Blooming Good Breaks With DFDS

Blooming good breaks to the bright, bountiful bulbfields of Holland are available with ferry company DFDS this spring.

The company partners with Keukenhof flower gardens to offer a Dutch Bulbfields mini cruise package on its Newcastle to Amsterdam route. The experience gives customers a chance to visit Keukenhof’s landscaped gardens, which display more than seven million bulbs of 800 varieties on a 32 hectare site from March to May each year.

Prices for the mini cruise package start from £111 per person, based on two people sharing an en suite cabin. The mini cruise product includes two nights of accommodation on board the Newcastle to Amsterdam cruise ferries, plus coach transfers and entrance to Keukenhof with up to three-and-a-half hours to explore the gardens. Bookings can be made until 14 May 2017 at for travel between 23 March and 15 May, when the gardens are open.

The one million annual visitors that Keukenhof attracts are treated to different themed displays and ‘Dutch design’ will inspire the bulb mosaic that forms the garden’s centrepiece, its flower shows and its two inspirational gardens this year. The mosaic will emulate Mondrian’s art and will feature more than 80,000 tulips, muscari and crocoses in blue, gold, white and red.

Other highlights of the activities taking place during the eight week flowering period, include:

  • Daily flower arranging demonstrations in the Oranje Nassau Pavilion
  • 7 to 9 April: Keukenhof Flowermarket – a must for keen gardeners, offering a chance to get your green fingers on a host of unusual bulbs and get expert advice on planting techniques
  • 22 April: Flower Parade – dozens of illuminated, colourful floats decorated with a variety of flowers parade through the gardens en route to nearby Haarlem. Book early for access to this hugely popular event
  • 13 to 14 May: Romance at Keukenhof – stirring classical music and costumed performers create an atmospheric experience for visitors during the two-day festival
  • 3 to 15 May: The world’s largest Lily show

Find out more about the flower gardens at​.


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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.

The company is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary; it was formed in 1866 by the merger of Denmark’s three biggest steamship lines of the day – DFDS stands for ‘The United Steamship Company’ in Danish.

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 ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ and the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the World Travel Awards for the last six years (2011 – 2016). The company was also named ‘Best Family Ferry Operator’ at the 2016 Family Traveller Awards.

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​. You can also find out more on Twitter @DFDS_UK and at the company’s Facebook page​.


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