If you haven’t been on the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam before, this is your chance to see what it’s like onboard.
DFDS operates two cruise ferries – King Seaways and Princess Seaways – between North Shields and Amsterdam.
The vessels, which were refurbished earlier this year as part of a major project, can carry up to 1,250 passengers and 650 cars.
And we were given a tour of the King Seaways to see just what facilities are available.
Here is what you can expect on the ship:
There are more than 500 cabins. The standard ones come with two, four or five beds, each with an en-suite shower and toilet. Some of these have sea views while others are on the inner part of the ship. You can also take up one of 16 Commodore Class rooms which can sleep up to four people and have TVs and en suite bathrooms. The Commodore De Luxe cabins, also 16 in total, are the most luxurious – they are more spacious, can sleep up to three people and have en-suite bathrooms, TVs, wardrobes, seating and dressing table areas. Those in the De Luxe rooms also have exclusive access to a lounge with Wifi, refreshments and great views out to sea.
Food and drink
There are plenty of places to grab a bite or have a drink.
• Little Italy restaurant – you’ll get a range of pasta and pizza dishes here
• The Explorers Steakhouse – main courses include British Aberdeen Angus rump steak, rib eye steak of prime rib beef, Scottish Highland beef tenderloin, American style baby back ribs, grilled salmon and grilled chicken with lemon and rosemary
• A pop-up restaurant that has a different concept every month including Indian food, tapas and gastro pub food
• Navigators bar
• Blue Riband à la carte restaurant – Some of the dishes on the menu are fillet of beef with braised oxtail, new season lamb fillet with pine nuts and wild garlic crust, fried chicken breast paella with prawns and cockles and veal medallion alla Romana. There are also vegetarian options.