Amsterdam as the perfect home base for cruise ships

Crystal Cruise Lines, a luxury-cruise company with headquarters in Los Angeles, has opened a new office in Amsterdam. This Dutch location of Crystal River Cruises will offer support to the company’s expanding fleet of luxury river yachts, which officially launched in July. The new office is located on De Ruijterkade, a stone’s throw from the award-winning Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, the city’s official port for cruise ships, which receives about 300,000 passengers every year. The port welcomed 144 such ships in 2014, making it the largest cruise terminal in the Netherlands. Most of the passengers come from the UK, the US and Germany.

“Establishing a presence for Crystal River Cruises in Amsterdam is a natural fit, as the city’s vibrant culture and central location complement the spirit of our luxury itineraries perfectly,” said Crystal’s CEO Edie Rodriguez. “The enthusiasm from the global community about Crystal’s upcoming river cruise experiences has been tremendous,” he said.

Amsterdam will be a featured destination on two new itineraries that are due to begin in the summer of 2017, on two new Crystal River vessels that will ply the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers. Amsterdam will also be a home port for new routes along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers beginning in April 2018. The new vessels will be Europe’s first all-balcony, all-suite river ships.

Amsterdam region has the required talent

Operating a cruise ship is a highly complex business, and the highly skilled and multilingual workforce of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area caters perfectly to all these needs. Last year, for example, the Miami-based cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation opened a new training centre in Almere. The new €75m facility will provide training for about 6,500 Carnival officers every year. The site also includes an advanced medical centre and a 176-room hotel for the Carnival trainees.