Entertainment on King Seaways

You will find a range of entertainment options for all tastes and ages on King Seaways.


There is plenty to keep you and your family entertained throughout the sailing on King Seaways.

Columbus Club

The Columbus Club is the night club on board and is usually host to live entertainment. Curls & Pearls were headlining on my sailings, performing a variety of all-time classic tunes.

There is usually a change of live acts throughout the night, but the Columbus Club is a great place to have a drink and sing along or dance to some great music.


If you are feeling lucky, head to the casino on Deck 9. It has limited opening hours but is very popular when it opens.


Nightly family-friendly bingo sessions are also popular. The quantity of people that play determines the jackpots.

Navigators Bar

Navigators Bar is a lounge bar, perfect for unwinding over a glass of wine. A selection of wines, beers, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks are available in this laid-back venue.

Live entertainment is available in this bar. I watched as a very talented guitarist sang classic songs to the enthusiastic applause of passengers.

Sports Bar

The Sports Bar has a fresh and trendy feel to it, with pumping music playing and a wide choice of cocktails and drinks on offer. The modern venue attracts a younger audience than Navigators Bar.

Neptune Sky Bar

Neptune Sky Bar (formerly the Mermaid Bar) is a weather-dependant bar that resides at the rear of the vessel on the outer deck.

Neptune Sky Bar
Neptune Sky Bar

Stunning views over the rear of the ship together with drinks and a beautiful sunset would make a great end of the day.

Sadly poor weather and cold temperatures on my sailings meant this did not open.

Commodore De Luxe Lounge

The Commodore De Luxe Lounge is somewhere you can sit in peace and quiet, mingle with a small group of fellow travellers, and gorge on complimentary snacks and drinks.

Commodore De Luxe Lounge
Commodore De Luxe Lounge

Access to this exclusive venue is limited to those travelling in Commodore De Luxe suites. The lounge is at the end of the Commodore De Luxe cabin corridor.


The main shop on Deck 7 sells a variety of products although there is a distinct lack of DFDS-branded merchandise.

This shop sells a range of clothes, duty-free alcohol, confectionery, and other snacks.

The main shops on King Seaways

The ship stocks souvenirs of Amsterdam (for those who forgot to get them on land) and bizarrely for a ferry that departs Newcastle, it also sold London souvenir items.

Next to the main shop is the outlet specialising in duty-free fragrances. The pungent scents of designer perfumes fill the air of this well-stocked shop.

Tucked away on Deck 9 is a shop aimed at kids, selling a variety of toys and games.


If you are travelling with young children, head to the Kidz' Club area.

The Kidz' Club has been designed to appeal to kids aged between four and eight years of age, with a dedicated playroom, ball pool, drawing tables, plus videos and cartoons.

Kids play area and ball pool
Kids play area and ball pool

The Pirates Club is run by a professional children's entertainer on selected sailings during the school holidays. Fun activities on offer include treasure hunts, drawing competitions, and games.

Slot Machines and Amusement Games

Deck 9 is host to slot machines. There is also a small amusement games room where you will find an air hockey table and some video games.


Located on Deck 1 is the two-screen cinema that can accommodate up to 102 passengers. Tickets prices are reasonable, and the film selection is current. I found that movies started very early in the sailing, so if you want to take the kids to see a movie at sea, you need to book this as soon as you get onboard.

Wildlife Centre

The Wildlife Centre is not an advertised attraction but is an impressive room to visit if you are interested in marine animals.

Conservation room
The Wildlife Centre

The Centre is on Deck 9 and is full of information about the wildlife that lives in the North Sea. During the summer months, there are often themed mini cruises with expert advisers from the ORCA charity on board helping to spot wildlife on the journey between Amsterdam and Newcastle.

  • Choice of entertainment
  • Value for money


There is a good assortment of things to do on the overnight ferry between Newcastle and Amsterdam. Be aware that some options cost extra.

Read more in this series

  1. Getting to Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal
  2. King Seaways Review
  3. King Seaways Cabins
  4. Food & Drink on King Seaways
  5. Entertainment on King Seaways (you are here)
  6. Guide to Ijmuiden, Amsterdam
  7. Novotel Centre Tour Noire Brussels Review
  8. Top Things To Do, See, And Eat In Brussels
  9. Brussels Christmas Markets and Light Show
  10. Brussels Christmas Markets Mini Cruise Review on DFDS' King Seaways
(Photo credit(s) to David Fiske)
Disclosure: DFDS kindly supplied a half board mini cruise to Brussels, including overseas transfers and a hotel. I paid for travel to and from the Port of Tyne, UK hotel, car parking, incidentals onboard, and meals and incidentals overseas. The opinions in this article are my own.

Written by David Fiske

David first found his sea legs on a cruise around the Caribbean in 2009. Since then he's looked for any excuse to get back on the water which led him onto creating Mini Cruise Reviews as a way to showcase short min breaks that sail from the UK (on ferries or cruise ships).

2 comments on “Entertainment on King Seaways

  1. Hi, i play in a Status Quo tribute band called " MA KELLY'S BOYS "and we would love to play on the Mini Cruises to Amsterdam from Newcastle. Who would i approach about booking our band please.

    Kind regards
    Denny Mochan

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