AMSTERDAM MINI CRUISE BREAK FEATURING
THEA GILMORE, TRACK DOGS
& STEVE KNIGHTLEY
29 MARCH - 2 APRIL 2024

Join us in Amsterdam for our music themed mini cruise break and a chance to experience the five star, fine-dining, friendly experience that is Harmony Voyages river cruising. 
Explore the delights of the city by day and return to your floating boutique hotel for a sociable evening with a delicious 3-course dinner, followed by entertainment from Thea Gilmore, Steve Knightley and Track Dogs

Thea Gilmore is a British female singer-songwriter and has been described as the “most coherent, literate and charged British songwriter of her generation” by Mojo Magazine. Having released more than twenty albums, with three top 40 entries on the UK Album Chart and one on the UK Singles Chart. Her first album as 'Afterlight' was released on 15 October 2021.

Following her first appearance with Harmony Voyages on our Danube cruise in 2022 Thea has since written and performed the acclaimed song "She Speaks in Colours" for BBC radio2's 21st Century Folk project and we are delighted to welcome her back for another performance, this time in Amsterdam. 

Steve is taking a breather from the Show of Hands ‘Full Circle’ tour with Phil Beer, to join the Harmony Voyages gang in Amsterdam. Expect musical fireworks as he reunites with his longtime friends, the Track Dogs. During his solo show, Steve will also be accompanied by the exceptional Berlin-based American fiddle virtuoso, Bennet Cerven.

Irish American roots quartet Track Dogs will bring their incredible voices along with cajon, banjo, guitar, trumpet and mandolin creating a unique and dynamic fusion of folk, Latin, Americana and bluegrass which will definitely get you up dancing.
Travel either by plane, train or Harmony Voyages luxury coach and enjoy a weekend in cosmopolitan Amsterdam. With its labyrinth of waterways, heady mix of art galleries, independent shopping boutiques and striking architecture it really is the perfect early Spring break. This is just too good an opportunity to miss!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4 nights onboard the 5 star MS Amadeus Imperial

  • Evening sailing to Rotterdam
  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view

  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies

  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner onboard

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options*), afternoon tea and late-night snack *

  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner

  • Services of your onboard Harmony Voyages Tour Manager and an experienced English-speaking Cruise Director

  • Onboard entertainment 

  • In-stateroom infotainment center

  • On board fitness centre

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout including cabins

  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles

  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for use on optional excursions

  • All local taxes & port charges

 

*All dietary requirements can be catered for, however please do let us know in advance of your cruise

 

ITINERARY

Friday 29 March

Check in from 3pm and relax aboard the Amadeus Imperial. Passengers arriving by coach, enjoy an included canal boat tour and city tour. Spend the afternoon at your leisure settling into your cabin or taking in the sights of Amsterdam. After settling in to your cabin, join us in the bar for a introduction from your Harmony Voyages Tour Manager. 

Dinner on board is at 7pm, with wine, beer & soft drinks included. After dinner relax in the lounge or explore Amsterdam by night.

Saturday 30 March

Following a delicious breakfast on board you can enjoy free time in Amsterdam visiting the many and varied places of interest, or join our excursions: A Dutch trip to Waterland and an Amsterdam City Tour with canal cruise. 

By 7pm it's all aboard for dinner followed by the first concert in the lounge after dinner. We will remain in Amsterdam overnight.

Today's optional excursions:

A Dutch Trip To Waterland

Amsterdam City Tour with Canal Cruise

Kissing the Muse

Sunday 31 March

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board followed by a day at leisure in Amsterdam or an optional excursion - a trip to Keukenhof Gardens. Once again dinner will be at 7pm followed by the second concert of this trip. During the evening we depart Amsterdam and sail for Rotterdam.

Today's optional excursions:

Visit To The Keufenhof Flower Gardens

Kissing the Muse

Monday 1 April

Take today to explore Rotterdam at your leisure or take adventage of two excursions we have planned for today: Walking tour of Delft and landmarks and a Rotterdam Harbour Cruise. Evening brings your final concert of this trip. During the evening we depart Rotterdam and sail for Amsterdam.

