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DFDS Seaways Launches Festive Cruise Breaks for 2011

Soak up the festive season 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 Year’s Eve Gala Mini Cruise or buy that extra special gift at one of Northern Europe’s magical Christmas markets.

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 delicious restaurants, enjoy a drink at the bar, watch the live entertainment or wrap up warm and go out on deck to breathe in some winter sea air.

Mini Cruises over the festive period

New Year’s Eve Gala Mini Cruise to Amsterdam – all inclusive from £253pp, departing from Newcastle

This popular cruise is back so why not celebrate the beginning of a 2012 in style on this lavish Mini Cruise break to Amsterdam. Departing Newcastle on 30 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 special 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/from Amsterdam
• Breakfasts on both crossings
• Buffet dinner on outward crossing
• Gala buffet dinner on New Year’s Eve
• Free bar on both crossings
• Champagne & almond cake at midnight
• Up to 5 hours in Amsterdam

Each package then includes additional elements:

Superior Package from £291pp

• accommodation in a sea view en-suite cabin
• champagne reception
• 4 course à la carte Gala dinner on New Year’s Eve

Deluxe Package from £389pp

• accommodation in a Commodore cabin
• champagne reception
• 4 course à la carte Gala dinner on New Year’s Eve

Pantomime Mini Cruise to Amsterdam – Prices from £67pp, departing from Newcastle

Take the whole family to a pantomime out at sea this Christmas and be enchanted with an onboard performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty on the North Sea’. Join Giggles the Jester and his friends for this magical take as you sail to Amsterdam. Afterwards the children can have fun in the kids club and you can enjoy a great family meal in one of the restaurants, before a relaxing night’s sleep in your en-suite cabin.

Arrive in Amsterdam the next day and enjoy some Christmas shopping or visit one of the many family-friendly attractions and museums. There’s also an outdoor ice rink which the kids will love! Prices are from £67pp, saving 25% if you book over 60 days in advance, and include 2 nights onboard ship, coach transfers to/from Amsterdam and up to 5 hours in the city.

Ribe & Esbjerg Mini Cruise – Prices from £172pp, departing from Harwich

This new break allows you to visit medieval Ribe and maritime Esbjerg with one night on ship in Esbjerg port. Enjoy 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 festive trip.

Departures on 9 October and 4 December. Prices are from £139pp and include 3 nights on board ship including 1 night whilst in Esbjerg port.

Boxing Day Mini Cruise to Amsterdam – Prices from £138pp, 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 drinks 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 at one of the many cafes and pick up a post-Christmas bargain. Departing on 26 December this break includes 2 nights on board, buffet dinner on one crossing and 3-course à la carte dinner on the other crossing, breakfasts on both crossings, 3 x drinks vouchers per person, coach transfers to/ from Amsterdam and up to 5 hours in Amsterdam.

Christmas Markets

Get into the Christmas spirit 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’re just minutes away from the action. You will have ample of time to explore the quaint markets, enjoy a mulled wine and buy some unique and special gifts and stocking fillers.

Hamelin – Prices from £251pp 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 30 November, 10 and 17 December, with prices from £251pp including 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed & breakfast at the 4-star Mercure Hotel Hamelin, dinner at the hotel on the first night and coach transfers to and from your hotel.

Cologne – Prices from £241pp 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 3, 8, 15 and 17 December. Prices are from £241p and include 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed & breakfast at the 4-star Marriott Cologne and coach transfers to and from your hotel.

Bruges – Prices from £191pp 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 4, 7 and 11 December. Prices are from £191pp and include 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed & breakfast at the 3-star Novotel Brugge Centrum and coach transfers to and from Bruges.

Brussels – Prices from £193pp 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 1 and 9 December. Prices are from £193pp and include 2 nights onboard, 2 nights bed & breakfast at the 3-star hotel Ibis Brussels Centre St Catherine, coach transfers to and from the city centre.

Copenhagen – Prices from £360pp 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. Departs on 14 December. Prices are from £360pp and include 2 nights onboard ship, 2 nights bed & breakfast at the 4-star The Square Hotel, entrance to Tivoli Gardens Christmas market, and coach transfers to and from the hotel.

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

Prices are subject to availability and terms & conditions apply. Prices are based on 2 sharing a 2 berth inside en suite cabin, except the Pantomime Cruise which is based on 4 sharing. Offers may be withdrawn at any time. Credit card and telephone booking fees apply.

Issued on behalf of DFDS Seaways by Robson Brown PR

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