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Newcastle - Amsterdam


Newcastle to Amsterdam mini cruise with car

Our Amsterdam mini cruises are now available with your car. This includes a return crossing to the IJmuiden port plus up to 5 hours to explore Amsterdam and the surroundings. You don’t have to stick to the coach transfers and can enjoy the freedom and flexibly of your own car. Take advantage of our unlimited baggage and shop in our Duty Free shop with savings of up to 50% versus the UK high street.

Change of plans? Our Travel Guarantee offers free rebooking on travel taken before 30 September 2022.

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Travel with your car

Private en suite cabin onboard

Duty Free shopping

No baggage restrictions

    Great dining options

    Enjoy plenty of space onboard

    Travel Guarantee – re-book for free on travel taken before 30 September 2022

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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

Canal in Amsterdam

What to see around Amsterdam

Our Amsterdam Mini Cruise is a great way to enjoy a short break in one of the greatest cities in the world! If you take your own car, you can explore the surroundings of Amsterdam and be amazed of what everything the Netherlands has to offer.

From our port in IJmuiden you can easily access the city Haarlem, the beaches in Zandvoort or if you travel in spring the famous tulip fields in the Keukenhof.

Or what about a shopping trip to the new Amsterdam The Style outlet. Prefer to soak up some culture? Explore the picturesque villages of Old Holland or the majestic windmills at Zaanse Schans.

You will have around 5 hours in the Netherlands before its time to head back to the IJmuiden port for your return crossing.



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Onboard experience

Amsterdam flower markets

Amsterdam Highlights

Amsterdam offers an abundance of attractions and activities, from fascinating cultural experiences and great shopping, to the iconic bicycles and 17th-century canals.

Explore the world famous museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Hermitage and the Rijksmuseum. Take a scenic canal cruise through Amsterdam to see the city in a whole new light.

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.


Championing the Seas!  

We're elated to announce that DFDS has once again retained its title as Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator at the 2024 World Travel Awards.

This accolade wouldn’t have been possible without you, our loyal passengers. Thank you for recognising the hard work of our exceptional team members who are dedicated to ensuring each voyage is as exceptional as the next.

Your ongoing support is the anchor to our success.

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