Seatrade Europe is Europe's leading European (river) cruise convention, and this year’s edition took place in Hamburg. Amsterdam's big win came in the presence of the conference’s 5,000 attendees, including representatives from ship builders, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, entertainment specialists, and cruise destinations.

The Netherlands' top port for cruise ships

The Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) is the city’s official port for cruise ships, and welcomes about 300,000 passengers and 90,000 crew members annually. Opened in the year 2000, the PTA's eye-catching building on the IJ River serves as an impressive event venue, and was the first such multifunctional terminal in Europe, a successful model that has since been emulated in ports around the world

The port welcomed 144 cruise ships in 2014, making it the largest cruise terminal in the Netherlands, followed by IJmuiden and Rotterdam. Most of the passengers come from the UK, the US, and Germany.

Amsterdam the ideal location, with the latest facilities and technology

The PTA’s 600 meters of quay mean that even the largest vessels can dock here, and smaller private vessels and naval vessels also sometimes make use of the terminal. As Amsterdam is located just 25 km from the open sea, the PTA is an ideal location for a stopover in Amsterdam, or as the starting point for a European tour or a cruise to the Baltic or Arctic. The terminal offers the latest in technological innovation, from computer-operated gangways to fibre-optic internet.

Operating a cruise ship is a highly complex business and calls for a mastery of logistics, including mini-hospitals, huge kitchens, waste disposal systems, and entertainment. Amsterdam's highly-skilled and multilingual workforce caters perfectly to all these needs.