To celebrate National Ferry Fortnight (2nd to 16th March), DFDS are offering up to 40% savings on all Newcastle Amsterdam mini cruises. Book by 20th March to save on a relaxing mini cruise break to Amsterdam, Holland’s amazing capital city.
If you’ve never tried a DFDS Mini Cruise then why not give a 2 night cruise to Amsterdam a try. From just £47 per person you can enjoy two nights on board a DFDS cruise ferry and a day to explore the amazing city of Amsterdam. You can even extend your break in Amsterdam by adding a hotel to enjoying even longer stay in Amsterdam.
Included in the price for all mini cruises
2 nights on-board in en suite cabin
Coach transfers to Amsterdam city centre
Live entertainment on board, as well as access to many restaurants, bars, a cinema and activities for children.
The best thing about a mini cruise is that your short holiday begins as soon as you board the ferry in Newcastle. The alternative 2 night break to Amsterdam would see you travel by plane which includes all the fun of getting to the airport, long security checks, 2 hours on a cramped flight, baggage claim, getting to your hotel, paying for your hotel and then having to it all again on the way back home. With a DFDS seaways mini cruise you can get down to relaxing as soon as you board.
Taking a ferry to Holland is a convenient and relaxing way to travel. Departing from Newcastle at 5pm (UK time), you can then relax and enjoy the great on board facilities available on the DFDS Ship including bars, restaurants, cafes and cinemas as you cruise overnight, arriving in Amsterdam (IJmuiden) in Holland at 09:30 (CET – Amsterdam Time).
The Ferry docks in Ijmuiden at the Holland end, which is just outside Amsterdam and DFDS run buses into Amsterdam centre, which takes about 30 minutes.
If you want to take your car to Europe, then you can use this daily ferry to Holland, sailing overnight from Newcastle to Amsterdam. After a relaxing overnight crossing, you have the freedom of the open road. Head directly into Holland’s capital, Amsterdam, or go off the beaten track and explore the rest of Holland and beyond with your car. With the convenience of taking your own vehicle and no baggage restrictions, taking a ferry to Holland is the relaxing, stress-free way to reach Europe.
The ferry departing from Amsterdam (IJmuiden) back to Newcastle departs Holland at 5.30pm (CET – Amsterdam Time), arriving in England at 9am (UK time) the following day.
The Newcastle to Amsterdam Route is covered by two ships the m.s. King of Scandinavia and the m.s. Princess of Norway. The King of Scandinavia can accommodate over 1,500 people and the Princess of Norway can accommodate over 1,350 people. Both have a excellent wide range of things to see and do on board, with numerous bars, restaurants and shops. Both underwent extensive renovation in 2006 and are a perfect place to relax and unwind on board one of DFDS’s ‘floating hotels’.
We would all love to take our pet on holiday, but it’s not always possible. Budget airlines generally don’t take any pets on-board and the airlines that do allow pets to travel, will require you to check them into the cargo hold, which can be expensive as well as distressing to your pet.
That’s where a ferry holiday with DFDS comes in, their pet travel scheme on their Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route allows you to take your pet on-board. You can leave your pet in your car or caravan overnight as the ferry cruises to Amsterdam, whilst you relax and get some sleep in your en suite cabin.
If your taking your dog with you on holiday, they can also stay in your car, but also have the option of using the on-board kennels that provide a relaxing and stress free way to transport your dog overseas. They will provide maximum comfort to ensure that your dogs travel is as stress free as possible. You can bring your dogs favourite toys, food and blanket.
Dogs, cats and ferrets are welcome to travel under the Defra PETS Pet Travel Scheme. You will need to sort this out before you travel and can take a few months to get sorted if you have not started the application process yet. Before traveling you should check with DFDS if their any further requirements for travel of your pet.
Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils and chinchillas can currently allowed to move between EU countries (including the UK) and into the EU from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican with no requirements with regard to rabies.
When leaving your pet in the car you should make sure they will be comfortable for the whole journey. They should have access to enough ventilation, food and water to see them through the whole journey.
You can take the ferry from Newcastle to Holland, providing easy access to the rest of northern Europe when you sail with DFDS Seaways. By sailing from Newcastle to Europe, you can save yourself on extra miles of driving and the cost of fuel that comes with this, when you continue your onward journey to nearby France, Belgium, Germany or Poland.
If you live in the North of England or Scotland, rather than travelling all the way to the south of England for a ferry from Dover, you can save both the time of an extended journey and fuel costs by taking a short drive to Newcastle for a ferry to Holland. Particularly with the rising cost of fuel in the UK, this is a more cost effective way of travelling to Europe by ferry.
DFDS Seaways operates a daily sailing between Newcastle and Holland, with two modern cruise ferries sailing overnight to the port of Ijmuiden near Amsterdam. The journey lasts around 15 hours, departing at around 5pm each evening, arriving in Ijmuiden at around 9.30am (CET) the following morning.
