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“Adequate for seeing the canals”
Review of Blue Boat Company

Blue Boat Company
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$22.21*
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise
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$18.01*
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Amsterdam City Canal Cruise
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$33.01*
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Skip-The-Line Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Heineken Experience
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed October 30, 2012

You will do better on foot but if you want a good view, this will do. The commentary (in English at least) is irritating and not very informative. What you get is a thorough tour of the main canals and the key buildings along them. I would do it early in your trip or not bother.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

I took this tour at afternoon time. All in all nothing special. Maybe it is great for somebody who is not sea addicted like myself. From my point of view it is ordinary sailing with some recorded guidelines. Maybe it will be better for everybody to make language sails instead of few languages in each sail. Lets say at 3PM english tour, at 3:30 french etc...

3  Thank Ivan R
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Cindy K, Public Relations Manager at Blue Boat Company, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Dear Ivan,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our cruises!
I just wanted to let you know that we have 17 (!) languages available on every departure of our daytime cruises and you can select which one you want to hear and listen to it with the headphones we provide.Personall, I think that is even better then a different language every departure, because you never have to wait!

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Don't waste your time with the Blue Boat folks!

Tried to take a Blue Boat tour last week (Oct 4,2012) but the ticket office refused to honor my VISA card. So, I went down the canal a couple of hundred meters and booked with Holland America did honor VISA. Blue Boat was the only vendor in the whole of Amsterdam except a restaurant on the Leidseplein (Cafe Hoopmann) that refused my American VISA. Many places only take cash, no problem, but these places were displaying VISA logo but still refused my American card.

Amsterdam was experiencing a lot of rain that week so I booked a 24 hour ticket and we managed to cruise every canal on Holland America. Staff were friendly, and the announcements were helpful. We particularly liked the hop-on/hop-off feature offered by Holland America. This is a great way to get around Amsterdam, and seeing the sights from the perspective of the canals is a whole different experience. Boats stop near by most key tourist locations

5  Thank JimDMA
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

This tour is ok. You get to see the city while listening to a recording. Simply not the same as with a real guide showing you around...

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Blue Boat has some great big boats that have glass ceilings, and also some smaller open boats that hold only about 15-20 people. It's MUCH better doing the smaller boats. Our captain was a tanned Amsterdam native who took us down lovely little side canals, and told us a lot of history about the city. No tape recording and no loudspeaker, he simply projected his voice and everyone could hear him just fine. A great tour of a beautiful city.

1  Thank Cattywampus206
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