Today's optional excursions:

Walking Tour Of Delft And Landmarks

Rotterdam Harbour Cruise With Visit To The Market Hall

Tuesday 2 April

Following a leisurely breakfast on board all passengers should disembark by 10am

EXCURSIONS

Enhance your Amsterdam cruise holiday with a choice of carefully curated selection of inspiring excursions and adventures! Our excursions can be booked with us in advance to ensure your place, or on board if you would rather keep your itinerary flexible. Booked excursions include a packed lunch. Excursions are subject to a minimum number of bookings and may be cancelled if there is not enough interest.

*excursion timings are subject to change*

EXCURSIONPRICE PER PERSON
A Dutch trip to Waterland£50
Amsterdam with canal trip and flower market£59
Visit to the Keufenhof Flower Gardens£87
Walking tour of Delft and landmarks£44
Rotterdam Harbour Cruise£62
Total Price£265
Package Booking Discount 15%£225 (save £45)

ENTERTAINMENT

THEA GILMORE

Thea Eve Gilmore, also known as Afterlight, is an English singer-songwriter. She has released more than twenty albums since her 1998 debut Burning Dorothy. She has had three Top 40 entries on the UK Albums Chart and one on the UK Singles Chart. Her first album as Afterlight was released on 15 October 2021.

STEVE KNIGHTLEY

Steve Knightley, a highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and musician, occupies a prominent position in the Folk/Acoustic and Roots music scene. As a founding member of the revered 'Show of Hands,' Knightley's musical journey is deeply intertwined with a profound connection to geographical places, particularly the West Country, where he currently resides.

TRACK DOGS

Track Dogs comprises 2 Irishmen, 1 Englishman and 1 American. The band came together in 2011 to make their unique brand of acoustic music. Featuring a veritable 4x4 of voices and instruments, their style is a dynamic fusion of folk, Latino, Americana & bluegrass. Since their blistering Costa del Folk debut in 2018, Track Dogs have been barnstorming the UK. This includes some major festival appearances and collaborations as well as surprising music lovers with “sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms”.

ACCOMMODATION

The AMADEUS Imperial is designed to offer our guests an effortless combination of the vibrant energy of a river cruise day with an increasingly calm and intimate ship experience. This ship has retained the popular concept of spaciousness, sophisticated design and first-class interiors for which the AMADEUS fleet is renowned. The AMADEUS Imperial offers its 168 passengers a total of 72 spacious deluxe cabins and 12 AMADEUS suites in total. The highlight of this ship is the newly designed atrium on board with its sunning reception and large staircase.

 
 

AMADEUS Suite (284.2ft²) with walk-out exterior balcony

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Mozart Deck

Price from

£1,799

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Cabin A-1 (188.4ft²) with drop-down panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Mozart Deck

Price from

£1449

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Cabin B-1 (188.4ft²) with drop-down panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Strauss Deck

Price from

£1,199

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Cabin B-4 (188.4ft²) with drop-down panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Strauss Deck

Price from

£1,089

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Cabin C-1 (172.2ft²) with panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.
Haydn Deck

Price from

£849

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Cabin C-4 (172.2ft²) with panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.
Haydn Deck

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£769

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GETTING THERE

There a few different options to consider when planning your journey to Amsterdam.

You can fly from most major UK airports, rail options available from London to Amsterdam, you can self-drive, or if you're looking for something a little different, why not enhance your holiday with a Coach to Cruise transfer?

Harmony Voyages are now offering FREE COACH TRAVEL for any new bookings made before 29 February

COACH TO CRUISE WITH HARMONY VOYAGES

  • Hostess service on board

  • Regular, off-motorway comfort breaks

  • Comfortable 4* hotels

  • 1 overnight B&B stay pre-cruise in Bruges

  • Outbound journey – visit to Ypres

  • Additional sightseeing opportunities to enhance your cruise holiday

Forget about long queues at the airport, pulling heavy suitcases, frustrating flight delays - why not extend your cruise holiday, sit back and unwind on board our luxury coach and take in some of the most sought-after sights, enjoying many beautiful towns along the route.

