Crystal cruise line commemorates 80th anniversary of D-Day

Crystal cruise line commemorates 80th anniversary of D-Day

Special voyage will trace the path of Allied Forces with insights from special guests 

Crystal has announced a special voyage tracing the path of Allied forces during World War II, marking the 80th anniversary year of D-Day. 

The immersive sailing on board the elegant Crystal Symphony (pictured), from 18 to 26 September 2024, brings together a remarkable group of special guests and lecturers, offering insights into one of the most significant events in modern history.

Departing from Dover, England, guests will embark on an eight-night voyage, following in the footsteps of the brave men and women who shaped the course of the war. 

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The itinerary includes stops in Ijmuiden, just 17 miles from Amsterdam, during the 80th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. The journey continues to Zeebrugge, Belgium, with an optional tour to Dunkirk, before arriving in Rouen, France for three days, where guests also have the option to explore the D-Day landing sites of Normandy.

Special guests and lecturers include:

  • Dr Erica Miller: International best-selling author and Holocaust survivor Dr Miller will provide a compelling narrative of her journey from her childhood in Romania to life under a brutal Nazi regime and eventual immigration to America.
  • George Luz Jr: Luz will share captivating stories about his father and other members of Easy Company, which parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. George’s presentation, titled Through My Father’s Eyes, includes personal photos, letters, and rare audio of the men featured in Stephen E Ambrose’s book. He was portrayed by Rick Gomez in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
  • Commander Robert E Bradshaw: Commander Bradshaw (ret), a respected Navy Chaplain with a distinguished military career spanning nearly four decades, will offer insights into his service and experiences with various military units, including deployments to conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

A&K Travel Group CEO Cristina Levis said: "While we recognise that the sailing isn’t on the exact anniversary, 6 June, we are proud to join several others celebrating this esteemed anniversary around the world over the course of 2024. 

"Remembering the heroes of D-Day and observing their sacrifices is an honour for Crystal. We are committed to providing guests with an immersive and meaningful experience that pays tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who fought for freedom."

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