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Mini Cruises

Wildlife Mini Cruise


ORCA is making a splash in 2024! Get ready for an exciting wildlife adventure on our mini cruise to Amsterdam, and discover the captivating marine life along the journey.

From April to October, ORCA wildlife charity offers guided programmes led by ocean conservationists - where you have the chance to spot playful dolphins, elegant whales, and adorable porpoises. This year, both our magnificent ships, King Seaways and Princess Seaways, offer an exclusive ORCA experience!

As you embark on this journey, consider making a difference by donating £5-£10 to ORCA when booking – supporting ORCA’s invaluable conservation work.

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

Wildlife watch experience with ORCA

Discover vibrant Amsterdam

Activities for both children and adults

Return coach transfers to Amsterdam

    Restaurants, Bars and Duty-Free-Shop onboard, where you can save up to 50% vs the high street

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

    Wildlife presentation on North Sea wildlife with fun activities for kids

King Seaways Newcastle-Amsterdam

Day 1


Check-in opens


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Depart North Shields for Amsterdam


ORCA on deck


Wildlife Watching

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Day 2


Wildlife Watching


Coach departs for Amsterdam City Centre


Ship departs IJmuiden


ORCA on deck


Wildlife Watching

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Day 3


Wildlife Watching


Breakfast available onboard


Arrive in North Shields

Experience a Wildlife Cruise to Amsterdam

During your sailing you will meet our Ocean Conservationists Alex or Eilidh for a chat about marine life, sustainability and conservation, along with a tour of our Wildlife Lounge.

Join dedicated wildlife watches out on the Observation Deck in the mornings and evenings to glimpse some of the exciting species that can be found between Newcastle and Amsterdam. On the Dutch coast, sightings of harbour porpoises are very common, so watch out for these as the ship approaches the port in IJmuiden!

Our coach will also take you to the centre of Amsterdam and back to the port, so you can enjoy an unforgettable day in the Dutch capital.

ORCA will be expecting you on your return journey, and it is possible that a pod of playful bottlenose dolphins will welcome you back when the ship reaches the UK coast again. With luck, a shy minke whale might also make an appearance!

Walkthrough Intro

 I-Spy at sea with ORCA

ORCA have now made their data collection app OceanWatchers available to everyone! Explore the app's I-Spy at sea function, learn about the wildlife across our DFDS routes, and record your own sightings while onboard. At the end of your sailing, you might find yourself wanting to become a trained OceanWatcher yourself. Find out more about I-Spy at sea!

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Entertainment onboard



Amsterdam flower markets

Amsterdam Highlights

Amsterdam is a city full of life and energy, especially during the summer. With so much to see and do, a day in Amsterdam can be truly inspiring.

Take a stroll through the colourful streets of Jordaan or explore the historical landmarks of the city centre. Rent a bicycle and ride along the scenic canals, stopping at cafes and restaurants for a taste of local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene by visiting museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

And if you're looking for some relaxation, take a picnic to Vondelpark and soak in the sun. Whatever your interests may be, Amsterdam offers endless possibilities for a memorable day!

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Your package is protected

DFDS packages are protected by ABTOT so you can book with confidence and plan your holiday with peace of mind.

  • ABTOT provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for DFDS A/S in the event of the company’s insolvency.
  • ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if transportation was included in your package booked directly with DFDS A/S.

Read more about ABTOT in section 19 of our booking conditions.


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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