Ferry from Newcastle to Gothenburg in Sweden
The Newcastle to Gothenburg (Göteborg) ferry service ended on the 30th October 2006, but it was in the previous month on the 6th of September 2006 when it’s fate was sealed.
DFDS Seaways announced that day that it had purchased the MS Fjord Norway from the Norway based Fjord Line which sailed on the ferry route between Newcastle and Bergen in Norway. DFDS had made the decisision to continue conenction between the UK and Norway and as a result they would close the Newcastle to Gothenburg ferry.
The m.s. Princess of Scandinavia was the last passenger ferry to sail between Newcastle and Gothenburg and the day it was taken out of service, it marked the end of 160 years of direct passenger ship traffic between Sweden and Great Britain.
The resulting DFDS Seaways service between Newcastle and Bergen, with additional stops in the Norwegian ports of Stavanger and Haugesund only lasted a few year as the Newcastle and Bergen ferry also closed two years later on the 1st September 2008.
The m.s. Princess of Scandinavia was sold to the Italian Moby Lines, who had already bought the Princess’ sister in 2003.
Since the closure of this route there has been no sign of it restarting and today there remains just one ferry connection between the UK and Scandinavia, the ferry operated by DFDS Seaways from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark. Maybe one day we will be able to sail from the UK direct to Sweden again.