We did the mini cruise from North Sheilds to Amsterdam earlier this week. We paid a bit extra for a double room with sea view, but we were on the 6th deck away from any engine noise, which was great. Our cabin was spotless, the buffet evening meal in the explorers kitchen had so much variety, (book it in advance to save about 50%). The bars and shops were expensive, (as expected). We stuck to beer, €5 a pint. There is a vending machine on deck 6 where you can purchase coke, Fanta etc for €2 a can. We had no delays at all, but still only had from 11am to 3.30pm in Amsterdam. On reflection we wish we had booked a night or two over there before we returned! We also booked the tour bus and canal boats in advance and used them to get around Amsterdam whilst we were there. Take cold drinks and snacks onto the boat if you want to save money. Next time we will book a hotel in Amsterdam for a couple of nights before we return, even so, we loved our little trip from start to finish. We booked through groupon, upgraded to a better standard of cabin, and then booked 2 evening meals, and 1 breakfast each on the boat. Total cost £75 each, which we thought was great value for money. Park your car in the pub next to the port to save yourself £12 a day in parking fees!
Hi Phil thanks for your great review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your trip you've added some great tips. We look forward to welcoming you on-board again soon.
DFDS Customer care