A whale of a time on the north sea!

Michaela Strachan joins dfds to launch 2017 wildlife watching season.


  • Saturday 25 March 2017
  • 11am-2.30pm
  • On board DFDS ship King Seaways at the Port of Tyne, North Shields

BBC wildlife expert Michaela Strachan will be the special guest speaker at the launch of the whale and dolphin watching season on board with DFDS this March.

The TV personality is a favourite with adults and children alike following her appearances on the BBC’s Really Wild Show, SpringWatch, and Countryfile. A passionate conservationist, Michaela will share tales of some of her experiences with whales, dolphins and other ocean mammals during her guest appearance on board DFDS’ ship, King Seaways, on 25 March. The special event marks the launch of the 2017 marine wildlife mini cruise season, during which passengers travelling with DFDS can join wildlife officers from marine conservation charity ORCA to spot the wide variety of marine life that inhabits the North Sea. To book tickets for Michaela’s special appearance and hear directly from her about her encounters with whales and dolphins visit www.dfds.co.uk/whaletales or call 0871 574 7235.

ORCA and DFDS are celebrating the tenth year of their partnership in 2017. Since 2007, ORCA has conducted 52 marine life surveys on DFDS’ North Sea service from Newcastle to Amsterdam, recording the highest diversity of species on the North Sea during that time. During the launch event, the ORCA team will give an overview of their work and discuss the species spotted during their crossings with DFDS on the Newcastle-Amsterdam route, which include sightings of 105 Bottlenose dolphins, 87 White-Beaked dolphins and an abundance of Minke whales, as well as one-off sightings of the Striped dolphin and Fin whale.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, priced at £16 for adults and £12 for children over the age of three and under 12-years-old.

Ticket prices include:

  • Educational & interactive talks from Michaela Strachan & the ORCA team
  • Packed lunch on board (including sandwich, snacks and soft drink)
  • Live band, children’s entertainer & appearance by Jack the Pirate
  • Under 3s go free

To note, passports are not required to attend.


For further press information, please contact:

Jo Kendall / Katie Raby / Stuart Fyfe

Rooster PR

T: +44 (0)20 3440 8930

E: DFDS@rooster.co.uk


About the partnership between DFDS and ORCA:

DFDS’s partnership with ORCA aims to inform passengers and inspire them to help protect the marine wildlife living in UK waters. Data collected on board helps inform UK and European conservation policy. For more information visit www.ORCAweb.org.uk.

About DFDS:

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

DFDS 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, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last five years (2011-15), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2014 and 2015 World Travel Awards and ‘Best Family Ferry Operator’ at Family Traveller Awards 2016.

DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS 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, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk​.


We are Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2019 & the World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2011-2018!​​