The National World War II Museum will sponsor a 10-day trip tied to the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. The cruise aboard the vessel Silver Cloud will start May 30, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, a center of espionage during World War II. It will move along to key sites on the French coast, where on June 6, 1944, Allied troops came ashore.
The cruise will include presentations by journalist Tom Brokaw; Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author Rick Atkinson; author Donald L. Miller; historian and author, Robert M. Citino; Phil Reed, founder of the Churchill Museum in London; Gordon “Nick” Mueller, president and CEO of the National WWII Museum and Dr. Keith Huxen, the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Director of Research and History at the museum.
Participants will visit St. Nazaire on the Brittany coast, a German submarine base during the war. Other stops will include St. Peter Port, where many German military installations remain. The Silver Cloud will then visit the English port of Portsmouth before docking for five nights in the Caen Canal in Normandy.
During the Normandy stopover, daily touring opportunities will be offered to the D-Day invasion landing beaches and other local sites of importance to the invasion.
The group will also take part in ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach and will visit the Utah Beach Museum.
Costs for the cruise vary depending on accommodations. Airfare is not included as part of the cruise package.
More information is available online at http://www.ww2museumtours.org or by calling 877-813-3329, Ext. 257.
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