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DFDS Seaways operates ferries from both Harwich in Essex and Newcastle in the north east of England. DFDS have one of the largest fleets of ferries in Europe. With exciting European locations such as Holland, Denmark and Norway you really are spoilt for choice. DFDS are the largest ferry operator serving North Sea routes.
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DFDS Seaways, the leading North Sea ferry operator, offer ferry crossings to Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Sail to Northern Europe with DFDS Seaways from England to Holland. There is a daily sailing from Newcastle to Amsterdam in Holland provided by two ships operating this route.
This route is popular with those taking their car and travelling onto Germany, Belgium and France. Amsterdam is the gateway to a whole range of destinations. Travelling with DFDS Seaways and being able to take your own car is of great convenience. Simply pack everything you need, drive onboard one of the cruise ferries, relax and let your holiday begin.
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DFDS Seaways Mini Cruises
DFDS Seaways 2 night mini cruises are extremely popular. These breaks give you time in destination to explore your city of choice and also the fun of DFDS Seaways onboard experience. On DFDS Seaways’ Newcastle to Amsterdam route, there are daily sailings. Enjoy the night onboard ship as you sail to Amsterdam. There is so much to do onboard with a range of restaurants, bars and live entertainment. Why not watch a film in the cinema, buy the latest fragrance in the shops or try a flutter in the casino?
You will arrive in Ijmuiden shortly after breakfast where you will have the day to enjoy the cultural city of Amsterdam including the red light district, museums, flower markets and canals. The ship and all the fun of onboard awaits you on your return.
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DFDS Seaways Fleet
MS Crown of Scandinavia - MS Crown of Scandinavia is a cruiseferry operated on a route connecting Copenhagen, Denmark to Oslo, Norway. The ship was built in 1994 by Brodogradiliste Split in Split, Croatia. She was originally ordered by Euroway and was to be called MS Frans Kockum but never sailed under that name. The ship was also temporarily renamed MS Thomas Mann during construction. On 26 July 1994 the ship was renamed MS Crown of Scandinavia and began sailing on Scandinavian Seaways (a marketing name for DFDS passenger operations) Copenhagen — Helsingborg — Oslo -service. In 1999 the company name reverted to DFDS Seaways. Sometime between 1999 and 2003 the ship's livery was slightly altered, the frames of her bridge windows (originally black) were now painted white, arguably unbalancing her profile. In January 2005 the ship was rebuilt at Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona, Sweden. On 15 October 2006 the call at Helsingborg was dropped from the route in order to cut down fuel and pilot expenses.
MS King of Scandinavia - MS King of Scandinavia runs on the route connecting Newcastle, England to IJmuiden in the Netherlands. She was built in 1987 as MS Nils Holgersson by Schichau Unterweser, Bremerhaven, West Germany for TT-Line. Between 1993 and 2006 the ship was named MS Val de Loire, owned by Brittany Ferries and used on traffic across the English Channel. In February 2006 the Val de Loire ended her service with Brittany Ferries and was renamed MS King of Scandinavia (she is the third ship of the same name to sail with DFDS Seaways). Between 2 and 11 March she was refitted for her new service in IJmuiden, the Netherlands, and on 11 March she began serving on DFDS Seaways' Newcastle - IJmuiden route, running parallel to MS Queen of Scandinavia. In May 2007 the MS Queen of Scandinavia swapped routes with MS Princess of Norway, a sister ship of the King of Scandinavia.
MS Pearl of Scandinavia - MS Pearl of Scandinavia is a cruiseferry operated on DFDS's Copenhagen—Oslo service. She was built in 1989 by Wärtsilä Marine, Turku, for Rederi AB Slite as MS Athena for use in Viking Line traffic. Between 1993 and 2001 she sailed as MS Lankapuri Star Aquarius. In January 2002 the ship was again rebuilt, this time at Copenhagen, and again in January 2005 at Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona, Sweden. In October 2006 DFDS decided to drop the stop at Helsingborg in order to save fuel and pilot expenses.
