Amsterdam Harbour Cruise on Panorama Deck Boat


Embark on an insightful 2-hour Amsterdam Harbour Cruise with Amsterdam Boat Cruises, the official partner of Port of Amsterdam, and dive into the history, present, and future of Amsterdam’s port. From the 17th century to the industrial revolution in the 19th century, and up to our contemporary pursuits of a sustainable and circular economy, this cruise offers a deep dive into one of Europe’s key harbors. Narrated through the stories of five generations of Amsterdammers, experience the evolution of an area that’s both grand and compelling. Whether catching the panoramic views from the ship’s deck on a sunny day or enjoying the comforts of the luxurious interior in less favorable weather, this tour provides unparalleled sights of the world’s largest cocoa and petrol port transitioning towards a fossil-free future. Discover a blend of tradition and innovation, where the past meets the progression towards a greener tomorrow.

What you'll see

Departure location: NDSM Wharf, Amsterdam North.
Return location: Same as departure location.
Tour duration: 2 hours.
Departure time: 14:00
Tour type: Amsterdam Canal Cruises


Your maritime journey begins at the historic NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam North, a site with a rich legacy of shipbuilding dating back to 1923, now home to Damen Shiprepair. After boarding our state-of-the-art electric-powered boat, you’re introduced to the grandeur of Amsterdam’s harbor through the lives of five generations intertwined with its development. Each story adds a personal touch to the vast expanse of docks, ships, and cranes, making history feel alive and current. As we navigate through the Amsterdam harbor region, encompassing IJmuiden, Beverwijk, and Zaanstad, you’ll witness firsthand the transformation from traditional shipping and trading to the forefront of circular economy and sustainable energy solutions. The narrative brings attention to the challenges and achievements of transitioning towards a zero-emission future, highlighting innovations in hydrogen fuel production, biofuel storage, and waste-to-energy projects. During the cruise, enjoy panoramic vistas of key industrial and environmental developments from either the open deck or within the comfort of the ship’s luxurious interior. A small menu available onboard offers a selection of drinks and snacks, enhancing the experience with local flavors. As daylight fades or the city lights twinkle, depending on your departure time, the harbor reveals itself not just as a mere location, but as a crucial character in Amsterdam’s ongoing narrative of growth, adaptation, and sustainability. Concluding back at the NDSM Wharf, you depart with a deeper understanding of Amsterdam’s maritime heart, its past, present, and ambitious future.
Raster effect view

What's included


Not included

Reservations details

Join us on a captivating Amsterdam Harbour Cruise and experience the rich tapestry of history, industry, and innovation that has shaped one of Europe’s most significant ports. This 2-hour journey navigates through the present-day challenges and achievements of the harbor, offering a glimpse into its ambitious sustainable future. Reserve your spot online now for an insightful expedition into Amsterdam’s maritime legacy. Remember to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure from NDSM Wharf, easily accessible from Amsterdam Central Station via the free purple line ferry (F4). Don’t miss this unique blend of education, sightseeing, and storytelling.

Important Information:

  • Unfortunately, our boats and buses are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Pets are not allowed, with the exception of assistance dogs
  • Enjoy our 24-hour free cancellation policy
  • Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point on time for your reserved departure
  • Live guide in English and Dutch; audio guide in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • Compatible headphones required for the audio guide on your smartphone
  • Please refer to our FAQ section for additional details and answers to common questions.

Similar tours

Amsterdam LOOKOUT + Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Book your ticket to A’dam Lookout + Canal Cruise to get the best view of Amsterdam

75 minutes Canal Cruise – Highlights of Amsterdam

Embark on a charming 75-minute canal cruise through the heart of Amsterdam aboard a 100% electric boat.

Open Boat Luxury Cruise from Central Station

Embark on an exquisite 60-minute luxury cruise through Amsterdam’s historic waterway

Combi deal: keukenhof + Canal cruise

Exclusive combi deal Keukenhof + Amsterdam Canal Cruise