Experience the Amsterdam seaport up close

Step aboard the new harbor tour from Amsterdam Boat Cruises, official partner of Port of Amsterdam and become part of the past, present and future of Amsterdam's harbor. The place where everything is grand and compelling.

Although Amsterdam developed into a major world port as early as the 17th century, the foundations of today's European seaport were laid during the rise of the industrial revolution in the 19th century. The new North Sea Canal, unlike the Zuiderzee route, offered a shorter, direct connection to the North Sea. This stimulated overseas trade and thus the Amsterdam port region was created, which includes the seaports of IJmuiden (Velsen), Beverwijk and Zaanstad.

After embarkation, the ship casts off and you will get to know Europe's 4th seaport through five generations of Amsterdammers. Their lives run parallel to the development of the area, making the adventure human and dynamic. As if you were there yourself!

In fine weather, enjoy the ship's panoramic deck, where you have an unobstructed view of the world's largest cocoa and gasoline port, which is also rapidly changing. In bad weather, you have the comfort of the ship's luxurious interior, where catering is also located.

NDSM Wharf

Each side port we pass has its own unique functionality and appearance. This begins at the starting point at the NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam-North, which has been home to shipbuilding and repair since 1923 and now houses multinational company Damen Shiprepair.

Circular industry and energy transition

We look at the port in its current form, but also look ahead to the time when the port area will operate fossil-free and sustainable. Here we showcase the "circular port" and hear about recent and future developments in energy transition.

The Amsterdam port region has a total of more than 800 port-related companies. Traditional and progressive. Where once Fords Mustangs and Datsuns stood on the docks for European distribution you now pick up your electric Tesla. Here we will soon be generating and distributing hydrogen on a large scale, storing more and more biofuels in oil terminals and converting waste into energy for the Amsterdam metropolitan region.


Round trip of 2 hours

Amsterdam Boat Cruises' informative harbor tour takes 2 hours including embarkation and disembarkation.


  • Audioguide available (NL/EN/DE/FR/SP/IT)
  • A small menu is available during the cruise, with an assortment of beverages and food.
    The use and consumption of brought food and beverages is not permitted.
  • We ask that you be present at our pick-up 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 landing.
  • 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: € 33,50
Children's ticket: € 25,50

Online price adult ticket: € 25,50
Online ticket price children: € 17,50

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

Amsterdam Boat Cruises explains the gangplank for you!

Amsterdam Boat Cruises