Take a detour along the coast to Mont-St.-Michel, an abbey that’s dramatically situated on its own island just off the coast of Normandy. The first structure was built in 708 A.D., with construction continuing for hundreds of years. Pilgrims still scamper across the sands at low tide to reach the Mont—dodging the threat of fast-moving waters.
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This maritime history museum has a handful of fascinating exhibits, including a new one about the Titanic (the ill-fated passenger liner docked in Cherbourg on April 10, 1912). Visitors can also see a warehouse loaded with submarines, as well as an aquarium with more than 1,000 species of tropical fish.
On a hill overlooking Cherbourg, this 19th-century fort was occupied by the Germans during World War II. Today it houses the Musée de la Liberation, a small museum dedicated to the Cherbourg citizens and soldiers who took the garrison back from the Nazis in 1944.
While this particular basilica was built during the 15th century, a church of some sort or other has existed on this site since 435 A.D. The current neo-Gothic structure has well-preserved flying buttresses, a wooden pulpit carved in 1767, and a series of rare bas-reliefs that combine Gothic and Renaissance styles.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.