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Minicruise To Amsterdam

If you are craving a short break, a mini cruise to Amsterdam is perfect. You can spend the afternoon in one of Amsterdam parks, browse the world’s only floating flower market or or celebrate with your friends in Amsterdam. If you’re looking to soak up some culture, why not visit one of the many famous museums in the city?

Our popular minicruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam includes the return journey on our ferry and bus transfer to city centre and back.

Don't miss out, this offer is only available until 17 July 2022.

Return coach transfers to Amsterdam

Private en suite cabins

Delicious onboard dining

Discover vibrant Amsterdam

    Excellent facilities onboard

    Save up to 50% vs UK high street on Duty Free Shopping onboard

    Starting prices valid for 2 person inside cabin.

DFDS ferry to Newcastle from Amsterdam

Day 1


Check-in opens


Check-in closes


Depart North Shields for Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal

Day 2


Arrive in IJmuiden, Holland


Coach departs for Amsterdam city centre


Coach departs Amsterdam for IJmuiden terminal


Ship departs IJmuiden

Explorer's Kitchen breakfast buffet

Day 3


Breakfast available onboard


Arrive in North Shields

Onboard DFDS ferry

Mini Cruise to Amsterdam – what to expect

Step onboard your crossing to Amsterdam and be prepared to relax. Indulge in some shopping, sample some delicious cuisine in our choice of restaurants, sit back with a drink and enjoy some live entertainment in our bars and onboard club.

Following a peaceful sleep in your en suite cabin, you’ll arrive at our port in Ijmuiden and hop on to a bus transfer to Amsterdam to enjoy up to 5 hours in the Dutch capital before heading back onboard for your return crossing.

Book early to secure weekend dates!

Terms and conditions

  • Booking period: now to 17 July 2022
  • Travel Period: now to 31 December 2022 / exclusion dates for July and August 2022
  • From price based on 2-person inside cabin. Surcharge applies for other cabins. 
  • Valid for new bookings only and not in combination with other promotions/discounts.
  • Offer is subject to product availability.

Our restaurants

Cabins Onboard

Onboard experience

Amsterdam in bloom
Anne Frank House
Madame Tussaud, Amsterdam

New Year Travel

Amsterdam is the ideal destination for a trip away with family or friends and if you visit in spring you can see it bloom once more. Enjoy the milder weather on a canal cruise and explore the city via its famous waterways. Visit the many museums in the city where you can find world famous art, the historical hiding place of Anne Frank and even a cheese museum. For the kids Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and Madame Tussauds provide plenty of fun and why not pop by the floating flower market to see the famous Dutch blossoms before returning home?

Couple visiting Amsterdam

All DFDS Mini Cruises

Our mini cruise breaks are our most popular breaks, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do you get to spend time in a fantastic city, but you’ll also be treated to 2 nights onboard our modern, comfortable and well-equipped cruise ferries.

Our mini cruises are the perfect combination of a short city break and a cruise experience.

WTA Winner 2022

Award Winning Ferry Crossings

We are proud to have been voted World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2022 at this year’s World Travel Awards for the 12th year in a row! We have also won Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2022 and World’s Best Ferry Operator Website 2021-2022.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and voted for us for over 12 years. Let’s sail the seas together with world class service!

Prices are subject to availability. Telephone booking fees apply. Terms and conditions apply.