Amsterdam Canal Cruises
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A cruise on Amsterdam's canals is a must for any first-time visitor. By doing this early in your trip you will get a great perspective of the city.
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Raul V
Kingwood, TX8 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
After enjoying a cappuccino, my wife and I walked along the canals taking in the busy Amsterdam life until finally we were ready for a canal tour. We were on Prinsengracht street near Anne Frank's house and we tried waiting for space on one of the long covered boats for about 45 minutes and then gave up. Luckily next to those there was KINboat which did not required reservations and were ready to leave; this proved to be the best decision for a one hour tour. Skipper Gert had humor and was very informative, drinks were available for sale and even the skipper offered to give some Dutch language lessons to everybody. At the same time, without the obstruction of a roof, my wife and I had a chance to take pictures and videos on any dirección and made quite a bit of memorable moments. In summary KINboats is a great and best choice, they are very professional and the price value is perfect.
Written May 18, 2022
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Lauren B
Seattle, Washington, Usa7 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
A canal cruise is a must-do when visiting Amsterdam. After walking most of the day, getting to take in the city from a different view while relaxing on a boat (while sipping wine and eating cheese) was very enjoyable! Our skipper, Christophe, and host Arianna, made the trip even more fun by regaling us all with facts and fun stories about the city. I recommend the covered boat, as it provided shade on a hot day, but still allowed for a sense of the outdoors with no windowpanes to obstruct the view or breeze.
Written June 24, 2022
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Hi 514laurenb, Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the canal cruise (and the wine and cheese ;)). Enjoy the rest of your stay in Amsterdam! Best, Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Written June 27, 2022
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Bridget H
Norwich, UK88 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
A canal cruise is a great way to see Amsterdam and learn more about this fascinating vibrant historical city. We just hopped on a boat that was about to leave. No need to book. It was great value for money and we highly enjoyed and recommend it.
Written October 30, 2022
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Carolla3012
Cheltenham, UK14 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Seeing Amsterdam from the water on a very sunny afternoon was very relaxing but there were limiting views due to an enclosed roof and side panels. This was not shown on the booking image as it looked more open at the sides of the craft.
The skipper was friendly and provided some fun information but this isn’t highbrow and essentially felt like an 18-25 years old booze cruise with plenty of alcohol offered. I’m also probably getting a little old for some of the skipper’s irreverent liberal references peppered with cliches but appreciate that others probably didn’t care or notice.
Written May 3, 2022
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Kristian R
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Firstly we booked on Expedia . Quite expensive and in the ‘know before you book’ this cruise does not mention that you can be sitting next to other people . Unfortunately only after you book , when it’s too late to get a refund , are you informed via fine print that the tour can be shared tables .
We got there early . We got on the boat as the fourth couple , and even then it looked like the seating lady put us on the only shared table cause we looked like the least likely to complain .
To see the rest of the boat have large tables with which to eat , when we were placed right next another couple was the first hard thing to experience . However what is harder is the thought that knowing we were the ‘only’ cramped table on the boat , shouldn’t the staff have made an extra effort to see if we and the other couple were ok throughout the night ? We couldn’t easily get up to go the bathroom . Our plate with bread rolls , even though finished , was not collected until two hours into the two and a half hour cruise . We managed to get the welcome Prosecco , and a glass of wine each , but my glass sat empty after that for 45 mins . And only after my husband asked for another drink did the waitress fill it up . They also brought us two of the courses before even clearing our Prosecco glasses or topping up the wine .
You would think that seeing empty glasses would encourage a top up . You’d think also that knowing both couples were on the only cramped table on the entire boat , the staff would make sure to clear these two tables more efficiently .
Not only this , but the waitress dangerously poured my wine by reaching over the lady sitting next to me and I had to pass plates over her . Which did not make for a good look.
The food was not bad , just not good either and definitely not worth the price we paid .
I managed to have two glasses of wine , a Prosecco, water and a coffee over the whole two and a half hours , plus half of my husbands two glasses . It was incredibly hard to get the attention of the waitresses and even when they did , it was because the couple next to us flagged her down or we tried to ask when they were delivering a course . Even then she looked at us like we were imposing .
The lights were beautiful , however the commentary was not consistent and unusual at best . The whole boat looked to be confused about the artworks on the canals as they were only pointed out a few times.
To the company , I’d suggest you limit the seating and tickets to either groups of four who know each other , or tables of two for the whole boat when you have the situation we had that made us the only people to share a table on the boat .
To people wanting to purchase this cruise , as long as you know that you might have to share and are ok with the cramped space this puts you in . We would not have spent so much money had we known at the time of purchase .
I now have to publish a review to the newspaper I am a critic for , and it will not be a favourable one.
Written January 18, 2020
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Hi 345kristianr, Thank you for your review. Unfortunately with all canal cruises, a private table for your company can never be guaranteed. If it's (even slightly) busy on the boat, you'll have to share a table with other guests. However, it's a shame to hear that the customer service provided to you wasn't as expected. As this is a canal cruise offered by Stromma, there isn't a lot we can do about this but I'll pass your feedback along to them. Kind regards, Amsterdam Canal Cruises
Written January 20, 2020
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RichardLeeds1974
United Kingdom41 contributions
Mar 2020
My girlfriend and I managed to do a Canal Tour whilst in Amsterdam which was fortunate as many of the museums, art galleries, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants were closing or closed due to the coronavirus.

