Ferry operator DFDS has invested £4.5 million in refurbishing the two cruise ferries that operate on its Newcastle to Amsterdam service.
The ships, King Seaways and Princess Seaways, which can carry up to 1,250 passengers and 650 cars, have received extensive modernisations in recent weeks, including updated cabin interiors, improvements to public areas, new restaurant furnishings, and an expanded onboard shop.
Changes to cabin accommodation on board include the creation of 39 new inside cabins with double beds. Located in a good position at the front of the ship on deck eight, the cabins offer customers an additional option when booking, with increased comfort on offer at a reasonable price.
In addition, the premium Commodore and Commodore De Luxe cabins on board have been renovated with new carpets, décor and updated en suite bathrooms. On King Seaways the Commodore De Luxe cabins now also feature double beds to offer a more comfortable night’s sleep for customers.
The guest services centres, Columbus Club, and bars on board have a brand new look and the ships’ four restaurants have all been face-lifted.
DFDS carried 584,000 passengers and 121,000 cars from Newcastle to Amsterdam in 2016. Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS, said: “We welcomed record numbers of passengers on board our ships last year and this investment is part of our continuous improvement programme, to ensure we always offer the best possible experience for our customers. The new look on both King Seaways and Princess Seaways provides a warm welcome for couples, friends and families who are taking a short break or starting their holiday with us in 2017.”
DFDS provides daily overnight departures to Holland. The Newcastle-Amsterdam cruise ferries are equipped with four restaurants including the Explorers’ Steakhouse, an all-you-can-eat world-food buffet in the 7 Seas, the Blue Riband à la carte restaurant and ‘Little Italy’, a pasta and pizza restaurant. There are also a number of cafes and bars, as well as live music from a house band and acoustic troubadour. Other on board facilities include a shop, a casino, a cinema and a Kidz club to keep children entertained.
Commodore cabins are available for a small additional fee. They sleep three or four people and include a flat-screen TV, sea view, steward service, complimentary mini bar and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Commodore De Luxe cabins are available on King Seaways and provide exclusive access to the Commodore De Luxe Lounge with free drinks, snacks, magazines and internet access.
Short break prices on the route currently start from £89 per person each way, while longer stays for those travelling with a car start from £45 per person for a family of four.