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D-Day 70th Anniversary Cruise
A century after the Great War began, and on the exact anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Occupied Europe, an event that led to the end of the Second World War, join Marco Polo on a very special cruise visiting the places associated with the two conflicts.
- Six nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, 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 and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
Make your way to Tilbury for embarkation and this evening's sailing.
Days Two and Three
Today we'll arrive in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Shore excursions will include visits to the sites of WWI battles on the Somme and Ypres Salient. See Poperinge and Passchendaele, visit the informative In Flanders Fields and Historial de la Grande Guerre museums and Ypres' poignant Menin Gate. There will also be visits to the Dunkirk beaches and the rocket emplacements from which the terrifying 'doodle-bugs' were launched.
This morning, you'll arrive in historic maritime Portsmouth, nerve centre of Operation Overlord and departure point for tens of thousands of Allied troops early in the morning of 6th June 1944. Visit the fascinating D-Day Museum, with its Operation Overlord Embroidery, and join other optional excursions that will bring this city and its wealth of maritime heritage to life.
Today, Marco Polo joins the fleet of craft sailing off the coast of Normandy, commemorating the events of D-Day. Later, she will tie up in Honfleur, a short distance from where the invasion's first shots were fired at Pegasus Bridge. A ceremony in memory of those who lost their lives on D-Day and in its aftermath will be held on board.
A final day of commemoration sees Marco Polo arrive in Cherbourg, at the head of the Cotentin peninsula and within reach of the invasion beaches themselves. There will be excursions to the Allied Landing areas and to the D-Day Museum at Arromanches, which overlooks the last remaining pieces of the famous 'Mulberry Harbour'. Enjoy a last evening on board as you return across the Channel once again.
Marco Polo returns to Tilbury, this morning, at the end of a fascinating few days.
MV Marco Polo
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.
Fully stabilised and air-conditioned, 'Marco Polo' boasts eight passenger decks, which are serviced by four lifts and three wide stairwells. Out on deck a vast amount of space ensures plenty of viewing opportunities when cruising through scenic waters, and more-than-ample room for sunbathers to top up their tans, while belowdecks you'll find facilities to cater to all your cruising pleasures by day and night. In addition to the comfortable lounges and bars, beautiful main dining room and light and airy bistro there's a shopping arcade, a library, a card room and an internet room. The Spa, Beauty and Fitness Centre spoils the body-conscious with a gym, a hair and beauty salon, a table-tennis room, a massage and sauna area, and even deck-top Jacuzzis.'Marco Polo"s 15 categories of cabins and suites all offer private facilities with showers or bath/showers, TV with satellite, 'view from the bridge' and in-house movie channels, telephones, hairdryers and personal safes. Cabins have a variety of twin and double beds, with upper berths for third and fourth sharing passengers. Outside cabins offer porthole or larger windows. Your cabin will be looked after your steward/stewardess and housekeeper, who will ensure that beds are made, towels are changed and toiletries replenished. All cabins feature 110v and 220v current and have an electrical socket. Even in the most economical cabins, the standard features are impressive.