Once your suitcase is loaded, no need to remove liquids, electrical items or empty your pockets, board the coach, relax and enjoy your land tour to the ship. Let your driver do the hard work whilst you sit back with a cuppa or a glass of something cold, as you travel through the beautiful French countryside. Please note times given below are approximate.

Thursday 28 March

Depart Manchester Airport 06:00 /Birmingham Airport *09:00 /London Heathrow *11:00 with motorway service pick-ups on request.

Arrive in Dover for a lunchtime channel crossing to France. Once on the continent we cross into Belgium and make our way to the Flemish town of Bruges and stay there overnight. Time to explore Bruges and understand why it is referred to as Venice of the North.

 

Friday 29 March

Departing after 09:00 we travel to Amsterdam for an included canal boat tour of the city and visit to a diamond polishing house. We re-board the coach at the diamond house to make the short journey to the cruise terminal and embarkation of your ship. Once on-board, get settled in and meet your fellow travellers in the lounge bar before dinner.

 

Tuesday 2 April

After we disembark this morning we will make a short visit to Ypres before we head back home. Ypres is known for the fierce battles that were fought in WW1 and the many souls lost. British soldiers once marched through the Menin Gate to defend the Ypres Salient and it is now dedicated to their memory. There will be time for lunch before our late-afternoon sailing as we then continue back to our original pick up points where we are due to arrive later this evening.

 

TRAVEL BY TRAIN

Embark on an incredible journey with our Eurostar and Cruise package, offering you the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation. Discover the captivating city of Amsterdam, indulge in an amazing river cruise experience, and return to London in style. Travel comfortably to Amsterdam where you will stay overnight in a well-appointed 4* hotel. Enjoy a a day of leisure in Amsterdam before making your way to your cruise ship. On return make your way to Centraal station to embark your Eurostar back to London. Ask for more information and prices.

To get to the port from Centraal station simply take a local taxi to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, take a 15 minute walk or take tramcar 26 direction ljburg and get off at Muziekgebouw Bimhui. Walk four minutes to cruise port.

PRICES

Prices are per person and do not include transport to/from Amsterdam. The ship will be moored close to Central station in Amsterdam, which is very easily accessed from the airport by train. If you require a transfer from the airport to the ship please contact us for a personal quotation. The Harmony Voyages coach will operate from various locations in the UK to the ship including one overnight in Bruges enroute. (see 'getting there')

Cabin GradeDeckPrice per person
Suite Mozart Deck£1,799
A1 Mozart Deck£1,449
B1 Strauss Deck£1,199
B1 - Solo occupancyStrauss Deck£1,849
B4 Strauss Deck£1,089 - SOLD OUT
C1 Haydn Deck£849 - SOLD OUT
C1 - Solo occupancyHaydn Deck£1,269
C4 Haydn Deck£769 - SOLD OUT

