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Summer in Amsterdam

Set sail this summer on a mini cruise to Amsterdam

Enjoy the fresh sea air, great dining options, designer shopping and your own private cabin on an Amsterdam mini cruise.

Spend the day exploring Amsterdam before stepping back onboard for your return journey. Whether it’s a canal cruise, a picnic in Vondelpark or hiring bikes to cycle the city like a local, there’s plenty to do and see in Amsterdam and now is a great time to visit.

We have also implemented various measures for your wellbeing onboard. Find out more here.

Change of plans? Our Travel Guarantee offers free rebooking on travel taken before 31 December 2020.

Overnight crossing in en suite cabin

A day in Amsterdam

Delicious onboard dining

Travel Guarantee - free rebooking on crossings taken before 31 Dec 2020
Daily crossings based on availability
Book & travel by 30 September 2020
Price based on 2 sharing an inside cabin

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Depart North Shields for Amsterdam

Day 1


Check-in opens


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Depart North Shields for Amsterdam

Day 2


Arrive in IJmuiden, Holland


Coach departs for Amsterdam city centre


Coach departs Amsterdam for IJmuiden terminal


Ship departs IJmuiden

Day 3


Breakfast available onboard


Arrive in North Shields

Park in Amsterdam

A summer city break

If you’re craving a short break, a mini cruise to Amsterdam is perfect.

If the sun is shining you can spend the afternoon in one of the city’s parks, browse the world’s only floating flower market or if you’re looking to soak up some culture, why not visit one of the many famous museums in the city? With pre-booking and social distancing measures in place, you can browse some world-famous museums without the normal crowds you would expect. You won’t want to leave before sampling some delicious Dutch pancakes too!

We recommend you book in advance any museum visits or canal cruises and check the guidelines of the venue before visiting.

Read our itinerary for a day in Amsterdam, including what to pack, things to do and things to remember!

Prefer to take your car? Check out our transportation prices here.

Amsterdam Itinerary

Onboard Entertainment

North Sea Bistro - Newcastle to Amsterdam

Food & Dining

Our unique dining experiences onboard include an international buffet and a luxurious à la carte restaurant when you sail between Newcastle and Amsterdam.

À la carte dining is unavailable until 31 March 2021.

Amsterdam flower markets

Amsterdam Highlights

Amsterdam offers an abundance of attractions and activities, from fascinating cultural experiences and great shopping, to the iconic bicycles and 17th-century canals.

Explore the world famous museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Hermitage and the Rijksmuseum. Take a scenic canal cruise through Amsterdam to see the city in a whole new light.

Couple visiting Amsterdam

All DFDS Mini Cruises

Our mini cruise breaks are our most popular breaks, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do you get to spend time in a fantastic city, but you’ll also be treated to 2 nights onboard our modern, comfortable and well-equipped cruise ferries.

Our mini cruises are the perfect combination of a short city break and a cruise experience.

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