Amsterdam Cruises

Bikes and flowers on canal bridge, Amsterdam
Bikes and flowers on canal bridge, Amsterdam
Statue at Anne Franks house, Amsterdam

Golden Age canals lined with elegant merchant homes is the familiar backdrop for the Netherlands' historic capital, Amsterdam. Established in the 17th century with the construction of the River Amstel dam, this celebrated port offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafés. Equally, art is never far away in this hub of uber-creative design. One noticeable thing about the city is that, some 150 years after its industrial heyday, Amsterdam is once again awash with producers. [ReadMoreMob]

Amsterdam has some 40 museums, and the Museum Quarter boasts three of the most famous: the Rijksmuseum has paintings from Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals; the Van Gogh Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, displays work from Manet to Picasso. The Anne Frankhuis where Anne Frank and her family hid from German troops during the World War II, is an experience many visitors seek. [ReadMoreDesk]

Whether on boat or bike - there are more bikes than permanent residents - exploration of the city is relatively straightforward, and a tour of the Canal Ring district, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is not to be missed. Seemingly unchanged since the 17th century, the district has been recognised for its unique cultural and historical values, and is home to many exclusive gabled facades and their celebrity owners.

Cruises to Amsterdam

Tulips & Chocolates

Tulips & Chocolates

Departs: Southampton • Fri 09 Apr 2021
7 nights • Braemar • M2108

  • Stimulate your senses on this indulgent springtime cruise, with chances to smell seasonal floral scents, indulge with sumptuous chocolates and see iconic sights, as Braemar takes you closer to stunning cities.
  • After a short foray to Honfleur, stop overnight in Antwerp to explore the legendary diamond district, revel in the city’s architecture, arts and culture and sample wares from artisan Belgian chocolatiers.
  • You’ll also visit futuristic Rotterdam and Amsterdam where you can tour the Dutch capital’s famous canals and marvel at the seasonal splendour of millions of tulips in spring bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens.

From £899pp

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Belgian Chocolates and Floral Holland

Belgian Chocolates and Floral Holland

Departs: Newcastle • Sat 24 Apr 2021
7 nights • Balmoral • L2111

  • Bypassing coastal ports, Balmoral will take you inland to uncover the unique highlights of a trio of Belgian and Dutch cities, from tempting diamonds and chocolates to iconic canals and fragrant flora.
  • Make the most of an overnight stay in Antwerp to explore at leisure – prized possessions such as the legendary diamond district, Royal Museum of Fine Arts and quintessentially Belgian chocolate shops await.
  • In the Netherlands, Rotterdam’s contemporary architecture and culture offers an interesting contrast, while in Amsterdam, you could explore the famous waterways and revel in the springtime splendour of the Keukenhof Gardens tulip fields.

From £899pp

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Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland

Belgian Chocolates & Floral Holland

Departs: Dover • Sat 01 May 2021
5 nights • Bolette • T2110

  • With a destination to explore every single day, plenty of highlights awaiting discovery in each, and evenings of scenic cruising to enjoy too, this five-night escape is a rewarding Bank Holiday break.
  • After a day in contemporary Rotterdam, a specially timed visit to Amsterdam will afford a chance to visit the Keukenhof Gardens revel in the seasonal colours and scents of iconic tulips fields.
  • An overnight stay in Antwerp allows ample time for exploration: you can uncover gems such as the legendary diamond district and Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and indulge with authentic Belgian chocolates.

From £649pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Fri 28 May 2021
5 nights • Braemar • M2112

  • A rewarding journey from start to finish, this enriching five-night triple city break offers a blend of impressive sights, cultural delights, tempting flavours and a taste of the Fred. Olsen experience.
  • Enjoy two rewarding days in the Netherlands: you’ll sail the Niewe Maas to futuristic Rotterdam and visit Amsterdam for a chance to take in its world-famous attractions and explore the iconic canals.
  • In Belgium, enjoy ample time to uncover the gems of Antwerp, such as Grote Markt, the Diamond District and traditional Belgian chocolate shops, at leisure during an overnight stay.

From £699pp

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Germany & the Low Lands with Kiel Week

Germany & the Low Lands with Kiel Week

Departs: Dover • Wed 23 Jun 2021
9 nights • Bolette • T2116

  • A very special few days in Germany includes an unmissable opportunity to experience the Kieler Woche extravaganza, and enjoy scenic cruising through gorgeous countryside scenes.
  • Kiel will be alive with the excitement of Kieler Woche, with its spectacular Windjammer parade of historic tall ships and traditional German festivities.
  • Elsewhere in Germany, the picturesque River Elbe is your route to the attraction-packed city of Hamburg, while there are also visits to Danish, Dutch and Belgian delights of Antwerp, Amsterdam and Copenhagen too.

From £1,199pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Tue 02 Nov 2021
5 nights • Bolette • T2126

  • A five-night cruise combining a taste of Fred. Olsen’s cruising experience, and visits to two culture-rich cities, this is a perfect short break.
  • In Belgium, Bolette will sail the scenic Western Scheldt to Antwerp, where highlights such as the iconic Cathedral of our Lady, Grote Markt and the legendary Diamond District await.
  • Visiting Amsterdam offers a chance to discover the Dutch capital’s highlights, from Anne Frank House to Rijksmuseum, and experience a boat tour of the iconic, UNESCO-listed Canal Ring.

From £599pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Thu 18 Nov 2021
5 nights • Braemar • M2128

  • A five-night cruise combining a taste of Fred. Olsen’s small-ship cruising experience, and visits to two culture-rich cities, this is a perfect short break.
  • In Belgium, Braemar will sail the scenic Western Scheldt into the heart of Antwerp, where highlights such as the iconic Cathedral of our Lady, Grote Markt and the legendary Diamond District await.
  • Docking closer to the centre of Amsterdam brings the Dutch capital’s attractions, from Anne Frank House to the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, within easy reach.

From £599pp

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Belgium & the Netherlands at Christmas

Belgium & the Netherlands at Christmas

Departs: Southampton • Fri 17 Dec 2021
5 nights • Balmoral • L2139

  • An immensely rewarding and relaxing pre-Christmas escape to France and Belgium, combining immersive city and scenic river exploration with Fred. Olsen’s small ship cruising experience.
  • Sail the picturesque Western Scheldt River into the heart of Antwerp, where elaborate architecture, the iconic Diamond District, authentic Belgian chocolates and much await.
  • Revel in the world-famous attractions of Amsterdam, from Anne Frank House to the iconic, UNESCO-listed canals, and visit the Dutch capital’s fantastic Christmas markets too.

From £599pp

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Uncrowded City Stays

Uncrowded City Stays

Departs: Southampton • Mon 07 Feb 2022
8 nights • Balmoral • L2203

  • Experience three beautiful European cities at their uncrowded best, exploring them – by day and by night – at a time of year when there are less tourists around.
  • Discover Antwerp’s highlights, such as the Diamond District and authentic Belgian chocolate shops, from Balmoral’s city centre berthing location.
  • Your small ship sails the Seine all the way to the historic French city of Rouen, while a full day in Amsterdam allows ample time to fully immerse yourself in the Dutch capital’s delights.

From £799pp

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