Enjoy a New Year's Eve mini cruise to Amsterdam
|| "We had a great New Year on your Gala mini cruise. The atmosphere was brilliant and the entertainment good fun. We can't wait for the next year."
Mr & Mrs Bainbridge, Co. Durham
You’ll set sail for Holland early evening on 30 December and onboard you can enjoy the festive atmosphere and live entertainment. Next morning the ship will dock in IJmuiden and you’ll catch our coach into Amsterdam city centre where you can enjoy a spot of sales shopping or work up an appetite by practicing your skills on the outdoor ice rink. Late afternoon you’ll head back to the ship to get ready and dress to impress for the evening’s celebrations.
The ship will depart from port for a leisurely cruise down the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam centre and en route you will tuck into your celebratory gala buffet banquet or delicious 3-course à la carte meal. Radio DJs and live bands will provide the evening’s entertainment as the bells of midnight approach.
As 2014 arrives enjoy a toast with your fellow passengers and crew and head out on deck to watch Amsterdam’s night sky light up in an impressive kaleidoscope of colours as the city’s residents light fireworks in celebration.
Next morning after a lie in and a late breakfast head back into Amsterdam city. Most of the city’s top attractions and museums are open including the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House or the Hermitage. Or you may prefer to simply relax on a canal boat ride or in a canal-side cafe before returning to the ship for your return sailing to Newcastle.
Please note: Your evening meal on New Year’s Eve and breakfast on New Year’s Day are included in your package – but you can add meals for other days during the booking process. You will have the same cabin for the duration of your trip. It is not possible to stay onboard ship during the day on 31 December and 1 January. You will need to take your passport with you and pass through Immigration before heading into Amsterdam. Both British and Dutch passengers will be onboard the New Year’s Eve sailing to Amsterdam city centre.
• 3 nights onboard ship in an en suite cabin (1 night on cruise into Amsterdam for New Year’s Eve and 2 nights on crossing between Newcastle/IJmuiden)
• Gala dinner buffet or 3 course à la carte dinner on New Year’s Eve
• Drinks package on New Year’s Eve – including ship’s lager and wine, soft drinks and tea/coffee
• Sparkling wine at midnight on New Year’s Eve
• Hot and cold buffet breakfast on New Year’s Day morning
• Return coach transfers into Amsterdam (approx 40 mins) on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
• Live festive entertainment onboard
Your time onboard the ferry to Amsterdam
Whilst onboard the ferry, you will be spoilt for choice with our range of entertainment. We have a collection of shops with great prices on luxury brands of clothing, perfume, tobacco and alcohol, as well as toys and games for little ones.
Relax with a drink
Our mix of bars means there is certain to be something for everyone. Enjoy tasting sessions in the Compass Bar, or head out on deck in the Sky Bar to enjoy a drink in the clear sea air. Navigator’s is the place for a quiet, relaxed drink, whilst the Columbus Club offers more lively music and entertainment.
Entertainment all night
Bingo games are on offer along with interactive quizzes in the various bars, but if you’d like to try something different then how about the excitement of the roulette wheel? Or perhaps you fancy your chances at Blackjack? Both are available, along with cash prizes, in the casino. There is also a cinema if you’d like to take in one of the latest movies from our selection.
Enjoy a delicious meal
We have a broad choice of cuisine onboard, including an international buffet with over 80 dishes from around the world, all freshly-prepared by our skilled chefs. For lighter bites such as sandwiches and pastries, visit the Café Lighthouse, but if you’re in the mood for something more substantial then you may be tempted by a juicy steak, cooked to perfection in the Explorer Steakhouse. Take a look at the range of delicious onboard restaurants here.
View our onboard facilities