Amsterdam (Netherlands North Holland)

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Amsterdam cruise port

Region
Baltic - Norwegian Fjords - Russia

Local Time
2024-07-22 00:35

min: 56 °F (13 °C) / max: 75 °F (24 °C) 59°F
15.2°C
Wind: 289°/ 3 m/s  Gust: 6 m/sWind: 289°/ 3 m/s  Gust: 6 m/sLight breeze
3 m/s
Min / Max Temperature75 °F / 24 °C
56 °F / 14 °C
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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, Netherlands North Holland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
30 June, 2024
Sunday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaMora
30 June, 2024
Sunday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Alina09:0002:00
30 June, 2024
Sunday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Sena13:0016:00
30 July, 2024
Tuesday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Gefjon
30 July, 2024
Tuesday
River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Lady Diletta08:0023:00
1 July, 2024
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaMora
2 July, 2024
Tuesday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Grace
2 July, 2024
Tuesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Illumination
2 July, 2024
Tuesday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Virtuosa07:0019:00
2 July, 2024
Tuesday
Mystic Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS nickoSPIRIT08:0023:00
2 July, 2024
Tuesday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Alea08:0006:00
3 July, 2024
Wednesday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaSiena
3 July, 2024
Wednesday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaCerto
3 July, 2024
Wednesday
Mystic Cruises Cruises cruise lineCMV Vasco da Gama-Nicko07:0017:00
3 July, 2024
Wednesday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Anesha09:0023:00
3 July, 2024
Wednesday
River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Sans Souci18:0005:00
4 July, 2024
Thursday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Grace
4 July, 2024
Thursday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaSiena
4 July, 2024
Thursday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Nautica18:00
5 July, 2024
Friday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Panorama
5 July, 2024
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineJewel Of The Seas06:0016:00
5 July, 2024
Friday
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Silhouette06:0015:00
6 July, 2024
Saturday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Panorama
6 July, 2024
Saturday
River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Lady Diletta08:0023:00
7 July, 2024
Sunday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Jasper
7 July, 2024
Sunday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaSerena
7 July, 2024
Sunday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Alina09:0002:00
7 July, 2024
Sunday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Antonia10:0004:00
7 July, 2024
Sunday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Sena13:0016:00
8 July, 2024
Monday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Jasper
8 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Queen
8 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Empress
8 July, 2024
Monday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Expression
8 July, 2024
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaSerena
8 July, 2024
Monday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Anesha09:0023:00
9 July, 2024
Tuesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Jewel
9 July, 2024
Tuesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Opal
9 July, 2024
Tuesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Expression
9 July, 2024
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Dawn08:0020:00
9 July, 2024
Tuesday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Alea08:0006:00
10 July, 2024
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Opal
10 July, 2024
Wednesday
P&O Cruises Cruises cruise lineVentura
10 July, 2024
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Jewel
10 July, 2024
Wednesday
River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Sans Souci18:0005:00
11 July, 2024
Thursday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS VIVA Inspire
11 July, 2024
Thursday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaLucia
11 July, 2024
Thursday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise linems Symphonie02:0009:00
11 July, 2024
Thursday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Silva06:0023:00
12 July, 2024
Friday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Dawn
12 July, 2024
Friday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Prima07:0017:00
12 July, 2024
Friday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Cara08:00
12 July, 2024
Friday
Mystic Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS nickoSPIRIT09:0008:00
12 July, 2024
Friday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise linems Symphonie18:0019:00
13 July, 2024
Saturday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineSS Antoinette
13 July, 2024
Saturday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Esprit
13 July, 2024
Saturday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Cara08:00
13 July, 2024
Saturday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Star
13 July, 2024
Saturday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Dawn
13 July, 2024
Saturday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Anesha09:0023:00
13 July, 2024
Saturday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Voyager10:0016:00
14 July, 2024
Sunday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Queen
14 July, 2024
Sunday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Empress
14 July, 2024
Sunday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Star
14 July, 2024
Sunday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaMora
14 July, 2024
Sunday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Alina09:0002:00
14 July, 2024
Sunday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Sena13:0016:00
15 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Queen
15 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Empress
15 July, 2024
Monday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Star
15 July, 2024
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaMora
15 July, 2024
Monday
River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Lady Diletta08:0023:00
15 July, 2024
Monday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise linems Victor Hugo21:0009:00
16 July, 2024
Tuesday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Grace
16 July, 2024
Tuesday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Star08:00
