Marine Wildlife mini cruise to Amsterdam - Coming soon

Our Marine Wildlife mini cruise is an exciting and educational 2-night adventure which will allow you to relax and have fun as you sail between Newcastle and Amsterdam, while learning about and spotting the wildlife you can encounter in the North Sea. You’ll also spend the best part of the day in Amsterdam.​

  • 2 nights onboard in an en suite cabin
  • Look out for dolphins, whales, porpoise and more in their natural habitat
  • Workshops & activities for children and adults
  • Coach transfers to & from Amsterdam
  • Up to 5 hours in Amsterdam​

Available on KING SEAWAYS only.

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​​​"Fab, not only did we see dolphins and whales from the observation deck, but both me and the kids learned a lot from the ORCA presentation." ​Barker Family, York​​
Wildlife presentations

Wildlife Presentations

Shortly after boarding, join our wildlife officers from whale and dolphin charity ORCA for an presentation on the range of wildlife that you may encounter on your crossing.

Later on, grab a drink in the Compass Bar and join the wine and whales talk and Q&A session about ORCA’s vital marine conservation work. 

On the return journey, enjoy an interactive natural history presentation and a documentary from ORCA full of fun facts suitable for kids and big kids alike!

Wildlife observations

Wildlife Observations

Once you are familiar with North Sea wildlife, you will be taken up to our observation deck by your Wildlife Officer, Rachael or Kerry. From here, overlooking the impressive sea views, you can survey the sea for dolphins, whales, birds and porpoise in their natural habitat. There is a deck watch in the evening and again in the early morning, so you can enjoy the sunrise and try to spot wildlife as you approach into port. Afterwards, come into the new ORCA Wildlife Centre and stick your sightings on our map, as well as getting your family sightings pack with certificates of the species you have spotted. ORCA also have binoculars that you can borrow for the cost of a small donation to the charity.

Dining onboard

Dining Onboard

Tuck into a juicy, succulent cut of beef, served just how you like it, at our Explorer’s Steakhouse or take your tastebuds on a whistle-stop tour at our 7 Seas all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. Our Blue Riband restaurant offers a rotating à la carte menu, and you can find traditional Italian dishes at Little Italy. We also have an extensive hot and cold breakfast selection and a cafe serving snacks, pastries and hot drinks. Book your meals in advance for extra convenience and save compared to onboard prices.

Dining Onboard

Onboard entertainment

Onboard Entertainment

Onboard our ferries we have bars, restaurants, a casino, a children’s play area and much, much more. Enjoy live music in our cool, laid-back Navigator’s Bar or the latest Hollywood blockbusters in our onboard cinema and children can enjoy the ball pool, Lego and fun with the children’s entertainer.

Entertainment Onboard

En suite cabins

En Suite Cabins

Our private en suite cabins are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a great night's sleep. Our Seaways cabins are our standard cabins with inside and sea view options available.

We also have 5-beth cabins – perfect for larger families and premium Commodore cabins for those who want to travel in style. Select your preferred cabin type when you book.

Our cabins              



Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities, with a unique culture which sees the classic and the modern lie side-by-side. See paintings by Rembrandt and the Dutch masters, take a cruise up the worl​d-famous canals or relax with a coffee while taking in the beautiful baroque surroundings of the Dutch capital. Amsterdam Zoo, one of Europe’s oldest, is the perfect place to continue your wildlife experience between crossings, or simply relax and play in Vondelpark.

Amsterdam travel guide

Wildlife Watching Experience!

Join our expert onboard Wildlife Officers, from marine wildlife charity ORCA, as they lead watches from the deck of our ferry where you can spot dolphins, whales, harbour porpoises and more, all in their natural habitat.

Meet Debris the Harbour Porpoise

To help highlight the amount of litter in the ocean, marine wildlife charity ORCA and a team of volunteers organised a series of beach cleans, before artist Izzy Moreau transformed the litter collected into Debris, the harbour porpoise.

Onboard activities timetable

Newcastle – Amsterdam

18:30–19:00 Introduction to Wildlife
This talk will tell you all about birds, whales and dolphins of the North Sea.

19:00–20:00 Deck Watch
Join your Wildlife Officer on Observation Deck 8.5 (front of ship - outside) to look for birds, whales and dolphins!

20:00–21:00 Children’s Wildlife Activities
Colouring in, art and crafts, play ‘blubber glove’, writing competitions, activity books, giant snakes & ladders and practice with binoculars! Then stick your sightings on the map.

21:00–22:00 Wine and Whales Evening Lecture
Grab yourself a drink from the Compass bar and join us in the ORCA wildlife centre for a presentation and a Q&A session on ORCA's current work areas.

08:00–09:00 Sunrise Deck Watch
Look for marine wildlife as we approach port.

Amsterdam - Newcastle

18:00–18:30 Dolphin Science
An interactive presentation about dolphin biology with fun facts.

18:30–19:30 Deck Watch
Join your Wildlife Officer on Observation Deck 8.5 (front of ship – outside) to look for birds, whales and dolphins!

19:30–20:30 Children’s Wildlife Activities
Join the whale trail treasure hunt, make a porpoise puppet and guess how long a Minke Whale is, amongst many other fun games and story books in the ORCA Wildlife Centre.

20:30–22:00 Whale and Dolphin DVD
Free to view documentary and ORCA wildlife centre open.

08:00–09:00 Sunrise Deck Watch
Look for marine wildlife as we approach port.

To find out more about the work of Whale & Dolphin charity ORCA visit
All times are in Central European Time (CET = 1 hour ahead of UK time). Deck watches are weather permitting!


​​​​​Disclaimer: Prices are subject to availability. Credit card & telephone booking fees apply. Terms & Conditions apply​. ABTOT provides protection for your booking as set out in section 19 of our booking conditions.​​​


It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named again as Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2016 at the World Travel Awards. We have won this fantastic award for 6 years running now.​​