It has just been revealed that a new daily €8 tax will be charged for cruise passengers staying overnight in Amsterdam.
The new policy will kick in from January 1st 2019 for every day any person is visiting the city mid-cruise with river or ocean lines; those embarking or disembarking will avoid the fee.
The Municipality of Amsterdam’s website reveals the increased tax is in response to heavy demands on the city and its public spaces, as a result of large numbers of tourists.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages and MSC Cruises have both announced it will replace most of its scheduled Amsterdam calls with a stop in Rotterdam instead.
For MSC the changes have been applied to seven 2019 arrivals and 11 in 2020 whilst for CMV, the ports have been switched for 37 calls in 2019 and 2020, affecting more than 50,000 passengers.
Chris Coates, CMV’s group commercial director, has commented on the change: “A three-year deal has now been concluded with Cruise Port Rotterdam.
We are extremely pleased with the support and cooperation we have received and look forward to forging a long-term and mutually beneficial business partnership with Cruise Port Rotterdam and bringing many thousands of passengers to this attractive and dynamic waterfront city.”
However, Holland America has confirmed their decision to continue to call and turn cruises in Amsterdam as scheduled.
Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines’ commercial director, Peter Deer, said: “We look at the overall cost of the call, guest satisfaction and a balanced itinerary, in order to give our guests the very best experience.
Notwithstanding, we will remove ports that are excessive in their charges.”
Vera Al, a spokeswoman for the city’s deputy mayor, said: “If you stay in a hotel, you pay a tax; if you spend a night on a ship, you should pay a tax.”
Among the other cruise lines with Amsterdam calls scheduled through next year are Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Cunard, Viking Ocean Cruises, P&O Cruises, Costa Cruises and Marella Cruises.
Most river cruise lines use Amsterdam as a departure port, and likely would not be affected.
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