16 July, 2024
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Prima07:0018:00
16 July, 2024
Tuesday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Alea08:0006:00
17 July, 2024
Wednesday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Antonia10:0004:00
17 July, 2024
Wednesday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise linems Victor Hugo18:0019:00
18 July, 2024
Thursday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaVenita
18 July, 2024
Thursday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Grace
18 July, 2024
Thursday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaSiena
18 July, 2024
Thursday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineJewel Of The Seas06:0016:00
18 July, 2024
Thursday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Anesha09:0023:00
19 July, 2024
Friday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Sky
19 July, 2024
Friday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Impression
19 July, 2024
Friday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Panorama
19 July, 2024
Friday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaVenita
19 July, 2024
Friday
Mystic Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS nickoSPIRIT08:0023:00
20 July, 2024
Saturday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Skadi
20 July, 2024
Saturday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Expression
20 July, 2024
Saturday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Sky
20 July, 2024
Saturday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaStella
20 July, 2024
Saturday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Nieuw Statendam07:0016:00
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Gem
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Baldur
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Crystal
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Queen
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Empress
21 July, 2024
Sunday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaStella
21 July, 2024
Sunday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaSerena
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Alina09:0002:00
21 July, 2024
Sunday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Sena13:0016:00
22 July, 2024
Monday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Skirnir
22 July, 2024
Monday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Crystal
22 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Empress
22 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Queen
22 July, 2024
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaSerena
23 July, 2024
Tuesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Jade
23 July, 2024
Tuesday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Queen08:00
23 July, 2024
Tuesday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaPrima
23 July, 2024
Tuesday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaCerto
23 July, 2024
Tuesday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Alea08:0006:00
23 July, 2024
Tuesday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Anesha09:0023:00
23 July, 2024
Tuesday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise linems Gerard Schmitter18:0019:00
24 July, 2024
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Jade
24 July, 2024
Wednesday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Explorer
24 July, 2024
Wednesday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Queen
24 July, 2024
Wednesday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Luna
24 July, 2024
Wednesday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaPrima
24 July, 2024
Wednesday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaCerto
24 July, 2024
Wednesday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Gymir02:0023:00
25 July, 2024
Thursday
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Explorer
25 July, 2024
Thursday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Luna
25 July, 2024
Thursday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS VIVA Inspire
25 July, 2024
Thursday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaLucia
26 July, 2024
Friday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Vista
26 July, 2024
Friday
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeven Seas Navigator07:0021:00
26 July, 2024
Friday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Cara08:00
26 July, 2024
Friday
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise linems Symphonie18:0019:00
27 July, 2024
Saturday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineSS Antoinette
27 July, 2024
Saturday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Savor
27 July, 2024
Saturday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Cara08:00
27 July, 2024
Saturday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Sun
27 July, 2024
Saturday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Vista
27 July, 2024
Saturday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Antonia10:0004:00
28 July, 2024
Sunday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Queen
28 July, 2024
Sunday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Empress
28 July, 2024
Sunday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Star08:00
28 July, 2024
Sunday
Emerald Cruises Cruises cruise lineEmerald Sun
28 July, 2024
Sunday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaMora
28 July, 2024
Sunday
Mystic Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Rhein Symphonie04:0019:00
28 July, 2024
Sunday
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Alina09:0002:00
28 July, 2024
Sunday
Arosa Cruises Cruises cruise lineArosa Sena13:0016:00
29 July, 2024
Monday
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Star
29 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Queen
29 July, 2024
Monday
Uniworld Cruises cruise lineRiver Empress
29 July, 2024
Monday
Scylla Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS VIVA Treasures
29 July, 2024
Monday
Luftner-Amadeus River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Amadeus Star
29 July, 2024
Monday
AmaWaterways Cruises cruise lineAmaMora
29 July, 2024
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineJewel Of The Seas06:0016:00
29 July, 2024
Monday
Mystic Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS nickoSPIRIT09:0008:00
29 July, 2024
Monday
River Cruises Cruises cruise lineMS Sans Souci17:00
31 July, 2024
Wednesday
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Opal
31 July, 2024
Wednesday
Avalon Waterways Cruises cruise lineAvalon Imagery II
31 July, 2024
Wednesday
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Nautica08:0018:00
31 July, 2024
Wednesday
Crystal Cruises Cruises cruise lineCrystal Symphony09:0015:00

