Travelling with kids

Traveling with children to England or Scotland? You can do that relaxed with DFDS. Our ferries are equipped with all conveniences such as spacious family cabins, the special Kidz 'Club and the tastiest dishes in our restaurants on board. During the crossing you'll be able to enjoy together and arrive fully rested at your destination in England and Scotland.

IJmuiden - Newcastle

Children up to 3 years

Children up to 3 years of age travel for free, provided that no additional bed is required. It is not allowed to bring your own baby beds or camping beds in the cabin. This is due to safety regulations.For Commodore cabins, it is possible to reserve a baby bed in advance. These cabins are more spacious and extra beds won't block the passage.

If you want a baby to have their own bed, it is possible to book a more spacious cabin. We have low bed rails available at the reception on board. This rack can be mounted in front of the mattress and prevents the risk of falling out of bed while sleeping.

Children up to 11 years old

The rates for children on our website apply to children from 4 to 11 years (unless stated otherwise). This rate is based on your own bed on board.

Child discount in restaurants

In the buffet restaurant Explorer's Kitchen , children receive a discount for both dinner and breakfast. The North Sea Bistro à la carte restaurant offers a discount on dinner compared to the adult meal price. Click here for more information about food on board .

Kidz Club

The children will never be bored in the Kidz Club on board with Jack the Pirate. In addition, children's entertainment is organized on board with games, drawing, coloring and paper folding. On board PRINCESS Seaways there will be an employee who speaks English and some Dutch. An employee who speaks English will be on board KING Seaways.

Children traveling with another surname

Parents with a different surname to their children sometimes have problems with checking their personal details at a port. If this is the case, we advise you to complete a form. More information and the application form can be found on the website of This applies to both the IJmuiden - Newcastle route and Dunkirk / Calais - Dover route .

Dunkirk - Dover / Calais - Dover

On the short crossings from Dunkirk - Dover and Calais - Dover, your children will have a great time with the special Kidz 'Clubs. The playing equipment has been specially designed for toddlers to safely go exploring.


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