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

City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium

City Break in the Netherlands & Belgium

Departs: Southampton • Fri 14 Feb 2020
5 nights • Black Watch • W2004

  • After enjoying a memorable Valentine’s evening on board Black Watch, you’ll head to two enchanting cities in Belgium and the Netherlands at the most romantic time of the year for fragrant flowers, delicious chocolates, sparkling diamonds and much more.
  • In the Netherlands, you’ll sail the Nordzeekanaal straight to Amsterdam, where you’ll have the chance to take a romantic boat tour of the iconic canals; visit the floating flower market; and learn about the history of the tulip at the Tulip Museum.
  • Then in Antwerp, Belgium’s beautiful second city, there’s time to visit traditional Belgian chocolate shops; enjoy a little retail therapy; and, if you’re feeling really indulgent, treat yourself and your loved ones to something extravagant from the legendary Diamond District.

From £629pp

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Highlights of the Low Countries

Highlights of the Low Countries

Departs: Southampton • Tue 17 Mar 2020
7 nights • Black Watch • W2007

  • Uncover a host of the Low Countries’ highlights on this wonderfully rewarding week away; Black Watch will divert inland in the Netherlands and Belgium to bring you diverse scenery and the attractions of four captivating cities.
  • Sail straight into Amsterdam via the Nordzeekanaal and take advantage of an overnight stay in Dutch capital to visit Anne Frank House, take a boat tour of the iconic canals and more. The architectural wonders of Rotterdam – the Netherlands’ second city – await you too.
  • Three days in Belgium will be packed with highlights – discover the famous landmarks of Ghent; cruise the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal and the Western Scheldt River; and stop overnight at Antwerp for diamond, chocolates and intricate architecture.

From £949pp

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Dutch City Break

Dutch City Break

Departs: Dover • Thu 19 Mar 2020
3 nights • Boudicca • D2006

  • Escape to the Netherlands for a rewarding spring break and uncover an array of attractions in two captivating cities – Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
  • Take your pick of world-famous sites, from Anne Frank House to the beautiful tulip gardens of Keukenhof, during a full-day stay in Amsterdam, the vibrant Dutch capital.
  • In Rotterdam, an eclectic mix of architecture treasures await; particular highlights are the 1970s Cube Houses and modern Markthal are particular highlights. The iconic windmills of Kinderdijk are within reach too.

From £399pp

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Tulips & Chocolates

Tulips & Chocolates

Departs: Southampton • Thu 09 Apr 2020
5 nights • Braemar • M2008

  • A feast for the senses from start to finish, this enriching five-night triple city break offers a blend of impressive sights, sweet scents and 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 at the perfect time of year to see the colourful tulips of Keukenhof in full spring bloom.
  • 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 £599pp

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Cities & Canals with Dutch Bulb Fields

Cities & Canals with Dutch Bulb Fields

Departs: Newcastle • Tue 14 Apr 2020
10 nights • Balmoral • L2004

  • Revel in the scenery of six different countries on this rewarding springtime escape, with chances to experience unforgettable canal cruising, explore gardens bursting with spring bloom, and much more.
  • You can enjoy a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals; see Copenhagen’s many attractions from the city’s waterways; ride a traditional ‘paddan’ boat in Gothenburg; and explore the natural landscapes of Oslofjord.
  • After Amsterdam, which is also your gateway to the colourful, fragrant tulip gardens of Keukenhof, you’ll experience scenic cruising of the Nordzeekanaal and Germany’s size-restricted Kiel Canal too.

From £1,149pp

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Waterways & Cities of Holland & Belgium

Waterways & Cities of Holland & Belgium

Departs: Dover • Mon 18 May 2020
7 nights • Boudicca • D2011

  • In typical Fred. Olsen fashion, you’ll get closer to the quintessential highlights of four charming Dutch and Belgian cities and experience hours of memorable scenic river cruising on this seven-night sailing.
  • In Belgium, sail the picturesque Western Scheldt River to Antwerp, with its legendary diamonds and chocolate shops; then visit medieval Ghent, renowned for its historic churches and mighty spires.
  • Two days in the Netherlands begins with a call at Amsterdam, home to world-famous canals, museums and galleries; before energetic Rotterdam brings a futuristic end to your rewarding adventure.

From £999pp

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Netherlands and Belgium City Break

Netherlands and Belgium City Break

Departs: Dover • Fri 10 Jul 2020
5 nights • Boudicca • D2017

  • This five-night escape to the Netherlands and Belgium delivers all the ingredients of an enriching break, with visits to captivating cities complemented by hours of memorable scenic cruising.
  • Take advantage of time in Antwerp to uncover prized possessions such as the legendary diamond district, Grote Markt and artisan chocolate shops, before sailing the scenic Western Scheldt River.
  • Then spend a day in Amsterdam, where world-famous attractions such as the Rijksmuseum and iconic canals await, and delight in the modern architecture of bustling Rotterdam – all in less than a week away.

From £749pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Mon 26 Oct 2020
5 nights • Braemar • M2028

  • 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 £599pp

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Highlights of France, Belgium & Holland

Highlights of France, Belgium & Holland

Departs: Southampton • Thu 29 Oct 2020
7 nights • Boudicca • D2026

  • Featuring five captivating cities, you’ll find this deeply enriching itinerary packed with highlights, from eye-catching architecture and world-famous museums to picturesque canals and legendary diamonds.
  • Be charmed by the cobbled streets and colourful harbour of Honfleur; delve into Amsterdam, with it’s renowned museums and iconic waterways; and revel in Rotterdam’s modern architectural marvels.
  • Zeebrugge is your gateway to Bruges, home to some of Belgium’s finest landmarks; while an extended stay in Antwerp affords plenty of time to explore the city of diamonds, cathedral and chocolates.

From £899pp

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Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Netherlands & Belgium City Break

Departs: Southampton • Fri 13 Nov 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2028

  • Epitomising the benefits of a Fred. Olsen city break, this short, yet rewarding cruise affords time to explore a trio of Dutch and Belgian cities in-depth and relax on board smaller, friendlier
  • Scenic cruising of the peaceful Nieuwe Maas kicks-off two days in the Netherlands, where you can explore futuristic Rotterdam and revel in Amsterdam’s world-famous museums, architecture and canals.
  • In Belgium, an extended stay in sparkling Antwerp affords ample time for exploration: you can take in prized possessions, such as the legendary district, with ease and indulge with authentic chocolates and beer.

From £599pp

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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 • Boudicca • D2110

  • 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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