MS Princess of Norway - MS Princess of Norway runs on a route connecting Newcastle, England to IJmuiden in the Netherlands. She was built in 1986 as MS Peter Pan by Schichau Unterweser, Bremerhaven, Germany for TT-Line. Between 1993 and 2002 the ship was named MS Spirit of Tasmania, owned by the Tasmanian Government and operated by TT-Line Pty. Ltd. and used on traffic across the Bass Strait. In 2002 the ship was sold to Fjord line, renamed MS Fjord Norway for service from Denmark. MS Fjord Norway was purchased by Danish shipping company DFDS Seaways in 2006 and renamed MS Princess of Norway; she joined the DFDS Seaways fleet on 8 November 2006, and was then refurbished at Frederikshavn and began sailing on the Newcastle - Stavanger - Haugesund - Bergen route. The MS Princess of Norway swapped routes with the MS Queen of Scandinavia. Taking over the IJmuiden - Newcastle route from May 2006 onward with her sister ship MS King of Scandinavia.
MS Dana Sirena - A Ro-Pax ferry operating between Harwich and Esbjerg. She was built as the MS Golfo Dei Delfini, but was acquired by DFDS before entering service and rebuilt with extra passenger accommodation. Her sister MS Lisco Gloria operates for DFDS subsidiary Lisco Lines.
DFDS Seaways Routes
The Newcastle to IJmuiden cruise ferry service connects the North-East of England to Holland. This route is served by the MS Princess of Norway or the MS King of Scandinavia.
The Copenhagen-Oslo ferry route connects the capital of Denmark with the capital of Norway. Travelling on either MS Crown of Scandinavia or MS Pearl of Scandinavia The two ships operate a daily service, with departures early evening from both Oslo and Copenhagen.
The Harwich to Esbjerg ferry route connects Essex in England to Esbjerg in Western Denmark. The ship departs from the UK at 18:00 and after an overnight crossing arrives in Denmark at 13:00 local time. The ship sets sail from Denmark at 19:00, arriving at Harwich at lunchtime the following day.
DFDS Seaways History
During its history, DFDS has absorbed several other ferry operators, including Tor Line (purchased 1981) and Prinz Ferries (also purchased 1981). From 1982 to 1983 DFDS' passenger operations were branded as DFDS Danish Seaways (Esbjerg — Harwich/Newcastle/Torshavn, Copenhagen — Oslo, Newcastle — Oslo), DFDS Tor Line (Gothenburg — Harwich/Newcastle/Amsterdam) and DFDS Prins Ferries (Harwich — Hamburg/Bremerhaven). DFDS also operated the Fred. Olsen Bergen Line routes Newcastle — Stavanger/Bergen and Stavanger — Amsterdam.
Although DFDS have generally concentrated on freight and passenger traffic on the North Sea (and to a lesser extent the Baltic Sea), they operated a ferry service in the Mediterranean between 1971 and 1981, as well as a ferry service from New York to Freeport as well as Miami - Freeport in the early 1980s under the name Scandinavian World Cruises (which later developed into SeaEscape). Between 1988 and 1999 the company's passenger services were marketed under the name Scandinavian Seaways.
DFDS Seaways is the passenger-carrying division of DFDS A/S. It operates five cruiseferries and one ro-pax ferry on routes connecting Denmark to Norway, and the United Kingdom to the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. The company has recently (2006) renewed their fleet, purchasing MS King of Scandinavia and MS Princess of Norway to replace the last ships dating from the 1970s still in service. The company has acquired a reputation as something of an expert in purchasing used ships, as the last time DFDS Seaways ordered a newbuild was in 1978 (although they have since taken over build contracts and taken delivery of newbuilds originally ordered by other companies).
In 2006 DFDS Seaways stopped serving Sweden when MS Princess of Scandinavia was taken off service and the Copenhagen—Oslo service ships stopped calling at Helsingborg. In September 2006 it was announced that DFDS Seaways would operate the routes previously operated by Fjordline between Newcastle and Western Norway. DFDS Seaways ferry services between Harwich and Cuxhaven ceased operation in November 2005. DFDS Ferry services between Newcastle, Gothenburg and Kristiansand ceased operation in October 2006. In May 2008 DFDS made public their plan to close down the loss-making United Kingdom—Norway service on 2008-08-01. MS Queen of Scandinavia, the ship used in the service, will be either sold or chartered out to another operator.
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