If the thought of being confined on a ferry for a night fills you with trepidation, fear not.
Princess Seaways boasts plenty of facilities to keep you busy.
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There is just one shop onboard, but it is huge and offers everything from designer clothes and toys to souvenirs, perfumes, alcohol and cigarettes.
You will find plenty of choices, and a classic selection of familiar products from well-known brands such as M&M's, Toblerone, Diam, and more.
There are a couple of bars onboard offering a vast array of drinks. Each has a unique ambience.
Live entertainment acts perform in the bars and lounges. On my sailing, there was a guitarist who sang country and western tunes in the Navigators Bar and the Columbus Lounge. The headline act on both crossings was Curls and Pearls, who sang cover versions of retro classics and modern hits. Both were excellent.
The live entertainment on-board is free of charge, and there are plenty of comfortable seats so you can sit, relax, and enjoy the performances. I watched as the dance floor in the Columbus Club filled up with everyone from teenagers through to grandparents.
A Quiet Drink
If you prefer more subdued ambience, head to the Compass Bar next to Explorers Steakhouse. This dimly lit bar is perfect for a quiet drink.
Alternatively, for hot drinks or light snacks head to Bake 'n Coffee. With plenty of seating and a relaxed and informal ambience, it is a good place to enjoy a coffee.
Casino and Bingo
Dance with Lady Luck at the Casino. Br aware that it is not large - it nestles in the corner of the Columbus Club.
During my sailing, there was an opportunity to join in a game of bingo for a fee. The number of passengers playing determines the jackpot. "The more that play, the better they pay" spouted the cruise entertainment manager.
Princess Seaways offers two cinema screens (known as "Informal Film Lounges") showing recent films. The rooms are relatively small, but ticket prices are reasonable. Book early when you get onboard as these fill up quickly.
During the school holidays, a children's entertainer runs the free Pirates Club. Kids will be kept busy with treasure hunts, magic shows, and competitions.
In The Kidz' Club area there is a ball pool and play area to keep the little ones quiet.
Teenagers may want to head to the Arcade Room, which boasts a classic selection of coin-operated games.
There is a good mix of things to do on the overnight ferry between Newcastle and Amsterdam. Be aware that some options cost extra.
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