DFDS Launches 2014 Marine Wildlife Mini Cruise Season with ORCA
Marine wildlife mini cruises launch on Newcastle-Amsterdam route. Fares
start from only £48 per person, based on four sharing
Award-winning ferry operator, DFDS, together with marine conservation
charity, ORCA, has today launched its sixth annual wildlife-spotting season.
As part of the wildlife-spotting season, marine wildlife mini cruises are
available for passengers onboard cruise ferry KING Seaways to enjoy. The
exciting and educational two-night mini cruises combine relaxing cruise-style
travel from Newcastle to Amsterdam with guided deck watches and the chance to
learn more about the wildlife inhabiting the North Sea from trained ORCA
wildlife officers who work onboard the cruise ferries during the summer season.
The wildlife officers organise a host of interactive and educational
activities for people of all ages, including children. They also host ‘Wine and
Whales’ seminars for adult passengers keen to learn about conservation and the
variety of mammals and other animals found in the North Sea.
In 2013, a record number and variety of wildlife species were spotted on DFDS’ ferry route between Newcastle and Amsterdam, with 699 animals recorded
between 1 April and 5 September 2013, including Minke Whales, Grey Seals, White
Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises. Through its partnership with DFDS, ORCA has been able to record marine life activity in the North Sea
using dedicated Marine Mammal surveys as well as promote ocean conservation to
passengers via the wildlife officer programme.
DFDS also supports ORCA’s Your Seas project, which is designed to
help encourage local communities to make a positive impact on the marine
environment by inspiring a new generation to take an active part in
conservation. As part of this outreach programme, a community engagement officer
visit schools based in the North East to help educate young people about the
North Sea and its inhabitants.
Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS, comments,
“We have enjoyed a fantastic and special relationship with ORCA over
the past six years, which has not only enabled the ORCA team to conduct more
ship based surveys, but which has also brought a great deal of pleasure and
insight into the marine wildlife in our seas to our passengers and crew. We are
delighted to be able to announce the opening of our 2014 marine wildlife
observation season, which runs from now until September.”
Sara Frost, ORCA wildlife officer, comments, “The data we
collect through the wildlife officer programme is incredibly important in
helping us to monitor the presence of whales and dolphins in the North Sea. 2013
was an exciting year for our North Sea wildlife officers, with so many more
sightings than in previous years, which provided some truly amazing wildlife
moments for passengers. During 2014, we’re looking forward to welcoming yet more
passengers onto our wildlife mini cruises to enjoy the experience”
Passengers keen to spot wildlife in the North Sea with DFDS, can book
now for this year’s summer season. DFDS runs wildlife mini cruise
packages, from £48 per person based on four people sharing, including two
nights’ accommodation onboard the luxury cruise ferry and coach transfers to and
from Amsterdam city centre.
In addition to wildlife deck-watches and ‘Wine and Whale’ seminars,
passengers can indulge in delicious food from one of the three onboard
restaurants, before heading to one of the bars to enjoy live entertainment, or
take in a movie in the cinema. Passengers can then unwind in the comfort of
their own en-suite cabin and enjoy a restful night’s sleep before waking up
feeling refreshed and ready to explore the delights of Amsterdam.
For further information about DFDS and ORCA or to book a wildlife
mini cruise visit www.dfds.co.uk or call 0871 574 7235.
For people interested to learn more about ORCA’s wildlife officer programme,
Your Seas project and how to get involved in the North Sea monitoring project,
visit www.orcaweb.org.uk .
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