AmaStella in Amsterdam, Netherlands
We cannot believe it is our last day on board the AmaStella but we are excited to see Amsterdam for the first time! Today was another beautiful day and since we weren’t arriving into Amsterdam until 1pm many took the opportunity to sleep in, lounge around the ship or sit up on the top deck to enjoy the Dutch Waterways. The scenery changed drastically overnight and we were no longer on the hilly and windy Rhine but a flat and very deliberate waterway.
We also got to experience the final lock before finishing this journey – there were many and it truly is still an engineering feat!
By 1pm we had arrived in Amsterdam and had a choice of a few excursions:
- Amsterdam City Tour and Canal Cruise – this was a 1 hour scenic canal cruise in a covered boat followed by free time in the city centre of Amserdam. We decided not to go on this tour since we were spending a few days after in Amsterdam and would be doing a canal tour and exploring the city at that time
- Amsterdam Jordaan Tour – this was a walking tour of the artsy Jordaan District with some free time to explore on your own
We instead decided to check out Keukenhof Gardens – this beautiful garden-park is only open for a few weeks every year and we happened to be arriving at the tail end. It was a 45 min ride to the gardens but once inside we were very happy we came.
Keukenhof Gardens is known as one of the most beautiful spring gardens in the world with over 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that fill the over 80 acres of parkland with colour and fragrance. Although we barely had a chance to see it all there are also 30 different alternating flower and plant shows in their many pavilions.
One thing to keep in mind – there are A LOT of locals and tourists that love this spot so unless you plan on spending time deleting people out of your photos I suggest going early or later and not on the weekend!
After spending the afternoon in the bright warm sun we got back on the bus and arrived back in time for our last Sip & Sail where the featured drink was the Lemon Drop Martini!
We had our last wonderful dinner in the main dining room and started to get ready to pack for dismbarkation tomorrow. Except it literally took no time at all! We had already given our departure information to the front desk and taxis or shuttles were arranged for everyone! All we had to do tomorrow was put out our luggage by 9am and then relax. We were told we could stay on board as long as wanted tomorrow – how different than a standard cruise line!
Since it was our first night in Amsterdam we were excited to check it out and a bunch of us left the ship around 9pm to check out the city… again another amazing benefit of river cruising… you actually stay overnight in Amsterdam!
We had a great time checking out the sights (!!) of Amsterdam and were in bed by 12am ready to wake up and check into our post cruise hotel (which we realized was literally 100m from where the ship was docked!)