25th December is full of festive cheer, presents and plenty of good food.
So it is no wonder that Boxing Day is a more sobering day. Forget the countdown to Christmas, now it's the countdown to going back to work.
Banish thoughts like that at least for a couple of days with a festive sailing from Newcastle over to Amsterdam.
This ever-popular mini-cruise from DFDS is always a sell-out and those in the know book early each year to avoid disappointment.
You board your ferry on the 26th December setting sail in the evening. Enjoy a 3 course à la carte meal as you sail into the night. There's plenty to do on-board and the festive spirit will be very much alive, helped by the 3 drinks vouchers per person (valid on house wine, beer and soft drinks) included in the price.
Rest overnight in a cabin from a choice of accommodation to suit your budget before enjoying a hot buffet breakfast in the morning, which is included in the price.
After docking in Imjuiden your coach will transfer you to Amsterdam city centre for you to explore at your leisure. Try out the local food and drink, walk along the canals or indulge in a bit of retail therapy.
The coach returns you back to the port around five hours later where you can catch the ferry back to Newcastle that night. Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat dinner buffet (included in the price) and enjoy the live on-board entertainment.
After a night sailing, enjoy another hot buffet breakfast before the vessel docks back in Newcastle, leaving you refreshed for the day ahead.
The Amsterdam Boxing Day Mini Cruise sails in December from Newcastle but can be pre-booked early on.
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All deals are subject to availability and can be withdrawn by the operator without prior notice.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.