You’re likely to see a number of different events in 2014 commemorating the history of the two World Wars, as the year marks a century since the beginning of the First World War and 70 years since the D-Day Landings in Normandy.
A range of memorial ceremonies will be held across Europe including a number centred on the Normandy region, to commiserate the losses and remember the incredible sacrifices made by soldiers in the region. And if you want to experience some of these events, you could look at a dedicated cruise.
Azamara Club Cruises is one line that’s already put together a package. It’s expected to be popular, so much so that even the President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises, Larry Pimentel, will be on-board for the cruise with his wife Sandi. This special President’s voyage is not only the opportunity to experience the Normandy memorials but also to meet the head of the cruise line.
The planned itinerary begins on the 3rd June, and lasts for 11 nights. The cruise sets sail from Lisbon, which was known as a haven for spies during the Second World War, on a voyage that travels all the way to Hamburg on the Elbe River. Along the way you’ll visit memorable ports and cities, some focused on the anniversary, others simply to give you the chance to explore.
On the 6th June, the actually day of the beach landings back in 1944, the ship is docked at Cherbourg, so you can see some of the beaches involved in the landings, such as Omaha, Juno and Gold, and the American Cemetary and Memorial. Other optional excursions during the cruise allow you to head to Paris, not just a modern wonder but with a significant history in the war, and Anne Frank House when you’re docked at Amsterdam.
If you are interested in this cruise, call us on 0808 1234 118 for more information.
By Ian Lewis