Pearl Seaways

Press Release


Date: 19 February 2018

Ferry operator DF​DS​ will refresh its restaurants on the Newcastle to Amsterdam route, as part of extensive plans to improve customer dining choices while also lowering the price - with up to 34% savings on pre-booked meals.

The new restaurants will launch on King Seaways and Princess Seaways from 26 January 2018.

Pete Akerman, Marketing Director for DFDS, commented: “We’ve taken the feedback from our customers and have adjusted our on board offering to reflect new catering concepts that we feel will meet and exceed their needs.”

He added: “The pop-up restaurant trial in 2017 in particular was a great test of the water through a diverse and changing menu. We’ve taken inspiration from the trial in order to propel our menu choice forward, and believe our customers will enjoy our new eateries as they travel on our Newcastle - Amsterdam route.”

The Explorer’s Kitchen will see improved buffet breakfast and dinner options include an international selection from America to the Mediterranean, the Far East and India. Meals can be pre-booked at just £9 for breakfast / £18 for a buffet dinner for adults and £6.30 / £13.50 respectively for children aged 4-11. Children under three years-old can dine for free.

On offer in the Explorer’s Kitchen, guests will find salmon and crème cheese rolls, duck rilette, veal schnitzel and puff pastry baked fish, as well as Greek meatballs, Chicken tagine, paella, calamari and Chicago deep-pan pizza amongst many other international dishes. Vegan options will include red lentil dahl, root vegetable tartin and vegetable korma.

Meanwhile, the North Sea Bistro is to provide an à-la-carte fine dining option for customers with pre-booked two course meals priced at £31.50 for adults and £18 for children. The restaurant will replace DFDS’ Blue Riband restaurant and will place an emphasis on seasonal food quality and fresh ingredients. Sommelier-trained waiters will also be on hand to recommend wine from an extensive global selection.

For refreshments, the new Coffee Crew will replace the Lighthouse Café, with Starbucks-trained baristas offering fresh Starbucks coffee, tea, hot chocolate and frappuccinos, plus an extensive range of cakes, biscuits and sweet treats. The Coffee Crew will sit by the children’s play area, allowing families to enjoy the trip together comfortably in one place.


For further press information, please contact: Alex Fenton / Rachel Sewell / Katie Raby / Stuart Fyfe Rooster PR T : +44 (0)20 3440 8930 E :

About DFDS:

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for eight years running (2012-2019), as well as the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last seven years (2011-18).

DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.

For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, click here.


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We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted and supported us.