Netherlands Cruise Holidays

The Netherlands is filled with pretty windmills, tulips, bicycles and coffee shops. While you’ll definitely come across many of the iconic images when you cruise to the Netherlands, you’ll also discover lesser-known treasures of the Dutch nation, such as its unique local cuisine, incredible modernist architecture and lively contemporary arts scene.

Netherlands Cruise Holiday Highlights

Only have time for a short break? No need to feel short-changed when you have a country as delightful as the Netherlands practically on your doorstep. It has everything you could want for a city stopover: shopping, gorgeous architecture, beautiful gardens and flower markets, a fabulous café culture – and, of course, canals. And did we mention the windmills, beer and cheese, and a wealth of truly wondrous art? Try to squeeze in a visit to at least one of the following: the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum (with works by Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Monet) or the Rijksmuseum (masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer).

Explore the Netherlands on a cruise holiday

Amsterdam's Museum Quarter is well worth a visit. Waves of masterpieces can be found in one walkable stretch. From Rembrandt to Van Gogh, to Banksy and Matisse, there's plenty to see between the Rijksmusem, Moco, Stedelijk and Van Gogh museums.

The Aalsmeer Flower Auction is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to observe the inner workings of the world's largest flower trading centre. You'll have a bird's-eye view over trading, where 19 million flowers are bought and sold daily.

Why not soak up the sights on a canal boat ride? Take a seat on a glass-topped boat and enjoy a unique glide through Amsterdam's UNESCO listed waterways. You'll sail through the ages, passing monuments like the Maritime Museum, Town Hall and the house in which Anne Frank wrote her famous diary.

Netherlands Cruise Ports

Reasons to visit The Netherlands on a cruise holiday


Art is a huge part of life in the Netherlands. Walking down city streets or venturing into galleries you’re likely to come across beautiful structures and world-famous works of art. Whatever you’re into, you’re sure to get your cultural fill in the Netherlands. The Vincent van Gogh Museum, houses many of the artist’s most famous works, both as sketches and finished masterpieces.

Food & Drink

The Dutch certainly know how to enjoy their food and drink. They’re among the biggest beer, cheese and bacon exporters in the world and also consume record amounts of coffee per year. Enjoy a taste of Dutch beer in any of the Netherlands’ pubs and bars, or learn more about the beer-making process at a brewery. Try some Dutch cheese like Gouda or Edam, and the delicacies of a Dutch pancake house.


The country boasts the highest concentration of museums in the world. The works of Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Monet can all be found in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam whilst Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is home to masterpieces by Brueghel, Dali and Magritte, to name but a few.