North Sea Sounds group mini cruise to Amsterdam

If you and your friends are looking for a rocking group getaway this year then look no further than our North Sea Sounds mini cruise, winner of a Journal Culture Award.

Teaming up with the Jumpin’ Hot Club, we’re offering 2 fantastic nights onboard our ferry, plus live music from world-famous bands and artists and time in Amsterdam.

What’s more, with cruises starting from just £40pp, and the opportunity to save 38% by booking a meals package for your group, the prices are sure to be music to your ears.

Check out the video of our last event below, and see the book-by dates to take advantage of these offers.

  • 1 in 10 go free!
  • Live performances onboard from a range of artists​
  • 2 nights onboard in an en suite cabin
  • Coach transfers to & from Amsterdam
  • Up to 5 hours in Amsterdam
  • Special group prices
Meals Package

Book yourself a space at the table and you can save 38% compared to onboard prices with our meals package.

The package includes an evening meal for you and your group at our popular 7 Seas all-you-can-eat buffet on your outbound sailing, plus breakfast before docking in IJmuiden, with a range of hot and cold options for you to choose from.

To book, simply click this link and then on the next page select which date you would like to book your meals for. So for example, to book meals for our The Lindisfarne Story sailing, select 16 October, or for Craig Charles select 30 September, and so on.

What is North Sea Sounds?

North Sea Sounds is revolutionary and award-winning cruise-and-concert concept, which sees world-famous artists from a number of genres perform onboard our ferry. Check out the options for this year below, we’re confident that there’s something that’ll take your fancy!

Craig Charles

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club and Smoove & Turrell (SOLD OUT)​

Craig Charles brought his Funk & Soul Club to our ship last year for a sell-out show and we loved it so much that we couldn’t wait to get him back, accompanied by local heroes Smoove & Turrell!

You might know Craig Charles for his appearances on TV or his show on BBC Radio 6 Music; since 2008 he has taken his Funk & Soul club to nightclubs around the country to showcase the music that he loves best. Locally based artists Smoove & Turrell play what they call Northern Funk, an entirely modern style which takes influence from funk, soul, hip-hop and pop music. We’ll also have DJ sets from Smoove, Ema Nosurak and Tizer and Toma playing funk, northern and modern soul.


The Lindisfarne Story and Martin Stephenson - (SOLD OUT)

You might know the legendary 70s group Lindisfarne from hits such as Lady Eleanor, Meet Me on the Corner or Run for Home, not to mention the classic Fog on the Tyne. On this cruise, members of the group Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell tell the story of the group through performances, stories, photos and videos. The pair have toured all over the country recently, regularly captivating large audiences.

Martin Stephenson of The Daintees offers support, with a wonderful blend of acoustic folk and pop.

Frankie & the Heartstrings

Frankie & the Heartstrings and Hyde & Beast– departs Fri 18 Nov

Frankie & the Heartstrings have been north-east mainstays since they first formed in 2008, playing sell-out shows and even opening their own record shop in Sunderland. Their 50s-influenced indie pop has taken them to play all over the world and their debut album made the top 40.

Supporting them will be Hyde & Beast, made up of Dave Hyde of Futureheads fame, plus Neil Basset of the Golden Virgins, who play an anarchic type of psychedelic punk. Both bands are a must-see for fans of local indie rock.

Field Music, cult heroes in the North East, will also be DJing on the night, as well as snooker-player-turned-DJ Steve Davis. Both will be spinning a range of indie-pop tunes sure to delight fans of both bands. The nights will also see performances by the Cornshed Sisters, Barry Hyde, Tom Fletcher, Jess Wilson and DJ sets from members of Frankie & the Heartstrings and more.

Bowie Ball

Bowie Ball – departs Fri 2 Dec

Following David Bowie’s tragic passing earlier this year, what better way to celebrate the life of a man who lived larger than most than the Bowie Ball?

Everybody has a favourite Bowie persona, which is part of what made him such a fascinating artist, and the Bowie Ball is an opportunity to dress up as Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke or whoever your favourite is.

We will be joined onboard by the Ronsonettes, one of the best Bowiesque bands around, as well as DJs playing the best of Bowie, as well as Bowie’s favourite artists. There’ll also be a Bowie transformation station and a selfie booth as well as films about his life, the chance to replicate David with Bowie-oke and more.

The Bowie Ball is a totally immersive Bowie experience, and the ideal way to hail the life of one of the 20th century’s most important artists.

Onboard entertainment

Onboard entertainment

Not only will you be entertained by amazing live performances from our bands and DJs, but there’s plenty more to keep you busy too. 

Our excellent, modern, onboard facilities include bars and lounges, a cinema, a games room and more. 

We also have shops with high-street-beating prices on fashion, fragrance, confectionery and more. You can even have a flutter in the casino if you’re feeling lucky.


Onboard dining

We have 4 excellent onboard restaurants which are sure to suit everybody’s tastes. Check out the newly updated menu at our à la carte dining restaurant, the Blue Riband, or get stuck into tasty, juicy cuts of beef cooked to perfection at the Explorers Steakhouse. Enjoy great food from all over the world at the 7 Seas all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, or be a little more specific and sample classic Italian dishes at Little Italy. We also have an extensive hot and cold breakfast range, and a café serving snacks, pastries and hot drinks.

Book with our meal package and you’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at the 7 Seas on your outbound crossing, as well as a breakfast buffet before the ship docks in IJmuiden.

En suite cabins

En suite cabins

Once you’ve enjoyed a great night out at the gig, head back to your private, en suite cabins, which will include everything you and your group need for an enjoyable stay. 

Our Economy 4-berth cabins will provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep.


Amazing Amsterdam

As well as being one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Amsterdam is also one of its most fun. Marvel at the city as the classic and the modern lie side-by-side, with magnificent museums such as the Rijksmuseum next to brilliant bars and boutiques, or sites of historical interest. Grab a beer or a coffee and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam travel guide​

Disclaimer - North Sea Sound Events

Occasionally, events could be cancelled or postponed due to weather conditions or other unforeseen situations which could affect artists, meaning they are unable to perform. In this situation, DFDS will make all reasonable efforts to find alternative replacement entertainment or offer travel on later North Sea Sound dates.
​​​​Disclaimer: Prices are subject to availability and offers may be withdrawn at anytime.​ Telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply​. ABTOT provides protection for your booking as set out in section 19 of our booking conditions.​​​


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