Canal Cruise Amsterdam on a Large Tour Boat with a Skipper

Traditional Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Traditional Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise Amsterdam on a Large Tour Boat with a Skipper

A TRADITIONAL AMSTERDAM CANAL CRUISE; HOW DOES IT WORK?

This is the mainstream Amsterdam canal cruise that most people know and make. It consists of a fixed route in a large boat with a captain, along with other tourist. In a rather short time (usually about an hour, sometimes a little longer) you will get a good impression of the Amsterdam canals. Most tours also include the scenic Amstel river and a glimpse of the IJ behind Central Station as well. The majority of these cruises have pre-programmed audio comments in different languages, while some have English live comments instead. Rates range from about € 11,- to € 20, – per person. All these canal cruises start and end at fixed locations in the city centre.

WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL AMSTERDAM CANAL CRUISE?

This mainstream Amsterdam canal cruise consists of a fixed route in a large boat with a captain, along with other tourist. In a short time (one hour or a little longer) you will get a good impression of the Amsterdam canals. Many tours also include a part of the Amstel river and a glimpse of the port area as well. The majority of these cruises have pre-programmed audio comments in different languages. Some have English live comments instead. Rates vary from about € 11,- to € 20, – per person. All these canal cruises start and end at fixed locations in the center.

pros of a TRADITIONal amsterdam canal cruise

+  efficient: good impression in a short time
+  includes commentary on highlights
+  possible on a small budget
+  wide range of departure times and locations

cons of a TRADITIONal amsterdam canal cruise

–  mass product
–  fixed duration and route
–  with (many) others on the same boat
–  sometimes limited views

pros of a TRADITIONal canal cruise

+  efficient: good impression in a short time
+  includes commentary on highlights
+  possible on a budget
+  many departure times and locations

cons of a TRADITIONal canal cruise

–  mass product
–  fixed duration & route
–  with (many) others on same boat
–  sometimes limited views

traditional amsterdam canal cruise: on a large tour boat or an open life boat / sloop?

Amsterdam Canal Cruise on a Large Tour Boat

For many decades traditional Amsterdam canal cruises took place in these large ‘bus-like’ canal boats. And still the vast majority of all canal cruises is made in these large boats with fixed seating. Most of them are semi-convertible, having a small rear deck, sliding windows and a transparent roof that can be openend when the weather is nice.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise on an Open Life Boat or Sloop

More and more traditional canal tours are offered on large open air sloops. Some of these are completely renovated life boats, others are newly built for this purpose. Generally, the seating is less rigid and the sightseeing information is much more personal, though sometimes also more difficult to understand.