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

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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


    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.


    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.