Step aboard the new Amstel Cruise of Amsterdam Boat Cruises and experience the historic Amstel from our ship.

Our Amstel Cruise starts from the former NDSM wharf in Amsterdam Noord. It was once the largest shipyard in the world, but in the 1980s the 'Nederlandse Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij' went bankrupt. Today you imagine yourself here in Brooklyn or Berlin, because the messy yard with its rusty sheds and unruly concrete is now the place to be. Festivals take place here all year round and at the coolest catering spots you can enjoy the great view over the water and the city.

The Amstel Cruise departs towards Central Station, across the IJ and then past, among other things, the futuristic building where science museum NEMO is located, the VOC ship 'Amsterdam' and the shipping museum. We sail the route that, today, is still used for commercial shipping to sail right through the center. Therefore, all bridges on the route are historical movable bridges.

We pass the Plantagebuurt via the Nieuwe Herengracht. You will see, among other things, the Hortus and the historic Artis zoo. After we have passed the world famous Hermitage, the ship turns left onto the Amstel. On this relatively short stretch you can see the most iconic structures of the city such as the Stopera and the Blauwbrug.
After the iconic Skinny Bridge has opened for us, you can still see the Amstelsluizen, Royal Theater Carré and the famous Amstel Hotel.

We slowly leave the center behind and sail towards the Overamstel district. Here we run the Weespertrekvaart on. Past Betondorp and the Bijlmer we arrive at the river Gaasp. At Driemond we turn onto the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal. This dug canal is one of the most important waterways in the Netherlands. It is crucial for the shipping channel from Antwerp to Amsterdam. Here you see the largest inland vessels.

After a while we will pass IJburg and Zeeburg. Via the KNSM island we sail back to the starting location at the NDSM wharf.


Round trip of 4 hours

The Amstel cruise of Amsterdam Boat Cruises takes 4 hours, including embarkation and disembarkation.

Luxury high tea consisting of:

  • Sandwich with dip and herb butter
  • Filled mini bun
  • Piece of stuffed wrap
  • Gazpacho (delicious cold soup)
  • Div. sweets
  • Fresh fruit
  • Homemade ragout
  • Round of bitterballs
  • 2 cups of tea (div. flavors)


  • A small menu is available during the cruise, with an assortment of drinks and food.
    The use and consumption of food and beverages taken with you is not allowed.
  • We ask you to be present at our boarding point at least 15 minutes before departure.
    From Amsterdam Central Station you can take the free ferry to the NDSM wharf (purple line, F4).
    During office hours the ferry leaves every 15 minutes and the crossing takes ± 15 minutes. You will find our ship next to the ferry jetty.
  • If you come by car, you will find the ship at MS van Riemsdijkweg thv 45, Amsterdam. Paid parking on the street and a parking lot next to the ship.

Prices and other information

Cash price adult ticket: € 65,-
Children's ticket: € 57,50

Online price adult ticket: € 52,50
Online ticket price children: € 45

Do you have a discount code?

Discount codes must be entered per person. Do you have multiple discount codes? Then make separate bookings per discount code per person.

Other information

  • Free for children up to 2 years of age
  • Receive your ticket(s) directly by mail
  • Including entertainment tax
  • A small menu is available during the cruise, with an assortment of drinks and food items
  • It is not allowed to consume your own drinks or food on board

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