Our boat was about three quarters full and as we went round the city we listened to the commentary via headphones. The only criticism was the commentary was a little uneven and repetitive at times and yet the tour was very informative and educational too. The toilet on board was also a little cramped but it was clean and the sink had both hot water and soap.

All in all my girlfriend and I would like to thank you for the tour and hope one day to return to Amsterdam when the situation improves. However it is worth noting if you do a Canal Tour and purchase and do a tour before 11am the cost is 13 € and after 11am the cost is 16.50 € and tickets can bought from the terminal or from the Tourist Information Centre outside Amsterdam Centraal railway station.
Written March 21, 2020
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Alfred O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands35 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I have lived in Amsterdam three separate times over the years and i would never r heccommend one of these Bost trips down the waterways of the City .One year when a long time friend came to Amsterdam to visit me , David my friend wanted to take one of these boat rides . So i went with him . I never told him how much i found it a total waste if money and time . My time !!!! Thats how i make extra money to add to my wallet is to take people from the whole World on My Personalized Tours of Europe . , usually lasting Two weeks or So . From Northern Scotland through the Lake District of England and down into London . I stay at a Golf Course hotel called Glen Eagles in Scotland which costs $750.00 a night and spend two nights in Edinburgh visiting the Castle on the hill of Mary . I visit Israel too . But this cheap boat ride is the dregs of Amsterdam . I have places and many things that i do in Amsterdam when i tour . And this isnt one of them .I wont sit on a Boat with a Bunch of Old and dieing people thats on their dying Bucket list . SORRY LITTLE BOAT .!!!!
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Written May 23, 2020
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simonannitsford
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK452 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
The weather wasn't good, so difficult to see everything through the canopy, so come on cruise companies, sort the weather out ...... kidding.

Having been in Amsterdam for a few days, this gave a very different perspective to the city, so it was good to see it without the crowds. Recommended.
Written November 23, 2022
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Karen M
Kirkwall, UK545 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Booked an open ticket with Lovers cruise & was told could go with any cruise time - they ran every 45 mins. Beware - we were told with the open ticket that could get on at any Dock, but when tried to get on at the Rijksmuseum, we were told couldn't & could only use the ticket at the Central station Dock.
The cruise takes a slow journey around the city, negotiating some tight turns & low bridges. You get to see a different perspective from the water, with headphones provided that give you commentary on the sights (language choice available). It's amazing to imagine the busy trading & warehouse waterway that Amsterdam once was.
Written February 3, 2020
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Angela McDowell
Henley-on-Thames, UK31 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We booked an evening dinner canal cruise - initially we thought it was expensive at €95 each, but on reflection the lovely meal, unlimited wine & a 2 hour cruise was worth it all in. The staff were attentive & friendly. We had a dining table to ourselves & the food was really delicious. The staff did little commentaries at various sites of interest & this is my only criticism. I think the experience could have been enhanced if a knowledgeable guide were employed to give more commentary - we would have liked to have learnt more about the areas we passed. Think about that Stromma - we did enjoy the evening however.
Written March 1, 2020
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