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DFDS Newcastle Amsterdam

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DFDS Newcastle Amsterdam

This view is based upon folks travelling without a car who simply wish to visit Amsterdam as a tourist for a day.

If you really want to see Dutch capitol I wouldn't advise going on the day trip excursion with DFDS.

We have just returned from a 2 day trip with all of 3 hours to yourself in Amsterdam city.

You might work out your "city visit time" by the time the boat arrives and leaves - this is NOT the case.

DFDS Ferry was 1 hour late into the Dutch terminal after 15 hours at sea, and generally is late according to other passengers who travel regularly.

After late arrival it takes about 1 hour for the transfer coaches to fill up.

It then takes 45-55minutes into the centre of Amsterdam by coach, ; if you've got on the free city centre tour it adds another hour.

You are requested to be at the pick-up point in central Amsterdam for the return journey about 2 hours proir to departure.

This gives you between 3 and 5 hours in Amsterdam before you have to head back for your 15 hour boat ride. Not good.

If you have a decent cabin instead of slumming it down below and you also take into account what you will spend on food and drink on board (which was fairly pricey) you can take the 1hr 40min flight and easily overnight in a decent 3 or 4 star hotel and see the city for a full day for the same if not cheaper price.

This trip is for boat enthusiasts not city visitors.

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1. Re: DFDS Newcastle Amsterdam

Yes if you like to spend more time in the city of Amsterdam you should buy a flight ticket with jet2 it's a low cost airline with regular flights between Amsterdam and Newcastle. Or if you're doing the DFDS boattrip one should at least stay in a hotel in Amsterdam for one night!

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The otherway round however, Amsterdam-Newcastle, used to be better. With arriving in Newcastle at 9.00 local time and 2 departures back to the boat at 15.00 and 16.15. If you have booked as a minicruise, i.e. 1 day in NC and 2 nights on the boat, you can take the 16.15 back to the boat because you don't need to check in anymore.

That gives you from appr. 9.45-16.15 to enjoy NC. In which you have enough time to visit Metrocenter, Europe's largest shoppingcenter.

As I said: "used to be". When travelling on the King or Queen of Scandinavia there is almost no problem because most of the time they are on time or a little late. Last tuesday(may 29, 2007) the Queen of Scandinavia switched routes with the Princess of Norway and this was certainly not for the best.

Although the Princess is, on paper, only 1 knot slower than the King and Queen(20 as opposed 21) it travels at 3/4 of its speed. Therefore the boat is constantly running late. Last few departures were one and a half hours late and following arrivals were 3 hours late

Then the ship itself: It felt like that the boat had a problem with the propulsion and with the stability (I hate to be on it in bad weather). Every turn it made the ship leant over.

Notices are not in Dutch but only in English, German and Norwegian. Films weren't subtitled. Staff was inexperienced of sometimes very stupid.

Although they used to serve more types of beer on the Bergen-Newcastle route(for instance lovely Kilkenny Beer from Ireland) they only served Dutch Grolsch.

The Princess of Norway has 3 things going for it:

1) more deckspace outside

2) larger and more restaurants

3) a very large shop.


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