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Groups and Conferences

Family and friends

Onboard with family and friends

Something to celebrate or just want to socialise? The journey on our luxury cruise ferry is an unforgettable experience for everyone. Enjoy all the facilities on board and your visit to the center of Newcastle.

Daily crossings

Travel with your vehicle

No baggage restrictions

Excellent onboard facilities

    Endless possibilities and unique extras for the group

    Great entertainment onboard

DFDS ferry to Newcastle from Amsterdam

Day 1


Check-in opens


Depart IJmuiden for Newcastle


Day 2


Arrive in North Shields near Newcastle


First Coach departs for Newcastle city centre


Day at Leisure begins


Coach departs Newcastle for ferry terminal


Depart North Shields for Holland

Explorer's Kitchen breakfast buffet

Day 3


Breakfast buffet available onboard


Arrive in ​IJmuiden

Group night

Return crossing IJmuiden - Newcastle

Your trip starts with a crossing from IJmuiden to Newcastle. You board the luxury cruise ferry and at 5.30 pm then sail towards Newcastle. During the trip you can use the various facilities. After a relaxing crossing, you'll arrive in Newcastle ready to discover the bustling center of the city of Newcastle in a day.

There is also an option to take a guided tour around Newcastle. At the end of the day you will be dropped off at the port by the bus, then the journey back can begin.

Restaurants Onboard

Cabins Onboard

Onboard Experience

Couple smiling

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.

Group of friends on DFDS ferry

Group Trips

Ferry travel is perfect for groups. Travel on one of our packaged short breaks with your friends, your school or even your sports club!

No matter what sort of trip you’re looking for, our dedicated group travel team can help you organise it to give you exactly what you want at a great price.


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.

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