The Harwich - Esbjerg service was operated by DFDS Seaways & DFDS Seaways Mini Cruise.
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Located in the English county of Essex, the town and port of Harwich lies on the North Sea coast, on the estuaries of the River Stour and River Orwell. Its proximity to the sea has resulted in the town having a well established, long history with both the military and merchant navy. In 1652 the town became a naval base and was heavily fortified with Harwich Redoubt, Beacon Hill Battery and Bath Side Battery. Containing many historic buildings, Harwich's old town has been declared a conservation area.
Harwich has also been home to some notable residents including Christopher Jones, the master and part owner of the Mayflower, the diarist Samuel Pepys was an MP for the town and Christopher Newport who founded Jamestown, Virginia, came from Harwich.
Ferry services from Harwich depart to Esbjerg in Denmark and also to the Hook of Holland. Terminal facilities include waiting lounges, shops, a bureau de change, cafes and restaurants. There are also local water taxi and ferry services from Harwich to Shotley and Felixstowe. The Port of Harwich also accommodates cruise ships that continue on to destinations in the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea and beyond.
The Danish town of Esbjerg, sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to Jutland" is located on the south west coast of Denmark and is the fifth largest town in the country which has developed around its harbour. The town was established with 30 residents in 1868 and now has a population of around 80,000. This vibrant town, which is the capital of the west coast, has excellent shopping, exhibitions and many other things to do and see. Throughout the summer, the harbour seems to be the centre of activities. Visitors can embark on a sea safari and observe the town from the sea and at the same time see the seals and the many species of birds of the Wadden Sea. Many visitors to this region of Denmark also take a trip to the Danish island resort of Fanø with its pure white beaches and migrating birds close to the main village of Nordby.