Mowtown & Soul Weekend with Martha & The Vandellas - Sold out!

Our North Sea Sounds mini cruise is back once again. In association with Jumpin’ Hot Club, we have drawn together artists which soundtrack the civil rights era, bringing a weekend of motown, jazz and soul with famous faces such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Nige Brown. Winner of a Journal Culture Award, North Sea Sounds is the perfect getaway for music-lovers and city-breakers, alike.​

North Sea Sounds is part of the Freedom City 2017 programme. It marks the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

What’s more, book now and you can enjoy our early bird price from just £73pp, return.

  • ​Live performances from Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Nige Brown & Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir plus DJs​
  • 2 nights onboard in an en suite cabin
  • Return coach transfers to Amsterdam
  • Up to 5 hours in Amsterdam​​​​​​​​​
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Performing with artists such as Marvin Gaye and James Brown and featuring on soundtracks like Sister Act and Good Morning, Vietnam, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas have firmly established themselves as superstars of the motown genre. They’ll be performing on both crossings on our North Sea Sounds mini cruise as part of their international tour, celebrating 50 years since the release of their hit single ‘Jimmy Mack’. Listed in Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Immortal Artists’, make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to see this world-famous band playing hit songs like ‘Dancing in the Street’ and ‘Heatwave’.

Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir

Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir

A collection of singers from churches across the region will come together in a beautiful gospel choir as part of the music cruise on both the Friday and Saturday night. You’ll hear both classic and modern gospel songs including ‘Amazing Grace’, and ‘Oh Happy Day’ and songs from the civil rights era such as ‘A Change is Gonna Come’. Watching these outstanding singers, who have also performed in the Houses of Parliament, is a fantastic way to celebrate 50 years since Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

DJ Sets

DJ Sets

You’ll also hear sets from Nige Brown, one of the most sought after Northern soul DJs. Brown has played sets in Ibiza, Germany, Sweden and more. Toma and Tizer, part of our music cruise last year, will also be there playing Northern and contemporary soul. DJs and musicians from the legendary Wicked Jazz Sounds club nights in Amsterdam will be playing a mix of jazz, hip hop, soul, funk, and more. Big Boss Man DJ, Howard Boss, also, performing, is a mainstay of the Amsterdam soul scene playing the finest in Northern Soul.​

Onboard experience

Onboard experience

As well as the amazing live performances onboard, there’s plenty more to keep you entertained as you sail to the Dutch capital. 

Dine in any of our 2 restaurants, including an all-you-can-eat buffet and à la carte option, or have a tipple in the 3 bars.​

There’s even a cinema, casino and shop stocking everything from designer deals to souvenirs.​​

Onboard facilities

Relax onboard

Relax and unwind

Our private, en suite cabins provide the perfect comfort after a night of dancing and partying. Sink into your bed and drift off to sleep, waking up just in time to hop off and explore Amsterdam. There are standard cabins with both inside and sea view options. You can also upgrade to our premium Commodore and Commodore De Luxe cabins if you’d like to travel in style.

Our cabins


Amazing Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is an exciting and vibrant city that makes it perfect for a mini break. See the sights on foot, by bike, bus or even a canal cruise. There’s so many ways to get around. Countless museums and galleries, beautiful independent boutiques and plenty of bars and restaurants mean there’s no shortage of things to do while you’re there.

Amsterdam travel guide​

Freedom City

​​The Freedom City 2017 programme marks the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Freedom City 2017 takes place across Newcastle and Gateshead throughout the year, with outdoor events, thought-provoking theatre, inspiring exhibitions, musical performances, academic research and more,. Inspired by the themes of Dr King’s acceptance speech at Newcastle University, Freedom City 2017 brings international artists, musicians, filmmakers, academics and community groups together to inspire them to help tackle the three ‘urgent and great problems’ highlighted in Dr King’s speech ‘the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war.’

See North Sea Sounds for yourself

Not sure what to expect? Watch our video from one of our previous North Sea Sounds mini cruises.

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Disclaimer - North Sea Sound Events

Occasionally, events could be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances which could affect artists, meaning they are unable to perform. In this situation we 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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