6 cruises that commemorate 2014’s wartime anniversaries

Date Posted: 12/02/2014

You can now add a cruise to your list of options on how to mark the anniversaries of World War One and the D-Day landings.

With a selection of special itineraries and excursions, here are some of our top picks.

AmaWaterways –Normandy beaches excursion

The D-Day Remembered excursion, sailing from Caudebec-en-Caux, has been added as part of AmaWaterways’ summer 2014 programme of cruises on the river Seine.

The excursion takes in the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sector, visiting various monuments en-route such as the Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer and Pegasus Monument in Ranville.

Azamara Club Cruises – Memories of WWII fly/cruise

This 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.

Groups 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. 

Cruise & Maritime Voyages – Ypres, the Menin Gate and more

Cruise options stopping at the ports of Ghent, Zeebrugge, Antwerp in Belgium, and Honfleur in France, allow GTOs to visit key places closely associated with World War One, including Ypres, where the main conflict took place, and the Menin Gate.

There is also a special Anniversary Cruise departing from Bristol on 1st June to commemorate the D-Day landings, taking in Normandy, Honfleur, Guernsey and Cherbourg. 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – 70th anniversary of D-Day commemorative cruise

Group travel organisers can book the Braemar for its commemorative cruise visiting major wartime spots from Zeebrugge to Le Havre.

In Zeebrugge, passengers will call at Tyne Cot Cemetery and In Flanders Fields Museum; then Portsmouth – stopping at Southsea seafront and the D-Day Museum; before moving onto Cherbourg and Le Havre, France – for a visit to the Allied landing areas on the 6th June.

Dunkirk is the last port of call, where groups can visit the Battle of Dunkirk Museum.

Fred. Olsen will also welcome nostalgic British ‘Big Band’ The New Squadronaires onboard, as well as Tony Harris, Official Ambassador for the Help for Heroes charity and speaker. 

River Cruise Line – Bruges, Ghent, Ypres and the Battlefields

This new itinerary aboard the mps Amsterdam includes a full-day excursion with visits to Tyne Cot Cemetery – the largest British war cemetery in the world; Sanctuary Wood – where visitors can explore a preserved trench system; and Ypres – stopping at the Menin Gate and In Flanders Fields Museum. 

Swan Hellenic – D-Day 70th Anniversary Cruise

This D-Day Cruise crosses the Channel aboard the Minerva to Dunkirk, to visit the Dunkirk beaches and museum.

The cruise also takes in Ypres, 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 6th June, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Minerva will cruise off the Normandy Beaches and hold a Service of Remembrance.

These 2014 wartime commemoration cruise ideas were provided by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association.

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