This was a relaxing cruise which started as dusk began to fall at 8 o'clock and ended at about 10.20. It was wonderful to view the amazing city of Amsterdam from the boat and as darkness came the lights were beautiful. To see the tall thin houses with all their rooms on display gave us a delightful peek into the lives of the Dutch people. They are proud to show off their homes so do not close blinds or shutters.We saw elegant rooms with paintings on the walls and wonderful lighting. We saw people dining, playing guitars, painting or just socialising. In the houseboats which we passed very close to we also saw aspects of life in Holland that we wouldn't have seen by any other means. The staff were friendly, professorial and discreet so the trip was ideal for a romantic evening. The food was delicious, though we did wonder why a Yorkshire pudding was served with the main course. It was beautifully garnished with vegetables but was to English people from Manchester it was a strange thing to have on a cruise in Amsterdam. It was all delicious though and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. I could recommend this to anyone.
We thought that we were going to be shown sights of Amsterdam before getting priority entrance to Anne Frank House. Instead we had whistle stop bus ride (with a 5 minute stop at an old windmill) and were rushed into Coster Diamond factory for over 1 hour. This was slightly interesting but was clearly a selling exercise that gave commission to the tour company. It was not mentioned on the tour details that I saw and if I had noticed I would not have gone on the tour. Perhaps I am unusual but diamonds do nothing for me and I certainly don't have several thousands to spare to buy them. If I want to see or buy them I would choose a trip that goes there, not have it forced on me. It meant that we were late arriving at the Anne Frank house so were at first refused admission. Only strong complaints from the 43 passengers and the persuasive tongue of the guide got us in. I would suggest that the tour spends less time at the diamond factory (Or don't go there at all unless the tour advertises a diamond tour) It meant that we felt rushed in the house and didn't get the whole atmosphere. It was interesting but could have been a lot better. It is very commercial and basically a money making venture. Never mind skip the line - skip the tour!!
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