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Cruises in Amsterdam

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Skip-The-Line Tickets to the Heineken® Experience with Free Drinks + Optional Cr
Amsterdam Heineken Experience Tickets
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Skip-The-Line Entry Tickets to Rijksmuseum + 1-Hour Canal Cruise
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Skip-The-Line Entry Tickets to Rijksmuseum + 1-Hour Canal Cruise
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Flagship Amsterdam: Luxury Canal Cruise With Live Guide
Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Flagship Amsterdam: Luxury Canal Cruise With Live Guide
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Lovers: 1 Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Audio Guide
Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Lovers: 1 Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Audio Guide
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Skip-The-Line Entry Tickets to the Heineken® Experience with Free Drinks + 1-Hou
Amsterdam Heineken Experience Tickets
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Amsterdam: 1.5 Hour Evening Canal Cruise
Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Amsterdam: 1.5 Hour Evening Canal Cruise
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Saver Combo - Canal Cruise & Van Gogh Museum Direct Entry
Van Gogh Museum Tickets
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€35
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I amsterdam City Card: Canal Cruise, Public Transport And Attractions Entry
Amsterdam City Card
I amsterdam City Card: Canal Cruise, Public Transport And Attractions Entry
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise with New York Pizza & Drinks
Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Amsterdam Canal Cruise with New York Pizza & Drinks
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Amsterdam Classic Canal Cruise with Cheese and Drinks
Sightseeing Cruises
Amsterdam Classic Canal Cruise with Cheese and Drinks
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Blue Boat: 75 Mins Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Blue Boat: 75 Mins Amsterdam Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam: Semi-Open Boat Canal Cruise
Amsterdam Canal Cruises
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Are cruises in Amsterdam a popular experience?

Yes, a canal cruise in Amsterdam is inevitably on the bucket list of travelers who visit the city. While on a relaxing cruise, you have an excellent vantage point of Amsterdam's vibrant landscape, historic monuments, lush greenery, and the general lively environment. Cruises in Amsterdam may include meals and live entertainment, ideal for a unique all-round experience with friends and family.

Where can I find boarding points for cruises in Amsterdam?

All cruises depart from the Amsterdam canal system. Some common boarding points, most of which are in front of the Amsterdam Central Station, are:
  • Central Station - Loetje
  • Prins Hendrikkade
  • Stadhouderskade
  • Oudezijds Voorburgwal
  • Anne Frank House

What are the different cruise options in Amsterdam?

There are several Amsterdam canal cruises to choose from. You can decide the right cruise type for your tour based on your schedule, budget, and time of day you wish to go for a cruise. Here are your options:
  • Dinner cruise: Under the starry Amsterdam night, indulge in a delicious meal on delightful dinner cruises in Amsterdam. Treat yourself to a whole-hearted meal that includes appetizers, a main course, and drinks, as you glide across the canal and soak in the city's sights.
  • Lunch cruise: Set sail on the Amsterdam canal and take in the city's inspiring architecture while you feast on local delicacies. Lunch cruises in Amsterdam are perfect for those looking to relax during the day and just enjoy the view with their friends and family.
  • Sightseeing cruise: Sightseeing cruises in Amsterdam are the best way to make the most of your visit to Amsterdam as a tourist. With either a local guide or an audio guide, discover old classic bridges, colorful buildings, and more.
  • Evening cruise: Don't miss out on a relaxing evening cruise in Amsterdam as the sun gradually sets and illuminates the city in a golden glow. Sunsets are a great time to capture Amsterdam's landscape beautifully. You may also enjoy a refreshing drink and snacks as you spot the top sights around.

What can I see on a cruise in Amsterdam?

Since the city of Amsterdam was built on water, all the top landmarks in the city are situated in and around the canal system. Due to this, several major attractions can be easily spotted while on the best Amsterdam canal cruises. Here are a few you are definitely bound to see:
  • Anne Frank House
  • Skinny Bridge
  • A’DAM Tower
  • Jordaan neighborhood
  • Canal houses at Herengracht
  • De Wallen

Are meals served on cruises in Amsterdam?

