—explore the canals

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small group, up to 12
90 minutes
Daily from 12 noon-10 pm
Drinks & Bitterballen
Adult €32, child 3-10 €24

Cruise like a local

—explore the canals

Cruise like a local is an incredibly special, cosy tour. You enter our boat as guests and leave as friends.

Just like the locals, we cruise in small groups with drinks and snacks, and good company! Okay, not everyone has a luxury boat. Lucky us!

We cruise in the 1928 former Dutch government boat used by Heads of State, Mayors, and the Dutch Royal family.

Our boat is 100% electric, super comfortable and has a toilet onboard. When the weather is nice, we open the roof and windows. When it rains, we stay dry.

Should it be a bit chilly we have a heater on board and heated seat cushions and extra blankets to keep you warm.

See you on board!
Cheers Captain Dave!


—enter as guests & leave as friends

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covered lounge
open afterdeck
toilet on board


your captain
your guide
your Host


boat tour


small group

Why choose

—the cruise like a local boat tour
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This experience feels very personal, it is like sailing with an old friend. You feel like you are at home in Amsterdam Lot’s of fun!
  • Most famous boat in Amsterdam
  • 100% electric, no engine sound
  • 6 love seats, 12 guests
  • Toilet on board
  • Covered lounge
  • Sliding roof and windows
  • Open afterdeck
  • Heating system
  • Heated seats
  • Extra blankets
  • 90-minute cruise
  • A non-scripted guide/ host/ captain
  • Heineken beer, Prosecco, wine, Coca cola, water, coffee, and tea.
  • Dutch bitterballen brought to us on board

Champagne is complementary.

Departure Point
Dock Prinsengracht 579, Amsterdam Center

Departure Time
Your time slot; 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm or 10pm

Return Details
Returns to the original departure point.

  • Adult (11+): 32 EUR
  • Child (3-10): 24 EUR
  • Infant (0-2): Free
  • Private Charter: from 185 EUR

Bring a smile and a camera. We’ll provide everything else!

Plan your trip

—Real-time availability
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meeting point

—Prinsengracht 579, amsterdam center


—ABOUT cruise like a local

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In 2017, Captain Dave decided to quit his job, rent a luxury boat and do what he loves most, sailing the Amsterdam canals.

Three years later, he got the chance to buy the former 1928 government boat! We now proudly sail in our first-class boat – The Royal Lady.

Our boat tours are informative, fun, and entertaining and are sure to be the highlight of your visit.

We cruise like a local in a small group environment. Rain or shine!

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