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DFDS Seaways Ferry Festive Getaways

DFDS Seaways Ferry Festive Getaways

With no luggage restrictions, fantastic restaurants and live music, DFDS Seaways offers a ferry good way to get into the festive spirit. Shop till you drop at Europe’s best Christmas markets or celebrate Yuletide in style on a festive short break. Look no further for the ultimate New Year’s Eve party, or if you fancy a festive day out why not check out the Dick Whittington panto held onboard ship while in port.

Once on board, your break begins. Check in to your en-suite cabin and browse the shops, feast in one of the delicious restaurants, enjoy drinks at the bar, watch some live entertainment or wrap up warm and take a stroll on deck to breathe in the fresh sea air.

And with the DFDS Seaways deposit scheme, you can pay 25% now and the remainder 60 days before departure. The deposit scheme is available for all Christmas Market breaks, as well as the New Year’s Eve Gala Mini Cruise.


New Year's Eve Gala Mini Cruise

New Year's Eve Gala mini cruise to Amsterdam: 2 nights from £149pp - departs Newcastle

Welcome in the New Year while cruising the ocean waves. Departing Newcastle on 30 December, you will arrive into Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve for a day exploring this picturesque city. Arrive back at the ship in plenty of time to dress up for an evening of fine food, live music and merriment. Tuck into a delicious buffet then enjoy the special entertainment and dance the night away to the live band. At midnight enjoy a toast to 2013 with your fellow passengers and crew.

Standard package from £149pp includes: 2 nights in a standard en suite cabin, Gala buffet dinner on New Year’s Eve with drink, breakfast on return crossing and return coach transfers to Amsterdam.

Superior and De Luxe packages are also available with cabin upgrades and enhanced meal packages – see www.dfds.co.uk/festive for details.


Christmas Markets

Hamelin: 4 nights from £303pp - departs Newcastle

This legendary medieval town transforms into an enchanting wonderland. The market takes place in the picturesque old quarter with over 70 decorated wooden stalls as well as a Nativity scene with real animals and a giant advent calendar.

Departs Newcastle: 1, 8 & 15 Dec 2012. From £289pp based on 2 sharing an en suite cabin. Includes 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4-star Mercure Hotel Hamelin and coach transfers to and from your hotel in Hamelin.

Cologne: 4 nights from £283pp - departs Newcastle

This magical city has eight different festive markets for you to explore including its largest market set against the backdrop of the Cathedral; boasting the tallest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, an outdoor skating rink and more than 160 decorated stalls it won’t fail to get you in the festive spirit.

Departs Newcastle: 1, 6, 13 & 15 Dec 2012. Prices from £283pp based on 2 sharing an en suite cabin. Includes 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4-star Marriott Cologne and coach transfers to and from Cologne.

Bruges: 4 nights from £223pp - departs Newcastle

Enjoy the charm of this medieval city and wander along cobbled streets, alongside the canals or sit back and relax in a horse drawn carriage and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere. The main square hosts a Christmas market with speciality chocolate stalls, handmade decorations and an open air ice rink.

Departs Newcastle: 1, 8 & 15 Dec 2012. Prices from £223pp include 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 3-star Novotel Brugge Centrum and coach transfers to and from Bruges.

Brussels: 4 nights from £203pp - departs Newcastle

Place St Catherine with its iconic church provides a magnificent backdrop for this market made up of more than 240 wooden market stalls. With street entertainment, an outdoor ice rink, live music and a giant magic roundabout, it’s the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a Gluwein from one of the stalls.

Departs Newcastle: 7 December. From £203pp based on 2 sharing an en suite cabin. Includes 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 3-star hotel Ibis Brussels Centre STE Catherine and coach transfers to and from the city centre.

Copenhagen: 4 night self-drive from £241pp - departs Harwich

Copenhagen’s Christmas markets are set in Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks creating a magical atmosphere. With an outdoor ice rink, sparkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas stalls selling traditional Danish gifts as well as the park’s traditional rides, this is the perfect Yuletide getaway.

Departs Harwich: 2 or 3 times a week throughout November and December. From £229pp based on 2 sharing an en suite cabin. Includes 2 nights onboard ship, carriage of a standard-sized car, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Wake Up Hotel and entrance to Tivoli Gardens.


Festive Shopping Breaks

Amsterdam shopping break: 3 night city break from £123pp - departs Newcastle

From the quirky shopping district of Nine Streets to cosy canal side cafes when you need a pit stop, this capital city is the perfect destination to find unusual and thoughtful Christmas gifts, as well as an outfit for the party season!

Departs daily from Newcastle throughout November and December. From £123pp based on 2 sharing an en suite cabin. Includes 2 nights onboard, 1 night in a city centre hotel with breakfast and coach transfers to and from the city centre.

Utrecht: 2 night mini cruise from £96pp - departs Newcastle

The chic boutiques, delicatessen shops and exclusive gift shops make this old city great for Christmas shopping. Enjoy a drink in one of its trendy canal side bars and check out its beautiful architecture as you make your way around its fabulous shops.

Departs Newcastle: 7 December. From £96pp and include 2 nights onboard ship, return coach transfers to Utrecht and up to 4 hours in the city.

Ribe & Esbjerg: 3 night mini cruise from £145pp - departs Harwich

Disembark and explore Maritime Esbjerg which hosts a festive market and Denmark’s largest outdoor skating rink. After a night relaxing back on the ship, take a coach to Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe, which is full of medieval charm. Its cobbled streets really come alive at Christmas using old houses to set the stage for a variety of festive activities, a festive market, street theatre and live music.

Departs Harwich: 9 December. From £145pp based on 2 sharing an en suite cabin. Includes 3 nights onboard (one whilst in Esbjerg port) and return transfers to Ribe.


Festive Events

Dick Whittington pantomime day event for £25pp - onboard ship in North Shields Port.

Step onboard and be transported to a land where the streets are paved with gold! The story of Dick Whittington will be told with cheers for hero, Dick Whittington and boos for villain, Captain Blood. Followed by the chance to explore the ship and a delicious buffet lunch in the 7 Seas restaurant.

On board ship whilst in dock at North Shields: 9 Dec 2012. £25 for adults and £12.50 for children including a 3-course buffet lunch, pantomime and family entertainment.

To book visit: www.dfds.co.uk/festive or call 0871 522 9976.

Prices are subject to availability and terms & conditions apply. Credit card and telephone booking fees apply.


Issued on behalf of DFDS Seaways by Robson Brown

Media contacts:
Kirsty McNaught on 0191 244 6637/ 07855720343 ( kirsty.mcnaught@robson-brown.co.uk )
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Notes to editors

DFDS is one of Europe’s largest ferry companies, operating both passenger and freight routes between England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania.

DFDS Seaways has been honoured by The World Travel Awards with the prestigious title of ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ awarded in January 2012, as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Long Sea Ferry Operator’ for five consecutive years.

In the UK, the company operates passenger services on routes from Newcastle to Amsterdam, Harwich to Esbjerg and Dover to Dunkirk and Calais.

For further information, visit www.dfds.co.uk