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What to expect on the DFDS Newcastle to Amsterdam mini cruise

From award-winning food and drink to five hours exploring one of the most fascinating cities in Europe, here’s why DFDS’ Newcastle to Amsterdam mini cruise is so popular...

Written by High Life North
Published 10.06.2022

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If you’re craving a short break, a mini cruise to Amsterdam is perfect.

And we wouldn’t recommend anyone else to book your holiday with than DFDS, who guarantee to make your city break to Europe smooth sailing.

The DFDS Newcastle to Amsterdam mini cruise has the full package. With a return crossing to the sensational Dutch capital, five hours to explore Amsterdam’s vibrant city centre and fabulous facilities onboard to get your holiday well and truly started, DFDS – recently voted the world’s leading ferry operator – really do push the boat out to give you a memorable experience whatever your age, taste or budget.

Expect award-winning food and drink, an amazing maritime atmosphere and quality time with family and friends. DFDS’ dedicated crew only promise to give you a trip to remember. Here’s what to expect…

Good news! DFDS is kindly offering our HLN readers 2-for-1 discount for passengers on their Newcastle-Amsterdam mini cruise. Valid on travel throughout 2022 if booked before 17 July. The code (M2HLN) will be automatically applied at checkout. 

(T&Cs: 50% discount applicable on all cabins besides Commodore. Reserve dates: 23/05/2022-30/06/2022 and travel dates: 23/05/2022 – 31/12/2022, excluding July and August)




From visiting some awesome Amsterdam attractions to enjoying indulgent gourmet meals onboard, you really get a taste of the very best with a DFDS mini cruise. The package includes your accommodation, (which you can specify from DFDS’ available choice of cabins onboard), five hours to freely explore Amsterdam and your coach transfers to and from Amsterdam’s port.

HLN TOP TIP: Look out for DFDS’ seasonal mini cruises, such as their Halloween cruise, where you can expect lots of special events and activities during your time onboard, too.


DFDS’ range of comfortable ensuite cabins provides a choice of private accommodation to suit every taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for some luxury in a spacious suite with a double bed, you want to bring your four-legged friend onboard or you’re are after a budget-friendly option, there’s a cabin that’s waiting for you.


Commodore Cabins

Sleep: 4 

Add an extra taste of luxury to your continental crossing. Complete with sea views, complimentary breakfast and a free minibar, you’ll get only the best treatment from your very own DFDS’ steward service in your spacious cabin.

Commodore De Luxe Cabins

Sleep: 3 

Why not treat yourself to DFDS’ largest and most luxurious cabin? Take advantage of the free refreshments and complimentary hot buffet breakfast whilst admiring the stunning sea views. 

Commodore De Luxe Lounge

Exclusively available to Commodore De Luxe passengers travelling on King Seaways, the private Commodore De Luxe Lounge adds that extra touch of luxury to your cruise. Whether you want to help yourself to complimentary wine, beer and snacks or fancy just sitting back, relaxing and reading newspapers and magazines in spacious and stylish surroundings, you can spoil yourself in this luxurious lounge.


Double Bed Cabins

Sleep: 2

Romantic couple’s getaway? DFDS’ double bed cabins are perfect for you. These private, ensuite cabins are ideal for cosying up. There are 39 double bed cabins onboard King Seaways and 30 double bed sea view cabins, with a further 39 double bed cabins onboard Princess Seaways for you to choose from.


Sea View Cabins  

Sleep: 1-5

Enjoy the sensational scenes of lapping waves as you sail across the North Sea from your ensuite Sea View Cabin. With a bathroom and shower, clothes hooks and hangers and a desk and mirror, you’ll have all the home amenities you need as you rest in your bunk bed before and after your adventures in Amsterdam.


Economy Cabins

Sleep: 1-4

If you’re travelling on a budget, then DFDS’ economy cabins are ideal. These cabins are incredibly purse-friendly whilst still ensuring you get all the comfort of a private, ensuite room and are perfect for families, couples and single travellers.

Accessible Cabins

Sleep: 2

DFDS’ Accessible Cabins ensure everyone has the freedom to travel between Newcastle and Amsterdam with ease. With more space than standard cabins, tiled flooring, cosy single beds and seated showers and rails, these cabins are designed to accommodate wheelchairs and prams and to give you the most comfortable crossing possible.

HLN TOP TIP: Accessible Cabins can only be booked via the contact centre on 0871 522 9955


Pet-friendly Cabins  

Sleeps: 1-4 and 2 medium-sized dogs

Taking your furry friend on holiday is easier than ever with DFDS. Your canine companion can stay with you in DFDS’ specially designed cabins for your entire voyage. Plus, there are designated dog-friendly areas on deck where you can take them for a stroll.

HLN TOP TIP: These cabins can only be booked via the contact centre on 0871 522 9955


During your mini cruise, you can take advantage of all the comforts and facilities onboard. From an award-winning gourmet restaurant to a rooftop bar on deck with live entertainment and a cinema, there’s plenty onboard to help get your holiday started. There’s even a Kid’s Club to keep your little ones entertained as you take to the seas.

Here are our 14 things to do onboard DFDS Newcastle to Amsterdam.




It’s why you all want to book: the chance to see the stunning Dutch capital. And with a mini cruise package, you get up to five hours to explore Amsterdam’s vibrant city centre – so it might be worth checking out all that’s on offer in advance. You can also include access and travel to specific attractions or events at your destination.

HLN TOP TIP: We recommend booking in advance any museum visits or canal cruises to avoid queues so you can make the most of your time in Amsterdam

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