Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Cruise Lines Recognise War History

This year marks 100 years since the start of World War I and 70 years since the D-Day landings and, in commemoration, a number of cruise lines have created a wide selection of special itineraries and excursions.

The waterways and seas of Europe provide a unique, tranquil way to reflect on these times and an opportunity to visit the iconic locations that were the setting for some of the 20th Century’s most significant events.

A selection of specially designed cruise itineraries and excursions for 2014 have just reached our Inbox, and the details are as follows:

Azamara Club Cruises – 11 night ‘Memories of WWII’ fly/cruise
This 11-night cruise aboard Azamara Journey departs from Lisbon and calls at St. Peter Port (Guernsey), Cherbourg (D-Day Landing Beaches), Honfleur, Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Dover and Amsterdam before arriving into Hamburg. Guests can also enjoy ‘The North of France WWII experience’ excursion, taking in a visit to the national cemetery of Notre-Dame de Lorette and nearby museum.  
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Cruise & Maritime Voyages – range of itineraries visiting historic areas & D-Day landings
Cruise options stopping at the ports of Ghent, Zeebrugge, Antwerp in Belgium and Honfleur in France allow guests to visit key places in World War One history, including Ypres, where the main conflict took place, and the Menin Gate. There is also a special Anniversary Cruise departing from Bristol on June 1 to commemorate the D-Day landings, taking in Normandy, Honfleur, Guernsey and Cherbourg.
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – 7-night cruise to commemorate D-Day 70th anniversary
Join the Braemar for its commemorative cruise visiting Zeebrugge – Tyne Cot Cemetery and In Flanders Fields Museum; Portsmouth – stopping at Southsea seafront and the D-Day Museum; before moving on to Cherbourg and Le Havre, France, where guests can visit the Allied landing areas on the ‘Day of Remembrance’ on June 6. Dunkirk is the last port of call, where guests can visit the Battle of Dunkirk Museum. Fred. Olsen is also proud to welcome nostalgic British ‘Big Band’ The New Squadronaires on board, as well as Tony Harris, Official Ambassador for the Help for Heroes charity and inspirational speaker.  
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Swan Hellenic – new D-Day 70th Anniversary Cruise
Cross the Channel aboard the Minerva to Dunkirk, where guests will visit the Dunkirk beaches and museum. The cruise also takes in Ypres – to visit the In Flanders Fields Museum and Tyne Cot Cemetery, Caen – for the Gold and Sword beaches and Arromanches D-Day Museum, and Cherbourg – to visit the American Utah and Omaha beaches and St Mere Eglise, one of the first towns to be liberated. On June 6, the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, Minerva will cruise off the Normandy Beaches and hold a Service of Remembrance.
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Titan Travel – new Centenary Remembrance Tour, ‘Corners of a Foreign Field’
Expert guides take guests to the WWI Battlefields, memorials, landmarks and museums of Flanders, Artois and the Somme. Guests will visit iconic landmarks such as Vimy Ridge and Hell Fire Corner, and the preserved trenches in Newfoundland Park, as well as the memorial to The Last Fighting Tommy.
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The new edition of World of Cruising is now out, and you can see the digital version online on our home page at To subscribe at our special offer rate for 2014, see this link.