Risks of Resistance: WWII in the Netherlands
Optional 2-Night Pre-Cruise Tour
Tuesday, May 27
On this custom-curated pre-tour, experience the sites significant to the Dutch Resistance. Overcoming the German occupation and the collaboration of the National Socialist Movement (NSB) in the Netherlands, the Dutch Resistance worked to hide Jews, provided information to the Allies, and supported Allied soldiers during Operation MARKET-GARDEN. The Resistance strengthened after a round-up of more than 400 Jews from Amsterdam in February 1941. Hiding and smuggling Jews, Allied soldiers, and other enemies of the Germans proved to be the hallmark of the Resistance. Those who participated did so at the risk of their own lives, as resistors could be shot on sight, never to be seen again, under cover of darkness.
On this two-day tour, visit the Dutch Resistance Museum, the Anne Frank House, and the Dam Square, site of a conflict between Dutch and German military forces as crowds were celebrating liberation on May 7, 1945.View Itinerary
The 75th Anniversary of D-Day:
An Iconic Journey of Remembrance
Wednesday, May 29 - Sunday, June 7
Aboard the Seabourn Ovation from May 29 to June 7, 2019, guests will follow the path of Germany’s conquest of Western Europe and the Allied efforts to wrest control back from the Nazis in a path of liberation. The tour culminates with the successful landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944, and the campaign that followed.View Itinerary
Optional 2-Night Post-Cruise Tour
Saturday, June 7
Churchill’s London takes guests to the Churchill War Rooms, where Churchill and his War Cabinet met. The Map Room has been preserved exactly as it was left on the day the lights were switched off in 1945. St. Paul’s Cathedral was the subject of a photograph called “War’s Greatest Picture” on the front page of the Daily Mail. It was also the site of Churchill’s funeral in 1965. The Imperial War Museum offers a view of the totality of the war, from Churchill’s perspective to the survival of a single family in the Stockwell district of London.
Guests also spend time in Chartwell, Churchill’s family home. The rooms remain as they were, with pictures, books, and personal mementoes. The hillside gardens reflect Churchill’s love of the landscape and nature, including the lakes he created, the kitchen garden, and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter, Mary.View Itinerary