3.5 star rating: Worth doing 19 Reviews

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  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:  75 minutes (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Holiday Canal Cruise: Amsterdam Light Festival from a Glass-Topped Canal Barge. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This was pretty, especially at Christmas time to see the lights at night and from the water. The boat was spacious and comfortable. Had a great time. I would recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

I would highly recommend this trip; it was gorgeous and very interesting. My only complaint was the continual queuing, as the Viator ticket needed to be exchanged for one of the tour operators own. This took ages and it would've been just as easy to queue and buy one on site.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Brilliant tour. Although we did wait in line to board the boat for like 50 minutes in the cold and we didn't receive our mulled wine. The tour was enjoyable and education. The boat does steam up so viewing does become a problem but we sat right at the back where the hot air vents kept out windows clear

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This was our first canal cruise and it was terrific. The staff were wonderful, from checking in at the office to the captain on the boat. The boat was comfortable (we are very tall) and the audio quality was clear and informative. I highly recommend this company and encourage first timers to Amsterdam to take a cruise early during their stay. This is a great introduction to the city. Thank you!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Good commentary, quick trip on canal. You can open window if want to take pictures.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

The trip was great with interesting commentary and no waiting to get on the boat (we went approx. 6.15pm on a friday). we had hoped to see a few more light sculptures but enjoyed the ones there.

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

Pretty and a warm way to see the lights and sights!

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2014

It was ordinary, nothing that special. Half the lights were off!!!! A walk around the pier became more interesting.The best part was the warm drinks at the start of the cruise.

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2014

it was okay

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2013

It was a shame we couldn't sit at a table and had to sit at the rear of the boat. The rain drops on the glass hindered our view somewhat. That said, if you are going as a couple, make sure you get a table! The tour itself was very nice and informative with narrated scripts. The captain mentioned a few things now and again. We would next time do a day time trip instead of the evening trip. It was nice to get out of the rain for a hour or so and get warm again.

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2013

I thought the tour was Ok, I expected more creativity in terms of sculpture lights. It was difficult for me to take clear pictures since the boat windows were not very clean.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2014

I purchased our tickets from the web site but when we get the location I hardy found how to get into the boat with my printed receipts. It was annoying because there was a long line and there is no one to guide us about what to do . But tour was fine and interesting. We enjoyed it.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2014

The canal tour was fine, however the line and how it was handled to get to the tour was HORRIBLE! You really need a better way to handle the crowds. We already had tickets and still needed to wait in a LONG LINE.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2014

Not up to our expectations. The daytime canal boat cruise was much better.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2013

This trip was very disappointing. The lights were not as spectacular as expected, in fact we found it pretty boring!! The cruise ship was fine, the mulled wine was nice, the commentary was good.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2013

Noisy, the tour guide would discuss things on the right or left and you never knew if it was his right or left or yours. Very confusing.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
February 2015

The tour is fine but I am not happy about the Viator deal we got here. The tickets cost 5eur more on this site than at the terminal and with the voucher you still have to join the ridiculous queue like everyone else without tickets. We waited more than an hour and people with tickets kept pushing in in front of us all the time.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
December 2013

Don't walk, RUN as fast as you can away form this tour. It was the most poroly organized and frustrating experience I have had traveling in a long time. We pre-booked tickets and were easily able to exchange our voucer for the tickets but there is no set time for your tour so we found ourselves in rain with no shelter, miserable and cold standing in lines that were poorly managed for over one hour. People that arrived after us walked to the front of the queue. None of the staff watched nor cared. An empty boat pulled to the dock behind us in the queue, and they began to board passengers form the middle of the line. There were actually familes with young children (3 yrs?) pushing an shoving to gain a position.

See the lights. Just don't go with with this cruise company...

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