Two travel firms have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to offer a free trip to more than 300 D-Day veterans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic landings in France this week.
A D-Day 75 Voyage of Remembrance, organised by Arena Travel for the Royal British Legion, departed Dover on Sunday (2 June) on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca, chartered for the occasion.
The veterans, accompanied by carers and family, will visit ports on both sides of the Channel – including Dunkirk – for a series of events before arriving in Le Havre on 6 June to mark D-Day itself.
The sailing has been funded by fines donated to the Royal British Legion following the Libor banking scandal.
Arena, an official travel partner of the Royal British Legion since 2013, contacted Fred Olsen due to the number of veterans it hoped to transport and the inflated cost of hotels in and around Normandy, chairman Declan Treanor told TTG.
To mark the occasion, Boudicca’s livery has been changed to incorporate the Royal British Legion colours.
“This journey has been years in the making and is such a brilliant effort from our team, Fred Olsen and the Royal British Legion,” added Treanor.
“There’s nothing better than being able to help the veterans who gave so much to us. It is going to be an incredibly special occasion.”