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    Expat in Holland
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:51 am
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    I have been on the day canal cruise at least 10 times, however I always find something new I missed before and still enjoy it throughly. I still want to go and experience it with my friends when they come to visit.

    Last summer when we had friends come and visit us, they suggested we take one of the Night Dinner Cruises. Same lines operate those as well. They are pricy and the food was ok, however it was the best thing we did! It is about 3 hours long and they have a special guide who speaks the whole trip explaining the city's history, pointing out certain buildings and houses with their historyand who owned them, archtecture, landmarks and it takes you down canals you normally would not go down by boat. (redlight district at night, down to Magere Brug and the Amstel Hotel) It was awesome and well worth taking it once just for the incredible knowledge of the guide and all the historical info he gives along the way. My husband, who was born and raised in the center of Amsterdam, loved it and said he did not know half the info the guide gave us. He was very impressed with the Night Cruise. We plan on taking it again sometime when we have guest again, as we so loved it.

    The food was a 3 or 4 coarse dinner, with wine and also coffee or tea at the end. It was normal restaurant quality, so not bad, but not gourmet either. The service was very nice.

    Just wanted to give you that bit of insight after our experience. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
    - Carla -
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:01 pm Groupie
    Yeah, but the best is when you have friends with a boat - then you can spend a nice sunny day going through the canals picnic-ing with wine and cheese and breads and salads... that is my favorite - unfortunately we haven't had chance to do that this year because of the weather.

    Expat - was it a dinner cruise you went on?
    I probably would enjoy that - an evening dinner cruise...
    The last canal cruise I went on I kinda fell asleep icon_redface.gif guess i've been on one too many.
    Expat in Holland
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:24 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster

    This October will make two years living here. Although since 2001, my husband and I commuted each month between Minne and Amsterdam, to see each other lasting about 4 days each time. That and vacation time spent in each country as well. We alternated the commute each month. So we crossed the pond alot! I finally early retired, sold my house, car and alot of my belongings and moved here. We plan on staying until my husbands kids are grown (5 years to go) and then the plan is to move back to the States. I am really lucky that my friends come to visit me alot, as I miss them so much. And I too travel back alot for appointments and visits to family and my friends. They are scattered around the U.S. Still my heart belongs to Minneapolis.

    The cruise we took was a Night Dinner Cruise, and I wish I could remember the name. They have a little office on the corner of the street after leaving Central Station. When leaving the Station, you can either go the way of the Damrak, or the other direction of Voorburgwel. It was the Voorburgwel side corner office, before crossing the big intersection. It is pricy I want to say 60.00 per person. But after taking the cruise we thought it was awesome, special and worth it. I have also heard there is a wine and cheese cruise as well. I do not know how long this cruise runs, nor the price. I would be interested in this one as well, if it was as in depth as the other one. Would be alot of fun. Would not take alot of convincing my husband either, as he enjoyed the last one so much.
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:39 pm Groupie
    Expat in Holland wrote:

    Another suggestion I always make to friends when they come to visit. One of the first things to do is to take one of the canal cruises.

    Thanks Susan (Expat)....a canal cruise is included on our trip so that makes me really happy. (It will be on a Sunday). The compact umbrellas are waiting to be packed....I take one with me on every trip. Thanks again for all your help & suggestions.

    Cheers! icon_smile.gif Nancy
    Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:40 pm Groupie
    Thanks again PanNan, Carla & Expat for all your replies!
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