2014 will be a year of wartime anniversaries – the centenary of the Great War and the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Learn about the human cost and the political manoeuvring in wartime on this cruise of remembrance and pilgrimage.
Sail from Dover, which played such a strategic role in both world wars, to Heligoland. This small German island in the North Sea witnessed the first naval engagement of the Great War, which Churchill maintained had 'muzzled' the German navy.
Next stop is Amsterdam, home to the splendid National Maritime Museum and the Anne Frank Museum, for those who want to take advantage of free time in the city.
Sail on to Ostend and visit the Napoleonic fort decorated with murals by soldier Heinrich Otto Pieper while it was a German HQ during the First World War. Do not miss an optional excursion to Ypres to observe the Last Post at the Menin Gate.
Spend the next day in Antwerp before sailing to Dunkirk where 338,000 troops waited on the beaches before being rescued during the evacuation in 1940.
Boulogne is the next port of call with an optional excursion to the Somme battlefields area.
Guest speakers include Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson, National President of the Royal British Legion, and Stephen Prince, Head of the Royal Navy's Historical Branch.
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Eight nights from £1516, departing July 22
Price includes UK mainland travel service, all meals, 24-hour room service, all gratuities, travel insurance, on board entertainment, welcome cocktail party and captain’s dinner.