Local children Sail with Santa

DFDS recently held an exclusive ‘Sail with Santa’ event for local families as part of the UK charity Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas appeal.

The event took place on King Seaways at the Port of Tyne and saw over 200 children and their families attend a specially arranged Christmas party. Activities on board included Christmas entertainment, face-painting and a festive meal prepared by the chefs. Children also got the opportunity to meet the Captain, several Disney Princesses, Captain America and the main man himself, Santa Claus.

Guests were invited to the event by Cash for Kids, a children’s charity with regional bases across the UK, established to improve opportunities and provide life-changing experiences for young people across the UK. Sail with Santa offered hundreds of local children from disadvantaged backgrounds or with life-limiting illnesses the chance to enjoy some festive fun.

Lucy Chambers, Brand & Content Specialist, says: “We’re incredibly proud to have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children in our region. The Sail with Santa event spreads plenty of Christmas cheer and provided a fun day out for local children and their families.”

“Huge thanks to everyone in the Newcastle office and onboard King Seaways who helped organise the event. Our very own Chris Whitfield even dressed up as Captain America for the occasion!”

The day came to a close with a special performance of ‘Let it Go’ by the Princesses, complete with snow! Every child left the ship with a gift from Santa, a special passport full of Princess autographs and magical memories of a festive party with a difference.

Children celebrate onboard King Seaways with the Captain, Santa and his elves.


Merida from Brave enjoying a dance onboard.


Sleeping Beauty signing autographs.


The Captain and staff onboard King Seaways feeling festive.


Captain America greets our guests.


December 17, 2019