With the ferry crossing from Newcastle being overnight, you have time to relax and enjoy a good nights sleep in your en-suite cabin before continuing your onward journey the following day. If you are travelling with your car, this means there is less risk of driving whilst tired and will make the journey all the more enjoyable – particularly as northern Europe is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and countryside.
Amsterdam provides an ideal gateway to the rest of northern Europe, with Germany, Belgium, France and Poland all within easy reach, with good quality road and motorway links throughout northern Europe, as well as reliable and affordable rail networks throughout Europe too.
The daily ferry crossing from Newcastle to Amsterdam, can provide an ideal and convenient gateway to Belgium, particularly when travelling from the north of England and Scotland. DFDS Seaways sail every day from the port in North Shields, just outside of Newcastle to Holland where you arrive in the early morning the following day, ready for the short onward journey to Belgium.
Although it is possible to take the ferry from Scotland to Zebrugge in Belgium, the crossing leaving from Rosyth is not daily and has an extended journey time, so the short drive to Newcastle and onward journey from Amsterdam to Belgium can be beneficial and more convenient. The A1 from Edinburgh and A69 from Glasgow all connect with Newcastle within a couple of hours.
The added driving time from the North to other UK ports and the time from Zebrugge to other Belgian cities means it is possible to save both time and fuel costs by travelling on the Newcastle to Amsterdam crossing and travelling onto Belgium.
Many of the major Belgian cities are within easy reach of Holland, mostly within around 3 hours drive, with excellent road links and driving conditions through Holland and Belgium. Because so many of the major towns and cities are within close proximity of one another, it is possible to take in a number of cities within a few days.
Although it is small in size, Belgium is packed with wonderful historic cities and culture – as well as being famed for its quality beer and chocolate. But Belgium has much more beyond chocolate and beer, with major cities such as Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp all attracting huge numbers of visitors every year. There is also a fabulous coastline along the north edge of the country, and there is a large market for holidays in Belgium, particularly at parks from Center Parcs and Sunparks.
The major Belgian cities are packed with fine architecture, with many of its finest buildings listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, including the famous Grand Place in Brussels and throughout the country you will see evidence of the many Gothic churches. In recent years, Belgium has begun to be more welcoming of modern architecture, particularly in the EU quarter of Brussels home to the European Union and its associated large glass buildings.
Many visitors are also attracted to Ypres, which was along the front line between German and Allied troops during WWI and is now the site of a battlefield tour, where visitors can take in the memorials, churches, trenches and peace park.
Belgium is of course renowned for its beer, and a visit to Belgium will demonstrate that it goes much further beyond Stella Artois and other household names. September is a great time to visit Brussels as this is when the famous Brussels Beer Festival is held. Drinking a beer in Belgium is almost an event in itself, almost exclusively sold in bottles, many bars have an array of hundreds of beers each with their own glass designed to enhance the experience.
Visitors with a sweet tooth won’t be able to escape from the aroma of chocolate through the cobbled streets of virtually every Belgian city. The choice of different chocolates is vast, with pralines the real speciality of Belgian producers. Whilst they aren’t cheap, you get what you pay for in the quality, with each chocolate placed in a ‘ballotin’ (small box).
You can book a one way ferry crossing from Newcastle to Holland from £139 when booking with a car plus two passengers with DFDS Seaways. This includes the cost of a standard inside cabin for your crossing, though you can select different grades of cabin when you make your booking; Seaways Inside cabin, Seaview cabin or upgrade to Commodore or Commodore De Luxe/Commodore Plus. Each cabin grade carries a different price rate.
The DFDS Seaways cruise ferries are designed to ensure that your journey from Newcastle to Belgium is as enjoyable as the rest of your break.
Onboard, DFDS Seaways modern cruise ferries you will find a selection of restaurants and cafe’s where you can eat from a la carte or steakhouse menus, a buffet or a snack. There are also a number of bars and a club with live entertainment throughout your journey, including gameshows, quizzes, music and cabaret shows.
As there is no direct ferry crossing from the UK to Germany, the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route operated by DFDS Seaways is an ideal alternative to take the ferry to Germany. Having previously operated crossings from Harwich in the south east of England to Cuxhaven near Hamburg, DFDS closed this route in 2005, so there is no direct passenger ferry from the UK to Germany.
Germany, and many of it’s major towns and cities are within a comfortable few hours drive of Amsterdam, so the Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry crossing is the ideal alternative, particularly as it sails every day from the port in North Shields, on the north east coast.
Germany is a popular destination, and its popularity has continued to grow in recent years, for both short city breaks and for longer holidays too, offering excellent value for money. It is a country made up of many different regions, each with their own identity and charm. Aside from its major cities, Germany is also home to some of Europe’s finest unspoilt countryside and taking the ferry to Germany gives you the ideal opportunity to hit the open road and enjoy the scenery.
