Pictured from left: Claudius Docekal, Azamara Club Cruises; Rachella Boellaard, Amsterdam Cruise Port; Rene Kouwenberg, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam; & Adam Sharp, Royal Caribbean.
One of my favorite cities, Amsterdam is seeing significant increases in cruise traffic. During a breakfast this morning at Cruise Shipping Miami, I learned that while the Dutch city welcomed 123 ships in 2011, this year, Amsterdam will welcome more than 150 ships. Nearby IJmuiden will welcome another 50.
“We have finally reached the magic number of 200 cruise calls, and we are still growing,” says Dertje Meijer, President and CEO of the Port of Amsterdam, adding that the city will also host more than 1,350 river cruise vessels.
Azamara Club Cruises’ Claudius Docekal said his company is among those companies committing to more turnarounds in Amsterdam. Turnarounds allow cruise passengers to stay one or two nights before or after their cruises.
Amsterdam’s success in the cruise arena is attributed to the fact that the city is situated at the maritime intersection of the North Sea and the Rhine River, plus Schiphol International Airport, one of the world’s most accessible airports, is only 15 minutes from the city center.
Read more about Amsterdam on Avid Cruiser.