Amsterdam is The Netherlands' capital city and a major North Sea port (via IJmuiden), as well as Amstel (Rhine) river cruise port. Port's cruise schedule includes mainly ships with roundtrip UK and Baltic Sea itineraries. Amsterdam is also a turnaround/homeport for riverboat cruises, serving itineraries on Rhine, Moselle and the Dutch inland waterways.

The city has population around 1 million (urban 1,35 million, metro over 2,43 million). Randstad Megalopolis (which besides Amsterdam also includes Rotterdam and The Hague) has population around 7 million. Amsterdam City itself is one of the world's most visited tourist travel destinations, and one of Europe's art capitals. It has a unique history, large canal ring, world-famous museums, a huge selection of guided city tours and shore excursions.

On cruise shore excursions (roundtrip bus tours from Amsterdam) can be visited Almere (Southern Flevoland).

IMPORTANT: On July 22, 2023, the city council voted to ban sea-going cruise vessels in order to restrict mass tourism and reduce air and noise pollution. The ban could result in the closure and relocation of the Port's main cruise terminal on IJ.

In September 2023, the city introduced significantly increased taxes for visiting tourists, including via cruise ships. The new taxes are for hotel guests (12,5% over the room charge) and for cruise tourists (EUR 11 pp/~37% increase over the old charge to EUR 8 pp).

In June 2024, Amsterdam City Council voted to limit the number of cruise ship calls starting in 2026. The strategy also includes plans for the relocation of the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam from downtown. Current municipal rules allow max 190 calls from ocean-going cruise vessels per year. Since July 2024, the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is limited to a single berth daily. Starting January 2026, the terminal's annual limit will be 100 ship berthings. Additionally, by 2027, all docking ships will be required to use cold ironing/shore-side power.

Port Amsterdam

Port Amsterdam (officially "Haven van Amsterdam", locode NLAMS) is a major seaport serving Amsterdam City. It is currently ranked Baltic Sea's 2nd largest cargo port (after Aarhus). The port is on a former bay and via Noordzeekanaal is connected to the North Sea.

The next photo shows the sea cruise port and its passenger terminal building.

In the 17th-century (during the so-called Dutch Golden Age), Amsterdam was one of the main seaports of the Dutch East India Company - the world's first-ever multinational corporation (1602-established). Today, it is Netherlands' second-largest cargo port - after Rotterdam. Port's 2014 statistics showed as handled marine shipping cargo ~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).

Annually, Port Amsterdam handles ~50,000 vessels (seagoing, riverboats, barges). Port's total area is 6,2 km2 (2,4 mi2) waterways and plus 20 km2 (7,7 mi2) 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.

In 2017, Netherlands's positive economy led to a 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). Port Beverwijk's increase was 6% (800,000 million tons). Port Zaanstad's increase was 35% (300,000 tons). Port's increase in Ro-Ro shipping 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 allocated 18 hectares of land (11 hectares in 2016). 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) expanded at Atlaspark. Two new facilities were realized at HoogTij park (Gam BAKKER, Container terminal CTV Vrede Steinweg) where Port Amsterdam is a participant. The port also acquired 10 hectares of land on the North Sea Canal's northern side.

