A ferry, a short party cruise, a local cruise, a gateway to the Baltic, Amsterdam can feature in so many cruise programmes. However, it is for many a taster, a few days on a ship for the first time. Amsterdam is close, exciting and diverse. 17th century wealthy local merchants built elegant homes alongside the many canals following the construction of the dam across the River Amstel in 1270AD. The name Amsterdam could have either come from the beer Amstel or the river Amstel. In the 17th century wealthy local merchants built elegant homes alongside the city’s many canals. Many of these colourful houses seen in a few places along the Baltic like Copenhagen, are now apartments or hotels, with antiquarian bookshops, bars, chic boutiques and cafés at street level. The depressing side is the Ann Frank Museum, walking there take time to see the canals and visit the bars and cafes which are extremely pleasent when the weather is nice. A canal boat tour is similar to the one we did in Bruges and a great way to see the city with fun commentary. In fact the gabled houses, leafy canal walk and unusual boutiques make it very like Bruges too. The city also known for the darker side, and you may do some window shopping, it a great place to buy shoes. Hey, there is way way more in this historic city – around 40 museums! The art is incredible, the Stedelijk Museum houses works by Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Monet. The Flower Market (Blocemenmarkt) is is the city’s only remaining floating market with flower-laden canal boats. AMSTERDAM SMART PHONE TICKET DELIVERY

Legend has it that Amsterdam was founded by two fishermen looking to escape a storm. The story goes that their dog jumped ashore and the city later developed. No one knows for sure, but older versions of the city’s emblem do sport two fishermen in a boat, along with a dog. A video from Alex Hunter. Amsterdam Cruise Google MapCLICK HERE for our new BALTIC CRUISE destinations menu – All parts and tours together, then a choice of every Baltic port in its own menu. CLICK HERE

If you went here tasting a cruise for the first time, your ship will have had more of a party atmosphere, maybe with little if any dressing up. Cruising for a week or so is slightly different, and most ships have dress code areas after 6pm. Sure you can avoid that and use the buffet, but when you have paid for the whole ship, you may consider not restricting yourself by not having the right dress. Next, choosing a ship, small and intimate, or larger with many more premium restaurant opportunities and much more entertainment? Which route? Have a look at the Cruise Route Videos, then when you have chosen, take a look at the actual ports. Doris Visits has much to help, then there are our chat sites.

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