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“Lovely trip - no welcome!”
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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$33.02*
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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 March 28, 2013

The trip around the canals is a lovely way to see more of this fantastic city and we chose Blue Boats because of their reputation. However it was a little disappointing in that there was no personal welcome - the captain and crew acted as if the customers weren't there, and the windows were quite dirty - hard to see through when the sun was shining and as it was freezing outside we didn't want to sit on the open deck to see better. The recorded talk (free ear pieces provided) was available in more than 10 languages and was good, if a little cheesy at points. Overall an ok trip but whether the extra 15mins over most other tours was worth the extra 2 Euros I'm not so sure.

1  Thank Macmommybear
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Cindy K, Public Relations Manager at Blue Boat Company, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Dear Macmommydear,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on or cruise. And we are happy to hear you enjoyed it, but I am sorry the welcome on board was not what you expected. We are always trying to improve our product for future guests, so I will make sure this comment gets to the person responsible for the training of the captains and other operational staff, so they can use it in their next training.
We hope you had a great stay in Amsterdam!

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

My wife & I took a canal cruise on Wed March 13, 2013 from the Centraal Station area. The sun had just come out and we timed it right-hopped on the boat and were treated to about a hour plus boating around the canals of Amsterdam. What a different perspective you get of the city riding in one of the flat looking tour boats. The captain was entertaining and helped us appreciate his city that he obviously loves. Thanks.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The boat tour is 75 minutes around the canals in central Amsterdam. The pre recorded tour is offered in several languages through the complimentary earphones. The pre recorded tour is nice and gives some history of the city. The windows of the boat were spotty so I'm not sure how good the pictures will turn out. The boat is steered by a captain, but he did not say anything throughout the cruise. He did spend time talking on his cell phone. Prior to the boat leaving there is a beverage service - the waitress was very friendly. A current promotion, if you check in on Four Square you can get a free Coca-Cola beverage.

Thank justme2Georgia
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We booked the Evening Cruise with the blueboat company via the internet before our trip to amsterdam, as it was cheaper and more convenient. They depart across the Hard Rock Cafe and Holand casino every day at 8,9 and 10pm.
The boat was ice and cosy, we got some salted nuts and you could order drinks as well as dutch cheese. The guide had some reallz interesting insider information, so the 90minutes flew by.

Amsterdam by night is awesome!! Definitely again when I come back!!

1  Thank ginaba1990
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

A nice way to spend just over an hour touring the canals and having important and/or interesting buildings pointed out for you, and pretty good value if you're in a group.

The one thing I would say is not to bother if it's raining, you can't see out of the roof of the boat, so is difficult to look up at some of the taller sights.

Thank JoeChapman
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