All dinner and lunch canal cruises include meals, while sightseeing cruises do not. Meals include multiple courses with dessert and drinks while on a cruise in Amsterdam. Some evening cruises may include snacks and drinks; you can check the details of each experience for this complete information.

Are drinks served on cruises in Amsterdam?

Yes, most canal cruises in Amsterdam offer drinks as part of their experience. Dinner, lunch, and evening cruises in particular include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Sightseeing cruises may not offer drinks.

Is a lunch cruise better or a dinner cruise?

Your choice between a lunch or dinner cruise is fairly simple. If you're on a budget and want to see the beauty of the city in daylight, then a lunch cruise is ideal for you. In just an hour, for a nominal price, you can discover the city's top sights with either an audio guide or a local tour guide. Alternatively, if you want an all-around experience with friends and family, and want to see the city lit under the stars, a dinner cruise is the right choice. Within 2-3 hours, you'll enjoy a multi-course meal, drinks, and a fantastic view around.

Are there cruises during sunset in Amsterdam?

Yes, there are plenty of evening cruises that you can pick to see Amsterdam during sunsets. These usually extend for 1-1.5 hours and include snacks and beverages. Alternatively, you can pick an early dinner cruise in Amsterdam if you want a longer cruise time with a 4-course meal, beverages, and live entertainment.

Which are the best day/night cruises in Amsterdam?

The best day cruises in Amsterdam are:
  • Amsterdam Classic Canal Cruise with Drinks: Enjoy unlimited beer, wine, and beverages on your 75-minutes cruise across the stunning scenery with a bite of Dutch cheese, and a live guide with an Amsterdam classic canal cruise with drinks.
  • Lovers: 1 Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Audio Guide: Lovers: 1 hour Amsterdam canal cruise with audio guide is a budget-friendly 1-hour cruise that includes an audio guide in 19 languages and takes you across famous landmarks of the Dutch capital.
  • The Best of Keukenhof & Tulip Farm with Windmills Tour and Spring Cruise: Enjoy skip-the-line entrance at Keukenhof, transfers to and from the attractions, and a 1.5-hour windmill cruise near Keukenhof to learn about the famous tulip gardens with the best of Keukenhof & Tulip farm with windmills tour and spring cruise.
  • Skip-the-Line Tickets to Van Gogh Museum + 1-hour Canal Cruise: Enjoy skip-the-line access to the world-famous Van Gogh Museum and a 1-hour cruise across Anne Frank's house, Westerkerk, and more with skip-the-line tickets to Van Gogh Museum + 1-hour canal cruise.

    The best night cruises in Amsterdam are:
  • Amsterdam Light Festival VIP Canal Cruise: Open Bar & Welcome Cocktail: Experience Amsterdam's light art VIP style with unlimited access to a well-stocked Dutch bar, heated pillows, and warm blankets, as you glide past some impressive artworks aboard authentic and luxurious electric boats with Amsterdam Light Festival VIP canal cruise.
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise with New York Pizza & Drinks: Cruise along Amsterdam canals with a slice of original New York pizza, cookie dough chocolate chip ice cream, and a Heineken beer, wine, or soft drink with Amsterdam canal cruise with New York pizza & drinks.

When is the best time to go on a cruise in Amsterdam?

The best time to go for a cruise in Amsterdam would definitely be between the months of October to May. Due to the cooler months, the city would witness smaller crowds compared to the summer season and the pleasant weather would make your experience a whole lot more enjoyable. Keep in mind that December can get quite crowded despite the cold weather due to the holiday season.

How long is a canal cruise in Amsterdam?

A sightseeing cruise can take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, while dinner or lunch cruises can take between 2-4 hours from start to finish.

Do sightseeing cruises have live guides or audio guides?

Yes, sightseeing cruises do include either an audio guide or a local guide with you. For the ones that do not include a local tour guide, you would be equipped with a multilingual audio guide that will narrate facts, stories, and interesting trivia about all the different sights along your cruise.
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