DFDS has released a game, not too dissimilar to Flappy Birds, called Jack's Epic Adventure.
Jack, a blue pirate parrot, flies across the screen. Using your mouse or finger, you can point him up or down, hitting coins and food but avoiding crabs.
It's an addictive game, perfect if you're bored - or want a go at unlocking a discounted mini cruise.
There's a competition behind the game and the grand prize is an Apple Watch. Just collect 100+ coins to be in with a chance of winning. The prize for the top 100 highest scoring people at the end of the competition is a Jack the Pirate key ring!
Once you collect 100+ coins, you unlock special discounts. When I had a go, I found these deals:
- 25% off Dover to Dunkirk or Calais crossings with a car or motorbike
- 25% off Newcastle to Amsterdam crossings with a car or motorbike
- 60% off mini cruises to Amsterdam
Naturally, the mini cruise is the one I'm interested in. The discounted price means mini cruises are available from £35 per person, based on two sharing an inside cabin on selected dates. A supplement applies to Friday and Saturday departures.
The Newcastle to Amsterdam mini cruise is the standard affair. Sail from North Shields in the early evening, arrive in Ijmuiden the following morning and transfer to Amsterdam city centre, catch the coach back to the port, and sail back to Newcastle overnight.
Travel dates are available up to 14 December 2017 but must be booked by 10 August.
It's a very good deal and is better priced than the last 2 for 1 offer I spotted on the same route from DFDS (£90 for two). Sure, you have to jump through the hoop of playing the game but it's quite easy to reach 100 coins before bumping into a crab to end the game.
I am sure the same offers are available to everyone who participates in the game. If you get different offers to the ones listed above, please let me know in the comments below.
To access the game, click below and follow the link to Jack's Epic Adventure.
The dull-but-necessary small print
All deals are subject to availability and can be withdrawn by the operator without prior notice. The lead-in prices (otherwise known as the 'from' prices) are, unless otherwise stated above, based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin on the cheapest available date. Typically the best prices are available at the start of any promotion period so the earlier you book the better choice of sailing dates and cabin availability you should have. Mid-week sail dates are likely to be cheaper than weekend sail dates.