10 Reasons Why a Mini Cruise is a Great First Holiday

September 19, 2018

Travelling as a couple for the first time is an exciting milestone in any relationship, and choosing the perfect destination is key. If you are planning your first holiday as a couple, a mini cruise to Amsterdam ticks every box. Here are 10 reasons to choose a mini cruise to the Dutch capital for your romantic getaway.


It’s Basically Made for Couples

Go Dutch takes on a whole new meaning in Amsterdam, with so much catered for couples. For the outdoorsy duo, there’s tandem cycling through Vondelpark. If you prefer water to wheels, then why not opt for an intimate evening canal cruise? You could even pick up a fresh bouquet of flowers at the world’s only floating flower market or, if you’re trying to get in that fireworks-worthy kiss, head to Magere Brug. Legend tells that if you steal a kiss on this beautiful wooden bridge, your happiness together is secured for life. For a double dose of romance, head down in the evening as the bridge is illuminated with an adornment of fairy lights. Seriously, this city is fresh out of a Meg Ryan rom-com.


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There’s the Pleasure of Ferry Travel

Travelling by ferry carries with it none of the stress we’ll all too familiar with in an airport. The overnight crossing to Amsterdam offers a range of cosy en suite cabins for you and your beau. For those travelling on a budget, stay in our double bed rooms where you can snuggle up all night long. If you’re looking to loosen the purse strings, then book into a Commodore De Luxe cabin with access to our exclusive lounge. Enjoy a meal in our atmospheric à la carte restaurant, share some popcorn in the cinema, and head out on deck to watch the sunset together.


It’s Short and Sweet

There’s a reason why Bridget Jones said, “a mini break means true love”. Just a few days together with your significant other to get to know each other, as well as getting to know a new city, is the perfect setting to help build on your ever-growing affections.



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You’ll be Entertained

Your holiday starts from the moment you get onboard. You’ll find everything from live music to dance the night away to, as well as an acoustic troubadour whose dulcet tones will be exactly what you need to create that romantic atmosphere. You could even treat your partner in our Sea Shop, where you’ll find perfumes, cosmetics, designer treats and more.


It’s Simple to Plan

With a mini cruise, a lot of your break can be planned in one go – such as booking your cabin and dining onboard – making it a really easy process. The Explorers Kitchen buffet offers freshly prepared dishes from across the globe, so even if you have very different tastes, you’ll both be able to indulge in your favourite cuisines together.


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Getting to Know Each Other

A city break is a great opportunity for you both to try out each other’s interests or hobbies – if your partner is a history buff, why not wander hand-in-hand through Amsterdam’s acclaimed Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum? Or if you’re more of a cheese connoisseur, take your other half on a cheese-tasting experience and impress them with your knowledge.


Make it Bespoke

Having time to explore the city means you can make it as action-packed or as low key as you like. If you’d prefer to stroll around and see the sights at a leisurely pace, you’re in for a relaxed afternoon. For those who prefer a packed itinerary, you can fill your day with Amsterdam’s endless attractions.


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Do your own thing or try an Excursion

If it’s your first time in Amsterdam and you’re not sure how best to spend your time there, our mini cruises come with a customisable itinerary to inspire you and keep you busy. If you’ve explored the city before, you can always go on an exciting excursion during the afternoon too so that you can enjoy seeing something new together.


Food for Thought

From hidden hideaways to chic eateries, Amsterdam boasts bars and restaurants for every taste. If you’re the couple that likes to cosy up in the corner with a beer and some local bites, then check out a historic brown café. Prefer to be wined and dined? Well, there are no less than 10 Michelin Starred restaurants in the Dutch capital from which you can take your pick.


Most of all, it’s Romantic

Your first holiday as a couple should be entertaining and exciting, but above all, romantic. There is something so romantic about being at sea and immerses yourselves in each other’s company. You can enjoy a sunrise, a romantic dinner for two or even hit the dancefloor together whilst you’re onboard.


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