​DFDS supports local Little Miracles group with special mini cruises

Travel from Newcastle to Amsterdam from only £35 per person with profits donated to local children’s group

Award-winning ferry operator, DFDS, has joined forces with local charitable cause, The Little Miracles Group Ashington, to offer passengers a special mini-cruise​ from Newcastle to Amsterdam at a reduced rate of just £35 per person on selected dates in November.

All proceeds from the special sailings will be donated to the Little Miracles Group, which is devoted to helping children in Northumberland who have severe and complex health needs, including supporting their families with fundraising, trips and events and providing a social space for both the parents and children.

Last year, the special cruises raised over £5,000 for charity and DFDS is hoping to beat that this year with 11 special mini cruise departures.

Passengers need to book quickly, as there is limited availability for this special offer, with sailings available on the 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 16, 18, 22, 24, 25 & 30 November 2014.

Max Foster, Passenger Director at DFDS comments: “We are delighted to be able to provide these charity mini cruises to our customers, which not only offer great value for money for our passengers, but also support the amazing efforts of the Little Miracles Group in Ashington. This is the tenth year that we have run these special cruises, which always prove extremely popular, so we advise passengers to book early to in order to avoid disappointment!”

Susan Dickinson from The Little Miracles Group Ashington comments: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by DFDS as its charity mini cruise partner. We are a self- funded group within Ashington Children’s Centre and the money raised from these mini cruises will make a huge difference the children and families that we support.”

 A mini cruise with DFDS offers the perfect combination of nautical fun with a short city break. The package includes two night’s accommodation on board, as well as coach transfers to and from Amsterdam city centre, where you can take in the cultural sights and sounds of the beautiful Dutch capital.

While on board the DFDS cruise ferry, you can indulge in delicious food from one of the three restaurants. A family favourite is the all-you-can-eat buffet in the 7 Seas Restaurant, which is prepared fresh daily and includes a special kids station filled with tried and tested favourites such as spaghetti bolognaise, chicken nuggets and chips, Mexican chilli and even jelly & ice-cream!

Families travelling on board can also take advantage of the Kidz Club, which has ball pools, drawing tables and cartoons on offer, enabling the adults can kick back in the nearby café and enjoy a drink while the children play. Older children are also well catered for and can have fun playing video games in our games room, or take in a movie in the on-board cinema, which shows a range of films for all ages.

Adults may prefer to relax in one of our on-board bars and enjoy the live entertainment on board, or even try their luck in the on-board casino.

When it is time for bed, you can retire to your comfortable en-suite cabin and enjoy a restful night’s sleep before waking up in Holland ready for your Dutch adventure!

To book the special mini cruises with DFDS and help raise funds for Children North East, please visit www.dfds.co.uk/charityminicruise or call 0871 521 5522.


For further press information, please contact:

Stuart Fyfe/Kevan Barber/Jo Kendall
Rooster PR
T: +44 (0)20 3440 8930
E: DFDS@rooster.co.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 four years (2011-14), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2014 and 2015 World Travel Awards.

DFDS currently operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. This will increase to up to 54 daily sailings with the introduction of a third ship at the beginning of 2016. 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!​​