Dunkirk & World War One Centenary Cruise
Join Braemar on this historical cruise to Dunkirk, site of the famous WW2 battle, and the WW1 battlefields of France and Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.
Departing from Southampton this 7 night cruise visits Dunkirk in France before calling at Ghent in Belgium for an overnight stay. The cruise continues to Antwerp in Belgium before an overnight in Boulogne Sur Mer in France and returning to Southampton.
Visit France and Belgium on a very special seven night sailing specifically timed to commemorate the centenary of World War One ending. These historic nations played a vital role in ‘The Great War’ and each destination on this emotive itinerary has been included to offer you opportunities to pay your respects to the fallen at infamous battlefields, fascinating museums and iconic memorials.
After a short sail along the English Channel from Southampton, Braemar will call first into Dunkirk. As the site of one of World War Two’s most famous battles, this pretty commune features a number of fascinating museums offering an in-depth look into French wartime history. Situated close to Belgium, Dunkirk is also ideally placed for tours to Ypres, which was reduced to rubble in World War One. Perhaps cross the border and visit the Great War battlefields; take a moment at the Menin Gate Memorial, where the Last Post is played every evening as a mark of respect; and learn about Belgium’s role in World War One at the superb In Flanders Fields Museum. Ypres is also within reach of Ghent, while Mons – a major World War One battleground and the site where the first WWI Victoria Crosses were handed out – and the Belgian capital are short journeys away too. You’ll dock in Ghent for a full day on 11th November, offering you the chance to head to Brussels and be part of the annual Remembrance Sunday commemoration.
It’s also possible to tour to Brussels from Antwerp, although if you’re prepared to venture slightly further afield it’s well worth heading to Liège. This historic city is where the opening engagement between the Germans and Belgians in World War One took place and the ruined Fort de Loncin – the only fort not to surrender to the German advances – is a must-visit. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay in pretty Antwerp, be sure to wander the pretty cobbled streets and take in the magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the legendary diamond district and the abundance of chocolate shops. Returning to France, Braemar’s final stop is Boulogne-sur-Mer, the closest port to the Somme and the exceptional Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Thiepval features a fascinating visitor centre and museum dedicated to remembering the brave soldiers that lost their lives in the fierce battles of the Somme. Within Boulogne there’s much to discover too, including the gothic church of St Nicholas, the medieval castle and the 12thcentury, UNESCO-listed castle.
- Return flights from Dublin to Southampton, UK
- Return Transfers
- 7 nights accommodation aboard 4* Fred. Olsen Braemar based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
- Fine Dining on a Full Board basis
- All on board entertainment
- Taxes and one check in bag of 20kg per person
Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the port to board the 4* Braemar to settle in before you set sail for Dunkirk.
Dunkirk is the third largest harbour in France.
Its 2 main tourist attractions are The Musée Portuaire displaying exhibits of images about the history and presence of the port and The Musée des Beaux-Arts which has a large collection of Flemish, Italian and French paintings and sculptures.
Ghent is often described as Europe’s best kept secret. Quiet, yet vibrant; historic, yet contemporary, this beautiful Belgian city is brimming with culture and packed with sights and attractions.
Relatively small, Ghent is easy to explore either on foot or via the tram, and many of the city’s most famous sites are within a short distance of each other. Highlights include the Castle of the Counts, the superb St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Schelde Gothic-style St Nicholas’ Church –one of Ghent’s oldest and most iconic landmarks – and the UNESCO-listed 91-metre-high Belfry, which is the tallest in Belgium.
With over 80% of the world’s rough diamonds passing through the city’s famous diamond district at some point, Antwerp is renowned for it’s charm and sparkle. However, there’s a lot more to this fine city than precious stones – it’s home to plenty of other gems to discover and enjoy too.
Based on France’s most northerly point, Boulogne features a 19th century cathedral, which was built as a replacement to its predecessor, destroyed during the revolution. The Belfry, built during the 12th century, surely is a sight not to be missed. Listed as a World Heritage Site its presence has played a large part in the history of the town. Stepping away from architecture, Boulogne is also home to the Nausicaa Marine Centre, which imparts valuable knowledge on pollution and over-fishing in the sea.
Following your arrival in Southampton, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Ireland.
4* Fred. Olsen Braemar Cruise Ship
A five-deck atrium creates a very light, spacious and airy interior, giving Braemar a very modern feel, while still maintaining the relaxing atmosphere for which Fred. Olsen’s vessels are renowned. Cascading decks at the stern give plenty of room for taking in the air and enjoying the sunshine. Stylish public rooms feature polished wood and gleaming brass, subtle lighting and luxurious fabrics.
Refitted in 2008 and carrying around 900 passengers, the 24,000 tonne Braemar has more then 80 passenger cabins and suites with balconies. Facilities include the comfortable Morning Light Pub and Observatory Lounge, which enjoys spectacular views over the bow – just the places to enjoy a pre dinner drink.
For fine food there is the Thistle Restaurant on the main deck, while on Marquee Deck the Grampian Restaurant offers a more intimate atmosphere in a formal setting. Informal dining is available in Palms Cafe.
During special-interest cruises, activities are available in the Arts and Crafts Room. Two open-air swimming pools, separated by open air jacuzzis on Marquee Deck, together with a Children’s Pool and poolside bar will help you get the most from your time on board.
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 15% per person
- 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
- Optional Insurance prices on request (conditions apply)
- Drinks packages available to prebook – only €18 per person per night
- Gratuities not included and are paid on board
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.