Amsterdam Short Break Playlist

FAQS

1Are Flights Included?
No, flights are not included to allow you the flexibility to travel from your airport of choice to and from Schiphol, Amsterdam airport.  If you would like a quote for a fully inclusive package, including flights from the UK please contact the office and we will be happy to assist.
2Which airport do I need to fly into/home from?
You will need to fly into Schiphol, Amsterdam airport. Please contact us if you require assistance with your flight arrangements.
3What time can I board the ship on embarkation day?
You can normally board from 2pm but your stateroom may not be available until after 3pm. You will be able to enjoy the ship's facilities until your room is ready to be occupied.
4What time is disembarkation from?
As the ship has a quick turnaround, you will be required to vacate your cabin after breakfast on the day of departure. If you have a late flight or transfer you may be able to store your luggage on board until later in the day, depending on the ship’s itinerary. The crew on board will be happy to assist, however embarkation/disembarkation day is a day when the crew are busy cleaning, loading supplies and preparing for new passengers.  There will be no food or beverage service once the restaurant has closed after breakfast for disembarking passengers.
5Is There Wifi On Board?
Yes, WiFi is provided in all public areas of the ship. However, during the trip the signal may be weaker in certain sections of the route.
6Is there an elevator onboard?
All AMADEUS ships have a guest elevator, which operates between the Mozart and Haydn decks. The sun deck is not accessible by elevator.
7What is the dress code onboard?
We want to you feel comfortable on board, the dress code is casual during the day and in the evening smart casual. Think what would I wear for a meal out in a restaurant at home?
8What is the electrical supply voltage onboard?
The voltage in hotels and onboard ship is 230V, European standard. To use any electrical product that is not dual voltage (e.g. from the US, Canada, Australia or the UK), you will need a plug adaptor and some devices will require an electrical converter. Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details. A two-pole adaptor is also available at reception.
9Mooring and docking
Local river authorities allocate docking space around ship arrivals and departures in port. Occasionally port conditions require ships to tie up alongside each other, in which case guests may be required to walk through another ship to access their own ship. This is part of the river cruise experience and is perfectly normal and beyond our control. Guests may experience obstructed views from staterooms when the ship is docked.
10What Is The Currency On Board?
The currency on board all AMADEUS ships is EURO. However, you may also settle your account in (GBP) Sterling or (USD) American Dollars
11What about gratuities?
Gratuities for the ship’s staff and crew are not included in your cruise price. You may pre-pay gratuities through our office with a suggested amount of USD 12.00 / EUR 11.00 per person per day. Alternatively, you may wish to tip onboard in cash or add a gratuity to your onboard account.  Gratuities for drivers and guides for optional excursions are not included in the excursion price. A suggested amount is 1-2 EUR per person for half day excursion & 2-3 EUR per person for the full day excursion given directly to the guide and driver.
12What To Pack?
The following items are essential for any destination: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and maybe an umbrella. It is recommended that you bring duplicates of prescription eye wear, copies of prescriptions for any medications (generic equivalents are usually easier to obtain), copies of credit card information, and copies of your passport information pages. An adaptor / transformer may be necessary (the on-board power supply is 230V AC/50 Hz) if you bring any electronic devices with you.
13Clothing
Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate both onshore and onboard and we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered. Shorts are appropriate for most tours, however long pants may be required for inside visits on some excursions. Your cruise manager will advise when and if this is required. You may find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier-weight wind-breaker for cooler temperatures. Also, keep in mind that the ship, coaches and other venues visited on our itinerary are air conditioned and may be quite cool. We recommend that you pack a lightweight sweater or long sleeve shirts and carry them with you on excursions.
14What happens if the artist that I booked to see is unable to perform at the festival / holiday?
As you have booked a holiday, then the holiday will still take place. In the event of a festival where there are multiple artists, the full programme will still be performed and any artists unable to travel will be replaced. In the event of a river cruise or other holiday where only one artist is performing, the artist will be replaced with an alternative artist of a similar genre. The cost of the holiday is not refundable.
15How do I get from the station in Amsterdam to the Port?
Simply take a local taxi to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, take a 15 minute walk or take tramcar 26 direction ljburg and get off at Muziekgebouw Bimhui. Walk four minutes to cruise port.
16Is a river cruise ship suitable for someone with limited mobility?
Harmony Voyages does not discriminate against persons with special needs. All means of transport used during our cruise itineraries comply with European standards. Most of the vessels have lifts that allow for easy access between decks (except for the Sun Deck). However, the route between the ship and the shore may have major obstacles that must be overcome by all passengers without the use of, for example, a wheelchair. Likewise, often embarkation, disembarkation can be via another ship moored alongside where access to the sun deck is necessary. For this reason, any person with special needs must decide themselves whether a river cruise is for them, before making a booking. In addition, for safety reasons, the transportation of wheelchairs may be prohibited by the ship's management.

We look after you every step of the way

We are a small experienced team who look after you from first enquiry, right through to the end of your holiday. The same people who help you with your booking, will be in the resort or on the cruise to look after you. We are extremely proud of the personal service that we provide and when you need to get in touch, there are no call centres or chatbots, just the same people you've always being dealing with. Need help with flights, care hire or extra nights? ...we are just a phone call away.

 

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