In November 2017, the port announced its objectives to achieve up to 50% emissions reduction (NOx, SOx, 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 2018.

  • To achieve these goals, into port's Infrastructure was made investments in innovative technologies, like LNG bunkering facilities and shore-side power supply.
  • The EUR 10 million budgeted project was scheduled for completion by 2021.
  • Port's new incentive program additionally promotes clean shipping and offers discounts on port dues for LNG-powered vessels.

In January 2018, Port Amsterdam signed with Titan LNG a long-term contract for the base (FlexFueler001, in America Harbour) of the company's bunkering pontoon. This was Europe's first such facility. Its 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 FlexFueler. The number of LNG-powered ships is rapidly growing (via drydock 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. In August 2018, the port started offering a doubled "ESI discount" (Environmental Ship Index) for ESI-certified and LNG-powered vessels.

In December 2018, Port Amsterdam conducted 4-week trials for MADS (Marine Anti Drone System). This program was for monitoring where and why drones (legal and illegal) fly over port's land areas. MADS detects and identifies flying drones within a 5 km (3 mi) range. The system provides GPS coordinates of both the device and its pilot, as well as the drone’s speed and course. More and more seaports worldwide begin to use drones for various purposes, including infrastructure inspections and environmental measurements.

In mid-December 2018 started construction works on the Plastic Recycling Amsterdam project - a partnership with Umincorp (Rotterdam-based) and Milieu Service Nederland (Diemen-based). The new recycling plant has an annual capacity of 17,000 tons. The collected plastics are washed, shredded, separated (via Magnetic Density Separation), then sorted and processed into packaging materials.

For FY2018 (fiscal year), Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV (port authority) reported a net profit of EUR 68,5 million (12,5% increase over 2017's EUR 60,9 million) and revenue increase 5% (EUR 157,4 million), primarily due to land allocations totaling 45,1 hectares (18 hectares in 2017) and harbor fees increase due to increased transshipment cargo volume (82,3 million tons / 81,3 million in 2017). Port's added value increased 4% (to EUR 7,2 billion), the employment - by 2% (to 68,399 port-related jobs), North Sea Canal Area transshipment cargo volume reached 101,8 million tons. Port's total number of ship calls increased 7% (to 17,952 / 16,813 in 2017). The port handled 180 cruise ship calls plus 2007 riverboat cruise calls. Port’s investments amounted to EUR 53,3 million (40% increase over 2017's EUR 31,9 million).

In March 2019, at Afrikahaven were inaugurated 4 new berths that serve inland liquid bulk carriers - blue cone-marked tankers shipping flammable materials. In the period November 2017 through February 2019, at Amsterdam's Afrikahaven port were constructed a total of 18 new berths (serving inland cargo ships with LOA lengths up to 135 m / 443 ft). The project also included adding 3 mooring quays (plus piles) and building a new concrete quay fitted with a drinking water supply station and a waste processing plant.

For FY2019, Port Amsterdam reported a record transshipment volume of 86,3 million tonnes (6% increase over 2018's 82,3M tonnes). The transshipment growth was largely attributed to the 18% increase in energy products shipping (mainly coal and oil products), also dry bulk (+6%), TEU-containers (+12%), Ro-Ro shipping (+17%), chemical products (+3,4%), construction materials (+2,4%). Imports increased 5,7% (total 53,2M tonnes). Exports increased 5,5% (33,6M tonnes).

In July 2022, HyCC Holding's subsidiary HyCC BV (Hydrogen Chemistry Company/2020-founded joint venture of Nobian and GIG-Green Investment Group) launched "Project H2era" (500-MW green hydrogen plant in the Port area) planned for completion in 2027. A similar but smaller (100-MW "Project H2ermes") was launched in Port IJmuiden. Both plants produce H2 and O2 from seawater via electrolysis (using renewable electricity).

