Great Escapes with Ambassador Cruise Line to mark 80th Anniversary of D-Day

As new movie starring Michael Caine as WWII veteran Bernard ‘Bernie’ Jordan is released, Premium Value Cruise Line reveals details of two very special June 2024 itineraries

The Great Escaper, a new film based on the true adventures of Bernard ‘Bernie’ Jordan is coming to screens today, starring Sir Michael Caine in the title role and, in her last screen role, Glenda Jackson as his wife, Irene. Telling the story of the 89-year-old Royal Navy veteran who, in June 2014, sparked a frantic police search after disappearing from his nursing home – who was later found alongside fellow veterans in Normandy attending the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations.

A play inspired by these real-life events will feature on two very special itineraries from Ambassador Cruise Line that will offer great escapes of a different kind to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

In June 2024, both Ambassador ships - Ambition and Ambience – will sail in tandem to the Normandy coast to mark this historic event, and ‘Le Grand Retour’ is set to be a highlight of the entertainment offering that will feature on each ship’s itinerary. Written by award-winning playwright Alan Stockdill, ‘Le Grand Retour’ is set in 1994. With the 50th anniversary of D Day looming, this gentle comedy tells the story of three residents of a nursing home determined to break out and rejoin old comrades on the Normandy beaches. But how will they escape… and what will happen along the way?

Guests looking to find out what happens next to Tommy, Alf and Edwin can book a place now on one of the very special itineraries offered by the premium value, no fly operator. The six-day D-Day Anniversary Voyage on board Ambition, departing Bristol Royal Portbury on 2 June, will take in ports of call along Britain’s south coast and France (St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Le Havre, St. Mary’s off the coast of Cornwall). The 13-night Round Britain D-Day Anniversary Voyage on board Ambience departs on 4 June 2024 from London Tilbury, calling at Anglesey, the Isles of Scilly and Orkney, Honfleur and Cobh in Ireland.

Both ships will sail towards the coast of Normandy in tandem on June 6, home to the five beaches codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, which played a pivotal role in the events that took place on that day in 1944. A day at anchor off the coast will allow guests on both ships to reflect and pay their respects exactly 80 years on from when almost 133,000 allied troops were deployed to free France from German occupation in WWII, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict.

In addition to Le Grand Retour, guests onboard both ships can look forward to enjoying Ambassador’s exceptional service, outstanding cuisine and amazing entertainment while onboard, and also get to hear from some very special guest speakers that will also join travellers on each of the sailings.

Additional features of each sailing include:

•       Special Lunch Menu

•       Themed Vignettes

•       Great British Deck Party with special afternoon Tea

•       Remembrance services

•       Information screens with facts & figures

•       Information sheets in the days leading up to D-Day 

•       Special commemorative pin badge


SHIP: Ambience

DEPARTS: London Tilbury

SETS SAIL: 4 June, 2023

DURATION: 13 nights

Commemorate D-Day’s 80th anniversary by sailing to where it began.

From £1,339 per person including a 35% Saver discount + 50% OFF second guest*


SHIP: Ambition

DEPARTS: Bristol Royal Portbury

SETS SAIL: 2 June, 2024

DURATION: 6 nights

Commemorate D-Day with a shorter sail around Britain’s south coast and France.

From £799 per person including a 20% Saver discount + 50% OFF second guest*

To find out more about Ambassador Cruise Line’s D-Day sailings, visit www.ambassadorcruiseline.com or call 0808 1028701.



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* Autumn Campaign Offers - Terms and Conditions

Full T&C’s available on our website ambassadorcruiseline.com. All offers are available on new bookings made from up to and including 25 October 2023, closing at 23.59. All offers are capacity controlled and subject to availability and may be withdrawn without notice at any time. 50% off second guest/Buy One Get One Half Price offer applies to any Ambience sailing departing before 24/04/2025 and any Ambition sailing departing between before 25/04/2025, applicable on all twin grade only. Promotion is structured as first guest paying full saver fare and second guest, who is sharing same cabin, at half the price. Please note this promotion is not applicable to individual sectors on Ambience’s Grand Round the World 2024 sailing, any festive/in port events or any booking made outside of the above dates and is only applicable to the lead booked guest and secondary guest in each cabin over the age of 18 and is not applicable to any 3rd/4th berth guest, or any child under 18 travelling. Ambassador Cruise Line is a trading name of Ambassador Cruise Holidays Limited. Ambassador Cruise Holidays Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 13299365.

About Ambassador Cruise Line

Ambassador Cruise Line launched in 2021, offering premium-value, no-fly cruises to the UK market. Based in Purfleet, Essex, Ambassador provides authentic adult-only experiences combined with a selection of multi-generational itineraries to multiple destinations including the Nordics, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Africa. The cruise line’s first ship, Ambience, entered the fleet in May 2022, operating from her home port of London Tilbury. From the 2023/24 season, guests will sail onboard Ambience as well as Ambassador’s second ship, Ambition, which joined the fleet in May 2023.

Ambassador’s extremely experienced management team is led by Chief Executive Officer, Christian Verhounig, and its principal shareholder is Njord Partners LLP, London. Ambassador is a member of ABTA, the UK’s leading travel trade association widely acknowledged as the mark of trust and reassurance associated with travel brands. Consumer funds are protected by means of a financial failure insurance policy managed by TMU Management Limited and underwritten by Accelerant Insurance Europe SA, who are regulated by the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA 3193). The scheme is fully compliant with the Package Travel and Linked Arrangements Regulations 2018. For more information, visit www.ambassadorcruiseline.com