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.
Excursions & Activities
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.
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.
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.