Admire Amsterdam's historical harbor, known in Dutch as 'IJ', on this 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise. Sit back and absorb the views as you glide past Amsterdam Central Station, the Muziekgebouw concert hall, the avant-garde Eye Film Institute and other striking buildings. Pass age-old warehouses and shipyard sites as you hear from the live guide how the IJ was the base of the Dutch East India Company during the 17th century. Plus, see the vast cruise liners at the cruise terminal, and enjoy drinks and snacks (own expense) from the onboard bar as you sail.
Make your own way to the Port of Amsterdam at your chosen time for your 1.5-hour cruise around Amsterdam harbor or IJ. Step aboard your comfortable cruiser, find a spot on the spacious deck or lower cabin, and enjoy the views of Amsterdam's skyline as your boat pulls away. Then, relax and let the sights of the historical port, whose origins date to the 13th century, drift by. As you sail, listen to the informative commentary from the live guide and hear how the IJ was the home port and shipyard of the Dutch East India Company ' once one of the world's most powerful trading companies ' during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. Admire the Neo-Renaissance fa'ade of Amsterdam Central Station, see the striking, glass-fronted Muziekgebouw concert hall and pass historical warehouses and docks, the arty NDSM wharf, and the postmodern canal houses of Java Island. Order drinks and snacks from the onboard bar (own expense) and snap photos of the geometric Eye Film Institute building and the REM island restaurant, built on a former helicopter deck. Keep your camera ready, too, as you pass the palatial cruise ships docked at the cruise port and the harbor's replica of a 19th-century tall-mast ship. After about 1.5 hours of sailing, return to the original departure point where your cruise ends.