On the 12th of July DFDS has completed the acquisition of Norfolkline ferries, this will create the largest ferry company in Europe with a network stretching from Russia all the way to Ireland.
Throughout the year the Norfolkline brand will disappear and change to the DFDS brand which will mean a change of name to DFDS Seaways, a different logo and the use of a darker shade of blue as its in-house colour.
Will this affect Norfolkline’s Channel ferry service? No not really, DFDS did not have any presence at the English Channel so with the takeover they will just extend their network.
The only notable changes will be the change of brand and perhaps the disappearance of the famous Captain Jesper who has featured in most of Norfolkline’s Channel related advertisement.
If you are also using the other DFDS/Norfolkline routes there might be some benefits in the merger of the both companies as you are now able to combine the different ferry routes from both companies meaning that you could now choose and combine the following routes:
Amsterdam – Newcastle
Dover – Dunkirk
Liverpool – Belfast
Liverpool – Dublin
Rosyth – Zeebrugge
Harwich – Esbjerg
This extension of routes means that you could plan the perfect holiday by taking the ferry to France, cross France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and finish up in Denmark and take the ferry to Harwich… Or is this a bit too much?
Anyway, the extension of the ferry network will mean more opportunities to travel between the UK and Europe/Scandinavia.