ORCA onboard Newhaven-Dieppe
Onboard experience

ORCA: observe whales during your hol

What is Orca?

For many years, from the end of March to September, we welcome ORCA volunteers aboard our ferries. What is their mission? These Ocean Conservationist look after the animals that inhabit the North Sea and English Channel. One of their missions on board is to observe the different marine animals, like dolphins, whales and gannets. By listing the areas where these species live, volunteers can, in collaboration with the relevant authorities, take measures to protect them.

Children enjoying Orca onboard Newhaven-Dieppe ferry
Newhaven-Dieppe ferry
Sunset onboard Newhaven-Dieppe ferry

Newhaven - Dieppe

Meet Marthe, ocean conservationist with the ORCA association, from Wednesday to Sunday from May 11 to September 12 on our Dieppe-Newhaven ferries.

Presentations, animations, discussions and observations: she is eager to share her knowledge with you!

Play our game to see what marine life you could spot with ORCA and DFDS.

Onboard Experience

Family on deck at sunset


With 4 routes to the UK, you can take your pick of ferry crossings to England.

Plus, there are always great savings to be made on our crossings and short breaks.

ORCA watching

Onboard experience with ORCA

Come and join us on a Dieppe-Newhaven or Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry and take part in our observation workshops or even join us for a wildlife mini cruise to Amsterdam. Hop onboard to join in with whale & dolphin watching among many more species, and see the magic of the sea for yourself!

In addition to Ocean Conservationists, we have Marine Surveyors onboard our Amsterdam-Newcastle, Dieppe-Newhaven and Dover-Calais routes from March until November. These volunteer surveyors do essential work which helps protect the marine wildlife inhabiting the North Sea and the English Channel. They observe the sealife and obtain essential data which contributes to maintaining safe habitats for whales and dolphins.

Nominee for Europes Leading Ferry Operator 2023

Behind Every Journey

We are proud to have been nominated as Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2023 by the World Travel Awards.  

This year, we’re taking a moment to celebrate and recognise the reasons why we continue to get nominated – and win this award – year after year… the amazing people behind every journey.  

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