We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A good canal tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Boat Company

Blue Boat Company
Book In Advance
More Info
$16.64*
and up
Amsterdam City Canal Cruise
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level Contributor
162 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“A good canal tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

One of the few boat companies in which you have a space outside to take good pictures. In most of the companies you won't have this option. Of course if you take pictures outside you will miss the audio guide that is an option you will have in more than a dozen languages including Spanish. I got inside several times and I noticed the information recorded was not very interesting. The tour takes around 75 minutes and you will see many landmarks of Amsterdam that are located close to the canals. Although No outstanding, the tour is a good first approach to the famous Amsterdam canals.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank gianjoan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,384 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    511
    564
    203
    60
    46
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Moscow RU
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Blue Boat Canal Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

The canal tour was very interesting. We learned that the old buildings in Amsterdam were architecturally designed back in the 1700’s to reflect the rain water (they lean forward) thus keeping the cement compound used from being weakened and washed out.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank akbillybob
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Impersonal and uninspiring”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

We did the 75 minute tour, which shows you a pretty good tour of the canals and passes quite a few of the most famous landmarks. You can hop off at the Hermitage (currently housing the Van Gogh collection. It's industrial scale touring though....you are packed in....sitting at tables of 6 people either side of the central aisle. In the centre of each table is an audio console which you plug into....and hear a cheesy commentary which tries to be funny, but ends up being inaccurate and misleading.
If I were you I'd look out for a trip with a real person talking you through sights of the city....I think you'll get a lot more out of it.

Visited November 2012
Helpful?
4 Thank spd15ok
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Antwerp, Belgium
Level Contributor
65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“One night on the canals”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Booked a evening trip at the beginning of a city trip in Amsterdam. Luckily it was a dry night with the moon shining, else it would not have been possible to see a lot. Buildings are lighted, but not comparable to a boat trip I've on done in Paris. Guide comment only in English, which might be good for foreign tourists, but not for elderly locals who don't know the language of Shakespeare and expected Dutch.
Maybe should have booked a day tour.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank belgium9745
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Level Contributor
194 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Adequate for seeing the canals”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank Buckster21
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Blue Boat Company also viewed

Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
 
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
Amsterdam, North Holland Province
 

Been to Blue Boat Company? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing