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Foghorn Requiem

Princess Seaways joins the line-up for unique foghorn send-off!

DFDS Seaways has announced that its cruise ferry, Princess Seaways, will be joining an armada of around 50 ships taking part in an exciting and ambitious musical performance designed to celebrate the retirement of the foghorn from nautical duty on June 22.

The Foghorn Requiem, created by artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, incorporates the sound of foghorns from a range of ships as part of a unique musical score composed by celebrated British composer, Orlando Gough. Souter Lighthouse in South Shields will be the focal point for the activity where ground breaking technology will allow the ships’ foghorns to be ‘conducted’ from shore. Gough, who also composed the music for the Thames Golden Jubilee Pageant, has included the Lighthouse’s own foghorn and a live land-based brass band in the performance.

Princess Seaways, which will be the largest vessel taking part in the event, will add the bass notes of her two horns, as well as the sounds from additional horns placed onboard, to the musical ensemble.

DFDS Seaways is offering a special onboard experience for those wanting to be close to the action and travel onboard Princess Seaways as she takes part in the event. The special three-hour mini cruise starts at 11am when passengers board the ship and includes a delicious buffet lunch, which passengers can enjoy whilst listening to the onboard live band as Princess Seaways sails into position at Lizard Point.

Max Foster, UK passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “The sound of the foghorn has been synonymous with life at sea for many generations, and we think it is only fitting that it has a spectacular and memorable send off as it passes into the annals of maritime history.

“We are delighted to be able to play our part in the proceedings, and hope that everyone, including our passengers and staff, enjoys what promises to be a unique and momentous occasion.”

The unusual style concert, which is taking place as part of the Festival of the North East, can also be viewed from the cliff tops at Souter. Tickets for the special DFDS Seaways sailing are available on the DFDS Seaways website and are priced at £30 per adult and £15 per child (including a buffet lunch).

For more information or to book visit www.dfds.co.uk or call 0871 522 9976.


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About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Harwich to Esbjerg, Newcastle to Amsterdam, Newhaven to Dieppe and Portsmouth to Le Havre.

DFDS Seaways has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last two years (2011-12), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.