Corona proof canal cruises in Amsterdam

Update 1 March 2021

Dear guest,

Following the decisions of the Dutch government with regards to the outbreak of COVID-19, we regret to inform you that we have stopped running all of our canal cruises until 24 March 2021. After this date, we will oversee the situation from day to day and will inform you via this channel if the taken measures have to be extended.

If you have booked a ticket online via an online travel agent, please refer back to this travel agent to cancel your booking. If refunds need to be given directly via Amsterdam Canal Cruises, please do give us some time to process as our office will not be at full strength for the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please let us know via and we will be happy to assist you.

Best regards,

Amsterdam Canal Cruises


Corona proof canal cruises in Amsterdam

These are strange times, in which we have to make a lot of adjustments to our daily lives. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit inside all day! In the Netherlands, the main measure is to keep 1,5 meter (five feet) distance between yourself and other people. Even with this measure, there’s tons of fun stuff you can do in gorgeous Amsterdam! For instance, you can check out the beauty of the city from the water – of course according to national measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. Blue Boat Comapny follows the measures of the RIVM  which means that you can enjoy a corona proof canal cruise at all times!

Are you looking for a corona proof outing? Then you’ve found the right website! All our canal cruises are adjusted to the corona measures; for example we sail with a smaller occupancy. Read all about corona proof sailing in Amsterdam on this page!

Measures for our corona proof canal cruises:

  • We sail with a smaller occupancy on all our boats.
  • We have disinfection dispensers everywhere; as a guest you are obliged to disinfect your hands before entering the checkout house and boarding the boat.
  • A distance of 1,5 meters (five feet) is kept between groups.
  • To avoid crowds at our ticket offices, we ask you to book your tickets in advance online.
  • Our boats are cleaned extra often.
  • The aft deck is closed.

Sailing corona proof in Amsterdam

Do you want to book a canal cruise to see the gorgeous Amsterdam canals? Don’t worry – that’s still possible! As mentioned above, we have a list of measures we follow to make sure you can enjoy a lovely canal cruise, without any worries about being too close to other people on the boat. You can still have a nice day out in Amsterdam and spot gorgeous views such as the Westerkerk – but in a totally corona proof way!

Our big canal cruises

In terms of boat trips in Amsterdam, you can choose one of our large tour boats. Our large canal cruises sail with a smaller occupancy, so only two people are allowed to sit at a table, unless you are out with your entire household. There are also fixed walking routes at the ticket booths and the way of getting in and out of the boat is also regulated so that everyone can keep a distance from each other. It is also not allowed to walk around during the cruise. The aft deck of our large tour boats is also closed.

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Our small open boats

In addition to large canal cruises, you can also book a tour on one of our small open boats on days when the weather permits it. This way you can discover Amsterdam in the open air – great when it is sunny! Our Blue Sky Boat also has a smaller occupation.

Must-knows before booking

Would you like to book one of our canal cruises? Preferably book your canal cruise online in advance. This way we can avoid lines at our ticket offices. While waiting at the dock, keep 1,5 meter (five feet) distance from other people. Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Stay at home if you have a fever or a cold.

We request our guests to abide by the rules so that we can all enjoy a corona proof canal cruise through Amsterdam in a safe way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it still possible to buy tickets at the ticket office?
Yes, our ticket office is open. However, we request everyone to pre-book their ticket online if possible. This way we can avoid long lines and crowds on location.

Can I pay with cash at the checkout house?
No, it is no longer possible to pay with cash. We only accept contactless payments.

Are there toilets on board?
Yes, the toilets on board are now open again for our guests.

Is there a bar service on board?
No. Currently, we don’t provide bar service on board. Drinks, snacks and snack boxes are available in the cash register house for navigation.

What are the routes on the boat?
When boarding, the first guests are placed in the back of the boat and when disembarking, the guests in the front of the boat are the first to get off.