Amsterdam is The Netherlands kingdom's capital city and a major ocean and river cruise port. The port is among the most visited by cruise ships based in Baltic Sea. This is also a turnaround port for riverboats operating on Rhine and Moselle rivers, as well as on the Dutch waterways.
Holland's capital city has population around 845,000 (urban 1,35 million, metro 2,43 million) and covers an area of approx 166 km2 (64ml2). The Randstad megalopolis (which besides Amsterdam also includes the located in South Holland Rotterdam and The Hague) has population of around 7 million. Amsterdam City itself is one of the world's most visited tourist travel destinations and also one of Europe's arts capitals. It is an unique place to visit with rich history, amazing canal ring, world-famous museums, guided city tours and exciting shore excursions. Next photo shows the Amsterdam cruise port and its passenger terminal building.
Cruise lines that include Amsterdam cruise port in their ship schedule increase every year. The terminal welcomes more than 0,25 million passengers during the high cruising season.
Port Amsterdam (officially "Haven van Amsterdam") is a major seaport serving Amsterdam City. It is ranked Europe's 4th largest cargo port. The port is on a former bay and via North Sea Canal (Noordzeekanaal) is connected to North Sea.
In the 17th century (during the so called Dutch Golden Age), Amsterdam was one of the main seaports of the Dutch East India Company - world's first ever multinational corporation (established 1602 AD). Today, it is Holland's 2nd largest cargo port - after Rotterdam.
- The port's total area is 6,2 km2 (2,4 ml2) waterways and plus 20 km2 (7,7 ml2) land areas (quays, roads, railways, green areas).
- The port comprises several harbors, which are also part of city boroughs (named Westpoort, Westerpark, Centrum, Zeeburg). The list of harbours (haven) includes Afrika, Amerika, West Harbour, Jan van Riebeeck, Petroleum, Coen, Mercurius, Hout, De Ruijter Quay (Ruijterkade), Eastern Trade Quay.
- The port's 2014 statistics showed as handled marine shipping cargo around 97,4 million tons. For comparison, in 2008 the port handled 6029 marine vessels with 75,8 million tons of cargo and 435,129 TEUs (containers).
- Amsterdam cruise port is among Northern Europe's largest. The port handles an average (ship calls) of 140 ocean and 1500 river cruises, The number of cruise tourist is around 700.000.
- In September 2015, MSC Splendida ship became the largest cruise vessel in Amsterdam.
- Amsterdam port has 2 cruise terminals: Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (serving ocean-going ships) and another terminal located after the locks in IJmuiden.
- In 2017, Holland's positive economy led to 2,5% increase in shipping volumes at Port Amsterdam - up to 81,3 million cargo tons. Together with other North Sea Canal ports, the total transshipment volume reached the record 100,8 million cargo tons. In Port IJmuiden the growth was 7% (up to 18,5 million tons). In Port Beverwijk the increase was 6% (800,000 million tons). In Port Zaanstad the increase was 35% (300,000 tons).
- Port Amsterdam's increase in Ro-Ro ship volumes was 11% (1,9 million tons). Imports rose by 4% (up to 50,9 million tons). Exports remained unchanged (30,4 million tons).
- In 2017 were were allocated 18 hectares of land (11 hectares in 2016). The land recipients were Bio Energy Netherlands (biomass power station generating from waste timber electricity and raw materials for the country's chemical industry) and Chaincraft (biotech company converting biomass into fatty acids). Borghese Real Estate and DHL (logistics) did expansions at Atlaspark. Two new facilities were realised at HoogTij park (Gam BAKKER, Containerterminal CTV Vrede Steinweg) where Port Amsterdam is a participant. The port also acquired 10 hectares of land on North Sea Canal's northern side.
- In 2017, the cruise port handled a total of 134 ship calls (over 125 in 2016) 332,998 passengers (over 281,907 in 2016). At Port IJmuiden, cruise ship calls were 23 (32 in 2016). The total number of river cruise ship calls in 2017 was 1876. The number of riverboat cruise passengers was 495,550.
