World War One Centenary Cruise

Departs Southampton  •  08th November 2018  •  7 nights
Braemar  •  M1828  •  Prices from £799.00 (cruise only)
Flowers along a canal in the old town of Ghent, Belgium
Flowers along a canal in the old town of Ghent, Belgium
Visit France and Belgium on a very special seven night sailing specifically timed to commemorate the centenary of World War One ending. 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 events, this pretty commune features a number of 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 12th century, UNESCO-listed belfry. 

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

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Itinerary & Port Information

World War One Centenary Cruise
Date
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November 2018
Thu 08
Late PM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

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Fri 09
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Dunkirk
Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Dunkirk is the third largest harbour in France.

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Sat 10
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Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium

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. 

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Sun 11
Late Night
Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium

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. 

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Mon 12
Early AM
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Antwerp
Antwerp

Antwerp

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.

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Tue 13
Early AM
Boulogne Sur Mer, France
Boulogne Sur Mer, France

Boulogne Sur Mer, France

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.
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Wed 14
Late PM
Boulogne Sur Mer, France
Boulogne Sur Mer, France

Boulogne Sur Mer, France

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.
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Thu 15
Early AM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

We offer a range of fantastic cruises from Southampton. Sail to the warmth of the Canaries, the majestic Norwegian Fjords, the wonderful American Deep South or the vibrant cities of the Far East. Wherever you want to visit, we have a cruise for you.

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  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning.
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks.
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, morning coffee with biscuits, and afternoon sandwiches and cakes.
  • Sandwiches and snacks in your room.
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music.
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet.
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym.
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day.
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance).
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point.
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday.

Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours.

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Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

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