After arriving into Amsterdam, crossing over the border into Germany will take you into the rural region of Munsterland, where you will see manor houses and baroque palaces dotted through picturesque villages and countryside.
A country with a rich history and culture, Germany is a country which offers something for everyone. For the outdoors type, the Black Forest with its fairytale like castles and the mountainous Alpine areas of Bavaria are a great choice if you’re looking for an outdoors holiday or break to Germany, where you will find all sorts of activities from walking, sailing and skiing. These breaks are also particularly popular with groups and school trips travelling to Germany.
A country with a rich heritage and culture, there are many places throughout Germany that will provide an insight into the past, including the famous Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Cologne’s Cathedral, which along with the Rhine region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Germany is also famed, and attracts a large number of visitors to, its many festivals and events throughout the year, most notably the Oktoberfest Beer festival in Munich (which has now also extended into events throughout Germany), and the numerous Christmas markets, where towns come to life with lights, colour and stalls selling gifts, food and drink.
The ferry crossing from Newcastle to Amsterdam with DFDS Seaways takes around 16 hours, departing from Newcastle at 5pm and arriving in Ijmuiden early the next morning.
The ferry crossing to Holland is part of your holiday or break, with a whole variety of activities and entertainment to make your journey as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Onboard you’ll find a choice of restaurants and cafe’s serving a la carte, steakhouse, buffet and snack menus. It’s recommended that you book your meals in advance as this will save you money from the onboard prices.
After a meal, you’ll find a selection of bars and a club all serving a choice of beers, wine, spirits, soft drinks and coffee’s. There is also an onboard cinema and casino tables, whilst if you’re travelling with kids there is a ‘Kidz Club’ with activities and facilities for your children to enjoy the crossing too.
Because the crossing is overnight, you will also be given your own en-suite cabin so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep before arriving in Holland and continuing your journey to Germany the next day. Cabins are available in 2 and 4 berth, and grades vary from standard Seaways Inside cabin, Seawview cabin and Commodore, Commodore De Luxe/Commodore Plus cabins.
A ferry crossing from Newcastle to Germany, via Amsterdam in Holland with DFDS Seaways will cost from £139 one way travelling with a car and two passengers in a standard cabin. Prices are flexible, and generally the earlier in advance you book the better chance of getting the lowest price available. There are also often ferry crossing discounts and offers available, so check the DFDS Seaways website for the latest ferry crossing offers.
The DFDS Seaways website also has a handy fuel calculator, so you can estimate the cost of your fuel for the journey, simply by entering your journey distance.
As with much of northern Europe, Germany is served by a reliable high speed rail network, so if you prefer to travel on foot you can connect to major German cities from Holland by rail.
DFDS Seaways has exclusive rail ticket offers from DB Bahn, so you can book your ferry crossing from Newcastle to Amsterdam and a connecting rail ticket to Germany (and elsewhere in Europe) from £19. This is a fast and affordable way to travel through Europe in comfort, a foot passenger price based on 2 sharing with DFDS Seaways is available from £88pp based on 2 sharing a cabin and this also includes transfers from Ijmuiden port to Amsterdam city centre where you can get your train connection.
There is just one airline that flys direct from Newcastle to Amsterdam and that is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Flights from Newcastle International Airport to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport depart daily and flying time is approximately 75 to 90 minutes.
Currently there are 3 flights departing from Newcastle to Amsterdam each day, the 6.05am, the 13.10pm and the 16.45pm and from Amsterdam there are 3 flights making the return journey, the 10am, the 15.20pm and the 21.20pm.
The cost of a return flight varies on availability but prices are currently starting from £109 return including taxes. If you are looking for the cheapest price then it’s best if you are flexible with you travel dates – If you need to travel on a Sunday, Monday or Friday evening, then you will need to book early to get a good price as these are the peak times for business travellers. The cheapest time of day to fly is usually the afternoon flights and the most expensive are the flights first thing in the morning. Though all this is dependant on what days you are travelling.
Over the last 15 years Newcastle airport has grown and expanded to carrying over 5 million passengers per year and the Newcastle to Amsterdam route is their busiest international route carrying approximately 300,000 passengers each year from the north east of England to Holland and back again. For directions to the airport, parking information, transport links and more information, see our guide to Newcastle Airport or visit Newcastle Airport‘s own website.
Whilst Newcastle Airport has grown to a fairly large size in recent years, it is still consider one of the smaller international airports in the UK on the other hand Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one Europe’s largest and busiest, with flights to and from every corner of the globe, only London Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Frankfurt International in Germany and Barajas Airport in Madrid handle more passengers in Europe. For directions to the Schipho, parking information, Amsterdam transport links and more information, see our guide to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or visit the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol website.