Pearl Seaways

Press Release


Date: 15 June 2018

Passengers travelling between Newhaven and Dieppe with DFDS this summer, will now have the chance to take part in on board wildlife watching and interactive conservation talks, led by marine wildlife experts from ORCA.

Continuing DFDS’ partnership with the UK’s leading marine conservation charity – which is now in its 12th year – this will be the first year that nature lovers sailing on the Newhaven-Dieppe route will be able to enjoy the facility across the English Channel.

On board ORCA marine wildlife experts will help passengers spot minke whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoise – all of which can be frequently spotted when crossing the Channel during the summer months. Conservation talks and wildlife-related games will also be on offer to passengers of all ages, at no extra cost.

Naomi Thornton, PR Manager at DFDS says,

“We are thrilled to be able to extend our marine wildlife watching service to passengers on an additional route between the UK and Continental Europe. We’ve had a fantastic 11 years working with the ORCA team on our Newcastle-Amsterdam route and are excited to see their findings across the English Channel this summer.”​

Steve Jones, Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy at ORCA said,

“The entire ORCA team are incredibly excited to be able to build on our partnership with DFDS and reach a whole new audience in the English Channel. We’re looking forward to engaging thousands more passengers this summer as we showcase the wonderful wildlife we can see right on our doorstep.”

The new service is being introduced to Newhaven-Dieppe sailings from 13 June 2018. ORCA experts will be on board every Wednesday to Sunday until 3 August 2018, on select crossings*.

The partnership continues to operate on the North Sea route from Newcastle to Amsterdam, for those sailing on DFDS’ King Seaways ship.

Newhaven to Dieppe crossings start from just £49 for two people each way and £57 for four people each way.


For further press information, please contact: Elsa Findlay / Charlotte Wright / Rachel Sewell / Katie Raby Rooster PR T : +44 (0)20 3440 8930 E :

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.

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