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The Netherlands, in particular Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan capital, is evocative of so many images. Brilliant tulips in spring. Cheese, clogs, canals, and cycling; you’ll never have seen so many bicycles in one city. And art, too; The Netherlands is central to Europe’s rich culture. Some of the world’s finest galleries are concentrated in a relatively small area in Amsterdam, so you can admire the best of Van Gogh and Vermeer in a single day.
But there’s so much more to this eclectic country. On a cruise to The Netherlands with Celebrity, you can learn about the tragic history of young diarist Anne Frank and her family as they hid from the Nazis. Be dazzled by the world’s biggest flower auction at Aalsmeer, or the rainbow colors of beautiful Keukenhof Gardens in spring. Head to Kinderdijk, near Rotterdam, to gaze at the row of 19 historic windmills, protected by UNESCO, or learn how the famous Dutch cheeses are made in pretty villages like Gouda or Edam. Experience the charm of The Netherlands on a European cruise with Celebrity.
Amsterdam is rich in world-class galleries. The Van Gogh Museum houses one of the largest collections in the world of the Dutch artist’s work. Close by is the MOCO, which features works by Banksy, Jeff Koons, and Andy Warhol. The jewel in the crown, though, is the Rijksmuseum, home of priceless Old Masters by Dutch artists, including Rembrandt’s magnificent Night Watch. See how the artist lived, too, at the Rembrandthuis museum, packed with valuable antiquities and objets d’art.
Historic canals are a distinctive part of the Dutch landscape, particularly in Amsterdam, where they loop in concentric circles around the central Dam Square. The waterways here were completed in the 17th century to bring merchandise from all over the world into the city. Lined with grand old merchants’ houses and flower-bedecked houseboats, they’re best seen from a glass-topped boat that glides through the narrow waterways and under slender bridges.
The Netherlands is world-famous for its cheese, and a visit here presents plenty of opportunities to see how and where it’s made. Gouda and Edam are the most famous, but you’ll also find Leerdammer, Frisian, Maasdam, and Old Alkmaar, among others. Visit the pretty village of Edam, all cobbled streets and ancient drawbridges, and spend time at a cheesemaker’s, with a chance to taste the firm, creamy cheese.
Cruises to The Netherlands last from four to 15 nights, with a wide range of itineraries to choose between. You could sail round-trip from Amsterdam to the serene Norwegian fjords, or head north on a voyage that circles volcanic Iceland and calls in Britain and Ireland. See the best of Scandinavia on a cruise from Amsterdam to the great Baltic capitals of Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, or cross the Atlantic to or from Fort Lauderdale, visiting Bruges, Paris (from Le Havre), Southampton, and Bermuda along the way. Finally, opt for a mini-cruise from Southampton, which gives you an overnight in the Dutch capital.
Cruise to The Netherlands with Celebrity and you’ll enjoy the comforts of a sophisticated, contemporary ship as a luxurious home during your European adventure. On Edge-series ships, head to the leafy, light-filled lounge, Eden, for cocktails and dinner, or have lunch in the sunshine at the Rooftop Garden. Solstice-series ships come with their own lush lawn, where you can picnic, read, or play boules. Choose The Retreat for all-suite accommodation with access to a private sundeck and lounge, and a table in the chic restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat.
See the best of The Netherlands on your cruise with Celebrity, whether your passion is art, architecture, flowers, food—or whether you’re simply enchanted by the idea of soaking up the good-natured atmosphere of this quirky, history-packed little corner of northern Europe.