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    Eurostar London-Amsterdam Service

    Starting in 2016, the railway will launch direct services between the British and Dutch capitals. The new link will further expand Eurostar's high-speed train network after the addition in May 2015 of new destinations in France.

    As traffic on the Eurostar network continues to rise (+3% in Q3 2014 to 2.8 million passengers), the company hopes to reinforce the rise in demand by expanding its services.

    Due to open in December 2016, the new direct service between London and the Amsterdam-Centraal station will include stops in Antwerp and Rotterdam and at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport. Eurostar hopes to attract some of the around three million travellers per year who travel by plane between the Dutch and British capitals, not to mention customers of rival operator Thalys, which already runs high-speed train services between the cities.

    News of the launch follows another significant expansion announcement made by Eurostar last July, when it revealed plans to launch services between London, Lyon, Avignon and Marseille from May 2015. Tickets are due to go on sale this December for the new service linking the British capital to the south of France.

    Currently, Eurostar operates trains between Paris, London, Brussels and Lille (France). The rail operator's expansion announcements coincide with the year of its 20th anniversary, which it will officially celebrate on November 1.

    (Source: MSN Travel)

    Malcolm says: Direct trains to destinations in France, with Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam could prove very useful for cruise passengers, if they can easily reach London.

    Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam all have cruise terminals. Many river boats depart from Amsterdam.
    Last edited by Malcolm, Essex; 21st October 2014, 02:44 PM.
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    Hi Malcolm
    The Centraal station in Rotterdam is a 5 minute ride away by taxi from the terminal..all this new service will mean is no changing at either Brussels or Paris..
    The existing direct train goes straight in to Paris Nord where the Eurostar terminal is so no worrying about travelling across Paris for those of a nervous disposition..
    We've also done the TGV down to Avignon and then onward to Rocamadour by coach..superb area of France that's missed by a lot of tourists and an area I worked in for a while.
    The only recommendations I would have to anybody travelling on these services is get on as quick as you can..the spaces for luggage are limited and try to travel as light as you can...so that's Maggie out..
    Regards
    Garfield

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      #3
      Rotterdam is quite a good place for a nautical weekend, if you are a ship-nut.

      Near to the cruise terminal is the Hotel New York which used to be Holland America's head office. Not far from that is the classic SS Rotterdam Hotel-ship. There is also a maritime museum in town.

      See my cruise blog: HERE

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        #4


        It's a very handy bar/restaurant now..right alongside the berth and very popular
        Regards
        Garfield

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          #5
          It always surprises and pleases me at the wealth of information available on this forum,Thanks Malcolm and Garfy!! Jan.

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