Europe's leading ferry operator DFDS and marine conservation charity ORCA enter their 13th year in partnership as the 2019 ORCA season begins. The partnership sees on board ORCA marine wildlife experts engage with passengers to educate them about the diverse marine life and conservation work undertaken in British waters. Conservation talks, marine wildlife spotting sessions and wildlife related games are offered to passengers of all ages, free of charge. Until 27 September, ORCA's team of Marine Wildlife Officers will be on board select DFDS Newcastle-Amsterdam crossings and from 5 June to 8 September on select Newhaven-Dieppe crossings.
Steve Jones, Head of Partnerships at ORCA said, “We are looking forward to enjoying a 13th season with DFDS. We hope to engage with even more passengers than during last year's record-breaking season, which saw over 35,100 passengers take part in the ORCA education programme on board. There is such a fantastic array of wildlife to be enjoyed on Britain's coastline and we can't wait to showcase it to passengers.”
Naomi Thornton from DFDS said, “We are thrilled to have ORCA's team of Marine Wildlife Officers back on board. We've enjoyed 12 years working with the ORCA team on our Newcastle-Amsterdam route and are delighted to be extending this marine wildlife watching service to passengers on board our Newhaven-Dieppe route for the second year running. We look forward to seeing the ORCA team's findings across both routes this summer.”
The 2018 season saw the opening of a brand new ORCA Wildlife Centre on board DFDS King Seaways ship, where 35,100 passengers engaged with the on board programme. These passengers were treated to more than 2,000 marine wildlife sightings, including 902 harbour porpoises, 30 bottlenose dolphins, 74 minke whales, 225 grey seals and 652 acrobatic white-beaked dolphins.
DFDS offers daily sailings between Newcastle-Amsterdam. On board, passengers can enjoy fine dining in the North Sea Bistro as well as an unlimited international selection serving over 60 dishes in Explorer's Kitchen. Also on board is a shop, casino, two cinema screens and kid's club. DFDS also offer multiple daily sailings between Newhaven-Dieppe where on board facilities include a self-service restaurant and the Beachy Head Bar, a split-level seaview lounge. There is a dedicated soft play area for young children whilst older kids can take advantage of video games available.
ORCA activities open to all passengers at no cost. See www.dfds.co.uk
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