Cruise Search

Blue Water Holidays Blog

Read the latest small ship, luxury and river news and features from the experts.

D-Day 70th anniversary voyages from Blue Water Holidays

Thurs 22 Aug 2013

Next year is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and several cruise lines are operating special voyages of remembrance to some of the important First and Second World War sites in Northern Europe.

CRUISE LINE: Swan Hellenic

ABOUT THE CRUISE LINE: Swan Hellenic offer excellent discovery cruises from Portsmouth on board 350-passenger Minerva to intriguing destinations, including the Baltic, Mediterranean and Norwegian Fjords. There are expert guest speakers on board every cruise and a carefully crafted selection of included shore excursions.

DEPARTS: 4 June 2014


DURATION: 12 nights

PRICE: From £1895pp (Offer ends 31 Aug 2013). Price includes full board cruise, shore excursions, comprehensive Guest Speaker programme, gratuities and port taxes.

SUMMARY: Embark small ship Minerva in Portsmouth for this D-Day voyage of remembrance and cruise to Dunkirk, where you can explore the medieval city of Ypres. On the anniversary, cruise off the Normandy Beaches and take part in a Service of Remembrance on board. Cruise up the Caen Canal into the heart of Caen, before exploring Lorient, a German U-boat base during WWII and visiting the Underground Hospital in St Peter Port.

Cherbourg in FrancePortsmouth

CRUISE LINE: Azamara Club Cruises

ABOUT THE CRUISE LINE: Azamara Club Cruises is a luxury cruise line which offers superb fly-cruises on two newly-refurbished ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. There is a wide choice of dining options with speciality restaurants as well as an excellent entertainment programme. The cruise line became more inclusive last year as fares now include complimentary alcoholic drinks and a unique shore excursion experience, an AzAmazing Evening.

DEPARTS: 3 June 2014

DEPATURE PORT: Lisbon, Portugal

DURATION: 11 nights

PRICE: From £2856pp (subject to availability). Price includes full board cruise with complimentary alcoholic drinks and shore excursion experience, gratuities and choice of dining options.

SUMMARY: Embark luxury cruise ship Azamara Journey in Lisbon for this luxury D-Day 70th anniversary cruise commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Explore Guernsey, once part of the German Atlantic Wall and the charming town of Cherbourg where there is an optional tour to Omaha Beach. Enjoy two days in picturesque Honfleur, before cruising to Amsterdam and Hamburg.

Blue Water Holidays Blog