Mini Cruises

Wildlife Mini Cruise

Mini Cruises

Wildlife Mini Cruise to Amsterdam

ORCA is back! Go on an exciting wildlife Mini Cruise to Amsterdam. Learn more about the marine wildlife and spot dolphins during your crossing between Newcastle and Amsterdam.

From March to September, ORCA offers wildlife watching activities onboard, with the chance for the children to spot dolphins, sea birds and whales in a guided programme led by our ocean conservationists from conservation charity ORCA.

With our mini cruise you enjoy a fully organised trip with 2 nights onboard King Seaways, coach transfer to Amsterdam and unique educational experiences with the wildlife charity ORCA.

* Wildlife watch times on the outside deck are weather dependent and exact times will be announced via loudspeaker.

Mini cruise incl transfers to Amsterdam

Wildlife watch experience with ORCA

King Seaways sailings only

Activities for both children and adults

    Travel with ORCA experts until 23 September from Newcastle

    Educational morning and evening deck watches – important, weather and resource dependent!

    Wildlife presentation on North Sea wildlife with kids activities

    From price is based on a cabin for 2 adults and 2 children incl. bus tickets in Amsterdam

King Seaways Newcastle-Amsterdam

Day 1


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Depart North Shields for Amsterdam


ORCA on deck 7 / front side


Wildlife Watching on Deck 8

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Day 2


Wildlife Watching on Deck 8


Coach departs for Amsterdam City Centre


Ship departs IJmuiden


ORCA on deck 7 / front side


Wildlife Watching on Deck 8

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Day 3


Wildlife Watching on Deck 8


Breakfast available onboard


Arrive in North Shields

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Experience a Wildlife Cruise to Amsterdam

Make your mini cruise to Amsterdam special with a visit to the Wildlife Centre onboard King Seaways.

Join dedicated wildlife watches and head out to the Observation Deck to glimpse some of the exciting species that can be found between Newcastle and Amsterdam.

The watches are a crucial part of ORCA’s research, using ‘citizen science’ to help collect important scientific data from onboard the ship throughout the season. The data helps the conservationists to identify and monitor hotspots for whales and dolphins so that they can be protected for future generations.

Carefree travel with DFDS

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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.

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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.

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