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Enjoy skiing but don’t want the hassle of hauling your ski bags to the airport, only to find out you have to pay for extra luggage, and then worry about the car hire when you get to the other side? Then do it the easy way with DFDS Seaways and pack up the car and the kids and enjoy a relaxing cruise to Europe before venturing onto some top ski destinations.

DFDS Seaways is being increasingly used as a mode of transport for ski-goers looking to pack those extra items and travel to the slopes across Europe. In fact one of the North East’s most promising skiers is travelling with DFDS Seaways to compete in the English Alpine Championships which is being held in Bormio, Italy.

From only £139 for a car and 2 passengers one way, this is certainly a cheaper option for that energetic ski holiday, with no car hire costs and no luggage restrictions. With your car you will be able to explore the stunning, snowy scenes at your destination and travel between ski resorts to check out the slopes.

Your journey begins as soon as you step on board the DFDS Seaways’ cruise ferry, where you can enjoy the live onboard entertainment including the resident band, dance troupe and solo musician, a choice of restaurants serving delicious cuisine, a casino, a cinema, plus a number of bars to enjoy an evening tipple before retreating to your en-suite cabin.

Emma Peters, a budding champion skier from the North East, will be travelling with DFDS Seaways to her next competition in February. “It is so much easier to pack up your own car with everything that you need rather than being selective about the equipment and clothing that you try to squeeze into an already bulging suitcase. I have a number of ski competitions coming up in the future and I will certainly be using DFDS Seaways to get to these. Packing up your own car and travelling by sea is the easiest and cheapest way to do this.”

From port in Amsterdam, you can enjoy a pleasurable 4 hour 45 minutes drive to the highest mountain range in Germany, the Harz, while the skiing hub of Innsbruck is a 9 hour drive. You can also stop off en route and spend a night in a hotel. Global accommodation provider, Octopus Travel, offers thousands of hotels throughout Europe, with superb booking discounts for DFDS Seaways’ customers.

So if you don’t fancy paying for parking at the airport, car rental on arrival and you like the idea of no luggage restrictions, then book to board on a relaxing DFDS Seaways cruise ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam or Harwich to Esbjerg.

Example One Way Prices from Newcastle to Amsterdam
Car plus 2 passengers From £139
Car plus 4 passengers From £159
Mini bus plus 8 passengers From £334
Driving Distances from Amsterdam
Harz 307 miles 4h 45mins
Innsbruck  630 miles 9h 09mins
Val D’Isere  734 miles  11h 17mins
Meribel  708 miles 10h 38mins
For more information, or to book go to www.dfds.co.uk/ski  or call 0871 882 0885.

DFDS Seaways has recently been awarded Europe’s Leading Long Sea Ferry Operator 2009 at the World Travel Awards, the industry’s “Oscars”. This is the third successive year that the cruise ferry operator has received this recognition.


Issued on behalf of DFDS Seaways by Robson Brown

For further press information please contact Sophie O’Mahony or Vicky Neill at Robson Brown on 0191 2446669 or email sophie.omahony@robson-brown.co.uk / vicky.neill@robson-brown.co.uk