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Cruise Lines Cancel Sailings to Amsterdam Due to New Tourist Tax

By ,   December 19, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

Cruises sailing through port of Amsterdam were cancelled for travelers who book holidays with Cruise & Maritime Voyages or MSC Cruises due to a new tourist tax introduced in the port city.

Cruise passengers looking for a voyage to Amsterdam may be short for choice after the city announced an EUR 8 head tax per day for "tourists arriving by cruise", which is affecting guests who stay for 24 hours or less, or EUR 16 for those staying over 24 hours. This resulted in a number of cruise lines removing Amsterdam from their scheduled itineraries choosing another Dutch port city instead.

Thousands of cruisers sailing in 2019-2020 could find their journeys drastically altered.

Port of Amsterdam (Holland)

Earlier in 2018, MSC Cruises announced that they will change the overnight calls o Rotterdam.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages followed in their footsteps and revealed that their 2019-2020 port calls to Amsterdam will now be at Rotterdam, as well, which means that 37 of their sailings will make the move, with thirty Columbus and 7 Magellan itineraries avoiding the port city.