ORCA onboard Newhaven-Dieppe HERO
Onboard experience

ORCA: observe whales during your holiday

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 Conservationists 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
Sunset onboard Newhaven-Dieppe ferry

Dieppe - Newhaven

Meet Marthe, naturalist guide of 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!

Onboard Experience

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.

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!


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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