Cruise like a local —with Captain Dave

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Experience hosted by Captain Dave

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in 5 languages
Once-in-a-lifetime
Guests say it's special and unique.
Top-rated Host
Captain Dave's rated 5 stars by 97% of guests.

What you'll do

We are going to have a canal cruise that is personal, fun, and ideal for small groups. We like storytelling and entertain!

—Exclusive and personalized boat trips
Every boat cruise in Amsterdam sails a fixed route and talks about Amsterdam according to a fixed script. WE DO THAT DIFFERENTLY.

We decide per group which route suits best. In addition, our tours are non-scripted and therefore never boring. It is also easy to follow for guests who do not speak English well. One thing is certain; each tour is unique.

—Like locals
Cruise in style is an informative, fun, and entertaining cruise for everyone. Just like the locals, we cruise in small groups and good company! You come on board as a guest and leave as a friend.

—Start time and duration
We have scheduled boat tours from 8 AM till 10 PM each lasting 90 minutes of fun!

—-Availability
Do you want to sail on a different day or time? Or celebrate a special day? Let me know; we can always organize a private boat tour for you.

—Rain and sun!
Our boat is 100% electric, super comfortable and has a toilet on board. The boat has sliding windows, a sunroof and even an open aft deck. Should it be a bit chilly, we have extra blankets to keep you warm.

I'll see you on board!
Captain Dave

My Instagram
#captaindaveamsterdam
We are going to have a canal cruise that is personal, fun, and ideal for small groups. We like storytelling and entertain!

—Exclusive and personalized boat trips
Every boat cruise in Amsterdam sails a fixed route and talks about Amsterdam according to a fixed script. WE DO THAT DIFFERENTLY.

We decide per group which route suits best. In addition, our tours are non-scripted and therefore never boring. It is also easy t…

What's included

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  • Food
    In the morning we have fresh croissants from the local bakery. In the after...
  • Drinks
    All drinks are included in the price. We have coffee, tea, and Orange Juice...
  • Transportation
    We cruise in the 1928 former Dutch government boat which was used by heads...
  • Equipment
    —Fully electric boat, emission-free
    —Boat with insurance and official...

Meet your Host, Captain Dave

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 579 Reviews
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Hi, I am Captain Dave and I love my Amsterdam and the Amsterdam canals. I like to sail; story tell and entertain!

—Do you want to see Amsterdam at its best?
Then this is your cruise. We provide an unforgettable cruise through the canals; so, relax, have fun, and learn about the city!

We sail in an incredibly special boat, namely the former management ship from the city of Amsterdam from 1928, which was used by Presidents, Mayors, and our own Dutch royal family. The boat 'Jonckvrouw' (Lady) is intimate and wonderfully comfortable; 100% electric, with sliding windows, sunroof, open aft deck, and toilet on board (a luxury). Rain or shine!

See you on board!
Captain Dave Amsterdam

My Instagram: #captaindaveamsterdam
For private cruises? info@captaindave.nl
Hi, I am Captain Dave and I love my Amsterdam and the Amsterdam canals. I like to sail; story tell and entertain!

—Do you want to see Amsterdam at its best?
Then this is your cruise. We provide an unforgettable cruise through the canals; so, relax, have fun, and learn about the city!

We sail in an incredibly special boat, namely the former management ship from the city of Amsterdam from 1928, which was used by Presidents, Mayors, and our own Dutch royal family. The boa…
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From $42/ person

Where you'll be

We follow a unique route to see the best of Amsterdam. We start on the boat in front of the Prinsengracht 579; from here, we go to The Seven bridges, the three main canals (Gentlemen's, Emperor's, and Prince's canal), and the Amstel River. We'll cruise through the city's different districts and the small canals.

The tour ends at the starting point.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 579 reviews.

Camille
November 2021
Superbe balade sur les canaux ! Dave vous emmène dans son univers avec les anecdotes d’un vrai Dutch ! Ambiance chaleureuse et amicale ! Vous pouvez partir avec lui les yeux fermés ^^
Richard
October 2021
We can great fun on our morning cruise around Amsterdam with Captain Dave. Captain Dave was very informative about Amsterdam, he has grown up in the area and lived most his life in and around Amsterdam so had some great stories about his own life and those of his family. The boat itself is an old royal canal used by the Dutch Royal Family along with various guests over the years - again Dave was very informative about all of this. The ride was comfortable, warm with food and drinks available, we had fresh croissants. Overall a great experience and much better to see the canals with a local guide than on a budget cruise with a recorded tour. 110% would go again!
Jennifer
October 2021
Captain Dave is awfully charismatic, has a great charm and a beautiful boat which used to be royal don't you know! Very knowledgeable about the city and the history which was great to listen to. Also very funny guy, cracking lots of jokes. My first boat trip in Amsterdam and it was a pleasure to have Captain Dave show me around!
Shigenobu
October 2021
Absolutely phenomenal host who does everything reasonable to cater to his guests and their needs. Results speak for themselves. Look at anyone else on one of the larger boats and look at their faces. Most seemed to be bored or just looking at their phones despite being in such a beautiful and amazing city. The difference is Capt Dave. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a more personal and welcoming tour.  Kids loved it too!
Sandra
September 2021
We really enjoyed our tour with Dave! He did everything to make us feel comfortable on board and we had nice people around us. The tour was much longer than expected because Dave had so much fun to show us his Amsterdam. It was not so touristic as the others tours we saw, when passing other boats.
Robin
August 2021
Wir waren während der Fahrt eine kleine, nette Gruppe. Captain Dave konnte viele lustige Geschichten erzählen, dadurch dass er in Amsterdam aufgewachsen ist. Das Boot ist sehr schön und komfortabel. Man kann sowohl innen, als auch außen sitzen. Es stehen genügend Essen und Trinken kostenfrei zur Verfügung. Ich kann die Fahrt bedenkenlos weiterempfehlen.

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    Things to know

    Guest requirements

    Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
    Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 12 guests total.
    All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

    Cancellation policy

    Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.