• Written by Kevan Barber

Includes performances from the Brand New Heavies, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Kraak & Smaak and Smoove & Turrell!

  • Two-night mini cruise departing from Newcastle on 13 November
  • Live performances on outward and return sailings
  • Book before 21 September for early bird price of £85pp

DFDS Seaways' North Sea Sounds mini cruise will surely hit all the right notes for any music lovers looking for a short break with a difference.

Departing from North Shields, near Newcastle on 13 November, passengers will enjoy two great nights on board cruise ferry Princess Seaways, with live performances on both crossings, plus time in Amsterdam all Rock-and-Rolled into one. The next cruise in the North Sea Sounds series is a funk and soul special presented by Jumpin' Hot Club, with a range of top acts including the Brand New Heavies, the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Kraak & Smaak and Smoove & Turrell.

What's more, DFDS Seaways is currently offering an amazing earlybird special price from just £85pp for bookings made before 21 September. For more information, or to book, visit

Newcastle-based Smoove & Turrell play what they call Northern Funk, a style which blends funk, soul, hip-hop and pop music. When Craig Charles asked his BBC Radio 6 Music listeners to vote for their Fantasy Funk Band, John Turrell was named as the best male funk vocalist.

Since 2008, the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club has performed live DJ sets at nightclubs, festivals and special events throughout the UK, and beyond. Charles plays a mixture of well-known, classic funk and soul tracks, as well as modern hits and remixes or covers of classic songs from new artists.

Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak were named as a “must-see live band” by dance music magazine IDJ, taking a respectable place alongside Moby, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Touring internationally since 2005, the Dutch boys have honed their live show into a must-see act.

With no fewer than 16 UK top 40s to their name, the Brand New Heavies are well-known throughout the UK as acid-jazz pioneers. Still touring consistently and releasing music, expect classics such as Never Stop and Dream on Dreamer, as well as more modern tracks in its set.

To find out more information about DFDS Seaways' Newcastle to Amsterdam cruise ferry service, visit or telephone 0871 521 5522.

About DFDS Seaways:
DFDS is Northern Europe's largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS Seaways prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS Seaways has been named the 'World's Leading Ferry Operator' for the last four years (2011-14), as well as 'Europe's Leading Ferry Operator' at the prestigious 2014 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS Seaways operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes.  It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS Seaways network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.

For further information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit

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