play

Role  A – Cabins
You think cabins are the best things about cruises. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): destinations, sea views or other passengers.

Role  B – Destinations
You think the destinations are the best things about cruises. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): cabins, sea views or other passengers.

Role  C – Sea Views
You think sea views are the best things about cruises. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): destinations, cabins or other passengers.

Role  D – Other Passengers
You think other passengers are the best things about cruises. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): destinations, sea views or cabins.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'luxury'

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  • and 'cruise'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 930
    • each
    • live
    • special
    • imagine
    • fall
    • lifetime
    • called
    • 51
    • 111
    • 20
    • such




    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 - Luxury 51-country, 8-month cruise sets sail

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'luxury'?
    3. What do you think of cruises?
    4. What would you do on a luxury cruise?
    5. What do you think of the idea of a 51-country cruise?
    6. What is your holiday of a lifetime?
    7. What would a 245-day holiday be like?
    8. What are the countries you most want to visit?
    9. What is the world's best continent?
    10. Which is better - traveling by ship or train?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'cruise'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of the price of the cruise?
    5. What is luxury for you?
    6. What is the most luxurious experience you've had?
    7. Would you like a different menu every day for 245 days?
    8. What do you do to look after your nutrition?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this news story?
    10. What questions would you like to ask one of the passengers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Have you ever wanted to go (1) ____ a luxury cruise? The cruise of a lifetime set sail from London on Sunday. It could (2) ____ the Guinness World Record for the longest cruise ever. It is called the Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day voyage will visit 51 countries on six (3) ____. The cruise ship Viking Sun will dock at 111 ports as it sails all the way around the world. The chairman of Viking said: "For more than 20 years we have been (4) ____ to connecting travelers to...experiences that allow them to explore the world (5) ____ comfort. Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industry....I am (6) ____ to offer such a unique experience for our guests."

    The luxury cruise isn't cheap. The 930 passengers have (7) ____ a minimum of $81,000 each to sail around the world. Even at this price, all tickets have been sold. Guests will be able to live in luxury while on the (8) ____ seas. The ship has eight restaurants that offer 245 different menus - a different menu for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create special menus to (9) ____ the destination. A Viking spokesman said: "There is more food than you can (10) ____ imagine. But we also have a wellness (11) ____ throughout the cruise, so you can look after your nutrition." The ship also has two swimming pools, a Nordic spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     to    
    2. (a)     let     (b)     set     (c)     met     (d)     pet    
    3. (a)     consistence     (b)     contents     (c)     continence     (d)     continents    
    4. (a)     grouped     (b)     committed     (c)     extended     (d)     duty    
    5. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     thanked     (b)     congratulated     (c)     pleased     (d)     hoped    
    7. (a)     cost     (b)     bought     (c)     paid     (d)     sold    
    8. (a)     up     (b)     increase     (c)     high     (d)     tall    
    9. (a)     shine     (b)     edge     (c)     border     (d)     reflect    
    10. (a)     event     (b)     never     (c)     every     (d)     ever    
    11. (a)     theme     (b)     them     (c)     these     (d)     those    
    12. (a)     floor     (b)     window     (c)     ceiling     (d)     roof

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. The 245-day ogyave
    3. 51 countries on six intstcnone
    4. allow them to elxepor the world
    5. the most extensive itinerary vllebaiaa
    6. offer such a uueiqn experience

    Paragraph 2

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    3. eftrcle the destination
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    5. you can look after your untritoin
    6. snowflakes fall from the ecnigli

    Put the text back together

    (...)  cruise, so you can look after your nutrition." The ship also has two swimming pools,
    (...)  voyage will visit 51 countries on six continents. The cruise ship Viking Sun will dock at 111
    (...)  the Guinness World Record for the longest cruise ever. It is called the Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day
    (...)  around the world. Even at this price, all tickets have been sold. Guests will be able to live in
    (...)  20 years we have been committed to connecting travelers to...experiences that allow them to
    (...)  The luxury cruise isn't cheap. The 930 passengers have paid a minimum of $81,000 each to sail
    (...)  for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create special menus to reflect the destination. A Viking spokesman said: "There is more
    (...)  explore the world in comfort. Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerary
    (...)  ports as it sails all the way around the world. The chairman of Viking said: "For more than
    (...)  available in the industry....I am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests."
    (...)  luxury while on the high seas. The ship has eight restaurants that offer 245 different menus - a different menu
    1  ) Have you ever wanted to go on a luxury cruise? The cruise of a lifetime set sail from London on Sunday. It could set
    (...)  a Nordic spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the ceiling.
    (...)  food than you can ever imagine. But we also have a wellness theme throughout the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. a   lifetime   The   of   cruise   set   sail   .
    2. 245-day   will   countries   .   visit   voyage   51   The
    3. sails   world   .   the   way   It   all   the   around
    4. to   that   world   .   allow   Experiences   explore   the   them
    5. experience   a   for   our   Offer   guests   .   unique   such
    6. to   in   will   luxury   .   able   live   Guests   be
    7. of   menu   every   for   A   the   cruise   .   day
    8. create   menus   destination   .   Chefs   special   to   reflect   the
    9. is   There   you   food   can   than   more   imagine   .
    10. where   grotto   ceiling   .   snowflakes   fall   the   A   from

