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#1
sarasota,fl
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Joined Aug 2010
We have done about 10 HAL cruises-all were great . We are on the Rotterdam in May and would like to know about shore excursions for Cherebourg France. The offerings from Hal all look rather boring--any advice ?
islandman
#2
219 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Just wondering if you read the same excursions that I can find on the HAL website? Three that immediately jump out are Mont St Michel, the D-Day beaches and Bayeux. I've spent a considerable about of time in Normandy and Brittany, but never a lot of time in Cherbourg - it's simply a place to catch the ferry back to the UK. Normandy is full of good food and beautiful little villages and a crazy concentration of history - go forth and explore!
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Ontario, Canada
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Joined Apr 2002
Islandman............I notice you are new to Cruise Critic, so Welcome aboard. You will find a lot of information exchange between the very helpful members. Perhaps you are not aware of Roll Calls which can be found on this board. People sailing on the same ship and date will meet on board and also plan excursions together. The Roll Call for your sailing can be found at this link: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...132505&page=54
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#5
San Antonio, Texas
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Joined Feb 2006
We were in Cherbourg last year and book a private tour to the Normandy beaches. Being retired military, it was quite an experience. We had several stops at significant points of interest including the small Church were two American medics treated and aided numerous injuries and casualties during the first days of the invasion. If interested, do a search for "Overlord" tours. It cost about $100 per person and was limited to seven people. I would take this excursion again should I return.

Cheers, Slim
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#6
373 Posts
Joined May 2005
If you haven't visited Mt. St. Michel, it is wonderful in my opinion as are Honfleur and the town with the Bayeux Tapestry.