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Mini Cruises

Wildlife Mini Cruise


ORCA is back! Embark on an exciting wildlife Mini Cruise to Amsterdam and discover the captivating marine wildlife along the way.

From March to September, ORCA wildlife charity offers guided programmes led by ocean conservationists - where you have the chance to spot playful dolphins, elegant whales, and adorable porpoises!

With our fully organised Newcastle-Amsterdam mini cruise, you'll get to spend two exciting nights onboard King Seaways, with a coach transfer to the city centre and unique educational experiences with 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

Overnight sailings on King Seaways

Activities for both children and adults

    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

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

King Seaways Newcastle-Amsterdam

Day 1


Check-in opens


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Depart North Shields for Amsterdam


ORCA on deck


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Day 2


Wildlife Watching


Coach departs for Amsterdam City Centre


Ship departs IJmuiden


ORCA on deck


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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 Mathilde and Nina for a chat about marine life and conservation along with a tour of our Wildlife Lounge.

You will 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 tiny harbour porpoises are very common, so watch out for these as you notice the ship approach the port in IJmuiden.

Our coach will 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, the shy minke whale might also make an appearance.

Entertainment onboard



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.


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.