Amsterdam is a very popular destination for sea cruises. Terminals and berths are located in the middle of the city centre. They are also close to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Amsterdam Central Station. Amsterdam is therefore a logical cruise port for turnaround calls.
At this moment cruise ships are subject to measures because of COVID-19. Port of Amsterdam follows the rules of the Government of the Netherlands. Additional measures also apply to cruise ships in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is a popular destination for sea cruises
With its central location in the city, the Port of Amsterdam is a strong player in the sea cruise market. The city offers vibrancy, its history, bustling sights, culture and luxury hotels. The port region of Amsterdam has excellent facilities for cruise ships bound for Amsterdam.
The modern passenger terminal in Amsterdam is close to all the tourist attractions that Amsterdam and its surroundings have to offer . Also the terminal is easily accessible; 20 minutes away from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and right next to Amsterdam Central Station. There is also special parking for coaches and berths for touring boats.
The terminal combines efficient handling of ships and baggage with a warm welcome for passengers and crew. Moreover, Amsterdam is a logical cruise port for turnaround calls.
Additional measures COVID-19
Please note that additional conditions apply for cruise ships in Amsterdam during COVID-19:
The ms Koningsdam in her home port Amsterdam
The cruise ship ms Koningsdam of Holland America Line in the port of Amsterdam. Holland America Line has chosen Amsterdam as home port for this ship from the 'Pinnacle' class.
Day tourist tax for cruise passengers
The Municipality of Amsterdam charges a day tourist tax for TRANSIT sea and river cruise passengers who moor within the municipal boundaries of Amsterdam. For whom the day tourist tax has to be paid and how it works? Read more.
Cruise passenger speaking
‘Our cruise departed from Amsterdam again this time. We travelled by taxi to the cruise terminal and got out right in front of the entrance. We were able to drop off our bags immediately and walked straight through to check-in, which took place quickly and efficiently. After only a thirty-minute wait, we boarded the MS Koningsdam.
We departed right on time and we enjoyed the view from the deck while the ship was turning. The journey to IJmuiden was wonderful and getting to see the scenery and the locks was just fantastic. At the end of our two-week cruise we returned to Amsterdam and also the debarking process ran like clockwork. We were on our train within 30 minutes after debarking. In short: a beautiful cruise, wonderful location and perfect organisation!'
- mr Van der Hoest, cruise passenger
Transhipment in the seaports in the North Sea Canal region fell by 10.7% to 48.7 million tonnes in the first six months of this year. The impact of the global corona virus crisis on the transhipment figures is clear.
The new digital web app Arrivals is live. This application gives you access to information about all ship movements in the port of Amsterdam.
Mid-March we decided, together with the Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety region, that river and sea cruise ships are no longer welcome in the port until further notice. The reason for keeping cruise ships out of the port is to minimize the risk of further contamination of the coronavirus. The cruise season traditionally starts with the opening of the Keukenhof and therefore April and May are the busiest months for us.
Worldwide there is an outbreak of a new Coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus has also appeared in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. In this article, you can find out more about the protocol of Port of Amsterdam concerning this virus.
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