A taste of Amsterdam
Product: www.dfdsseaways.co.uk Price: £59.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
What they say it does:
Perfect for families, couples, or groups of friends, our mini cruises are great value and offer the perfect combination of a short city break and a relaxing time onboard as you sail from Newcastle to Holland and back.
What our reviewer said:
I had taken a DFDS mini-cruise as a teenager to Esjberg and wondered if the lovely memories I had of those days would be as memorable for my grandchildren.
The terminal was clean, the check-in procedure was easy and the shore staff very helpful. Onboard, we were pointed in the direction of our ‘cabin with a sea view’ on deck 11. But as you walk onto the cargo deck, you are quickly reminded this is a ferry with cabins rather than a cruise liner.
Initially, I have to say I was taken aback at the size of our ensuite 4-berth cabin. It was quite small area with two beds with 2 fold down bunk and the sea view was the lifeboat deck, but it (and the ship it general) was very clean, and there was enough storage area for 4 people for two nights.
After booking our table for dinner, we popped to the bar for “sail away”. Both GBP and Euros are accepted on board, but be prepared to pay city prices for both alcohol and soft drinks.
Dinner at the all-you-can-eat 7 Seas Restaurant was a very enjoyable affair. We’d booked an early dinner to avoid the rush and were not disappointed by the heaving smörgåsbord of fresh seafood, roast meats, vegetables and a variety of dishes and desserts. You can try as little or as much as you like for £23.99pp (prepaid).
After dinner it was off to the lounge to listen to the party band, Blind Vinyl who played a variety of music for all tastes and very well too. There was also bingo and a casino on board should luck be on your side.
We took a tour of the ferry and found a small children's play area, gift shop and duty free, cinema and bars and other eateries.
On arrival in Ijmuiden, we boarded our bus for the 45 minute transfer into Amsterdam and had a lovely day walking through the city and visiting the Vondelpark. We rode the tram, drank coffee by the canal then before we realised, it was time for our journey back to the boat.
Back onboard, we had another tasty meal onboard at the 7 Seas and spent a pleasant evening watching the world go by.
Thankfully, our crossing both ways felt relatively calm and in conclusion, I can honestly say this was an enjoyable trip, but whilst there are niceties, don’t expect the luxury of the Queen Mary 2.
Mini-cruise to Amsterdam price based on current promotion - 3 day short break FROM £59. Room upgrades and dining packages available.
Tips for your journey:
Parking at the ferry terminal is £12 per day. We took a ten minute walk by the marina and saved over 60% by parking on a private drive advertised on www.Just Park.com
You will need a two pin European plug adaptor should you want to use the power point in your room
About DFDS Seaways
DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships. DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into Northern Europe.
In the UK, the company operates DFDS Seaways passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newhaven to Dieppe and an overnight service from Newcastle to Amsterdam.
DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover to Dunkirk and Dover to Calais routes. It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four sailings a day and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.