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Romance doesn’t have to cost the earth this Valentine’s Day! 

Take your loved one on a romantic trip without breaking the bank this Valentine’s Day, hop across the Channel or cruise over to Amsterdam with award-winning ferry operator, DFDS Seaways.

  • Take your pick from the beautiful cities of Ghent or Amsterdam
  • Take a short break to Ghent from as little as £19* each way
  • Book a two-night mini cruise to Amsterdam from £99** per person

Visit the beautiful medieval Belgian city of Ghent for as little as £19* each way for a ferry crossing or save up to 25% off a two-night mini cruise to Amsterdam**.

Dover to Calais / Dover to Dunkirk
For those in the South of the country, take the Dover–Dunkirk or Dover-Calais crossing to reach the medieval city of Ghent, which is just over an hour’s drive from the port of Dunkirk, where DFDS Seaways is the only operator to travel to and is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

Ghent is a gastronomic delight and couples can indulge in local specialties including an array of chocoholic creations, designed to melt the heart of your loved ones. For a twist on the traditional, visit the Quetzal chocolate bar. Inspired by Aztec ruler Montezuma, the café is the perfect place to indulge in a range of unique treats including hot chocolate flavoured with specialist herbs, spices and chilli; alcoholic “Choctails” and fondues.

Beer lovers can take a brewery tour from €9 per person (approx £7 per person), to experience the historical Gruut beer. The beer is made with a mix of herbs and spices, known as Gruut. The brewery uses ancient recipes with modern techniques to create five unique beers and also has a café, which is worth a visit.

If you’re looking to explore, see the best of Ghent for only €5 (approx £4) with a boat trip on the city’s canals or if you’re looking to propose or splurge on one grand romantic gesture, why not book a hot air balloon flight for two to explore the beautiful Flanders countryside.

Newcastle to Amsterdam
Or for those travelling from the North, why not take advantage of our special 25% off rate for the Valentine’s special two-night mini cruise offer on the Newcastle–Amsterdam route, from only £99 per person. On the outbound journey passengers can enjoy a three-course à la carte meal with a celebratory glass of fizz and an evening enjoying the on-board entertainment before enjoying a cozy night’s sleep in your cabin.

Next morning after a hearty breakfast, couples will be whisked off to Amsterdam to explore the sights that this vibrant and picturesque city has to offer. Lovers can take a romantic cruise on Amsterdam’s famous canals, picnic in Vondelpark or absorb some culture in any of the city's museums or art galleries. As night falls, hop back to the ship and relax in one of the on-board bars or the cinema and wake up feeling refreshed in Newcastle.

Max Foster, UK passenger director at DFDS Seaways says, “Whether you’re looking for the luxury of a mini cruise or wanting to have the flexibility of travelling with your own vehicle, we can help you get to your perfect romantic destination in style. Travelling with DFDS Seaways is a convenient and fuss-free way to start any trip as passengers can enjoy the crossing in a relaxing environment and ensures your holiday starts as soon as you board.”

With ferry travel starting from as little as £19* each way for a three-day break across the Channel, with a car and up to nine passengers, and the two-night Valentine’s Day mini cruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam from £99 per person, there has never been a better time to sail with DFDS Seaways.

DFDS Seaways sails up to 44 times a day between Dover and France and two sailings a day between Newcastle and Amsterdam, providing passengers with flexible crossing times, a luxury on-board travel experience and convenient travel options.

To take advantage of these offers, book now or to find out more information, visit www.dfds.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7235.

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Notes to Editors

*£19 each way three-day return offer for a vehicle and up to nine passengers. Book by 25th March 2013 to travel by the 28th March 2013 – currently bookable via http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/ferry-offers-and-deals/ferry-to-france-offers/short-break-offers/

**£99 per person for a two-night mini cruise. Book by 10th February 2013 for travel on the 13th, 14th or 15th February 2013 – currently bookable via www.dfds.co.uk/offers 

For more information on Ghent, please visit: http://www.visitflanders.co.uk/

About DFDS Seaways

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company.

DFDS Seaways operates a network of 30 routes with 60 freight and passenger ships, while DFDS Logistics provides freight solutions in Europe with trailers, containers, and rail.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry and cruise services on routes from Dover to Dunkirk, Dover to Calais, Newhaven to Dieppe, Portsmouth to Le Havre, Newcastle to Amsterdam, and Harwich to Esbjerg.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of routes into Northern Europe. The company has been named as World’s Leading Ferry Operator, a title held for two consecutive years and Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator at the prestigious 2012 World Travel Awards. It is also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel.

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes, four daily sailings between Newhaven to Dieppe and two daily services on the Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing as well as two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam and up to four crossings a week between Harwich and Esbjerg. For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers, visit www.dfds.co.uk