Help Local Charity Project Make a Splash by Voting for Your Seas Project

DFDS and ORCA’s Your Seas project shortlisted for National Lottery Award.

North Shields ferry operator, DFDS, in conjunction with whale and dolphin charity, ORCA, are appealing for local people to help them win the prestigious Environment category in this year’s National Lottery Awards, as the only north-east based initiative nominated.

The ORCA Your Seas Education Programme, which has made the shortlist for the National Lottery Award, is designed to inspire and educate people of all ages about whales, dolphins and porpoises and encourage them to protect the local marine environment. To date, the Your Seas project, based in the north east, has worked with over 32,000 people aged from 5 to 79 years old helping them to not only understand more about the marine animals in the North Sea, but also helping people to spot them from the decks of DFDS cruise ferry, King Seaways, which sails between Newcastle and Amsterdam.

Winners will receive a £2,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded awards ceremony, broadcast on BBC One in September, helping with both funding and reputation.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS comments, “Here at DFDS we are very proud of our relationship with this fantastic charity and all of the great work they do for our seas. We can think of no more deserving recipient of this award”.

You can vote for ORCA at closes on 29 July.

DFDS operates daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. All DFDS ferries are equipped with a range of high-quality onboard facilities ¬– including bars and restaurants, a shop and a dedicated children's area – so your holiday starts as soon as you board the ferry! Be sure to visit the ORCA centre onboard our KING Seaways ship, where our ORCA Wildlife Officers will lead deck watches, with the chance to see dolphins, whales, porpoises and more in their native habitats.

To take find out more information about our Newcastle to Amsterdam cruise ferry service, please visit or telephone 0871 521 5522.

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Notes to Editors

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 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes.  It 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


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