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Soak up the Christmas spirit on a festive cruise break 

Get in the festive mood and explore beautiful European cities on a DFDS Seaways festive cruise break. Why not welcome in the New Year in style on the spectacular all inclusive New Years Eve Gala Mini Cruise or buy that extra special gift at one of the magical Christmas markets of Northern Europe.
Sail with DFDS Seaways from Newcastle to Amsterdam in Holland, or Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark and your festive cruise break begins from the moment you step onboard. Check in to your en suite cabin and browse the shops, feast in one of the scrumptious restaurants, enjoy a drink at the bar, watch some live entertainment or wrap up warm and go out on deck.

News Year’s Eve Gala Mini Cruise to Amsterdam – all inclusive from £250pp, departing from Newcastle
This popular cruise is back so why not celebrate the beginning of a 2011 in style on this lavish Mini Cruise break to Amsterdam. Departing Newcastle on 30th December, you will arrive into Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve morning for a day exploring this exciting city. That evening sail back to Newcastle where the Gala begins. Dress to impress and soak up the festive atmosphere, enjoy a glass of champagne, a delicious meal and dance the night away to the live entertainment.

All onboard meals are included as well as drinks including house wine, Grolsch lager, selected spirits, soft drinks plus tea and coffee.

All packages include:
• 2 nights in an en suite cabin
• Coach transfers to and from Amsterdam
• 2x hot buffet breakfasts worth £8.99 each
• Buffet dinner on outward crossing
• Free bar on both crossings
• Champagne & almond cake at midnight

Each package then includes additional elements:

Standard Package from £250pp
• accommodation in an inside en suite cabin
• Gala dinner buffet on New Year’s Eve

Superior Package from £26pp extra
• accommodation in a sea view en suite cabin
• champagne reception before your New Year’s Eve dinner
• 4 course à la carte Gala dinner on New Year’s Eve

Deluxe Package from £112pp extra
• accommodation in a Commodore cabin
• champagne reception before New Year’s Eve dinner
• 4 course à la carte Gala dinner on New Year’s Eve

Boxing Day Mini Cruise to Amsterdam from £117pp, departing from Newcastle
A great Christmas present or the perfect trip to escape the aftermath of Christmas Day, take a break to Amsterdam on this relaxing 2 night Mini Cruise. With both evening meals, breakfasts and drink vouchers included, simply put your feet up and enjoy a much needed rest.

After your dinner, watch the live entertainment and enjoy a drink or watch a movie in the cinema. You will arrive into Amsterdam feeling refreshed and ready to explore this vibrant city. Wrap up warm and roam around the 17th century canals, enjoy a hot chocolate on one of the many on-street cafes and pick up a post-Christmas bargain. Departing on 26th December this break includes 2 nights on board, buffet dinner on one crossing and 3-course à la carte dinner on the other crossing (subject to availability), breakfasts on both crossings, 4 x drinks vouchers per person, coach transfers to/ from Amsterdam and up to 5 hours in Amsterdam.

Christmas Markets
Embrace that festive feeling and enjoy a magical trip to some of Europe’s best Christmas markets. These 4 night trips include 2 nights in a city centre hotel so you are just minutes away from the action. You will have ample of time to explore the quaint markets, enjoy a mulled wine and buy some special Christmas presents.

Hamelin – Prices from £260pp for 4 nights, departing from Newcastle
This legendary medieval town transforms into an enchanting festive market with decorated wooden stalls and delicious local food and drink specialities. Departs on the 27th November, 11th and 15th December, with prices from £260pp including 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4-star Mercure Hotel Hamelin, dinner at the hotel on the first night and coach transfers to and from your hotel in Hamelin.

Cologne – Prices from £242pp for 4 nights, departing from Newcastle
With around a dozen markets to explore, the historic city of Cologne comes alive during the festive period. Browse the stalls, enjoy a warming Glühwein, or enjoy the Christmas concerts and nativity scenes. Why not put your skates on and enjoy the ice rink outside the city’s enchanting cathedral. Departures on 3rd, 11th and 18th December. Prices from £242pp include 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4-star Marriott Cologne and coach transfers to and from Cologne.

Bruges – Prices from £214pp for 4 nights, departing from 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 as well as an open air ice rink. Sample the delights of the Belgian chocolate shops which are hard to get away from. Departures from Newcastle on 29th November, 4th and 13th December. Prices from £214pp include 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 3-star Novotel Brugge Centrum and coach transfers to and from Bruges.

Brussels – Prices from £222pp for 4 nights, departing from Newcastle
This beautiful and vibrant city comes alive with 240 wooden market stalls in the stunning Place St Catherine. Departures on 2nd and 11th December. Prices are from £222pp, saving up to 10% if you book more than 60 days in advance. Includes 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 3-star Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire, coach transfers to and from the city centre.

Copenhagen – Prices from £309pp for 4 nights, departing from Harwich
Visit the famous Tivoli Gardens at the most magical time of year. With an outdoor ice rink, sparkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas stalls, this is perfect for a romantic getaway or shopping break. Departures on 1st and 8th December. Prices from £309pp and include 2 nights onboard ship, 2 nights bed and breakfast at the 4-star The Square Hotel, entrance to Tivoli Gardens Christmas market, and coach transfers to and from the hotel.

Amsterdam Christmas Shopping –Prices from £97pp for 3 nights, departing from Newcastle
This break is great for a spot of Christmas shopping to find that quirky gift for your loved one and enjoy some retail therapy. Amsterdam is filled with unique boutiques, vintage shops and department stores so after an active day of shopping, relax back at your hotel.

Staying in a city centre hotel you will have two days to explore the delights of the vibrant city, as well as maybe try out your ice skating skills on the outdoor rink on Leidesplein during December!

Prices are from £97pp which includes 2 nights onboard ship, 1 night bed and breakfast at the Gerstekorrel Hotel, return coach transfers to Amsterdam, and live entertainment onboard. Other hotels are available for a supplement. Daily departures from Newcastle.

Utrecht Mini Cruise – Prices from £89pp, departing from Newcastle
Utrecht is a quaint university town, rich in canals, historical buildings and ancient churches. The chic boutiques, delicatessen shops and exclusive gift shops make this old city great for Christmas shopping. Departure on 19th November. Prices from £89pp and include 2 nights onboard ship, coach transfers to/ from Utrecht and up to 4 hours in the city.

Ribe & Esbjerg Mini Cruise – Prices from £119pp departing from Harwich
This new break allows you to visit medieval Ribe and maritime Esbjerg with one night on ship in Esbjerg port. Have a skate on Denmark’s largest outdoor ice rink in Esbjerg or catch a ferry to the wildlife haven of Fanø Island.

After a night onboard the ship, you will visit the Viking town of Ribe. This town goes all out for Christmas, using old houses to set the stage for all kinds of festive activities. With a market, street theatre, horse wagon rides and music, this is a great trip for all the family.

Departures on 5th December. Prices from £119pp and includes 3 nights on board ship including 1 night whilst in Esbjerg port, dinner on board on 5th December and breakfast onboard 6th December and coach transfers to/ from Ribe.

To book visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/hotel-breaks-and-holidays/festive-breaks or call 0871 882 0885.

Prices are based on 2 sharing. Prices are subject to availability and are inclusive of fuel surcharge. Credit card and telephone booking fees apply.

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