Luxury cruise line Cunard plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a special seven-night cruise that will feature talks with six WWII veterans. Sailing aboard the Queen Mary 2 from New York on May 24, 2019, the trip will offer lectures, Q&As and discussions with men who participated in WWII, including two who survived D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Frank Devita and Steven Melnikoff will sail with guests, offering their first-hand experience of D-Day. Devita was 18 when he landed on the Normandy beach as part of the historic amphibious assault. Melnikoff, who is now 99, also stormed the beaches and, during the course of the war, earned three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
Joining Devita and Melnikoff will be four other WWII veterans: Samuel Lindsay Pope, Joseph Reilly, Robert Goldstein and Gregory J. Melikian.
The cruise will include several different talks and discussions, including:
- Normandy: Their Longest Day
- Normandy: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Omaha Beach
- The Dead & Those About to Die: Airborne All the Way
- Beyond the Beachhead: Hill 108 (Purple Heart Hill)
- The Greatest Generation: Their World War II Triumphs
Cunard is offering the D-Day cruise in partnership with The Greatest Generations Foundation. The seven-night cruise will sail from New York to London.