Overview of trip: A bank holiday mini cruise, exploring Amsterdam in a short space of time.
Date of trip: April 2018
Currency in Amsterdam: Euro €1 = £0.90
Cost of mini cruise: Booked via Direct Ferries, P&O Ferries mini cruise £176 for two (£88.00 per person), including basic on-board cabin.
Hull Friday 20:30 over night to Amsterdam, arriving Saturday 09:00
Amsterdam Sunday 20:30 arriving to Hull, arriving Monday 08:00
Cost of accommodation: 1 night at the hotel Amsterdam Wiechmann €171 (€85.50 pp based on two sharing)
The hotel was fine except a little dated and it is not somewhere I would recommend, the price was however higher than typical accommodation due to the time of the booking made and the busy bank holiday weekend dates.
Day 1, Friday over night on-board the ferry to Amsterdam
- We decided to book the buffet evening meal on board and added in the buffet breakfast for the Saturday morning £29
- On-board there is a cinema showing new films, we watched an evening film at the 9pm showing £5
- Beer on board (bottle of Grolsh £4 or 4 for £13)
- Gin and Tonic on board £4.80
Day 2, Saturday in Amsterdam,
The ship docked and after buffet breakfast on bored, we departed the ferry and headed into Amsterdam. We headed to the MOCA museum, which is a modern art museum, dedicated to Banksy and features works from Roy Lichtenstein. We had planned to also visit the Van Gough museum, although this was sold out as there is a limited number of tickets available each day. To avoid disappointment, its worth pre-booking your tickets. We then headed to the Rijksmuseum, which is home to the famous Night Watch painting by Rembrandt. After a spot of lunch, we checked into the hotel and then headed to some coffee shops. In the evening we visited the sex museum and stopped for a freshly made stoop waffle. Due to a heavy down pour of rain we then headed back to the hotel, after a long day.
- Buffer breakfast before the ship docked, included in the deal above
- The bus into the center of Amsterdam is also included in all mini cruise packages
- Entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA €12.50
- Entry to the Rijks museum, home of the famous night-watch painting €17.50
- We had tried to visit the Van Gough museum, but unfortunately as we did not have pre-booked tickets there was not allowing any more visitors to purchase on the day tickets.
- Lunch at a local Italian, Pizza and a drink €14.50
- Checked in to the hotel
- Visit to a coffee shop, pre-rolled and a drink €10.50
- A traditional freshly cooked large stoop waffle, from Van Wonderen €7.95
- Entry to the sex museum €5
Day 3, Sunday morning in Amsterdam.
We started the morning with a walk around the infamous red-light district and a wonder through the city, we had planned to visit the A’Dam look out (the highest swing in Europe, in which you swing of the side of a building) but the rainy and poor weather conditions meant a change of plan. Ticket prices for this attraction start at €13.50, pre-book online for a discount. After a relaxing morning, a spot of lunch and a trip to a pancake house, it was time to re-board the ship to.
- Breakfast was included at the hotel, so I tried to make the most of this although I was a small selection and not the best.
- Visit to the famous bull dog café, near the red light district, iced coffee €2.50 pre-rolled smoked €5
- Amnesia coffee shop, space cake €7, coffee €2.70
- Stop of for food in a local Moroccan restaurant (main meal €14, beer €2.50)
- Stop for pancakes before heading back to the ferry port, apple pancakes €7.90, Heineken beer €2.90
Day 3, sailing back overnight to hull
- Glass of wine £6.20
- Bottle of water £1.50
- An exhausted early night
Mini cruise: £88.00
Accommodation: €85.50 / £77.01
Day 1 at sea: £42.80
Day 2, in Amsterdam: €67.95 / £61.20
Day 3, morning in Amsterdam: €44.50 / £40.08
Day 3, sailing home: £7.70
Total cost of trip, calculated per person, based on two travelling together.
The cost does not include travel to and from the port,
Look out for the regular mini cruise deals from £40 per person, this cost is advertised throughout the year, although usually between October and March. Having travelled to both Amsterdam and Bruges twice for this price, I can confirm this is a true price, and makes for a super affordable way to see a new city in a short space of time.
If your going on a mini cruise, you can pre-book the on-board buffet for your evening meal and breakfast at a slightly cheaper cost at the time of booking.
If your spending longer in Amsterdam, you may want to consider the “I am Amsterdam sightseeing pass” which also includes public transport use for an approximate cost at €59 for a 24 hour card or €74 for a 48 hour card which includes entry to major attractions. I would consider the attractions you want to visit, carefully before making a purchase. It’s worth noting the pass does not include entry to the Rijks museum, but only gives a €2.50 discount, it also does not include the MOCA museum.