Special 75Th D-Day Anniversary Cruise
- Duration: 7 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99880
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
6 nights. June 2019. From £1189.00.
Join Marco Polo on a very special cruise commemorating the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Occupied Europe that led to the end of the Second World War. See some of the sites associated with this massive and ambitious military operation, and pay homage to the thousands of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy and the fields of Northern France.
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart Portsmouth, UK
Days Two and Three - Antwerp, Belgium
Day Four - Honfleur, France
Day Five - Normandy Beaches and River Seine Cruising
Day Six - Rouen, France
Day Seven - Arrive Portsmouth, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions6 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes
Single cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneBoard Marco Polo in Portsmouth ahead of your late-afternoon cruise departure. This historic maritime city was the nerve centre of Operation Overlord and the departure point for tens of thousands of Allied troops early in the morning of 6th June 1944.
Day Two and ThreeThis afternoon we’ll arrive in the Belgian port of Antwerp. Shore excursions here may include visits to the WWI battlefields of the Somme and Ypres Salient and the fascinating In Flanders Fields and Historial de la Grande Guerre museums. Alternatively, you may be able to visit the Dunkirk beaches and the rocket emplacements from which the terrifying Doodle-bugs were launched. Marco Polo will spend the night in Antwerp, giving you the chance to discover its cobbled streets and squares, and elegant architecture, and visit the museums and galleries of this city of diamonds and Rubens.
Day FourAround lunchtime, today, Marco Polo will arrive in Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine, a short distance from where the invasion’s first shots were fired at Pegasus Bridge. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour, or perhaps join an optional excursion to Monet's delightful house and gardens at Giverny.
Day FiveEarly this morning, Marco Polo joins the fleet of craft sailing off the Normandy Beaches, commemorating the events of 75 years ago, which changed the course of the Second World War. A ceremony and wreath-laying will take place on board, in memory of those who lost their lives on D-Day and in its aftermath, after which Marco Polo will return to the Seine and head upriver to Rouen.
Day SixSpend today exploring the ancient city of Rouen. See the Place du Vieux-Marche, site of Saint Joan's martyrdom, the famous one-handed mechanical clock and the stunning Gothic cathedral.
Day SevenBid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. Before you head home, you many like to complete your D-Day commemoration with a visit the newly refurbished D-Day Museum, which houses an impressive 82-metre-long embroidery of images and events from Operation Overlord. Back to top
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top