Pearl Seaways

Press Release


Date: 16 July 2019

Prices from £19 per person • Special offers for coach drivers and teachers • No baggage restrictions

Award-winning ferry operator DFDS aims to be the ‘go to’ operator for schools, as heads and their staff plan group trips to the Continent for the next academic year.

Prices start from just £19 per person and crossing options include Dover to Calais or Dunkirk or, for schools and colleges based in the North or Scotland, there is the overnight ‘cruise’ route from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

Groups can travel as foot passengers* or aboard a coach and the DFDS deal includes special offers for coach drivers and teachers, with no baggage restrictions.

Crossing time is just 90 minutes on the Dover-Calais route or two hours from Dover to Dunkirk; crossing time on Newcastle-Amsterdam is 15-16 hours but the ‘sleep over’ in comfortable en suite cabins allows time to arrive refreshed on the Continent next morning.

Colin Fawcus, Head of Sales at DFDS says “Our ferry routes can be gateways to all kinds of academic or cultural expeditions. The destinations might include battlefields or other historic sites, the homes of famous artists, writers and historical figures, or some of the world’s best museums or galleries.

“Our ferries into Calais and Dunkirk can really open up France, Belgium, Germany and Holland for short and longer school breaks or even ski groups to the Alps this winter. The overnight Newcastle-Amsterdam crossing also adds a cinema, live music and, with notice, our Guest Services team can arrange a disco for youth groups. It’s worth remembering how much fun young people will get from being on a voyage with lots of fresh air and stunning sea views.

“Mealtime can also delight. Our Dover to France ships offer a self-service restaurant, fast food restaurant or snack bar, and with vegetarian and children’s options. Groups aboard the Newcastle - Amsterdam ships offer even more, but the groups’ favourite is the ‘Explorer’s Kitchen unlimited world-food buffet’ – not surprisingly, offering dishes from all corners of the globe.”

For more information please call the group travel hotlines: 0871 522 9933 (groups) or 0871 521 1535 (coaches) foot passengers only applicable on the Newcastle - Amsterdam route.


DFDS Press Office 01304 874052

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.


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.