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Have you ever wanted to go on / in a luxury cruise? The cruise of a lifetime set sail from London on Sunday. It could set / let the Guinness World Record for the longest cruise ever. It is calling / called the Ultimate World Cruise. The 245-day voyage will visit 51 countries on six contents / continents. The cruise ship Viking Sun will dock / mock at 111 ports as it sails all the way around the world. The chairman of Viking said: "For more than 20 years we have been commit / committed to connecting travelers to...experiences that allow / let them to explore the world in comfort / comfortable. Our Ultimate World Cruise is the most extensive itinerant / itinerary available in the industry....I am pleased to offer such a uniquely / unique experience for our guests."

    The luxury cruise isn't cheaper / cheap. The 930 passengers have paid a minimum of $81,000 each to sail around / about the world. Even at this price, all tickets have been selling / sold. Guests will be able to live in luxury / luxurious while on the high / low seas. The ship has eight restaurants that offer 245 different menus - a difference / different menu for every day of the cruise. Guest chefs will create special menus to deflect / reflect the destination. A Viking spokesman said: "There is more food than you can ever / never imagine. But we also have a wellness theme throughout the cruise, so you can look after your nutrition / nutritious." The ship also has two swimming pools, a Nordic spa, and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the ceiling / floor.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    have you ever wanted to go on a luxury cruise the cruise of a lifetime set sail from london on sunday it could set the guinness world record for the longest cruise ever it is called the ultimate world cruise the 245day voyage will visit 51 countries on six continents the cruise ship viking sun will dock at 111 ports as it sails all the way around the world the chairman of viking 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 ultimate world cruise is the most extensive itinerary available in the industryi am pleased to offer such a unique experience for our guests

    the luxury cruise isnt cheap the 930 passengers have paid a minimum of 81000 each to sail around the world even at this price all tickets have been sold guests will be able to live in luxury while on the high seas the ship has eight restaurants that offer 245 different menus  a different menu for every day of the cruise guest chefs will create special menus to reflect the destination a viking 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 nordic spa and a snow grotto where snowflakes fall from the ceiling

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    Haveyoueverwantedtogoonaluxurycruise?Thecruiseofalifetimesets
    ailfromLondononSunday.ItcouldsettheGuinnessWorldRecordforthel
    ongestcruiseever.ItiscalledtheUltimateWorldCruise.The245-dayvo
    yagewillvisit51countriesonsixcontinents.ThecruiseshipVikingSunwi
    lldockat111portsasitsailsallthewayaroundtheworld.Thechairmanof
    Vikingsaid:"Formorethan20yearswehavebeencommittedtoconnecti
    ngtravelersto...experiencesthatallowthemtoexploretheworldincomf
    ort.OurUltimateWorldCruiseisthemostextensiveitineraryavailablein
    theindustry....Iampleasedtooffersuchauniqueexperienceforourgue
    sts."Theluxurycruiseisn'tcheap.The930passengershavepaidaminim
    umof$81,000eachtosailaroundtheworld.Evenatthisprice,allticketsh
    avebeensold.Guestswillbeabletoliveinluxurywhileonthehighseas.Th
    eshiphaseightrestaurantsthatoffer245differentmenus-adifferentme
    nuforeverydayofthecruise.Guestchefswillcreatespecialmenustorefl
    ectthedestination.AVikingspokesmansaid:"Thereismorefoodthanyo
    ucaneverimagine.Butwealsohaveawellnessthemethroughoutthecru
    ise,soyoucanlookafteryournutrition."Theshipalsohastwoswimming
    pools,aNordicspa,andasnowgrottowheresnowflakesfallfromtheceili
    ng.

    Free writing

    Write about luxury cruise for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    A cruise holiday is better than a railway holiday. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. LUXURY CRUISES: Make a poster about luxury cruises. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BANNED: Write a magazine article about luxury cruises being banned for being bad for the environment. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on luxury cruises. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on cruises. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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