Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have announced they are proud to working with the Royal British Legion to offer a special ‘Voyage of Remembrance’ for Normandy veterans to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The Royal British Legion have chartered the 880-guest ship Boudicca for the special voyage and upto 300 veterans plus a relative or carer to series of commemorative events in both the UK and France.
Sailing from Dover on 2nd June 2019, Boudicca will head to Dunkirk in France before arriving into Poole and Portsmouth in the south of England for commermorative events. Boudicca will then follow the same route as those involved in the Battle of Normandy, sailing to Le Havre, France on 6th June, exactly 75 years after the D-Day Landings.
Peter Deer, Commercial Director, Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines said:
“We feel honoured to be part of the Royal British Legion’s commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, in what is set to be a very poignant and moving voyage for these veterans and their loved ones. The voyage will follow the same path as the ships involved on this momentous day, and Boudicca will provide a comfortable setting in which to retrace those important steps, which brought peace and reconciliation to mark the Second World War.”
Bob Gamble, The Royal British Legion’s Assistant Director for Commemorative Events stated:
“Seventy five years ago, the largest seaboure invasion force in history set sail for France on a mission to liberate Europe. Alongside their American cousins, nearly 160,000 men from Britain and the Commonwealth landed on the beaches of Normandy. Today, we stand in awe of their achievement and salute their bravery and sacrifice. We invite any of them who wish to attend the events to commemorate their achievements to get in touch with the Legion and join our journey back to Normandy.”
The special voyage will be free for the veterans and their companions and will be funded through the Royal British Legion’s LIBOR grant, in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence and Arena Travel.
For those wishing to join the voyage, they should get in touch with the Royal British Legion to request an application form, which must be completed and returned by 4th February 2019.
Source: Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines