There is only one ferry line that offers round-trips between the UK and Denmark — that would be DFDS Seaways and their cruise ferry DANA SIRENA, first launched in 2003. DFDS, founded in 1866, is the official name of that maritime company since 1971, but, before that, it was known as Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab, Danish for “The United Steamship Company.”
|Harwich to Esbjerg||4 per week||17.5 hours||DFDS|
The DFDS ferry connects Harwich, Essex, in the southeast corner of England, to the Danish seaport of Esbjerg on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in the Ribe region of western Denmark. The DANA SIRENA can carry 623 passengers and 435 cars, and makes the round-trip voyage several times a week, depending on the season of the year — from September through May, departures from Harwich are on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while departures from Esbjerg are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Prices start at:
- £242 for a motorcar with four passengers
- £229 for a motorcar with two passengers
- £179 for a motorcycle and two passengers
- £159 for two bicycles and two passengers
Foot passengers are also welcome, with a group of four paying £41 per person. For anyone not bringing a car onto the ferry, there is secure parking at Harwich.
The ferry to Denmark departs from Harwich in the early evening. You’ll find shopping and entertainment for both adults and children on board the DANA SIRENA, as well as some wonderful dining choices at the 7 Seas Buffet, the Blue Riband Restaurant and the Explorer’s Steakhouse. After dinner, you’ll have a cabin where you can retire for the night. Travel time is approximately eighteen hours, with an arrival in Esbjerg, Denmark around lunchtime.
Exact times for ferry to Denmark (except Sundays):
16:00 (4:00 PM) Ship check-in opens in Harwich.
17:15 (5:15 PM) Ship check-in closes.
17:45 (5:45 PM) Ship leaves Harwich.
13:00 (1:00 PM) Ship arrives at Esbjerg.
For trips on Sunday, the check-in at Harwich is from 15:30 (3:30 PM) to 16:45 (4:45 PM) and the departure is at 17:15 (5:15 PM).
As your ferry approaches Esbjerg, keep an eye out for The Men At Sea, four tall white statues standing in a row on the seacoast just north of the city. The city is a transport hub for air, road and rail traffic, so you’ll be able to get wherever you want to go in the region easily enough. If you stay to explore the city, go find the Fisheries and Maritime Museum by Sædding Beach, right next to The Men At Sea monument. Or, in the evening, join the Night Watchman as he makes his rounds and fills you in on the news of the day and the story of the city.
The overnight return trip from Esbjerg to Harwich loads in the late afternoon and takes approximately seventeen hours. The exact schedule is:
16:30 (4:30 PM) Ship check-in opens in Esbjerg.
18:15 (6:15 PM) Ship check-in closes.
18:45 (6:45 PM) Ship departs Esbjerg.
12:00 (Noon) Ship arrives at Harwich.