- In November 2017, the port announced its objectives to achieve up to 50% emissions reduction (of NOx, SOx and soot particles) generated by docked ocean cruise ships by the year 2030. Another planned objective was reducing to virtually zero the levels of noise and air pollution caused by diesel generators at all public berths (located inside the city's ring road) by the year 2018. To achieve these goals, into the port's Infrastructure were made investments in innovative technologies, like LNG bunkering facilities and shore-side power supply. The EUR 10 million vudgeted project was scheduled for completion by 2021. The port's new incentive program additionally promotes clean shipping and offers discounts on port dues for LNG-powered vessels.
- In January 2018, the Port Amsterdam signed with Titan LNG a long-term contract for the base (FlexFueler001, in America Harbour) of the company's bunkering pontoon. This is first of its kind in Europe facility providing LNG bunkering. The facility's central location in the harbour enables LNG transfers by both trucks and special vessels, making it independent from large-scale LNG terminals. America Harbour (draft 9,7 m) can handle both inland and ocean vessels alongside the FlexFueler.
- The number of LNG-powered ships is rapidly growing (via conversion and newbuilds) as this fuel is cost-effective, suitable for various vessel types and environmentally friendly. LNG completely removes SOx and soot particles, reduces NOx emissions (up to 85%) as well as CO2 emissions.
Amsterdam port's new sealock (world's largest)
A new (world's largest) sealock is currently under construction at IJmuiden (North Sea Canal's entrance). The new facility will provide access to Port Amsterdam even to the world's largest cruise vessels.
The new sealock has length of 500 m (1640 ft), width 70 m (230 ft) and depth / max draft 18 m (59 ft), ranking it the world’s largest. Construction works started in January 2016, with scheduled completion by the end of 2019. After the sealock's inauguration, Amsterdam port will be accessible (for all types of marine vessels) 24 hours a day.
Next YouTube video (official release by Haven Amsterdam) shows the sealock project's main highlights.
The sealock project's construction and maintenance cost is about EUR 500 million.
Highlights: Canals, bridges, Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam cruise terminal
Amsterdam cruise port terminal is located 15 minutes away from the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, right in the city heart. The central train station of Amsterdam is just in 10 minutes walking distance.
- Amsterdam cruise port terminal has a large reception, tourists information office, cafes, restaurants, luggage facility and shops. There is a parking area which is underneath Amsterdam cruise port terminal (Passenger Terminal Amsterdam).
- If you prefer, you can use touring boat or public transport to reach the center of Amsterdam.
- Passenger Terminal Amsterdam has quays with length of 600 m and 10.5 depth. If the weather is in normal condition, vessels up to 330 m will turn very easy in Amsterdam cruise port terminal.
- Available for the passengers is pontoon for transfer to and from different kinds of touring boats.
- aParking (underneath the PTA / cruise terminal) is EUR 30 per day (subject to change).
At the moment you disembark here, you can enjoy great views of the city from the huge outdoor balcony of the terminal. The passengers also can use the Movenpick hotel facilities, a four-star hotel located in adjacent.
Amsterdam tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Exploring the canals: Amsterdam has at least 165. All are surrounded with typical houses and beautiful green tree. You can also see typical 17th century Golden Age houses.
- The Rijksmuseum: exhibitions of famous Dutch Golden Age painters, one of the most popular places to visit. The “top” piece is “Night Watch” by Rembrandt. You will also see Jan Steen’s and Vermeer ‘s paintings.
- The Begijnhof: located in the heart of the old city. A lovely 14th century place with beautiful houses and green gardens.
- Brown Cafes: or a typical Dutch pub. The name is given after the color of the interior – dark wood and stained by cigarette smoke walls.
- Anne Frank House: nearly a million tourists visit the Anne Frank House every year. The place is touching with the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl, and her family. They were hiding in this house during the Nazi’s occupation.
- Vondelpark: the most popular park in Amsterdam.
- Oude Kerk: dates since 1250 AD, the Amsterdam’s oldest church. The paradox is that it is located at the Red Light District center.
- Waterlooplein: located near the City Hall. A huge market, where you can buy anything but the usual at very good price.
- The Red Light District: real notorious highlight. You can see hundreds of young women, wearing only lingerie, behind red lit window.
- Coffee Shops: you can buy marihuana or hash for personal use in small quantity.
Port Amsterdam cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Amsterdam, Holland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Amsterdam cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Amsterdam, Holland.
If you lose the Amsterdam location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.