Canal Cruise Amsterdam

A canal cruise is a great activity for the solo traveller. Cruises operate during the daytime as well as in the evening. It is particularly pleasant cruising as the sun sets.

Narrow Houses

Blue Boat Amsterdam canal cruises depart from 2 locations…

Stadhouderskade 501 (opposite Hard Rock Cafe)
Stadhouderskade 550 (opposite Heineken Experience)

Pre-booking your seat

A Blue Boat canal cruise can be pre-booked online to guarantee a preferred time slot. Organised evening activities are ideal for solo travel. Therefore, I recommend choosing the 7:30pm cruise.

What’s going on nearby?

Boarding takes place 15 minutes before departure but there are several places to go to eat or drink while you wait. It is also close to the casino if you fancy a flutter before you sail! I can recommend the lively Irish Pub opposite. It has a large outdoor seating area overlooking the canal. Note that the pub does not accept cash.

About the Boat

Onboard is a bar, toilet and an outside area for smokers. The barman takes drink and snack orders at the tables. Once again, cash is not accepted.

Drinks include…

  • Hot Drinks – coffee, tea and hot chocolate Euros 1.75
  • Soft drinks or a bottle of Heineken Euros 2.50
  • A glass of wine Euros 3.50 or Prosecco Euros 4.75

Snacks – there is a limited choice …

  • Chips (crisps) or a chocolate bar Euros 2.00
  • Bag of berries & nuts Euros 2.50
  • Oreo cookies (6 pieces) Euros 1.50
  • Stroopwafels (2 pieces) Euros 1.50

The guided audio tour lasts for 90 minutes. Once it sets sail, each person is provided with a set of earphones. If you have your own, I recommend you bring them. Theirs are made from very hard plastic, are extremely uncomfortable and they do not work very well!

The commentary was very interesting and I learnt things about Amsterdam that I may not have, had I not been on the cruise. For example…

Do you know why Amsterdam’s houses are so narrow?

The narrower the house from the front, the less tax the occupier paid This led to houses being very narrow. One of the hosues is just 2m wide! The height and width from the back was not taken into account. Therefore, even some 5 bedroom properties have very narrow frontage.

Amsterdam canals

As night falls, the lamps on the table automatically glow.

Lamps light up as it gets dark onboard the Blue Boat canal cruise

Some of the sightseeing while sailing included…

The Red Light District

Sex shops in the Red Light District
Red Light District

The cruise takes you to theonly point in the canal where you can view 7 bridges at one time…

View where you can see 7 bridges all at once, canal cruise

The Skinny Bridge is perhaps Amsterdam’s most famous. It is so narrow, it struggles to allow 2 pedestrians to pass by each other…

Skinny Bridge on one of Amsterdam's canals
Skinny Bridge, Amsterdam

This is such an enjoyable canal cruise and I highly recommend booking. There are many different types that Blue Boat offer so check their website for details.

Suggested Further Reading:

Travel Tips for Amsterdam

Restaurants in Amsterdam

Hotels in Amsterdam