North Sea Sounds - Bowie Ball Mini Cruise To Amsterdam

DFDS is once again teaming up with the Jumpin' Hot Club to present our North Sea Sounds mini cruise, a short break sure to hit all the right notes!

This time you can enjoy a great night onboard with live entertainment from the Bowie Ball, a totally immersive Bowie experience, and the ideal way to hail the life of one of the 20th century’s most important artists. Get your friends together and relive your favourite Bowie moments with music, games, costumes and more.

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  • Live entertainment from the Ronsonettes, Bowie DJs & Bowieoke
  • 2 nights onboard in an en suite cabin
  • Coach transfers to & from Amsterdam
  • Up to 5 hours in Amsterdam
Bowie Ball

Bowie Ball

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 at our 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 Bowieoke and more.

Bowie Ball is a must for all fans of the great man. With live sets and DJs taking you on a trip from the songs of Ziggy Stardust through to the Thin White Duke to the superstar of the Lets Dance era. A must for Bowie aficionados and the newly converted, Bowie Ball will celebrate the music of one of the most unique and talented artists of our times.

Our North Sea Sounds breaks have featured the likes of Craig Charles, Frankie & the Heartstrings, ABC, The Christians and many more. They’re also so popular that they’ve recently won a Journal Culture Award. Check out the video below for an idea of what to expect!

​Bowie Ball image credits: Jazzy Lemon flickr

Onboard entertainment

Onboard entertainment

On your outbound sailing, you can enjoy amazing live performances from famous bands and artists, but there is plenty more to keep you busy as you cruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam and back. 

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

We also have shops stocking everything from fashion and fragrance to confectionery and souvenirs, as well as a casino if you’re feeling lucky.

Onboard dining

Onboard dining

We have a range of onboard dining options to suit any taste onboard including the recently-updated menu at our à la carte dining restaurant, the Blue Riband or tasty cuts of beef cooked exactly how you like them at our Explorer’s Steakhouse.

Most of our customers prefer to sample amazing food from all corners of the globe at our 7 Seas all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, or to treat themselves to wonderful pizzas, pastas and classic Italian dishes at our new Little Italy restaurant.

We also have an extensive hot and cold breakfast selection and a cafe serving snacks, pastries and hot drinks. Our meal package includes an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet at the 7 Seas restaurant on your outbound crossing, plus a breakfast buffet before the ship docks in IJmuiden.


En suite cabins

Our private en suite cabins are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a great night's sleep after the gig. 

Our standard Seaways cabins come with inside and sea view options. 

If you'd like to travel in style, then for an extra cost you can upgrade to one of our Premium Commodore or Commodore De Luxe cabins.

Amazing Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities, with a unique culture which sees the classic and the modern lie side-by-side. Whether you want to visit museums, sites of historical interest or simply relax with a coffee while taking in the vibrant atmosphere, you will be spoiled for choice in the Dutch capital.

Visit our Amsterdam travel guide​ for more information.

Meals Package – Save 38%

Our meals package includes an evening meal at the 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. Plus you’ll save 38% compared to onboard prices.

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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