I was pleasantly surprised by the Pride of Rotterdam. From the outside, the vessel looks like any other ferry but on the inside, it is reminiscent, in parts, to a small cruise ship.
Both outbound and return sailings were comfortable, and the seas were pleasantly calm for March.
A variety of passengers travelled with me to Amsterdam, from teens through to pensioners. The overwhelming majority were in the younger adult age range (around 18 to 25). Even so, it was evident that Amsterdam is an ideal mini cruise destination for anyone young or old.
Amsterdam is a lovely city and a must-see destination. It has a reputation for certain things (decriminalised drug taking and legalised prostitution, for example) and while it's true that some shops explicitly offer drugs for sale, and there's an entire red light district devoted to prostitution, Amsterdam offers far more besides.
While some tourists visit Amsterdam for a "good time", others visit to experience the culture, the architecture, the history and the beauty. It is an expansive city with plenty to do and see.
A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a great way to see Amsterdam, and a canal cruise offers a different perspective on this fantastic metropolis.
An Amsterdam mini cruise is a perfect way to get a taste of everything Amsterdam has to offer, but it will leave you wanting more. You will need to book several Amsterdam mini cruises (or a mini cruise and stay break) to truly see everything Amsterdam has to offer.
Incidentally, when I checked-in at Hull, the agent told me that a surprising number of people book another sailing to Amsterdam as soon as they disembark because they loved it so much. Immediate repeat custom has to be the best measure of how captivating Amsterdam is.
A two-night sailing to Amsterdam was always going to be a brief encounter. Pre-plan before you go and you will be able to cram in plenty to see and do during your time on land. Pride of Rotterdam is not the prettiest vessel from the outside but inside it is very comfortable indeed.
Read more in this series
- Getting to the Port of Hull
- Pride of Rotterdam Review
- Pride of Rotterdam Cabins
- Food & Drink on Pride of Rotterdam
- Entertainment on Pride of Rotterdam
- Guide to Europoort, Rotterdam
- Can You Really Explore Amsterdam in a Day?
- Amsterdam Mini Cruise Review on P&O Ferries' Pride of Rotterdam (you are here)