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Blue Boat Company

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Stadhouderskade 30, 1071 ZD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 679 1370
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Welcome to the perfect Canal Cruise Experience!Language guarantee!We strive...

Welcome to the perfect Canal Cruise Experience!Language guarantee!We strive to create a unique experience on our regular cruises (our City Canal Cruises, Evening Cruises and Blue Boat Dinner Cruise); all our boats are equipped with an extensive Personal Audio System that lets you select the language you prefer. On our City Canal Cruise we offer 17 languages choose from! We provide you with your own set of headphones, which are yours to keep. It also means you do not have to listen to any of the other languages, just to the one that you have selected. And because you only hear one language, we can tell you more!Blue Boat Company's fleet consists of luxurious party boats; six of our boats are fitted with wheelchair access en two are powered by electricity, using “green electricity” to make our contribution to cleaner air. All our boats have a glass roof that can be opened, an outside deck on the back (ideal for picture taking!)and in winter, we turn on our central heating!In summer, take our unique small open boat, the Blue Sky Boat, for a more intimate tour.And don't forget our unique 4 course a la carte dinner cruise, which combines a lovely meal, specially selected wines and the best views in one evening!

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Evening trip

We went on the 21:00 trip on a warm Summers evening. Complimentary drink and nibbles included. The views were fabulous, lights and the sounds of people enjoying themselves. Would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The trip was disappointing. I did not learn much more about the city than is provided in guide books. Given it is 2017 I did not expect a commentary that included patronizing and sexist remarks. If you are going to use a recorded commentary then it should match the sights. For example the captain had to point out the narrow... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the 21:00 trip on a warm Summers evening. Complimentary drink and nibbles included. The views were fabulous, lights and the sounds of people enjoying themselves. Would definitely recommend this over a daytime excursion. The staff were knowledgeable about the area when asked questions. What made it even better was that it departed and returned right outside our... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sit back and listen to a commentary on headphones in your own language, while having a lovely trip on the canals. Very enjoyable and informative.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice comfortable trip down the river. Free earphones given to listen to audio commentary. Having visited other attractions and done a walking tour first, I was aware of the inaccuracy of some of the facts given and the people on the commentary were annoying.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I researched many canal tour companies before travelling to Amsterdam. Based upon good reviews, I went for Blue Boat. My initial impressions were not good at the beginning. I walked quite a bit to reach the leaving point, as I decided to go through the wonderful Vondlepark area. I got there at just a few minutes before 9pm. Two women... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amsterdam is all about canals, and with the blue boats you can easily and affordably get out and about on the canals yourself, even if you are just visiting for a few days. The boat hire comes with a laminated map, and almost anyone can drive them as they do not go very fast. It's a really great way to... More 

Thank Teajaye
Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The canal tour features a commentary that they play in multiple languages. It was light on information, but also weirdly sexist and uncomfortably corny. They're the least expensive provider, but in retrospect, I wish I had spent a few more Euros and went on a canal tour with a different company.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was all set to book a tour with the Blue Boat Company when a reviewer on another site offered an excellent tip - during peak season they offer an open top boat. They run less frequently but you're part of a smaller groups and it only costs one euro more! The ride on the Willy V was excellent with... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a very enjoyable tour of the Amsterdam canals with this tour company. The service was friendly and lasted about 1.5 hours. You receive ear phones to listen to a pre-recorded tape of the sights along the canal. There are many languages from which to choose.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a trip with diner for 4 persons, it was verry nice. Greet staff and the food was good. It is Always nice to cruise on the canals of Amsterdam you see others things than walking by the houses.

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