Plane Sailing

DFDS cruise ferries King Seaways and Princess Seaways visited Sunderland International Airshow as proud supporters of the event and sponsors of the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team.

The two ships took time out of their scheduled sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam on both Saturday and Sunday to give the 1,250 passengers onboard an unforgettable view of the awe-inspiring aerobatic aircraft displays taking part in the internationally renowned event.

Not only could passengers watch the displays out on deck, but they could also spot marine life out at sea with wildlife charity ORCA, enjoy a tasty meal and also sit back to live entertainment from the ships’ bands and singers.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS, comments, “We are delighted to once again to be one of the sponsors of Sunderland International Airshow. It is an amazing event and both our passengers onboard the ship and the public on shore enjoyed it immensely.

“What’s more, we were pleased to see the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team this year. We have sponsored the team for the past 12 months and we hope that all of our passengers and the public at the airshow enjoyed watching them drop by.

"We were thrilled to have DFDS' involvement once again in Sunderland International Airshow, especially so, to have secured the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, thanks to their sponsorship. The Tigers, who displayed twice over the weekend, proved to be a huge hit with the crowds," said Karen Makepeace, Programme Development Manager, Sunderland Live.

DFDS operate daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and as well as the popular Amsterdam mini cruise, they offer special themed sailings throughout the year including a gourmet Taste of Cruising mini cruise, a Halloween themed cruise, North Sea Sounds music mini cruises and marine wildlife mini cruises. For information see


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Notes to Editors


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