Amsterdam cruise port

Cruise lines that include Amsterdam in their ship schedules increase every year. The terminal handles over 250,000 passengers during high season.

One of Northern Europe's largest cruise ports, Amsterdam handles an average (ship calls) of 140+ ocean and 1500+ river cruises, The annual number of cruise tourists is around 700.000.

In September 2015, MSC Splendida became port's largest cruise vessel. The seaport has 2 cruise terminals - Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (serving ocean ships) and another terminal located after the locks in IJmuiden.

In 2017, the cruise port handled a total of 134 ship calls (125 in 2016) and 332,998 passengers (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 river cruise passengers was 495,550.

In late-November 2018, MSC Cruises announced that all of the company's scheduled for 2019-2020 calls at Amsterdam were cancelled. The decision was due to the port's new tourist tax for visiting / transit passengers. The tax is EUR 8 pp per day (for port stays less than 24 hours) and EUR 16 (for overnight port stays / over 24 hours). MSC refused to recover the additional costs from its customers. In the revised MSC itineraries, Amsterdam was replaced with other Dutch cities, from where was offered (as optional) bus travel to Amsterdam. Following MSC, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV UK) also cancelled all its pre-booked visits for 2019-2020.

In 2018, Port Amsterdam handled 7525 sea-going vessels (including 180 cruises) and 41424 barges. These numbers for 2017 were, respectively, 7011 and 40012. In 2019, the cruise port received 117 seagoing ship calls (180 in 2018). The decrease was due to the new tourist tax (since January 1, 2018). In 2019 were received 294,000 cruisers (425,000 in 2018).  The seagoing cruise vessels to IJmuiden were 62 (30 in 2018). Port Amsterdam handled 2282 river cruise ships (2007 in 2018).

Port Amsterdam 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 a 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.

The next YouTube video shows the sealock project's main highlights.

 

Sealock project's construction and maintenance costs are about EUR 500 million. In July 2018 was announced, that the planned sealock completion will be delayed by 27 months, now scheduled for the end of January 2022. The existing Noordersluis lock will continue to serve the traffic, but larger ships will not be able to dock at Port IJmuiden.

In mid-July 2022, was announced that in 2025 cruise ships docking at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam will start using shore power. The technology allows berthed vessels to connect to the city's power grid (for the electricity needed for their onboard hotel services) instead of using electricity from their diesel generators, thus reducing in-port air pollution and noise.

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 terminal has a large reception, tourist information office, cafes, restaurants, luggage facility, and shops. There is a parking area which is underneath Cruise Port Amsterdam's terminal (PTA-Passenger Terminal Amsterdam). The underneath PTA parking costs EUR 30 per day (subject to change). PTA is a multipurpose building where are also hosts various business-related events.

Cruise Port Amsterdam (fka Passenger Terminal Amsterdam) has quays with length 600 m (1970 ft) and depth 10,5 m (35 ft). In normal weather conditions, vessels with max LOA length 330 m (1080 ft) can easily turn in the cruise port to dock at the terminal.

Available for the passengers is a pontoon for transfer to and from different kinds of touring boats. Tourists can use tour boats or public transportation to reach downtown.

At the moment you disembark here, you can enjoy great views of the city from the huge outdoor balcony of the terminal. Cruise tourists can also use the 4-star Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre.

Amsterdam tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Exploring the canals: Amsterdam has at least 165. All are surrounded by typical houses and beautiful green trees. You can also see the 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 occupation.
  • Vondelpark: the most popular park in Amsterdam.
  • Oude Kerk: dates since 1250 AD, 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 usual at a very good price.
  • The Red Light District: real notorious highlight. You can see hundreds of young women, wearing only lingerie, behind a red-lit window.
  • Coffee Shops: you can buy marihuana or hash for personal use in small quantities.
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