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Sailing from Newcastle, our popular mini cruise breaks can take you to some fantastic destinations across Ho​​lland, Germany and Belgium. Perfect for families, couples, or groups of friends, our mini cruises are great value and offer the perfect combination of a short city break and a relaxing time onboard as you sail from Newcastle to Holland and back. All breaks also include coach transfers from port to your destination.

Mini cruises


If you’re looking for a fun and affordable European short getaway, then our mini cruises are for you. All prices include en suite cabin accommodation onboard and coach transfers from port to your chosen destination.

Enjoy two nights onboard our cruise ferry where you can relax, spend time together with your loved ones or friends and take advantage of our facilities, including restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment. Then spend the best part of a day exploring a fantastic European city.

Hotel breaks - Amsterdam


If you’d like to see more of Amsterdam, then spend a night or two in one of our specially-selected city centre hotels with our great value packaged Amsterdam hotel break.

Or if you’d prefer to choose your own hotel, then our cruise & stay break is for you. Book your return ferry crossing and coach transfers with us, and book your accommodation yourself, or with our hotel partner booking.com, giving you total flexibility.

Keukenhof Gardens


For a break with a difference, try a seasonal break or themed mini cruise. Departing from our port near Newcastle, we organise both seasonal and one-off ferry trips featuring special onboard entertainment, including Halloween, Valentines and New Year’s Eve mini cruises. We also run a North Sea Sounds music mini cruise with performances with top bands, a gourmet cruise, breaks to Holland’s stunning Keukenhof gardens and much more.

Christmas breaks


Turn your Christmas shopping into a magical winter experience with our festive breaks to Europe’s best Christmas markets. Our 3 or 4 night breaks to Bruges, Brussels, Cologne or Amsterdam offer a perfect pre-Christmas break, while our Boxing Day mini cruise means you can escape the post-Christmas blues! You can also create your own festive break and travel on any of our routes to Europe – take a look at our guide for inspiration.

Fancy something a little different?

Here’s a taste of our themed and seasonal mini cruises to whet your appetite.

Amsterdam Zoo cruise

Amsterdam Zoo mini cruise

  • Departure date: every day 
  • Departure port: Newcastle
  • From £70pp

This perfect family break includes 2 fun-filled nights onboard ship and around 5 hours at Amsterdam's famous Artis Zoo.

Boxing Day mini cruise

Boxing Day mini cruise

  • Departure date: 26 Dec
  • Departure port: Newcastle
  • From £112pp

Escape the stress of Christmas and hit the sales in Amsterdam on this meal inclusive mini cruise.

New Year's Eve mini cruise

New Year’s Eve mini cruise

  • Departure date: 30 Dec
  • Departure port: Newcastle
  • From £229pp

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a free bar, gourmet meal, special entertainment and fireworks, plus time in Amsterdam.

Taste of cruising gourmet mini cruise

Taste of Cruising gourmet mini cruise

  • Departure date: daily
  • Departure port: Newcastle
  • From £108pp

Treat you and a loved one to a special mini cruise to Amsterdam and choose from 3 meal and drinks packages.

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Our festive shopping trips to Bruges or Brussels in Belgium and Cologne in Germany are also great options, adding a bit more magic and excitement to the festive season, and helping make sure you give the best presents! Shortly after Christmas, you can visit Amsterdam for New Year’s Eve on our 3 night mini cruise, which includes fireworks over the Dutch capital. 

A hassle-free family holiday 

Take the stress out of a family holiday and enjoy spending time together onboard our ferries. There’s so much to do onboard, from children’s play areas, to films, bars, restaurants, and cafes, we’re sure to keep everyone entertained. 
We have a wide selection of comfortable cabins available, including 5-bed family cabins and spacious premium Commodore Class cabins, all with en suite shower and toilet facilities. 

Along with our city destinations, we also have themed cruises such as our marine wildlife mini cruise, with officers from whale and dolphin charity ORCA there to take deck watches where you can see whales, dolphins, porpoises and more in their natural habitat. Animal lovers will also enjoy our Amsterdam Zoo mini cruise, where you can spend a day at one of Europe’s top zoos as well as 2 nights onboard. You could even take a day sailing along the north east coast soaking up the summer sun, enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch or afternoon tea and live onboard entertainment. 


A romantic getaway across the sea

Our mini cruises are the perfect way to spend some quality time with your loved one, enjoying the stunning sea views and the wide selection of onboard facilities. 

Enjoy a romantic meal in our à la carte Blue Riband, Little Italy or steakhouse restaurants while the scenery slips by outside, and make your trip that little bit more special by booking one of our Commodore De Luxe cabins, which include access to the Commodore De Luxe Lounge. 

As well as the mini cruise experience onboard, you can enjoy exploring some fantastic European cities together, such as the Dutch capital Amsterdam, or the gorgeous cobbled streets of Haarlem. You could also extend your trip with one of our hotel breaks, and spend more time enjoying your romantic holiday.    


Make it a memorable holiday with friends 

Get together for a fantastic trip with your friends and enjoy a group mini cruise to any of our exciting European destinations. A mini cruise gives you a chance to spend time with your friends, enjoy the restaurants, bars and other entertainment available onboard. 

Enjoy a holiday with a difference with one of our themed mini cruises, dressing up and having some frightful fun on our Halloween cruise to Amsterdam, and getting into the spirit with some lively onboard entertainment. 
On a group mini cruise with DFDS Seaways, your holiday starts as soon as you step onboard, and our onboard facilities and amenities mean you can really enjoy travelling with your friends. 


​​​​Disclaimer: Prices are subject to availability. Credit card & telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply​. ABTOT provides protection for your booking as set out in section 19 of our booking conditions.​​​


It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named as ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ in the 2014 World Travel Awards. We've won this award for 4 years running.