Amsterdam canal cruises
The first pleasure cruise in the history of the Amsterdam canals took place in 1621 when Queen Elisabeth Stuart of Bohemia was welcomed into the city in a parade of festively decorated admiralty sloops, with thousands of Amsterdammers cheering on bridges and canal-sides.
Treating visiting royals and other VIP's to a cruise on our canals became a tradition that lives on till today. From Winston Crurchill to the Beatles and Nelson Mandela, almost all our famous guests have made their acquaintance with the city from the deck of a canal cruise boat. No longer exclusive Royal privilege, canal cruises in Amsterdam are now the most popular tourist attraction in the country, with over 3 million passengers a year. For good reason, the city was built to be seen from that perspective.
Canal Cruise Fleet
Today, a diverse fleet of about 200 specialized vessels offer a waterborne variety of almost every form of service and entertainment that's available on shore. Today more than a quarter of all canal cruise boats are electrically powered. Clean and silent, these boats are ideal for tourists who want to record their cruise on video. No engine noise or tremble will pollute their recordings
What started a few years ago as a parade of illuminated boats just before Christmas, grew out to become the major winter event in Amsterdam.
Until January 18th, the canals in the city center are transformed into open air museums. Giant works of art and illumination are all around, some so big that you can sail through them on a canal cruise boat.
New in 2015
For the first time in the hundred year history of Amsterdam canal cruising you can buy a ticket for a scheduled cruise on the oldest canals in the city. There was always embarrassment about these canals because they also lead through the center of Amsterdam's Red light district.
But the new 'Friendship' cruise company broke the taboo. With a luxurious scheduled 'Champagne Cruise' departing from the dock of Hotel Krasnapolsky, they offer a fascinating alternative to the 'beaten tracks' of the established cruise companies.'Friendship' operates this new line with electrically powered boats.
Another novelty this year: In collaboration with children's theatre "De Krakeling" , a special cruise for children is offered by Blue Boat Company. Moderately priced combination tickets are available for cruise, theatre show and goody bags.
Canal, by day and night
An ideal transport along the canals during the day, passing all the highlights of Amsterdam, is the Canal Bus. You can hop on and hop off at the many stops whenever you wish and create your own sightseeing tour in Amsterdam. Buy your tickets online and get a 10% discount!
Canal has a very broad range of evening canal cruises. You can sip delicious cocktails, enjoy a luxurious four course dinner, treat your loved one to a romantic night out or eat your favourite pizza. But don’t forget to take in the surroundings as you cruise through the enchantingly lit canals.
Sailing gourmet restaurant
The saloonboat 'Henry Schmitz' is a classic saloonboat in the fleet where a private table can be booked for a gourmet dinner à la carte. Your dinner will be a relaxed and romantic outing in the enchanting setting of the illuminated canals. Certainly the most tasteful way to move around Amsterdam! www.amsterdamjewelcruises.com
Private canal cruises
Amsterdam Boats offers private canal cruises through Unesco World Heritage city centre of Amsterdam. They have boats equipped specifically for canal cruises offering guided tours and dinner cruises from 2 to 150 persons. Unique selling points that are well appreciated by their guests. www.amsterdam-boats.com
New audio tour
Blue Boat Company's boats have a unique Personal Audio System, which provide every guest with commentary in their own language. The fictional characters Ron & Nel, two typical Amsterdammers, guide your through their city in this new audio tour. They also have wheelchair access on all boats. www.blueboat.nl
Amsterdam Cruise Operators
Friendship Cruise Company
Luxury scheduled cruises with electrically powered boats on the oldest and most beautiful canals in the city.
Friendship cruise company
Exclusive cruises with a classic saloonboat, from pubcruise to a deluxe dinner.
The beautiful antique saloonboat "Old Queen" is the flagship of this company.
Blue Boat Company
Your partner for canal cruises in Amsterdam with daily evening cruises and an à la carte dinner cruise. Also for private luncheon and dinner cruises
Amsterdam´s most beautiful saloon boat is available 7 days a week for private tours with gourmet food and wines.
Saloon boat Hilda
Silent and environmentally clean luxury cruise on first commercial sight-seeing boat in Amsterdam. From drinks to extravagant dinner cruise.
Amsterdamse Jewel Cruises
A la carte dinnerservice on board of a sailing monument, the luxurious classic saloonboat 'Henry Schmitz'.
Private canal cruises through the Amsterdam canals. Search and find the perfect boat matching your specific needs. Boat company with 6 vessels and agent for another 30 boats in Amsterdam.
The Canal Bike is the most fun attraction on the canals. While you explore Amsterdam at your own pace or follow a marked out route, you will taste the atmosphere of the city.
The ideal transport along the canals, passing all the highlights of Amsterdam. You can hop on and hop off at the many stops whenever you wish and create your own sightseeing tour in Amsterdam.
Enjoy an exclusive and delicious fine dining experience whilst taking in the magically lit canals of Amsterdam. During the cruise, a chef will prepare your dinner ‘live’ and our friendly staff will serve you wine, beer and soft drinks.
100 Highlights Cruise
Canal houses from the Golden Age, the Maritime Museum and the Hermitage Amsterdam: this cruise takes you past all the highlights of the city.
Classic Canal Charters
Private cruise with classic ships. Authentic Dutch boats from late 19th and early 20th Century. Available at Classic Canal Charters for nostalgic cruises.
Sloop Rental Amsterdam
At Sloop Rental Amsterdam you can rent sloops with captain for a memorable cruise on the Amsterdam canals.
Cruise company Rederij Amsterdam offers a fleet of 7 elegant boats. Each wit hits own character, but all with a chique appearance that will surprise your guests