Bucket List Travel: Stand Where History Was Made with D-Day Cruise

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To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, The National WWII Museum is chartering two once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruises allowing travelers of all ages to experience the major historical sites and sounds of the War that changed the world.

Join these milestone voyages aboard the 550-guest Seabourn Ovation (May 29 — June 7, 2019) and the 500-guest Regent Seven Seas Navigator (May 30 — June 8, 2019) with WWII veterans on-board — some of whom stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago — and sail the North Sea and English Channel to battleground sites and historical landmarks, following the path of Germany’s conquest of Western Europe and the Allied efforts to wrest control back from the Nazis.

Led by best-selling authors, world-renowned historians and expert battlefield guides, the cruises will feature rich historical context directly from the Museum’s curators, primary-source materials from the institution’s digital collections, 1940s entertainment, and custom experiences shared by WWII D-Day veterans found nowhere else. The experiences culminate at the French and American ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery, commemorating the Allied landings that took place on June 6, 1944.

SEABOURN OVATION

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Itinerary: The 75th D-Day commemoration voyage begins in Amsterdam, which suffered under the Nazi rule for more than four years, then calls in to Rotterdam, the first city to experience the full might of German aerial bombing, before arriving Belgium with stops in Bruges and Ghent where guests will learn about the German plundering of European cultural treasures, such as the “Monuments Men.”

Next, the cruise will arrive at the coastal town of Dunkirk, France, then sail on to Calais to visit portions of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and to Dieppe, the location of the ill-fated Allied raid. Finally, guests will reach Normandy and the shores of Omaha Beach, where the Allied nations made their triumphant return to the continent on June 6, 1944, which later came to be known as D-Day.

  • Day 1–5/29/19 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Embarkation)
  • Day 2–5/30/19 — Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Day 3–5/31/19 — Zeebrugge, Belgium
  • Day 4–6/1/19 — Dunkirk and Calais, France
  • Day 5–6/2/19 — Dieppe, Le Havre, France
  • Day 6–6/3/19 — Normandy Beaches, Honfleur, France
  • Day 7–6/4/19 — Normandy Beaches, Honfleur, France
  • Day 8–6/5/19 — Normandy Beaches, Cherbourg, France
  • Day 9–6/6/19 — Normandy Beaches, Cherbourg, France
  • Day 10–6/7/19 — Dover, England (Disembarkation)

About the Ship: While taking in these awe-inspiring landmarks, guests will enjoy luxury amenities, world class talent and special guests aboard the award-winning Seabourn Ovation, which was introduced in May 2018. The intimate vessel and has been exclusively chartered by The National WWII Museum for this once-in-a-lifetime, illuminating journey.

  • Accommodations: The all-new Ovation features 298 suites ranging from 250 square foot Veranda Suites to nearly 1,000 square foot in the Wintergarden Suite.
  • All-inclusive Amenities: Five restaurants, seven lounges and bars, complimentary spirits and wines throughout the cruise, a casino, two outdoor pools and six hot tubs, a luxurious spa and salon, fitness center, sun terrace, water sports marina and more.

Price/Website/Phone: The Seabourn Ovation sails from May 29 — June 7, 2019. More information can be found on the website here, or at 1–877–813–3329 x 257. Prices range from $12,599 — $36,999/person.

REGENT SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR

Itinerary: The 75th D-Day commemoration voyage begins in Amsterdam, which suffered under the Nazi rule for more than four years, then calls in to Rotterdam, the first city to experience the full might of German aerial bombing, before arriving Belgium with stops in Bruges and Ghent where guests will learn about the German plundering of European cultural treasures, such as the “Monuments Men.”

Next, the cruise will arrive at the coastal town of Dunkirk, France, then sail on to Calais to visit portions of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and to Dieppe, the location of the ill-fated Allied raid. Finally, guests will reach Normandy and the shores of Omaha Beach, where the Allied nations made their triumphant return to the continent on June 6, 1944, which later came to be known as D-Day. The cruise concludes with an overnight sailing across the English Channel to Southampton.

  • Day 1–5/30/19 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Embarkation)
  • Day 2–5/31/19 — Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Day 3–6/1/19 — Zeebrugge, Belgium
  • Day 4–6/2/19 — Dunkirk and Calais, France
  • Day 5–6/3/19 — Dieppe, Le Havre, France
  • Day 6–6/4/19 — Normandy Beaches, Honfleur, France
  • Day 7–6/5/19 — Normandy Beaches, Honfleur, France
  • Day 8–6/6/19 — Normandy Beaches, Cherbourg, France
  • Day 9–6/7/19 — Normandy Beaches, Cherbourg, France
  • Day 10–6/8/19 — Southampton, England (Disembarkation)

About the Ship: While taking in these awe-inspiring landmarks, guests will enjoy luxury amenities, world class talent and special guests aboard the award-winning Regent Seven Seas Navigator. The intimate vessel and has been exclusively chartered by The National WWII Museum for this once-in-a-lifetime, illuminating journey.

  • Accommodations: The Seven Seas Navigator features 248 suites ranging from 301 square foot Deluxe Suites to nearly 1,200 square feet in the signature Master Suite.
  • All-inclusive Amenities: Award-winning Canyon Ranch cuisine, L’Occitane product in all suites, five restaurants, complimentary spirits and wines throughout the cruise, two outdoor pools, two whirlpools, a pool bar, library and card room, Canyon Ranch SpaClub, fitness center and more.

Price/Website/Phone: The Seven Seas Navigator sails from May 30 — June 8, 2019. More information can be found on the website here, or at 1–877–813–3329 x 257. Prices range from $12,599 — $36,999/person.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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