Amsterdam

Atmospheric canals and trendy haunts
The Anne Frank Huis
The Van Gogh Museum

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Amsterdam

Remembering Venice

Amsterdam it’s a compact, instantly likeable city, that’s appealing to look at and pleasant to walk around.
During your vacation in Holland, as you arrive in the Dutch city with an MSC Cruise of Northern Europe, you will immediately feel at home and fascinated by this mixture of provincial and cosmopolitan elements, shaped by the liberal counter-culture that took hold in the 1960s.

Also engaging are the buzz of its open-air summer events and the intimacy of its clubs and bars, not to mention the Dutch facility with languages: practically everyone you meet in Amsterdam during your MSC cruise to Holland speaks almost perfect English.

Don’t stay on board, Amsterdam deserves a proper visit with an excursion, as it has world famous tourist sites such as: the Anne Frank Huis, where Anne and her family lived in hiding during the II World War, the Van Gogh Museum, with its vast collection of paintings by Van Gogh, hosted in a purposely built modern gallery, and the Rijksmuseum, with its extraordinary collection of paintings by Rembrandt.

And, after a pleasant cultural interval, before returning to your MSC cruise ship, you can take a stroll in the nearby Vondelpark, the most beautiful of Amsterdam’s parks. The greatest attraction however are the canals, as you won’t fail to notice during your vacation in Holland: take a cruise of the Grachtengordel district and you will see why.

You will find an incredible number of bars, clubs and coffee shops where you can have a drink, from the traditional bruin café to the many trendy haunts.

Must see places in Amsterdam

  • Cruise on the canal

    Cruise on the canal

  • The Van Gogh museum

    The Van Gogh museum

  • The Windmills

    The Windmills

Discover our excursions

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  • Amsterdam by Bike

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    AMSBKT

    Amsterdam by Bike
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • CITY TOUR & ANNE FRANK HOUSE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    AMS07T

    Use the day to visit what is perhaps one of the world's most poignant sights - the Anne Frank Museum, where the courageous young diarist hid with her family from Nazi persecution. Before the museum visit, we will leave the port for a tour through old and
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • CITY TOUR & VAN GOGH MUSEUM

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    AMS02T

    Leave the ship for an enjoyable city tour through Amsterdam’s historical centre. Your route will take you past Dam Square and the Mint Tower to arrive at Museum Square and the famous Van Gogh Museum. You will have sufficient time to explore the museum, wh
    • Shopping

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • THE WINDMILLS & THE CANALS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    AMS08T

    Keen photographers will not want to miss the opportunity to take professional snaps in one of the most picturesque spots around Amsterdam. The excursion starts with a short drive to the traditional village of Zaanse Schans, one of the area’s top sights. A
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$62.00Price per person

  • WINDMILLS & THE DUTCH COUNTRYSIDE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    AMS01T

    Dutch traditions are the theme of this excursion that takes you from the port by coach for a guided tour of the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. The name derives from the defending wall “Schans”, which was erected at the end of XVI century for the war a
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • CANAL CRUISE

    SCENIC ROUTE

    AMS03T

    Depart from the port by coach along the Dam Square, taking in the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk, the museum district and Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the concert building and the lively Leidseplein district. On reaching the heart of the city, we will
    • Shopping

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • CANAL CRUISE BY CANDLELIGHT

    SCENIC ROUTE

    AMS14T

    When it comes to combining a laid-back, friendly ambience with all the romance of canal-side living, you cannot beat the Netherlands’ largest and most cosmopolitan city: Amsterdam. For a chance to experience Amsterdam’s urban waterways first hand, why not
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$79.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • CANAL CRUISE & HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    AMS10T

    Leave the port and enjoy a sightseeing coach drive on the way to Albert Cuyp open-air market, selling everything from fruit and veg to clothing and cameras. Enjoy free time among its 260 market stands or take a coffee in a traditional Amsterdam café or in
    • Shopping

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • SHOPPING AT BATAVIA STAD

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    AMS12T

    About a 1-hour coach ride from the port will see you reach the shoppers’ paradise of Batavia Stad in Lelystad, which is situated on the shores of the Markermeer and IJsselmeer. The attractive faux-historical feel of the purpose-built “outlet shopping city
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$52.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • WALKING TOUR IN JORDAAN DISTRICT

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    AMS19T

    When it comes to coupling civic beauty with historical appeal, the vibrant city of Amsterdam ticks every box and the pretty Jordaan district, established in the early 17th century as “Het Nieuwe Werck” or The New Work, is particularly picturesque. A coach
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • WALKING TOUR IN THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    AMS16T

    The Red Light district, who does not know this area in Amsterdam? Join us on a pleasant tour to one of the most famous district in the city. A short coach drive will take you to “De Wallen”, the original name of the district, a real tourist attraction tod
    • Drink included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      00 m

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • “ANNE” AT THE THEATRE AMSTERDAM

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    AMS18T

    Based on the bestselling book “The Diary of a Young Girl”, the play “Anne” – currently billed at the waterside Theatre Amsterdam just outside of the city centre – serves to tell the poignant tale of its teenage author, Anne Frank. The famous book, also kn
    • No guide available

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$122.00Price per person

    • Children$109.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Amsterdam

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Amsterdam PTA

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Exit the A10 Ring Road at junction S114 (Zeeburg, Centrum, Artis, IJburg). Turn left at the end of the exit slip road and continue straight ahead. When you reach the Piet Hein Tunnel, move into in the lane marked Centraal Station. The entrance to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is 1 km along the road on the right-hand side.
    Car
  • Train

    Leave Amsterdam Central Station by the North exit (Noord). Once outside the station, turn right and follow the IJ lake until you have crossed the bridge, when you will see the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam on your left. 
    Travel time: A 15-minute walk.
    Train
  • Plane

    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is just a short journey from the city centre. 
    There is a direct rail connection from the airport to Amsterdam Central Station. 
    Travel time: about 15 minutes. 

    You can also take a taxi outside the airport. 
    Travel time: about 20 minutes depending on traffic.
    Plane

Netherlands

The land of the wooden clogs
The land of the wooden clogs

Although almost half of it was once under water, the Netherlands is one of the most urbanized – and densely populated – nations on earth, with a huge amount of interest packed into a relatively small area.

A holiday to the Netherlands will help you understand why it’s a remarkable country, a largely man-made affair, around half of which lies at or below sea level. One-fifth of the Netherlands is made up of… water. Without protection, two-thirds of the country would be regularly flooded.

The lowest point in the Netherlands – at seven metres below sea level – is also Europe’s lowest point. A cruise to the Netherlands means a fertile, pancake-flat landscape gridded with drainage ditches and canals, beneath huge open skies, while the country’s towns and villages are often pristine and unchanged places of gabled townhouses, pretty canals and church spires.

Despite the country’s diminutive dimensions, each town is often a profoundly separate place with its own distinct identity – indeed there’s perhaps nowhere else in the world where you can hear so many different accents, even dialects, in such a small area.

In spring and summer the bulb fields provide bold splashes of colour, and in the west and north the long coastline is marked by mile upon mile of protective dune, backing onto wide stretches of perfect sandy beach.

 
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